INTERVIEW: Jarod Lawley

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

Thank you for having me! Apart from fighting an Autumn cold like everyone else I’ve been well!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Everything That I Need You To Be”?

Sure! The song sounds like a dark, electric indie anthem, with surf rock guitars and my signature deep vocals.

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

The song is about longing for someone to be a certain way. In this song I took a modern female character and slowly turned her into an old movie star, like a 1950s femme fatale. I’m in love with that era and the way people used to dress and carry themselves, so I decided to use this song to express that part of my personality. It’s a song that shows my darker side but also my nostalgia for an older time.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes, the video will be coming out on November 1st. The video plays out the story of this song and also features my girlfriend playing the role of the female character! It’s a low lit, noir style video which is exactly what I love so I’m really excited to share this one.

How was the recording and writing process?

I recorded this song not long after writing it- I wanted to get it out as soon as I could. I was listening to a lot of pop-trap that I was hearing on the radio and I added a surf rock guitar riff and my darker lyrics to it. That’s how I’d define the sound of the track!

What role does London play in your music?

The rainy streets, the old architecture, the slightly anonymous atmosphere, have all definitely been infused into my sound. I’ve lived all over the U.K., so it’s not like I couldn’t write music anywhere else, but I definitely feel at home here and have always recorded my videos here in south London. But I’ll cross the river for the next one aha.

How has Lana Del Rey and Arctic Monkeys influenced your writing?

I love how Lana Del Rey combines that ‘old soul’ atmosphere with modern instruments. She managed to create a new world with her music and aesthetics. I’m trying to do something similar with my own tastes and sound!

I’ve loved Arctic Monkeys since I was a kid- like a lot of people my age in England. But it is the dark, reverb driven sound of their AM album that I’m most inspired by.

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

Absoloutely! I’m writing more than ever before and have my follow up pretty much recorded. What’s left to do is film the video. I’ve decided that we will film it in the middle of the night on a rainy evening in Soho. It also has to be a quiet night when the streets are quite empty! So basically we are waiting for a rainy Monday night aha.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The song is called I Want It. It’s about falling in love with a prositute and walking around in the middle of the night to find her and beginning a relationship of secrecy and deceit. It will be released in early January, when it’s still cold and rainy.

Any plans to hit the road?

I’m doing a few shows around the release of this single, including a release show in Dalston on 24th with one of my favourite undiscovered bands in London. I’ll also be playing Birmingham’s Muther’s Studios on the 19th and am currently aligning some more dates around the country.

You can get tickets for the release show on the 24th here –

What else is happening next in Jarod Lawley’s world?

I’m doing a giveaway with a great vintage clothes shop, Vivien of Holloway, to promote the new single. I’m asking fans to share on social media an object from the past that is important to them, tell the story and tag me!

Apart from that, and planning 4am video shoots, I’m finding some new favourite places. Me and my other half go to Regent Street Cinema and the BFI all the time to watch the old movies they show, and I spend most of my time finding new books to read. I’ve challenged myself to finish all the Penguin Modern Classics, but writing music does get in the way aha.

Listen to ‘Everything That I Need You To Be’

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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