Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Deeper Thrill”?
Sure. I went back and listened to a lot of late 90’s / early 2000’s chart rock and got super hyped on how it all sounded. I ended up re discovering all of these forgotten intricacies in each track and thinking “holy shit… this stuff is really tight”. There was something alluring about the overproduced quality of these heavily distorted guitars on top of breakbeat drums. It’s so listenable on record, but you just know that it would blow you to smithereens live.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
It was more a chain of events that spurred me on to write this track. I had a car crash altercation with a close friend who I was working with musically, and it left me sick to my stomach. After the dust had settled I started questioning the sincerity of these extra bodies that were around me at the time, and began to disassociate myself from the industry I always dreamed to be a part of. It all just seemed completely opaque and ungenuine, and it totally destroyed my spirit of even considering to play music again. I disappeared for quite some time and I really wasn’t sure if I ever wanted to come back, but music is all that I have. So “Deeper Thrill” was me dusting down my shoulders after shutting off from the world to rebuilt myself… kind of sounds like a shit transformers movie when I read it back.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I won’t say too much, but I’m working on storyboards with a super talented film maker down in London. At the minute, he’s just figuring out how we are going to shoot it all, since there will be quite a lot going on in just one location. But all being well, it should be out next month.
How was the recording and writing process?
This time round it was harder to get right because sonically “Deeper Thrill” has more peaks and troughs than ‘Perseid 45’, which kinda stomps along all the way through like ‘Night Fever’. I knew I wanted to co mix with my friend Joe Atkinson who I was connecting with around the time I finished recording everything. He’s got a taste for well polished pop music and a very open mind for hi-fi music production. We ended up bouncing session files back and forth, and he helped me re-mould the original sound of the track, which naturally in it’s first stages was more raw and unruly. I remember I ended up scrapping, re-recording and re-mixing what I thought were finalised vocal tracks at least three times, because I just wasn’t happy with how my voice was sitting in the mix. I knew this song was going to be driven by my vocals, so in order to support my melody the instruments needed to sound fat and rich, but I still needed that spare room to breathe in the verses. This is one of the reasons my drum parts were chopped up into breaks with some heavy sample overlays. There were a handful of other noises tucked away in there too, including my teeth clacking through a ping pong delay and this crazy sound that an iPhone makes when you hold a jack cable next to it that’s being ran through a distorted ‘Roland Space Echo’. Ultimately, It was about finding a balance between these intermittent bursts of experimental instrumentation, whilst still trying to take a minimalist approach to production.
What was it like to work with Rob Grant and how did that relationship develop?
‘Them Things’ is the other band I play drums in, and for every one of our tracks over the past three years, we’ve been working with Rob through the mastering process. He’s just a super knowledgable, extremely switched on guy, and won’t stop working until you are 200% happy with the outcome of your music. I trusted him to vibe off what I was going for with ‘Deeper Thrill’ and he nailed it!
How much did he influence the song?
I would say, as a mastering engineer, Rob influenced the final stages of my song. He’s more of an epiphany inducing magician, who gives your track that final sprinkle of fairy dust, and makes you go “Ah, there it is. That’s what I was waiting to hear!”
What role does Newcastle play in your music?
I’ve always lived out on the coast where there are a lot of fields and beaches, so to an extent it’s a very serene environment for writing music. I wouldn’t say Newcastle plays a roll in my music though, because the things I write about are quite far removed from surface level reality. I’ve grown tired of most of the things I see on a daily basis, and right now all I want to do is live in my own world where I can create and share things with other people; that’s much more exciting I think.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
I’m finishing off the last two singles for the E.P at the moment. I’ll be pulling in a string section for one of the singles and moving into vinyl beat sampling as well. I’m enjoying the challenge of introducing all of these new processes whilst still trying to create a cohesive sound at the end of it all.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
I have the titles but won’t leak those just yet. As for the release, I should have the next single out by the middle of next month and the other not far behind to follow it up.
Any plans to hit the road?
I’m actually only just starting to get a band together for this project. Playing live is a different beast to recording all together, so I’m thinking ahead about how I can work with others and deliver the performance to the best of our ability. With a bit of luck and hard work I should be playing an oasis themed, “three trebles for a fiver” club night this time next year.
What else is happening next in Jango Flash’s world?
I’m in talks with an artist from NYC who creates 3D sci-fi animations. She’s a total wizz at developing real world environments, characters and objects for the purposes of Virtual Reality. With her I’m hoping to build a totally interactive website based off some of the visual art I’ve had rattling around my head. I have this idea of creating a space online where visitors can access my work in new ways, weather that be for remix purposes or just through providing extra downloadable content for people who sign up to my mailing list. Keep your eyes peeled though, it’ll be with us soon!