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INTERVIEW: John Tracy

Hi John, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey! Thanks so much for having me! I’ve been really busy but loving it! I’ve released a couple of new singles so far this year, including “Midnight Moon” and its related music video.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Midnight Moon”?

I’d love to – I’m really excited about this latest song. I’ve started working with a new producer this year – Kevin McNoldy with Cphonic Mastering. He, along with my wife Teri, who does some of our engineering and I make a really incredible creative team. I’m thrilled with the new creative direction Kevin is taking my music and I think “Midnight Moon” really features that new direction nicely. It was a blast using strings to really build the emotion of this song.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I actually started writing this song in late 2016 during the height of all the US election turmoil. It was such an unsettling time in our country and everyone I spoke with was feeling more than the usual angst. It’s one thing to be stressed about bills and the struggles of daily living, but when you add to that external stresses it has somewhat of a compounding effect.

Anyway, one night, I was really feeling these pressures and I happened to look outside (much like the scene depicted in the music video). The big bright moon caught my eye, almost like I was drawn to it. You could almost say I had a bit of a spiritual experience out there just me and the moon and the darkness. It gave me a feeling of hope and inspired me to capture my experience in this song.

Was there any pressure while filming this video? Were you seeking for a new direction with visual concept?

We have worked with Sam of Hoopla Media on three other music video projects and much like with my musical team, we have developed a great creative synergy. Sam immediately fell in love with the song and connected with its sentiments, but knew the challenge would be to top our previous films.

Of course, we all wanted the music video to convey the same emotion visually that the music conveys and be something that would draw the viewer in and leave them with that sense of hopefulness. Sam had brilliant ideas and I think he did a fantastic job creating the visual story that compliments the music.

How was the filming experience?

I really love the filming experience, though it can be tiring. It always amazes me that it can take eight hours to shoot one scene sometimes. But Sam has this incredibly easy-going nature and he makes filming a fun experience, so the time really flies by before you know it.

How was the writing and recording process?

Honestly, writing and recording are grueling for me. I have this love/hate relationship with songwriting. It is exhilarating and at the same time excruciating. I’m a real stickler for lyrics and carefully choose just the right words for a song. They are truly labors of love and I really put my all into each song.

The recording process adds another layer of intensity for me where my parts are concerned. I want the acoustic guitar playing to be spot on yet natural and I want the vocals to sit just right but yet still be warm and pleasing to the ear. It’s a balance to remain calm and relaxed while still being a bit energized by the pressure of it all.

Once my parts are done, I love the recording process because I love seeing what our producer comes up with in terms of complimenting instrument arrangements, etc.

Does your new single mean we can expect a new album?

Absolutely! I am working with Kevin on a new song about every six weeks which we will then pull together at the end of the year into a new album. It has really been fun spreading the recording process out like this because I don’t feel rushed while we’re in the studio and I think the work shows that.

Any plans to hit the road?

We will probably hit the road on a tour early next year with the release of the new album. Right now we are sticking close to home to focus on creative work. Stay tuned to my website at www.johntracymusic.com for details as we start planning next year’s tour.

What else is happening next in John Tracy’s world?

As if we haven’t been busy enough, we are moving to Richmond VA in a couple of months. I’m really excited to get entrenched into this new community. Richmond is a great city and has a thriving arts scene, not to mention all of the great food (another passion of mine).

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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