INTERVIEW: Jonathan Karkar

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

I’ve been great! Extremely busy working on tons of music for myself and other artists, everything from production to gigs and everything in-between!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “I Forgot About Me”?

Definitely! I Forgot About Me came about early in September, I literally woke up one morning with the opening line “What about me-e, me-e, me-e-e” stuck in my head. I got myself a coffee, went straight downstairs to my basement studio and the song was fully written within an hour.

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

Yeah, there was a period of time where I was super anxious and afraid of being left behind on a project that I fully devoted myself to. Admittedly it may have been a little bit of an irrational fear, but a profound fear nonetheless.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I don’t have anything in the works at the moment in terms of a music video for this song, I’m trying to sort out a lyric video at the moment, so if you’re reading this & have some animation skills and are down to collaborate, hit me up!

How was the recording and writing process?

Well the writing process like I mentioned earlier was very quick, easy and effortless. It happened essentially within an hour of hearing the opening melody. It was quite early in the morning, roughly 8am so I had the whole day to record, so I had a pretty solid demo recording by the end of the day. It started off much more organic, with me playing Bass guitar, and a lot more Piano playing. I finished the production on the song a few days after before I sent it to my friend/mix engineer extraordinaire Luke Fair to mix & master for me, now here we are!

What role does Toronto play in your music?

Toronto is such a great city to live in, we get 4 full & vivid seasons, so much cultural diversity, and especially when you’re surrounded by so many progressive thinkers and determined individuals, its very hard to not get inspired and push your own skills and abilities to their limits!

How has Marianas Trenches and Panic! At The Disco influenced your writing?

I don’t try to write songs to “sound like” any specific artist or band, but I think its pretty clear how my influences reveal themselves through my music. I’m in love with lush pop vocal harmony arrangements, and I can’t help myself from writing songs that are big and theatrical, its just so much fun to create as grand a sound as possible. It’s also very difficult to not get carried away, which has proven to be the biggest challenge of making pop music. But those are both very strong themes that occur regularly in the Marianas & Panic! material.

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

You can absolutely expect new material, I don’t intend on putting an album together – at least not at this stage – but instead I just feel like making a bunch of pop singles and dropping them on a 1-2 month basis

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

After your New Years Eve parties when you’re too hungover to get off the couch on January 1st, imma drop my first collaboration track “Sitting on the Couch” with my awesome friend and unbelievable artist Kyra Mastro singing on it.

Any plans to hit the road?

I’m working on booking myself a few gigs, but I don’t have a string of dates I can call a tour yet. We’ll see I guess, just gotta go with the flow.

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

I work a lot with Kyra Mastro, helping write & produce a bunch of her stuff, all of which is awesome material, especially when you get to work with an artist and singer of her caliber. She’s putting out a song very soon in November called “Tread Lightly” where you can hear lots of my production too, as well as a bunch more tracks on the way that I probably shouldn’t mention just yet…

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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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