Hi Jono, welcome back to VENTS! How have you been?
It’s so good to be back! Life has been great and very busy. Sharing the stage with Stacey Kay for the past few months was definitely the highlight of my year. But I’ve been all over canada performing and now I’m finally back to ontario for one week to record some more tunes!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Restart”?
The first step to finding happiness is realizing when you’re unhappy. Restart is about that journey. Which, spoiler alert, is why the drop happens right on that phrase. My hope is that anyone listening will be able to find some happiness in restart and feel better after hearing it than they did when the started.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
There definitely was an event but tbh I think my favorite thing about a song like this is that people can bring their own story to it. Ofcourse when I listen to it I hear what I went through but my hope is that anyone listening will find something that relates to them and to the experience of resurgence.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I’d love to do a video for it. I kinda wanna do a dance video for it and choreograph something really fulfilling to dance to. But that is going to be on hold for a little bit while we finish recording the next few singles.
How was the recording and writing process?
Working with Sebastien Valiente is always a dream. We can write a song and produce it in an hr. Which is exactly what happened with this tune. We went in with nothing and came out with restart.
How does your choreography and dancing background influences your music as a whole?
In the case of restart that was the basis. I said to Sebastien “let’s make a song that makes us wanna dance”. The other thing is that when I create a live show I try to make it fresh and exciting every time. And the way we often do that is by using dance alot with story telling. So I’m personally really excited to see how we can use this song in our next show.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
I do. When I’m in my own studio creating and producing I usually start with all of the writing complete. Whereas when I work with other artists I’ll often start by creating the beat and then riff off of that to write the lyrics.
After the success from your previous work – did you feel any pressure as you work on this new song or rather the opposite?
Music is something I have always loved to do. I’m writing all the time. When I’m in toronto I run writer’s workshops where songwriters come and just write. And it’s my favorite night of the week! So thankfully I didnt feel too much pressure with this one. I think the pressure came more from the excitement I had to get back in the studio!
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes absolutely! This year my new years resolution was to release a song at least every 2 months and so far we’ve done that with ‘Better’, ‘Gold’ and now ‘Restart’. And theres no slowing down either. I’m excited to say that I’m currently collaborating with Adam Jasim on a song which will be coming out in his project. And I will also be releasing my own song in 2 months!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
I’m currently looking around June 22nd. But that’s a tentative date so keep your eyes glued!
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes. We are teaming up with the accolades for what will be the hypest show ever at the end if June in toronto area!
What else is happening next in JonoJosh’s world?
As you may know I, JJ Gerber , do musical theatre inbetween recording projects. Next week I’ll be starting rehearsing Guys and Dolls in port hope at the Capital Theatre playing Lt Brannigan. It runs until June 16th.