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INTERVIEW: Sebastian Janoski

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

I’ve been really great! I’m just writing as much as possible, making plans to get back in the studio, and trying to perform live as much as possible!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Toy”?

This is the first song that I’ve released in the past year or two that isn’t more heavily produced. I’m so excited about this song because it’s a song solely written by me, and that’s represented on the track because it’s just my voice and a guitar track, which I play. This more acoustic/stripped feel with more focus on the vocals is a pattern that I hope to keep consistently following with my future releases.

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

I had just begun to get really fed up with a certain dynamic in a specific relationship I was a part of at the time and I decided to sit down and just write about it. I felt manipulated and used and the first thing that came to my mind when I sat down was “I’m not your toy” and I just went with it! A few months before that I had wrote a little poem about a previous experience with a different person that made me feel almost the same exact way and I came back around to that poem and decided to incorporate it into the song as the bridge. So it’s a song based off of multiple events and it’s about two people specifically.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Shooting this video was one of the most laid back, and professional experiences I’ve had. The director, Tyler Holender, is extremely talented and I’m so happy I got to work with him on this. Combining both of our visions for this song- mine as the  writer, and his as someone interpreting the song for himself- really created an amazing plot line and outline for this video.

How was the recording and writing process?

I don’t sit down to write a song until I know that I’ll be able to walk away from that writing session with a completed song. My biggest pet peeve is leaving a song unfinished. “Toy” is one of the quickest songs I’ve ever written- at about 10 minutes. I was just so confident in everything that I wanted to say so it just flowed so smoothly. When I went to the studio, I was planning on recording a completely different song, but at the last minute, I decided I wasn’t comfortable with that one and I had just written “Toy” a couple weeks prior so I decided to just record it. I loved the way it turned out and decided I should release it, and I’m so happy I did!

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are covering someone else than when you are writing in your own?

Well, whenever I cover a song, I try to make it my own. I have a sound that kind of compiles folk, blues, and pop into one and that always shows itself when I write an original song so it tends to show when I perform my own version of someone else’s song. I just kind of let the music flow, whether I’m singing my own song or someone else’s, and my sound usually stays consistent.

Does your new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?

Right now everything is very up in the air. I hope to get to a point soon where I can begin to work on an album but right now no constructed plans or preparation for an album has begun. One thing that I am always working on is song writing. I’m trying to get as many songs done as I possibly can, that way, when I begin preparation for an album, I have a lot of content ready to choose from.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

As an artist, I am constantly dreaming and thinking of ideas for something as special as my debut album. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had this idea to release a full album of songs completely self written, and name it “Handwritten” because, the entire album would literally be handwritten. But then I was made aware that an extremely talented and popular artist already has a debut album with that exact title so I’m kinda back at square one.

Any plans to hit the road?

I have a few exciting shows coming up soon and I have been working on my live show a lot recently so I can’t wait to announce more and more live performances very soon!

What else is happening next in Sebastian Janoski’s world?

Right now my main priorities are writing as much as possible, getting into the studio as soon as possible, and booking and announcing as many live shows as possible. I’m taking this whole experience day by day and so far it’s been so exciting and I can’t wait for it to get even more busy and exciting.

Watch “Toy” on Youtube!


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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