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INTERVIEW: Joe Jenneman

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

I’ve been great!  Just living the Cali life and riding high off the amazing response this new track has been getting!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Bloom”?

So “Bloom” is the third song I’ve recorded with Grammy Nominated producer Erik Kertes (Michael Buble, Shakira).  While we normally go for a bigger, more epic sound, we took a very minimalistic approach this time, and I’ve gotta say I love what  we ended up with. Having a stripped down feel allows for the story and soul of the song to be more easily accessible, which as a songwriter I’m all about.

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

Oh yeah.  As for all of my songs, “Bloom” was inspired completely by true events.  I had this girlfriend in high school who I was with on and off for years.  I really thought I’d be with her forever, but I guess that’s just how everyone feels the first time they “fall in love.”  Long story short, it didn’t work out. Freshman year of college she cheated on me while studying abroad in Poland. I’d never really experienced anything like that, and I didn’t know how to respond.  My answer to everything had always been to just write about it. In this instance however, I couldn’t reflect for several months. Once I was able to finally write about the situation, all the pain and sadness came pouring out into “Bloom,” and I slowly started to feel better.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes, the video actually came out on Monday (Nov 12)!  This is the third music video I’ve done with director Brendan Eadicicco.  It’s always a blast working with Brendan, as he never fails to come up with an incredible vision and execute it flawlessly.  We went out to some woods in southern Ohio to find the ideal setting, and I think the surroundings fit the vibe of this track like a glove.

How was the recording and writing process?

I’d written this song a little while back, and never really planned to release it as a single.  However every time I played it live, I got such a great response that I eventually decided to bring it to the studio.

The recording process was almost reversed for this track…Instead of adding parts until the song felt finished, we spent a lot of time taking parts out and simplifying.  We had nearly everything that’s in the final mix recorded the first night, so after that it was a matter of figuring out what absolutely needed to be there. If a part wasn’t totally crucial, we ditched it.  This method gave birth to what I feel is an awesome recording. Getting rid of any clutter really let’s the remaining parts shine, and allows the story behind the song to breathe.

I think my favorite sections of the track are the guitar solos, and the harmonies by Lisa Heller.

What role does LA play in your music?

As far as the way I write and record, I don’t think it effects much at all.  I already knew who I was as an artist before I came out here, which I think is important.  With people trying to pull you in a hundred different directions, being able to stay true to your own sound and vibe is very necessary for success.

Regarding the way I handle the business and promotional side of my music, being out here changes everything.  There’s this certain energy in LA. It will either burry you or carry you. Everyone out here is fighting for everyone else’s attention.  You realize quickly that nobody cares…so you have to make them care. This vibe is very motivating if you let it be.

How Bob Dylan and Justin Bieber has influence your writing?

I refer to those artists in my bio because I feel I’m almost perfectly centered  between the two. My songs are storytelling and lyric driven like Dylan’s, yet catchy and polished like Bieber’s.  I think that balance is what makes me special as an artist.

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

There will definitely be new stuff coming out in the new year.  Exactly what that project will be, I can’t say. All I can promise is that I will continue to make music that is true to who I am as a person and as an artist.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

February 2019?

Any plans to hit the road?

I have some local LA shows lined up,  most notably The Viper Room Dec 13, as well as SXSW festival (Austin, TX) in March.

What else is happening next in Joe Jenneman’s world?

You’ll just have to follow along this journey with me to find out.  Your guess is as good as mine.

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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