Hi Suzy, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
-Hi! I’ve been good. Hard at work and really excited to be chatting with you! Thanks so much for having me.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “I Can’t Sleep”?
-I absolutely can! I’m really excited about this one. The whole thing is nothing like I’ve put out before. The process, the sound, my vocal performance. I want to introduce a new piece of myself as an artist. You could call it a sonic reflection of my 2015 track, “Cards.” I wanted to demonstrate the art and power in singing gently, utilizing expressive emotions and letting my instruments around me do some of the talking.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
-You know, it’s funny. This one is an endeavor that revealed itself in its writing. When it did so, a lot of pieces came together. It was something I didn’t even know was in my head until I was in the studio with the guys (Andy Rose and Matt Orr). I had actually been studying the more gentle side of vocal performances in response to some criticism I received on my debut, “At All.” The whole idea of “I Can’t Sleep” really snuck up on me. It’s really neat how it taught me that things can be in your atmosphere that you aren’t even recognizing; and sometimes they reveal themselves very nonchalantly. For me, in song.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
-I’m a huge music video fan. I want to put out some really killer visuals throughout my career. Sometimes, it’s just the song that you need to say what you need it to. I think this track provides it’s own aesthetic. I want to take advantage of this song’s character and allow the listeners to imagine their own visual and put their own pieces together. So, not this time. Hopefully the next track will come with a sweet video!
How was the recording and writing process?
-Oh my God, so fantastic. It was a stunning day in Santa Monica. I rolled up to Andy’s studio and Andy and Matt are already playing with his guitar collection. Matt picks up a Gibson ES 335 (casual, right?) and starts picking. He doesn’t know that he’s picking the instrumental hook, he’s literally just messing around. His very first idea. What a guy! Andy and I were so excited. From there, everything spilled out of me. It was such a great experience, and one I really needed. I’ve never been so inspired in the moment to the point where a song spills out of me in five minutes. Singing it in the studio came so naturally. The instrumental was so dreamy! It came from somewhere else. There’s no feeling like singing a song and it coming so naturally. That’s why I had to share this one, because it’s so profound and special.
What role does Nashville play in your writing?
-I tend write metaphorically. I’ve got an interesting relationship with this city. I’m experiencing a lot out here; both good and bad. I think that’s just life though, especially throughout your 20s, no matter where you’re planted. For me, my songs come from a lot of different things. I experience or observe something, I dig into my thoughts and feelings, then I hope it turns into words that sing well.
After the success from your previous record, were you any nervous while working on this newest single?
-Not while working on it, no. It came so naturally, and putting it out was such a no-brainer for that exact reason. After releasing, yes! So many butterflies. It’s a new-ish sound. Really hoping everyone likes it!
Does your new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
-I’m really hoping so! I’ve been writing and recording with a lot of people trying to find the right team. I would really love to put out a record in 2018. One thing I’ve learned throughout this kind of process is that I shouldn’t rush myself with internal deadlines or large objectives. I need to focus on making my art the best I can.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
– Not quite yet. Right now we’re creating- and again; can’t rush that. My first priority is pumping out really good music, and letting that take as long as it needs to. I’ll be sure to keep everyone updated on my newsletter and social media accounts.
Any plans to hit the road?
– Always! I’ve been touring all year. Since I’m in pump-out-good-music mode, I might be living under a rock for a hot minute. My shows are always listed on my website’s calendar.
What else is happening next in Suzy Jones’ world?
-I’m really looking forward to doing some self-care. I’ve got a lot of ideas I’m excited about and I need to take some time to clear my head and cultivate those ideas. I like to travel, spend quality time with my loved ones, and just take it easy every once in awhile. Self care is so important, especially when you’re preparing to get into many months of hard work and creativity. I’m really excited for the new chapter.
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