INTERVIEW: Greg Jacquin

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

Hi there! I’ve been fantastic. Thanks for asking.

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

“Barry” was inspired by watching too much cable news for the past 2 years and witnessing what has been going on at our borders with children being separated from their parents. I’ve never been too politically involved but I did appreciate the direction the country was going when Obama was president. I’d hoped racism was being defeated, we legalized gay marriage and some states started legalizing marijuana. But now it seems that we have taken a hard right turn in the opposite direction the past couple years and it’s making a lot of people very unhappy and destroying many peoples lives.

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

When I heard a little girl crying that all she wanted was to be reunited with her mother or her aunt.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We were thinking about editing a bunch of news clips together of the families in cages with nothing but those silver blankets. If anyone wants to do that please sent us the link.

The single comes off your new album Clocks Slow Down – what’s the story behind the title?

The title “Clocks Slow Down” describes that feeling you get when you get older and time seems to go by so quickly. Like one minute your in your twenties and then the next minute your kids are in their twenties. Or the opposite feeling when your waiting for something that you’ve been looking forward to for so long and the clock seems to be moving slower that humanly possible and you can hear the ticking echoing in year head.

How was the recording and writing process? The recording process was wonderful. We tracked and mixed the album in Croton, NY at Woody’s House with the amazing producer Fred Gillen Jr.. When we went into the studio to start recording I only had about half the songs recorded so we tracked the drums for about those and then began recording the rest of the instruments. Once I had the other songs written we had Peter Wilson come back in and finish his tracks. I wrote Highways & Hotels last.

What was it like to work with Fred Gillen Jr. and how did that relationship develop?

Working with Fred was great and he quickly became an invaluable asset to the project. He would give ideas on what he thought would make the track sound better and based on his experience in the studio working with legend Pete Seeger and guitarist Matt Turk we knew that he could be trusted. He became the fifth Beatle so to speak even added some bass, percussion and background vocals to the album.

How much did he get to influence the album? Fred’s influence on the album is palpable.

What role does NYC play in your music? NYC play a huge role in my music. I live just outside the city and have gone to and played more show in NYC than I can even remember. It’s the only place in the world that I feel at home.

What made you want to touch on some rather depressing topics?

Sadly, I’ve suffered from depression for more than half my life and half of that time I didn’t even know that I was suffering from it. The worst thing you can do if you’re depressed is not acknowledge it and/or not tell your family & friends that you’re suffering from it. The songs that I write and the words that come out of me aren’t really something that i plan out. I sit on my couch and I start playing the guitar. When I find a chord progression that I like I just start singing until something sticks. Usually I’m thinking about and missing one of my kids or just regretting a mistake of bad decision that I made that haunts me every day.

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

Lately I’ve been obsessed with The Jayhawks and Simone Felice. I love the way the Jayhawks can take some simple chords and great lyrics and write a really catchy song and I love the way Simone captures all that emotion in his voice. They give me the chills.

Any plans to hit the road?

YES! Absolutely. I plan on spending a huge part of  2019 on the road. This is just the

4/25 – Forest & Main Brewing – Ambler, PA

4/26 – Seasons & Sessions, DC

4/27 – Garden Grove Brewing, Richmond, VA

4/28 – The Juggling Gypsy – Wilmington NC

5/2 – The Cellar, Newnan, GA

5/6 – El Rocko, Savannah, GA

5/10 – Hotel RL – Baltimore, MD

5/11 – Hotel RL – DC – 7pm

5/14 – Piano’s NYC – 7pm

What else is happening next in Greg Jacquin’s world?

“Clocks Slow Down” releases on 2/15/19 release show/party at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC at 6pm. The next single “Store Policy” releases on 2/1/19 and we’ll be releasing an Official Music Video for “Highways & Hotels” very soon. It features Sarah Browne and was shot at the historic Tarrytown Music Hall. TEASER VIDEO CLIP

LISTEN Greg Jacquin – “Time Again”
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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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