Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Somethin Bout You”?
Sure! So this track was written coming out of this pretty crappy breakup. Afterwards, I kept telling myself – “Joe, stop dating people. You need to focus on yourself and really check in with what makes you happy”. All of that really just goes away the second even a hint of something new and real comes along with someone. This track is like- Somethin Bout You makes me dive right back into something that’s gonna wind up (probably) hurting me in the end.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
In addition to the breakup
, I guess the chill vibe that the verse has is reflective of kind of being a dreamer and really being in my head about what I want and what I desire. The chorus is that expression of love and letting myself have those feelings and not fighting it anymore. The track really is like – “I’ve met someone that I’m willing to take a huge risk for, and jump back into this really emotionally vulnerable place”.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
No plans as of yet, but I think that that’s gonna be the next step for me. I’ve always wanted to do visual content. I think it would be great to give people more stuff to latch on to. It would be a further expression of myself and my vision, so yeah that would be pretty amazing. Soon, I promise!
How was the recording and writing process?
Long, haha. I actually wrote the first version of this song in May 2016 the night before a show. I literally couldn’t memorize my own lyrics in time and I had an iPhone with a notepad in my hand as I sang the song. I kind of sprung it on my band on stage and was like, “Key of Bb, the chords are Eb, C minor, G minor, F”. Luckily they’re all amazing musicians and that was enough for them. It just sat there for a while until I really decided to revisit it this year. I brought in my good friend Alex Koste to clean some parts up, and we wrote the final product.
After the success from your previous record, were you any nervous while working on this newest single?
I was nervous in the best way. I consider myself a perfectionist and really try to put out the best material that I possibly can. Setting the bar high might mean that I don’t release as much music as I would like to, but there’s a huge sigh of relief once one of these tracks finally gets put out. I tend to get so bogged down by making sure my “genre” stays the same and that all of my tracks are cohesive, but I don’t think that matters as much as any musician in history thinks it does. If I’m putting out my own stuff, its all gonna sound like me, because it comes from me.
What role does NYC play in your writing?
It probably plays the biggest role. I originally moved here with aspirations of being an actor, and have grown to know and love so many aspiring actors and other artists. I think being in that environment, plus being a millennial in this city is the most important outside influence on my music. The culture here can be so frustrating, whether its jobs, dating, the pace, the lifestyle…my music is my coping mechanism for all of the frustration and anxiety about breaking through.
Does your new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
I feel like right now I’m putting out singles hoping that one of them catches fire a bit. I want so badly to release a proper album, but for now I’m trying to just have a steady stream of singles. Navigating the industry right now is pretty hard and I have to admit I have no idea what’s actually best for me. I think you can expect at least an EP from me sometime soon!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Putting out an EP Early 2018 would be the dream. I’m hoping by then that I have a little support from a label or some distribution. It’s hard to take a risk on a bigger project right now. As far as the name of the project, I’ve had it picked out for a while now but I’m not ready to share yet.
Any plans to hit the road?
Its a dream of mine for sure. I want to try to get a 2018 tour together. Hopefully by then I could have a proper release to promote. Playing live is one of my favorite things to do in the world and I want to be able to share that experience with as many people as I possibly can.
What else is happening next in Joe Wood’s world?
I’ve got one more single for this year, and then I’m gonna get to work on writing again. Hopefully I’ll shack up in the winter and get it done. I want to have a big 2018 and it’s obviously gotta start with the music. There are a few older tracks of mine that have been sitting around in need of revision, and I can’t wait to finally put them out.