INTERVIEW: Jungleboi

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

Hi, I’ve been really good. Been mostly in the studio working on some new material for you.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hold My Hands Up”?

This is a record with my good friend Arrow Benjamin. The guy’s a legend so this is someone I was always going to do a collaboration with. We’ve worked on a bunch of records for him and for other people. We’d been talking about doing one together at some point, and this felt like the right time to do that. I’m really happy with the result! From his voice, to the sonics of the track, I’m proud to have it as the single for my first EP.

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

There isn’t one particular event that inspired it, but I can definitely say that there is many world issues going on, especially in the West, that we slightly allude to in the lyrics. However it’s quite broad as this could also fit into the context of a relationship.

The single comes off your new EP ​Riding on a Light Beam – what’s the story behind the title?

I feel like I’m at a point of clarity where I’m experiencing almost a high, or an illumination especially when it comes to what I want my music to sound like, or just how I’d like to shape my life. ‘Riding on a Light Beam’ is cutting through the darkness and heaviness of life with this beam of light that pierces through. It’s a perspective. Also it is a lyric from the song Light Beam which is too on my EP.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was unique for every song, neither were they done in one country or at the same time. I chose to work on these songs when the inspiration for them was there rather to force them to come within a specific timeframe. Recordings took place between London and LA. The writing was always the easy part. What comes after felt like work and I had to really decide how I wanted each record to sound, so as not to misrepresent me or the guest..

The album features a wide range of special guests – did you handpick them or how did they come on board?

I worked with mostly friends whose work I love, but also with the people I believed to bring out the best in me as I did in them. It was important that I knew all my guests and had relationships with them. I believed that energy would be felt through the records. At least for my first EP that’s what I wanted it to be like.

Did you always intend to have some special collabs on the record or it just happened?

I always intended to have collabs, but the special part is only something you can hope for as collaborations don’t always work. Loving and believing in your music first before sharing with everyone else is very important. We as a collective achieved this together and are happy with the result.

What did they bring to the table?

All my guests brought their fantastic voices along with superb writing skills. As a co-writer this was interesting as every writer came from a different world to the next, in terms of genre, and most times even ethnicity. That’s a melting pot I could never bring myself. That blend is a big part of why the EP sounds like it does.

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

When I work with someone else I tend to try and understand their vision of how they see the record going. Then try to marry that with what I want from the end result. There’s a lot of compromise which can be difficult at times, but usually yields a harvest of great.

How much of your own roots did you get to explore on this record?

I got to put a lot of myself on these records. The balance was in making sure that every song reflected what myself and each guest were wanting to convey.

Known for producing different people on different genres – did you also open yourself to explore a wide range of sounds on this album?

I got to explore a bit of my roots, especially with all the chanting, choir and some of the chopped vocal samples. I enjoyed being able to do that without any restrictions. There is a red thread that holds the project together, so all the songs sonically work with each other. I didn’t veer too much from previous releases.

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

These all came from life experiences, personal and from people around us.

Any plans to hit the road?

All will be announced very, very soon.

What else is happening next in Jungleboi’s world?

I have a few more singles and exciting collabs lined up which I can’t wait to share with you all.

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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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