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INTERVIEW: Day Joy

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

I’ve been well. Thanks for having me.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Not Anymore”?

Well, It’s our first single in the two years since releasing “Florida’s Warm.” I’ve always been enamored with ballads and nocturnal themes which are very obvious in this track. The whole thing is sort-of a gross over-statement.  “Not Anymore” was also the first track off the forthcoming LP that was fully recorded at Old Familiar Sound in the upcoming Hourglass District of Orlando. It’s the first true example of the full potential of my collaboration with Greyson Charnock of Someday River. We are both really excited about it.

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

I wrote the lyrics for “Not Anymore” in the aftermath of a breakup. I lost a lot of friends. And, for the first time in my life, I was glad of it.  I developed this sort-of “Fuck you. I don’t need you” attitude toward them. In a sense, I’m calling my own self out in “Not Anymore.  Maybe I don’t need them, but I do need someone. I’m human after all and can’t survive in a vacuum.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Not as of now, but I would LOVE it if David Dean Burkhart graced us with one! (wink wink) We have an idea in the works for our next single but nothing concrete yet.

The single comes off your new album Great Satan, Mass Appeal what’s the story behind the title?

Well, “Great Satan” is a common nickname given to The United States by some terrorist organizations. I have also read that a similar name was given to the rising American empire by Native Americans. The album dives deep into the mass appeal of American values, good and bad, even in this time of crisis. On an individual scale, it can be very revealing to imagine how you are personally responsible for the ails of your society. This could be a very long conversation, so I’ll leave it there.

How was the recording and writing process?

Greyson and I had the whole song structured out before we started recording – which is unusual for me. The process was relatively traditional compared to earlier Day Joy recordings done in coffee shops, living rooms, bedrooms, etc. We worked with one of my long-time friends and drum guru, Ranson Vorphal. Most drums you hear these days are sampled. So it was nice to have solid live drums on the track. It definitely helped maintain the vintage aesthetic. After we recorded all the main tracks, we sat on the song for a while. It didn’t yet feel complete until we added the live piano and vocal harmonies.

What role does Orlando play in your music?

We haven’t been playing too many shows as of late in order to focus on the album. That being said, the Orlando Weekly is very supportive of local music and has managed to stay vibrant in the era of dying print – which is commendable. Will’s Pub has been supporting good live music since before I was old enough to be in a bar. There is a lot going on, especially in the punk scene. We just don’t play out enough right now to be super active in the small but supportive indie scene.

What aspect of the social and political climate in the world and death did you get to explore on this album?

A big concept in “Great Satan, Mass Appeal” is facing the clumsy fumbling through chaos we are bound to experience in life. Whether that chaos emerges from the death of a loved one, or an election, or the upheaval of your society’s values doesn’t matter. When it comes, if you aren’t prepared, you’re left fumbling in the dark for the answers. This is the territory in which the record resides.

Did you intend to go for a somewhat cynical approach with this record?

There is some cynicism in the record because, when life gets bad enough, sometimes that’s all you have. However, I wouldn’t call the record cynical as a whole. There is too much genuine hope, even if the cynic is right to call it naive…

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I find a lot of inspiration in religious, spiritual, and psychedelic experiences. Although everything on “Great Satan, Mass Appeal” is biographical to a degree, the writing perspective is often through these lenses.

Any plans to hit the road?

No official tour plans as of now. We will, at least, do select east coast dates upon releasing the album.

What else is happening next in Day Joy’s world?

I have been writing a lot of new material. So we will probably get right back to recording after the new album is out. Looking forward to playing more shows in 2019 as well!

LISTEN Day Joy – “Not Anymore”

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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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