Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Suvi”?
Yeah sure. Song started as a ballad. My friend Chloe Charles was the voice I had in mind from the moment it was written. The song sat as an accapella with her voice and was being sent to a number of DJs all who were interested in the song but never finished it. Couple months later I was in a Jamie XX mood after watching him play a BIOLER room set…and I just produced the track with him in mind. I’d love him to play it in that set I watched!
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Bad breakup… is there ever a good one…? Kinda trying to get myself out of a funk of being distraught and lost.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I wish…videos cost money…which I don’t have a ton. I’d love to find someone to match visuals to it as I think the song is in need of visuals to represent it!
How was the recording and writing process?
Wrote lyrics and melody on a piano. Was very interested in the melody of the song being strong and the lyrics quite frankly not to be the focus, but image based and dream like. I was tired of every song having to make absolute sense.
What was it like to work with Chloe Charles and Geoff Willingham and what did they brought up to the table?
Incredible voices – originally the track was just Chloe and I’ve written material with her for years for her projects. I met Geoff about 4 months ago – He lives in the building next to mine. I had him sing on the record to see what it would sound like as a duet – I am fascinated in how different voices can lend such different stories and colours to the same lyrics.
After the success in your life as a professional career – what made you want to embark on a musical career?
I’ve always wanted to be an artist – I never had the confidence to claim it. Working at a label was the best way to stay close to music and make money. I find there is a number of people who work in the music industry who really wish they were on the creative side or have dreams of being an artist. (At least all them cynical A&Rs J)
What did you learn from that previous experiences?
“Record company people are shady.” – Tribe Called Quest. I learned that the business of music is really about business first and not creative in most areas of the industry. There are few places that foster the creative process. The business has done a 180 since I left it 10 years ago. I would even say it has shifted really dramatically in the last 2 years. Attention spans of consumers and the fight to get attention amongst all the media out there leaves new artists in a challenging predicament to even get a leg up. Back in the day, I got to watch a lot of superstars grow their careers – I got to see what it takes to be great at your craft – its an everyday hustle and it takes time.
Are you taking a different approach for this project?
I’m just going to make the music I love. That I would play when I DJ. I can’t be bothered with any rules or what is cool or what is popular anymore . I know what I want to hear and I’ll just keep that as my guideline to making music.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Full ep is done – 6 songs – they are going to be released in the coming months. Next single will be with my main partner in music Sway Clarke. Suvi is just the start…tons of music in the can to come! Between Sway Clarke and myself, we’ve never had a problem making music.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
I think the EP will drop in June. Next single is in May
Any plans to hit the road?
Nope. Unless this music starts to pop – nobody will want to see me play. I’m gonna keep releasing music and build hopefully something. So it really all depends on how people react but its early days…
What else is happening next in JESUSCMPLXX’s world?
Gonna go eat a banana and take a nap. Its 5pm and snowing outside… April in Toronto.
You can hear SUVI now through, SoundCloud, or Spotify. Thanks for listening – more to come in 2018.