Q: welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
A: I’m doing very well! I’ve been touring in Europe, I have more new music that’s being released soon, and a lot of fantastic memories have been made throughout it all.
Q: Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Ain’t Nobody Fool”?
A: “Ain’t Nobody’s Fool” has very much so been a statement of self-empowerment through all that has transpired over the years. From taking in more inspiration from the music that I grew up on, to allowing myself to be more open about experiences that I once kept to myself, this single embodies a lot of much needed change.
Q: Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
A: Though there isn’t one particular event that inspired the song, there have been a number of moments that gave way to songwriting ideas. More importantly, it is the acknowledgement of the person that I once was and the person that I strive to be, that often places me in the headspace required to write.
Q: Any plans to release a video for the single?
A: I definitely have a few ideas in mind for a music video, but I think I will test them out first. The more I study film, the more I firmly believe that a music video should both aesthetically and conceptually intrigue the viewer. Though a music video should connect with the song it is intended for, it should also hold value as a stand alone project, and it is finding that balance that often takes up a solid amount of time and preparation.
Q: The single comes off your new album Old Soul New World – what’s the story behind the title?
A: The title Old Soul, New World has a couple of meanings. First off, it is a description of the music itself. I am greatly influenced by the older Soul classics that I grew up on, so I sought to create my own take on old school songwriting and production within the context of the modern world. Secondly, I have always been told that I am an old soul, so in this case it is a play on words. Often intrigued and consumed by a more mature and old fashioned lifestyle, the upcoming new release quite literally explains my struggles and coming to terms with the modern ways of the world.
Q: How was the recording and writing process?
A: Everything felt very natural. I co-wrote the song with Producer Roger Gisborne who also has an immense love and appreciation for classic R&B/Soul, so everything felt very effortless. It’s always nice to work with people who share influence and overall vision, as it speeds up motivation and productivity on all ends. The recording process was physically and emotionally draining, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I wanted to make sure that the recording was the very best performance that I could give at the time. I am my own worst critic and I know my capabilities. In this case, I made sure that the recording process yielded a song that I can enjoy and appreciate every time that I hear it.
Q: What was it like to work with Brian Lucey and how did that relationship develop?
A: It was a great honor to work with Brian Lucey. I am grateful that he heard my music and was willing to work with me.
Q: How much did he influence the song?
A: I wouldn’t say that Brian influenced the song; rather, he refined it. I often like to draw a comparison between creating a song and the process behind mining/selling diamonds. A songwriter who takes the influence of the world around them to craft a song is similar to the miner who unearths a diamond. The producer behind the recording process of a song, with their ideas and visions for production, can be compared to the person who shapes the diamond into a desirable cut/shape. The person who masters, refines, and adds luster to the song, in this case Brian, can be compared to the person who polishes the diamond so that it will be more attractive to the buyer. I’m grateful that Brian helped to make this gem of a song shine.
Q: What role does California play in your writing?
A: Though the lyrics of my songs don’t necessarily pertain to California, the inspiration to write is greatly influenced and inspired by the abundance of cultures, landscapes, and climates, present within this fantastic state. I’m definitely grateful to have been born and raised in a state with so much diversity.
Q: Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
A: Though I draw inspiration from everything in the world around me, at the end of the day, the songs are depictions of moments in my life. I believe that writing material that is drawn directly from real occasions adds another layer of depth to the music.
Q: Any plans to hit the road?
A: Yes, I am always working on booking tours. I love to be on the road connecting with audiences both new and familiar. I will be heading back to Europe next year and in the meantime, I will be touring around the West Coast.
Q: What else is happening next in Klez’s world?
A: Aside from touring, I will be writing new music, meeting with some directors to work on music videos, and working with the band to continually evolve our live performances. Live music is the heartbeat of the music industry, and I intend to leave my mark on the world and every person who takes the time out of their day to see a Klez performance. After all, music is a privilege, and it’s not one that I take for granted.