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INTERVIEW: Jordan Lovelis

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

Hey! Thanks for having me!

I’ve been well. About to board a flight to San Francisco for a little acoustic show.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Black and White”?

Yeah, I grew up in a very conservative family and the older I got and the more I traveled my worldview started to change. I felt like it was more or less time to leave my religion behind. It’s tough because it was my life and my parents fought very hard to raise me a certain way. Black & White is essentially a poem to my mother about how I feel about God currently… or at least the perception of God I was raised with. I guess it’s a song about learning how to be a human. *Laughs*

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

Nothing in particular. Basically just living my life in my early 20’s and feeling confused. I started singing the melody one day then the rest just came to me.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes. It will be out in June!

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was mellow. It sort of just came to me one day. I showed my producer Kelly and he started playing the bass line then we hit record. It happened really fast.

What was it like to work with Kelly Winrich and how did that relationship develop?

I love working with Kelly.  He plays in a band called Delta Spirit. We put our brains together and picked what we felt were the strongest songs and I booked a flight to New York to start recording.

He’s insanely talented. I’d write a song and be sort of glued to it but he’d challenge me to think bigger. I love Delta Spirit so it was really cool to tap into what makes them such a great band.

Kelly and I have mutual friends. I sent him some songs and he was down to produce them. Things just work out sometimes.

How your background in sports does influence with you as an artist??

I grew up skateboarding and some of my favorite bands came from finding them on skate videos. I remember hearing a Dinosaur Jr song when I was like 12. Kind of changed my perspective on music.

How Brian Wilson and John Lennon influence your music?

Well my dad is in a Beatles cover band so I’ve been obsessed with Lennon since I was a kid. He actually played Lennon in the band and would dress up for different eras. Pretty amazing to grow up like that. And Beach Boys as well. Pet Sounds is my all time favorite record. I can listen to that forever.

But yeah I think those pop melodies are just engrained in me. Both of their songs are simple but so intricate at the same tone. It’s fascinating.

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

Yes! I’ve got an EP coming out in July.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

There’s one song called Minneapolis Blues. My team is pushing for that to be the title. I might listen. Laughs

It will be out most likely end of July.

Any plans on sharing the stage together with Matt Costa?

I just got off a little US west coast tour with Matt. They were some of my first shows ever and it was surreal to play for 300 people a night… but the crowd was really nice and receptive. I’ve been a fan of Matt for a long time so it was a dream come true.

What else is happening next in Jordan Lovelis’ world?

Playing this show in SF tonight at Hotel Utah then I’ll be in the studio next few weeks. After that it’s time to get the EP into the world!

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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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