Hi Jessame, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’m doing really well, thanks for asking!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Times We Had”?
“Times We Had” literally came from my bro Anthony Pisano calling me one afternoon being like “yo, let’s hit the studio tonight, grab some drinks & invite some girls” I was like “aight, could never say no to that.”
Long story short, I was in my home studio coming up with some melodies & ideas to run with before I went into the studio that night & I came across this vocal loop. I then produced the song out and had my band play bass & guitar on the track. We nearly finished the whole track that same night, & within 3 weeks or so, after added strings, percussion, proper mixes, & a crazy hectic tour schedule, the song was able to come out.
Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?
It was basically just where I was at emotionally in my life. Everything just spurred out with no filter that night. No ego, no fear of what others might think, and being incredibly vulnerable. In the midst of writing something so personal to me, I happened to meet someone that same night in the studio who would inspire the rest of the meaning of the song.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Supernatural. As a team; we like to capture the most natural and organic moments between us. The chemistry, essence of getting raw material to work, without being staged, or having to “try too hard” to tell a story. The viewer can take it how they want to.
How was the recording and writing process?
What was it like to work with Focus… and how did that relationship develop?
Incredible. My father actually knows his father very well & was able to see him as a youngin’ so it’s nothing but God’s timing that many many years later; his son would then be working with him. Focus is a genius, a true curator of sonics and moods. He knows how to capture something so special and he’s easy to work with. Legend.
Coming from such an iconic musical background – does that place any pressure on you as work on new material or rather the opposite?
Most definitely. I don’t see it as shoes to fill by any means, more of just what’s naturally in my blood, my DNA. I’ve been able to take influences from what my father has taught me as well as listening to Chuck and hearing the countless stories about his work ethic, and how he truly was the king of rock n roll & how many artists ripped him off his originality because of the times they lived in at the moment with race & culture. I take all of those expectations, worries, fears, & mix em’ into a big pot and release through the best way I know how to. Music.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
Yes always. I am a sponge, always wanting to find out more and more about anything I don’t know. That’s the best way to learn and how I learn from creating with other like-minded geniuses.
What role does Burbank play in your music?
Burbank is the heart of where I was raised, from all the streets I learned to skate on, to the music I was influenced with, to the shows I got to see my dad play at while living in LA. It’s hands down the reason I am where I am today. Nothing but love for LA, more specifically Burbank.
Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes! Berry soon!
How is the new material coming along?
Very/berry organically. I never try to go into the studio with any preconceived idea of what the track should be or sound like… that’s always failed for me. I’ve learned to see where the chord progression takes me, & build around what I hear in my soul, then take it, perfect it, & run with it.