Hi Jacob, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been well! Thanks for asking. It’s been a frantic last few weeks but I think I’m finally finding time to catch some holiday spirit 🙂
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Wait”?
“Wait” came to me sitting on my porch while living in the East Atlanta Village. I go through cycles of religious writing – kind of like punching a time card at a job. I’ll set aside time, write until the alarm hits, then put a button on it and put the guitar down. The main structure of “Wait” came out of that time spent – so about 15 min give or take.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Lyrically, the idea for “Wait” came from my struggles in the past with openness. My ability to let people into the most sacred places of my being have always been guarded heavily and I was attempting to get at that a little bit.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
I have made music videos before, but this one was by far the hardest. It took about 4 days to really get some of the scenes “right” and there’s a lot of special effects in this video (hats off to Shadow Walk Films for being unbelievable through the whole process). This was a real challenge to get across the finish line and we were up against several deadlines (like daylight, for example). So, definitely an eye-opener, as to what a true actor’s life might be like.
How was the recording and writing process?
The band had been in the studio for about 10 hours or so that day, recording other songs and we came up with only a few minutes left in the session. We had a decision to make: either tweak some of the songs we had recorded earlier to move that process along, OR take a stab at a demo of a new song just to chew on it, before we came back into the studio to re-record it, later. We chose the latter and after the second full live take of the song, Jason Kingsland (the engineer and co-producer) said that he thought he captured it. Sure enough, he did. Hats off to Zach Pyles, Colin Agnew and Kevin Scott (co-producer) for some unbelievable on-the-fly work!
How does your time as a veteran get to influence your writing as a whole?
The military had a huge impact on me. I was a pretty lazy kid growing up, and I mean that in the sense of… I never really challenged myself to see what I was capable of. The military – and in particular, MSGT Beard – really put her thumb on me and held me accountable to always work hard and not settle for “satisfactory.” She really woke me up to being the person I am today.
What role does Atlanta play in your music?
When I moved to Atlanta in 2004, I could barely play, honestly. Sure, I could strum a few chords and sing a pop song a little, but I only knew maybe the same 5 or 6 everyone does and I really didn’t start thinking about music seriously until I was right, at 22 years old. That’s when my social life stopped and I kinda just shut down and locked myself in a room to figure it out. Atlanta was the place it all started… first with the Atlanta Institute of Music, and then just going out every night and checking out the local legends that make Atlanta special. The Five Spot Jam on Tuesday nights was my first real home as a musician, and it was through those experiences and relationships that helped shape who I am today.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
I do plan on recording new music after the first of the year to keep the singles coming a long with more performance based videos.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Not at this time, but you’ll know when I do 🙂
Any plans to hit the road?
No road dates as of yet for this year, but I’m looking at the Fall to play some spot dates in some major markets. I’m also looking into the possibility of doing some live streaming concerts from some studios in ATL.
What else is happening next in WiseTale’s world?
A whole lot of writing, a whole lot of planning for the future and a whole lot of big ideas. This whole process is about documenting my history as an artist and I hope someone, somewhere finds it helpful to them in some way.
Wait - Wisetale