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INTERVIEW: Jay Dref

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

Thank you so much! I’m feeling pretty great right now. Super excited about the release of my new single “Taxi in the Rain.”

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Taxi In The Rain”?

I heard “Taxi in the Rain” for the first time about a year ago, and I immediately fell in love with it. When I read the lyrics and listened to the melody, I knew this was a song that I needed to do. It tells a beautiful story of a guy who’s in a taxi on his way to the airport, and it just so happens to be raining outside. He’s headed to pick up the girl he loves just to find out that her flight is delayed. The message is that true love still exists, even when there are obstacles to be faced. The story behind it is incredible and if you’ve ever been in love you can relate to it’s powerful message that above all love always wins and good things always come to those who wait. I couldn’t be more thrilled to share it with you. It truly is a masterpiece.

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

The song was written by Stephan Moccio, Lauren Christy, and Denise Rich. I didn’t actually have a part in the writing of the song but I knew from the very first moment I heard it that I was meant to sing it. I knew this would be a song that I could do justice for, and that I could definitely make my own. And the writers all believed the same thing. Lauren and Stephan mentioned they had written the song about five years ago, and were just waiting for the right person to come along to sing it.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The video was filmed in the studio while we were actually recording the song. I was so fortunate to record the song at Stephan’s beautiful recording studio in Santa Monica, California. The atmosphere was great. It was intimate and very moody. I loved recording the song to just a candlelit room. I really feel at home in front of a microphone and in a studio setting. Having the camera crew there for those moments worked to capture the real sentiment and mood of the day. For me, their presence added to the overall recording experience and I’m so happy with the way it all turned out. The music video really captures every moment and emotion and takes you on a journey as the song builds.

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording process was probably the best experience I’ve ever had. Working with some of the best in the business in a top notch studio in LA! What more could a guy ask for? One of my favorite parts about the whole experience was being able to work one on one with songwriters Stephan Moccio and Lauren Christy. Stephan not only wrote the song but also plays the piano on the song, and he’s featured in the video. Plus, Stephan is a wine lover, and he popped open some amazing wines. What I loved most about the whole experience was how comfortable I felt with everyone. The team behind this amazing song are some of the best people in the world, and I am looking forward to working with such wonderful people again.

How do you go on balancing your classic background with your modern influences?

I’ve always had a passion for classical music. I was very fortunate to study at The Juilliard School, where I was able to hone in on my technique and really learn how to sing. Since then I’ve applied that knowledge to music that I am passionate about in the classical crossover genre. I always knew that this was the route I was going to take. A song like “Taxi in the Rain” is a great example of a song that not only has the classic sound, but it also has a contemporary/modern feel. It’s a simple, but incredibly powerful song. For me it’s the best of both worlds.

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

I was able to collaborate with Stephan Moccio on this song. His piano playing is magical, and inspiring. It was his soft touch and amazing artistry that brought out the best in me while in the studio. Through the years I’ve learned that the relationship between a pianist and a vocalist is one of the most important things in putting on a performance or in this case recording a piece of music. The immediate connection I had with Stephan I truly believe will make this song a huge success.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Absolutely. I am working on an EP right now to be released very soon. It includes another song written by Lauren Christy, with Jordan Smith (The Voice) with Stephan Moccio on the piano. And there are some other surprises on the EP that I hope you will enjoy.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

No release date yet. Stay tuned!

Any plans to hit the road?

I’ll be heading out to California next month to be a featured artist at “Live In The Vineyard.” I’m very excited about that, as it’s an opportunity to perform for some key music industry folks. I also have one-off gigs here and there, but it’s always been my dream to go out on tour and share my music with the world on a grander scale. Hopefully sometime in the very near future, that will happen. Until then, I’m headed back into the studio to record new music.

What else is happening next in Jay Dref’s world?

I’ll be heading back into the studio at Cove City Sound in New York to record some more music for the EP. Up until now the journey has been incredible. I can say that big things are on the horizon and that this is only the beginning for Jay Dref!

Watch “Taxi In The Rain”

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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