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INTERVIEW: Artist Excellent Jacket

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

EXCELLENT JACKET IS WARM AND COZY, BUT ALSO WET AND IT SMELLS LIKE A DEPRESSED DOG. 7/10 OVERALL.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Moody Banana”?

ABSOLUTELY. THIS IS MY DESTINY.

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

YES, AS A YOUNG KID GROWING UP ON THE MEAN STREETS OF 80’s HARLEM, YOU LEARN QUICKLY THAT YOU GOTTA DO WHATEVER YOU CAN TO SURVIVE. SOMETIMES, IT INCLUDES STEALING BREAD, SOMETIMES IT’S SELLING A KISS. THIS TRACK IS ABOUT THOSE DECISIONS AND DEALING WITH THE EMOTIONAL CONSEQUENCES. 

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

THE VIDEO WAS CONCEPTUALIZED BY MY FAMILY BARBER. HE SAID IT CAME TO HIM WHILE RELAXING IN A LOCAL BATH HOUSE. IF YOU KNEW HIM, YOU’D KNOW ITS A REALLY GOOD SIGN.

The single comes off your new album 1000 Eyes – what’s the story behind the title?

1000 EYES IS A STREET DRUG THAT I AM CURRENTLY DEPENDENT ON. IT’S NOT PHYSICALLY ADDICTIVE, BUT I’M VERY WEAK.

Did you approach this record as a conceptual album?

I DID, I HAD TO. IT WAS RECORDED WITH JASON CORBETT, AT JACKNIFE SOUND. HE INSISTS THAT YOU MOVE INTO THE STUDIO WHEN YOU RECORD WITH HIM, AND HE SLEEPS THERE WITH YOU. THERES ONLY ONE BED, SO IF YOU WANT TO SHARE IT WITH HIM, HE DEMANDS YOU COME UP WITH A UNIQUE CONCEPT FOR YOUR ALBUM, AND WHISPER IT TO HIM WHILE HE DRIFTS OFF TO SLEEP. I THINK BY THE RESULTS, ITS OBVIOUS HIS TACTICS WORK. 

How was the recording and writing process?

RECORDING AT JACKNIFE IS A DREAM. JASON ARRANGES TO HAVE FRESH PRODUCE DELIVERED 3-4 TIMES A DAY. 

Would you call this a departure from your previous record?

NO, THIS IS ALMOST AN EXACT COPY OF YOU’LL DO BETTER NEXT TIME. I FIGURED THAT IF PEOPLE LIKED THE FIRST ONE, WHY CHANGE A THING?

Tackling this album as an abstract painting – how did you go on translating your visual ideas to the music?

ITS EASY ONCE YOU LEARN THE FORMULA OF WHAT COLOURS COROLLATE TO WHAT SOUNDS, AND WHAT SHAPES DEFINE WHAT TIME SIGNATURES. AFTER THAT ITS JUST MATH.

What were some of the human emotions you get to explore on this record?

IT VARIES FROM SONG TO SONG, BUT I RECENTLY PLAYED THE RECORD FOR MY LAWYER, AND HE BILLED ME FOR OVER A THOUSAND DOLLARS, SO OBVIOUSLY IT’S A ROLLER COASTER TO SAY THE LEAST.

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

I FIND INSPIRATION IN EVERYDAY ITEMS. JUST THIS MORNING I SAW A CHILD HOLDING AN ELDERLY MAN’S WRINKLED HAND. THATS A SONG.  YESTERDAY I PUNCHED A DOG. THERE’S ANOTHER ONE. LIFE’S A JOURNEY.

Any plans to hit the road?

I AM DOING A RESIDENCY AT CIRCUS CIRCUS IN LAS VEGAS THIS SPRING.

What else is happening next in Excellent Jacket’s world?

IM A HIT MAKER. 

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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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