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INTERVIEW: Jonathan Facka

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

I have been well thank you for asking.

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

The tree was the last installment of my album Streetlight in the Woods on spotify. I chose to make a video for this song because of its imagery.

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

Yes. A loss of a friend. I wrote the song many years after the event.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

We filmed in two locations and we filmed in two different seasons. First we filmed Thalia in the fall, then we waited for snow. My time on set was uncomfortable at best. It was very cold out there in the snow. I remember not being able to move my hands towards the end of the shoot .

The single comes off your new album Streetlight In The Woods – what’s the story behind the title?

The title is based off of one of my songs “streetlight”. It’s a metaphor for standing out and doing something different. Nobody really notices a streetlight when it’s on the street. A streetlight in the woods, however is a bit more interesting.

How was the recording and writing process?

You might not believe we recorded this next to a bunk bed with kids playing basketball loudly outside the window. It’s amazing how technology has come this far.

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

For this song I wrote the lyrics and asked Thalia if she wanted to sing it. When I collaborate I usually have some form of outline to work from. When I write alone it all seems to come out at once.

What aspect of displacement and disappointment did you get to explore on this record?

I feel displacement and disappointment are two great motivators to write. These feelings were painted all through the record.

What made you want to touch on such dark themes?

The death in the song is a metaphor for a past relationship not being able to manifest its self again. Therefore the idea is dead. Somebody told me my lyrics were “predictable” so I decided to go for a twist of sorts in this one. I’ve had many tragic things happen to me in my life, so dark themes tend to flow out of me more often than not.

Was it easy for you to tackle on?

All of my songs have an important meaning to me personally, this one in particular. When I have an emotional attachment to the lyrics it makes it very easy to take on.

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

From my life experience in general, a few influences from some of my favorite artists like passenger. I really like him. I had a couple friends pitch in on the lyrics here and there.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes I’m working on that now! I’ve been doing a lot of sofar sounds shows.

What else is happening next in Jonathan Facka’s world?

I’m recording a new album currently and I’m filming a couple more videos.

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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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