INTERVIEW: Jungleboi

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

Hey Vents, I’m really well and thank you for having me on here!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Sinner’s Suicide”?

It’s about letting a reckless side of us fly free for a season. As the chorus pads, bless and soaring melody suggests.  It also looks at the dark side in all of us, or what the lemon’s life sometimes throws our way. That feeling is too conveyed by the hard beats and 808’s in the verse and “Sinner Drop”. Finally the realisation that in end the bitter can turn sweet. The choir comes in to give that feeling of hope.

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

“Sinner’s Suicide” was written by myself, Sínai and Dom [McAllister]. A conversation we had before the session led to us exploring this topic. Guess it’s fair to say we were going through some things and we felt like people could relate.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

No plans for a video yet, but Dom and I did do an acoustic version with a video.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing and production was fairly quick. Musically, I began with the intro piano chords and the chants. I wanted a classic soaring chorus in contrast to very rugged uban type verses. We then did choral vocals for the Middle 8. The choir consisted of us three writers. I did the recordings in Sarm Studios and Sensible Studios in London.

Known for playing with different genres – how do you balance them together?

I believe having lived in a few different countries and cities throughout my childhood helped me develop a wide sound pallette. My approach is unorthodox, I didn’t study music and so I never learned what I’m not supposed to do. I will put all types of genres together based on what I feel a song needs rather than how it should be, or how I’ve heard it being done.

What make you want to use tribal music?

Having lived many years in South Africa as a young boy, I harness of lot of the traditional music, chants, humming and the Afro Soul that I heard on the daily. I feel incorporating that with Western music can sound pretty dope when executed in the right way.

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

Yes and no, I try to hear what’s on the collaborator’s mind. The plan is then to realise their vision but without compromising my quest for thinking outside of the box. I always start with the music. Usually just playing some type of progression with piano or an otherwise inspiring sound.

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

Absolutely! The plan has been to drop a single a month. I have songs ready for the next little while so we should be in for an exciting run. I have worked with an incredible roster of very gifted and acclaimed artists on these new records.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Around mid October. A month from “Sinner’s Suicide”.

Any plans to hit the road?

The plan is to hit the road from January 2019. This side of the year is the building process and preparation.

What else is happening next in Jungleboi’s world?

I have a few exciting collaborations that I’m excited to drop. Along with that, I am continuing my work as a producer and songwriter for other artists.

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