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INTERVIEW: John Gibbons

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

Hi guys! I’m great thanks – looking forward to a long, hot an very busy summer!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Sweat (A La La La La Song)”?

A couple of years ago, when I first signed my record deal I decided I’d love to reboot and release three of my favourite tracks from childhood for a modern audience. These were Charles & Eddie’s ‘Would I Lie To You’, ‘PYT (Pretty Young Thing) by Michael Jackson, and Inner Circle’s classic, ‘Sweat’. Having already had great success with the first two tracks, I’m, delighted that ‘Sweat’ has now hit the airwaves, marking a personal milestone for me, and I’m very excited to see how it performs.

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

There wasn’t a particular event per se, but the song brings back great childhood memories of summer holidays spent on the beach without a care in the world. Music was always central to my childhood and the song brings back vivid and wonderful early summer memories for me.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

The lyric video has already hit YouTube and there’s the possibility of a full-length video later in the summer, something I’m very excited about so fingers crossed!

How was the recording and writing process?

It was quite nerve-wracking at times! With the 1992 original being such a classic, I trod very carefully along a fine line between being faithful to and doing justice to the Inner Circle version, and modernising the song with a 2018 audience in mind. Thankfully, based on early reaction to the song I seem to have achieved that, making the long hours of blood, sweat (ahem…) and tears worth it!

What role does Ireland play in your writing?

Apart from the fact that I like to test early versions of my songs on friends and family at home in Ireland it doesn’t really play a direct role. However, indirectly the influence of my homeland is huge. My formative years in music were based on the music I listened to growing up with friends at home, swapping CDs, discovering new bands and genres and being heavily into Irish acts such as Soundcrowd, Mark Kavanagh, Mr. Spring and many others. I first began to become aware of dance music and club culture through Irish radio and these early influences still resonate with me today when I’m performing live or in the studio.

After the success of your previous singles – does that put any pressure on your shoulder?

Not really, pressure is for tyres! On the contrary it gives me more confidence in my own abilities and direction as a producer and artist and I use past success to fuel future accomplishment.

What made you to deep into the 90s with this song?

As indicated earlier, I’m a huge fan of music from the 90’s, that being the era I grew up in and I have an incredibly soft spot for music, both pop and dance, from the time.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?

Absolutely. There’s a lot of compromise when collaborating in comparison to when I’m producing alone – I can be as greedy as I like then! That said, I really enjoy collaborating as there’s always so much to learn from working with different artists and producers.

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

Absolutely. I’ve a couple of remixes on the way for some massive international artists and there’s be another original single on the way in the fall/autumn, which I’m very excited about. I’ve so much new music on the way in fact and I can’t wait for you all to hear it!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I could tell you but I’d have to kill you!

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, this summer is extremely busy and I’m touring a lot. I’ve recently had some amazing headline and festival shows in the UK, Norway, Austria and Ireland and will be playing stadium shows alongside artists such as The Chainsmokers, Rita Ora, Picture This, Kendrick Lamar, Massive Attack and N.E.R.D. in the next few months – exciting times!

What else is happening next in John Gibbons’ world?

Right now my focus is on the release of ‘Sweat’, as it continues to grow and gain traction around the world, so depending on the success of the single, you can expect a lot more touring, big headline shows and the release of tons of new music – it’s time to POWER UP!

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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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