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

Hey VENTS!  I’ve been good!  How about you?  Lets get a coffee sometime.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Say Goodbye”

Absolutely!  “Say Goodbye” was one of the first songs that I wrote for Days Of Surrender.  It sort of assembled itself as soon as I had the hook.  I think that it’s a good blueprint of the rest of the record, both sonically and lyrically.  “Say Goodbye” is about two people holding onto something that once was, not knowing if it’s ever coming back.  I think that’s something that we’re all afraid of happening to us, and something that a lot of people deal with.  

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

Thankfully, I’m in a very happy relationship so I was not writing this song from firsthand experience.  But, it’s something that I think we all worry about, even if it’s not happening directly in our lives.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

There will not be a video for “Say Goodbye,” but there may be a video for something else…

The single comes off your new album Days of Surrender – what's the story behind the title?

Days Of Surrender, to me, are the days when you don’t feel like getting out of bed, tired of trying, and ready to give up.  I think that we all have those days, but we don’t like to talk about them.  We put on a lot of masks to show the world how happy and well adjusted we are, even if it’s note true.  So, this record comes from those days.

How was the recording and writing process?

The songs for Days Of Surrender were all written in about 6 months following the release of my last album, Myth.  I didn’t set out to specifically write Days Of Surrender.  Instead, I just found myself with a collection of songs that I liked that seemed to fit loosely in a particular narrative.  I’m always writing.

The recording process was awesome.  I worked with Jeremy Ferguson of Battle Tapes Recording here in Nashville.  He’s a great dude, extremely talented, and really took this record to the next level, both sonically and structurally.  We recorded and mixed the whole thing in two weeks, resulting in some long days, but it was a great experience.  By far the most fun i’ve ever had recording anything.  

What role does Nashville play in your writing?

Living in Nashville has really shown me the importance of the song itself.  If the bare song itself isn’t good, there is no amount of production, effects, or instruments that can save it.  There are so many talented writers and performers here that it really forces you to be the best you can be.  It’s an amazing place.

You are known for playing with different styles – how did you balance them together?

It’s not something I’m entirely conscious of.  I really just write what I think sounds good and excites me, and it comes out sounding like it does.  I love all types of music, but I grew up listening to punk rock and pop music.  There’s nothing better to me than finding the perfect hook, and adding my own touch to it. 

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, stay tuned. for all live dates

What else is happening next in J Marco’s world?

At the moment, I’m just really excited to be releasing “Days Of Surrender”. Beyond that, i’m excited to play shows for as many people as possible, and continue writing.

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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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