INTERVIEW: Jeb Loy Nichols

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “You Got It Wrong”?

I think that everything that needs to be said is there in the lyrics.  It’s all about mistaken identity, sad songs and being confused all the time.

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

No.  Just a constant feeling of being mistaken, as a musician, for someone that I’m not.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video? 

I made the video here at home.  I wanted to make something that said: you don’t know me!  You’ve got the wrong man!

The single comes off your new album June Is Short, July Is Long – what’s the story behind the title? 

It’s a lyric from one of the songs that seemed to sum up life here in the hills.

How was the recording and writing process? 

Very fast.  I wrote the songs over a few months and we recorded everything in four days.  It was a conversation between friends.

Would you call this a direct follow up or rather a departure from your previous record? 

The last record took three years to make and longer than that to write.  It took forever!  So the big change, this time, was the quickness of the process.  We went in and did it.  It felt fresh.

What role does Wales play in your music? 

It’s huge.  Not in a nationalistic sense, but in a sense of place.  The hills, the hedgerows, the lakes and animals.  The isolation, the unpeopledness.

How did you get to balance your Folk roots with other genres, and was there like a selection process on what other musical styles you would be tackling in? 

I don’t consciously balance anything.  I just let whatever’s happening happen.  I grew up listening to Country, Soul, Funk and Folk – I never heard any clear lines between them.  So now I don’t think about it – I just play and sing and that’s what you get.

What aspect of your own personal travel and journeys did you get to explore on this record? 

I think this record is all about being here, in these hills, right now.  Now thinking about tomorrow or what might be commercial or what might be cool.  Just here, walking through the tall grass, in the Welsh uplands.

How has your experiences living in different metropolis has influence your musical perspective as a whole? 

When I lived in New York I loved hip-hop.  In London I loved reggae.  Up here in Wales I still love them but it’s all mixed up with a million other things.  There’s no purity.  It’s all a mess.  My music is a mongrel.

Any plans to hit the road? 

I hope so.  I’d like to spend the rest of the year playing gigs.  We’re talking to people about it now.

What else is happening next in Jeb Loy Nichols’ world? 

I have a new novel being published in December called Suzanne And Gertrude.

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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