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INTERVIEW: Hi-Lo Jack

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

Good! Psyched to have this new music out in the world.

Can you talk to us more about your song “So It Goes”? Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

“So It Goes” is the first song that we made together. In fact we didn’t know we were making an EP, or even starting a new project at all! We each had our own bands, and we realized that even though we played very different music, we all liked so much of the same music, not to mention each other’s. And we were always getting each other’s feedback and help on our own individual projects, we figured, we might as well just make a song together.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

We absolutely do have plans to release a video for the track! We don’t want to give too much away, but we’re really excited about how the video came out — so look out for it very soon!

The single comes off your new album Old New Clothes – what’s the story behind the title?

Old New Clothes is a lyric from “So It Goes” (“in old new clothes, the moment flows, and so it goes”). It’s kind of a funny non-sensical phrase on one hand, but in another way it’s implying that as we transition from one stage of life to another, so many aspects of our lives — the homes we occupy, the company we keep, the things we think about, the clothes we wear — are a strange mix of new and old. That idea is what so much of the EP is about, so we thought it was an appropriate title.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing and recording process was funny. We’re pretty comfortable expressing each of our voices in our own music, but this was three different voices. Complimentary, sure (or at least hopefully!), but definitely different. One way to go about it would have been to say, “in this section, you do your thing, and then in the next I’ll do mine.” But we wanted each moment and decision to feel like all of us. So it was a lot of pitching ideas and having them respectfully vetoed, until we landed on something we could all get behind.

Would you call this a departure from your previous musical projects?

In some ways it definitely is, we have never all worked together before and the genre mix we were going for was inherently new to all of us (it is kind of a crazy mix haha). But, in other ways, it is a kind of natural extension of our other work. Each of us were bringing our own music to the table and we wanted to make sure that this project genuinely sounded like all three of our voices and maintained the heart of each project. In fact, I think we’re each taking some of what we learned in making this project and applying it to the new releases from each of our own bands.

How did you get to balance all your influences together?

I think that collaboration is really about having a clear understanding of where each person is coming from. We really understood each other and respected each other’s influences, so once there was that mutual respect, the collaboration itself became a bit more effortless.

Any plans to hit the road?

Sadly, no plans to hit the road as of yet, although we’re not ruling out trying to do something locally! We’re so busy on the road and in the studio with our other projects, we’re honestly slightly shocked that this whole EP was finally able to come to fruition in the first place. But in the meantime, we often join each other on stage to collaborate, and even perform these songs. Most recently, we all performed “So It Goes” and “Cold” at Lawrence’s show at Bowery Ballroom.

What else is happening next in Hi-Lo Jack’s world?

We are all pretty hard at work on our own projects, but we still collaborate with each other. Clyde and Cody score movies together and Dolapo is always in the mix, so who knows, the next Hi-Lo Jack stuff could sneak up soon!

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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