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INTERVIEW: Jason Benoit

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

I’m doing well! It was a great summer and now I’m ready to release a new EP and start a coast to coast tour! Exciting times!

Can you talk to us more about your song “I Won’t Go”?

“I Won’t Go” is a song I wrote about star crossed lovers; sort of like “Romeo and Juliet”. It’s about a couple being criticized for being together but even though they are being persecuted, they believe love conquers all and they will fight for their right to stay together!

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

We seem to have finally reached a point in the history of humanity where we are free to love whoever we want regardless of race or gender. “I Won’t Go” is a tribute to all those who have chosen to stand up for the life and love they truly want.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

Yes, coming soon.

The single comes off your new album Revolution Pt. 1 – what’s the story behind the title?

It was originally “Evolution Part 1” because I felt like this album was an evolution of my writing, style, and me as an artist. But due to an autocorrect error in an email from my label, we decided to roll with it and “Revolution Part 1” was born! 

While “Revolution Part 1” is about my Evolution as an artist, it also takes into account the importance of being true to myself and choosing to release music that comes from the heart. Also “Revolution” ties into the spinning of the old vinyl records that I love… there are many layers to the meaning of this title.

Would you call this a conceptual record?

It’s conceptual in the sense of the feeling that I was going for surrounding the music. It’s all very positive and upbeat.

Would each instalment follow a different theme or are they all connected by a thread?

“Revolution Part 2” will most likely have much the same feeling or vibe as “Part 1” and will be connected in that way.

How was the recording and writing process?

We took a different approach on this album and outsourced some new material from songwriters that wrote some amazing Nashville hits. For me, I love songs that I hear right away and they hit me in the “feels”. These songs definitely do that! Some of the songs I wrote on this album were written recently in Nashville. One of the songs, “Endless Love” was written when I was 19 years old that I always loved. The album was produced at the ALTR in Toronto with Gabe Gallucci. Gabe always finds a way to bring out the best in my vocal performances. He actually recorded the vocals for my first gold single, “Gone Long Gone”.

What was it like to work with Gabe Gallucci and how did that relationship develop?

As I mentioned, Gabe recorded the vocals for “Gone Long Gone” and also “Cold Day Comin'”, some of my initial hits in my career. We’ve known each other and have been friends ever since. When I heard he started his own production studio, the ALTR in Toronto, I jumped at the opportunity to work with him again.

How much did he get to influence the album?

He actually influenced it quite a bit. He found the sound for each particular song on the album, as he was the producer. Then, through collaboration between me and my label, we all found a sound we were really excited about. We can’t wait for everyone to hear it!

With the great reception your music kept getting throughout the production process – were you feeling any nervous while putting the final touches or rather the opposite?

It’s always a little intimidating releasing new music because you never know how everyone will react to it. But in the end, we were all super excited with the way each song turned out and that eliminated any doubts we may have had. I personally think we have something really special here.

What were some of the things you choose revolt against on this record?

It’s always tempting to release music that may follow too closely with trends from other artist who may be doing well in the business today, but I feel that the sound of this album is definitely unique to me as an artist. This is my revolution; the liberation to release music that truly reflects who I am as an artist and the music I love.

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

When you’re a songwriter you find inspiration everywhere, but one song in particular on the EP called “Two Wrongs” has the lyrics “You drink tequila and I shoot that FireBall”. These lyrics actually came about when I was drinking with a friend of mine in PEI. He actually pulled out a bottle of tequila and fireball while we were sitting around playing guitar one night and we wrote the chorus together in probably 15 minutes. I finished the verses at a later date and this is one of my favourites on the EP.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yeah for sure!

October 18, 2019 – Dartmouth, NS (Album Release Party)

October 28, 2019 – London, ON

October 29, 2019 – Toronto, ON

October 30, 2019 – Oshawa, ON

November 1, 2019 – Ottawa, ON

November 3, 2019 – Kitchener, ON

November 15, 2019 – Calgary, AB

November 16, 2019 – Sturgeon, AB

More info at www.jasonbenoitmusic.com

What else is happening next in Jason Benoit’s world?

I’ll be heading back to Nashville early in the new year to do some writing for Revolution part 2 and We’re working 

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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