INTERVIEW: Juhan Ongbrian

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

Hey there! I’ve been good. Thank you for having me in this interview first of all.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Mood Swings”?

Yes, the single “Mood Swings” just released a couple days ago on Friday, October 25th, and it is under my artist name Juhan Ongbrian, featuring these two prolific musicians; Adrian Michael aka Ech0 on drums and Austin Smith aka Sly Chong on bass guitar.

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

Yes. I was told by a good friend that I have a very bad case of mood swings, and that pretty much inspired me.. Plus, the title pretty much describes the swingy vibe we have going on and also the changes in mood that are happening from one section to another throughout the whole song.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Nope. But we are going to release a live music video for another single on early January next year.

How was the recording and writing process?

Everything started with jam sessions. We then slowly figure out the different sections in the song and start building from it, transitioning to another sections, solos, and such. The writing process was pretty much free-flowing and open, it’s a total collaborative process between the three of us. As for recording, everything was done live in a recording studio, with some overdubs on the rhythm guitars and adding the intro samples during the post.

What role does LA play in your music?

LA is definitely the melting pot for so many things, including music. Everyone in the band brought their own influences, experiences, and visions to the table and we just flowed with that. I wouldn’t imagine doing this project anywhere else.

How did you go on balancing the jazz with the rock sensibilities?

Each of us in the band has the different spices and influences with our playing. For example in “Mood Swings”, Adrian’s drums’ beats has a latin hip-hop swing flavor to it, where Austin’s heavy rock-influenced bass guitar glues everything together, and my Jazzy-Bluesy guitar dancing on top of everything. We’re trying to cook some musical soup.

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

Yup. We have a 5-tracks EP ready to be released to follow the single.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The EP is going to be called “Mood Swings EP” and it is releasing on Friday, November 15th 2019.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yup, when we have enough audiences interested to watch us play!

What else is happening next in Juhan’s world?

My world is still spinning man.. We are currently working on to do a full-length album project for next year. Will definitely keep you guys in the loop!

Listen to “Mood Swings”

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