Hi Stanley, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thanks! I’ve been great. No complaints. Hope you guys are well too.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Holding On”?
Sure thing. “Holding On” is about how our words and actions affect the people around us. Kind of like the butterfly effect. We tend to not really pay attention to what kind of struggle the people around us are going through and tend to speak without thinking. Everything we do and say to others, have consequences.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I guess it’s just a general observation. We often need to just take a step back and look at things from a different perspective. If our actions are ill intended, what drives us to make them and what can we do to better them?
How was the film experience?
It was a lot of fun to film the music video for this track! It’s always an interesting process to visually express something that has already been recorded. So to emphasize the message of the song, the band and the dynamics of the music affect the environment that we are performing in. So we had a ton of particles and smoke blowing around and I think it came out great.
The single comes off your new album Maps & Minutes – why taking so long on releasing this material?
I would have loved to release it earlier, but it just wasn’t ready. And I wanted to release something real and authentic and it simply took me longer than expected to achieve that.
What’s the story behind the title?
The title Maps & Minutes is also a song on the album. It poses a question of how you really want to spend your time (Minutes), where (Maps) and in whose company. The world is full of adventures waiting to be discovered by us.
How was the recording and writing process?
Long and hard, but very rewarding. I took a bit of a different approach with this album and wrote about 40 or more songs. Then shortlisted it down to 12 to really spend time on and get the most out of them.
How would this record showcase a more matured side of you as an artist?
It’s been almost 4 years since my first album. I’ve played a ton of shows since then and spent countless hours improving my musicianship. So I think this album really does showcase how I have grown as a songwriter and performer.
What aspect of our society did you get to explore on this record?
I think the album is actually very relationship driven lyrically. It surveys friendships, love, romance and a lot of introspection and just embracing the human connection and really learning from it.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes, of course! We’ll be back on stage later in July in Johannesburg, South Africa, to promote the album and we’ll see where the road takes us from there.
What else is happening next in Stanley June’s world?
Well, mainly just touring and there will always be more videos and exciting things in the pipeline, so just keep your eyes peeled.