INTERVIEW: Denim Mob

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

Hello! I’ve been alright, riding out this quarantine and try to remain productive – which is proving to be harder than I thought.

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

“Psylocin” was a song I flashed out my freshman year of college. I got the track done in one day, but it took me a year and a half to write lyrics that I enjoyed for it. Of course it’s changed a bit over time, but it still remains one of those songs that I can’t believe I wrote, you know?

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

Not in particular, the song is about more of a collective feeling of psychedelia and that sort of mindset.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

Yes! I would like to do it justice and do a proper video for it, but this whole pandemic has unfortunately put a damper on work and how much I can get done. I’m really looking forward to having it out there for everyone when I can.

The single comes off your new album If Not Now, When – what’s the story behind the title?

The songs are a mix of emotions that I’ve experienced over the past couple years, and a good amount has to do with uncertainty. I feel that If Not Now, When addresses a lot of how I feel on releasing music, and also on making big decisions in life.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was rewarding, but preceded the recording process by a couple years. Three out of the four songs were written in some capacity a full three years ago, some getting tweaked over time. “Mary” I actually wrote as an acoustic track originally, and had always meant to turn into full arrangement. The song “In Your Eyes” was a co-write with my live band members, Anthony Melograno and John Kelly-Kiefer.

I had the pleasure of recording with my friend Justin Seenarinè, and though the process was grueling within a small window of time, the payoff showed I think.

Would you call this a departure from your previous musical work?

I would say in terms of my past musical acts, yes very much so. But in terms of Denim Mob, I think we’re just getting started. My mind has been all over the place musically, and I’m gonna roll with whatever I find people enjoy.

What role does New Jersey play in your music?

I think there’s a lot of underlying factors of Jersey’s youth culture that have played into my writing. My music have all been based around my coming of age in some way or another, and I don’t think it would have been the same if I had lived anywhere else.

How has Bruce Springsteen influenced your writing?

My dad showed me a concert tape of Bruce when I was a kid, and I was instantaneously hooked. Born To Run is still one of my top 5 favorite albums from The Boss. More lengthy songs like “Say You Want” from our EP are for sure influenced by Bruce. I still would like to include some more Springsteen-inspired stylistic choices in our music, but there’s still so much more to come.

What aspect of college life did you get to explore on this record?

Romance, partying, and stress. Possibly some recreational drugs. I think for a lot of people, that is the college experience. The ever-closing feeling of ennui that comes with later years as well. I think it’s done a lot for me personally to capture a lot of these memories in song.

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

I remember writing “Psylocin” somewhere after Calvin Harris dropped “Slide” with Frank Ocean and Migos. That song went hard, and I remembered wanting to make a beat as infectious as that. There’s a lot of subtext on that and “Mary” that make the topic not so clear on the first listen-through.

Any plans to hit the road?

Nothing cemented, but talks of a couple opportunities. Hopefully will be able to figure something out soon as the pandemic dies down.

What else is happening next in Denim Mob’s world?

After this EP, music videos for sure. I find that I love for music to correspond to visuals, whether that be just a picture, a short snippet, or a full length music video. I have so many ideas for these, and I can’t wait to work on them and put them out.

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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