INTERVIEW: John Salaway

Hi John, welcome to VENTS! How are you doing in this time?

Hi! I am counting my blessings on a daily basis and Im extremely grateful that my loved ones are well. This is a profound time in history and we have an opportunity to learn and grow from the trials and tribulations we are going through. Ive been so thankful that Im still able to record and create new music. With all the extra time we have, Im almost done with a new album and  Ive been so lucky to have friends record parts for me remotely from their studios and send parts to me. Amazingly talented friends including Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters), Katie Cole (Smashing Pumpkins), Rob Arthur (Peter Frampton Band), Lincoln Parish (Cage The Elephant), Nate Hefron (Anderson East), Chris Walker and more have recorded parts for me remotely. I miss performing, seeing live music and sharing moments with friends and family but Ive been making the best of the moments we have right now. I feel truly blessed and grateful and my heart and prayers go out to everyone in these trying times.

Can you talk to us more about your cd and in particular, the single “Good For Me”?

Sure! I’m very thankful for the amazing response that my Americana Dreams album has been receiving from press and fans. “Good For Me” was written with my friends Craig Wilson and Jason Lane. We all thought about a person in each of our lives who inspired us and made us want to be better people. If we are all lucky in our lifetimes, we encounter someone who completely changes us for the better. Someone who makes us see things from a better perspective, someone who makes us more open, loving, kinder, wiser and more peaceful. Sometimes they only come into our lives for a moment in time and sometimes we are lucky enough to have them for a lifetime. I’m sincerely grateful for the people in my life and the people that have taught me things, inspired me and made me see things from a different perspective.

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

Of course… love… 🙂

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I hadn’t planned on it but the song has received such great press and feedback from fans that I probably should make a video. Although, throughout this quarantine, I’ve been very focused on the new album and its coming along so well.

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

I felt like each song was a different dream and each song has a different sound/style thats rooted in the Americana genre. A lot of journalists have said that the album has a dreamy quality to it too. That just happened organically.

How was the recording and writing process?

This album was such a treat and blessing to work on. I started out with the intention of just releasing the singles “A Little Bit Broken” written with India Ramey, and “Its All in Your Mind” written with Bri Murphy. Those collaborations went so well that I reached out to other talented friends to work together and each time it came out so well. Before I knew it, I had an album that I loved, ready for release. It all happened organically and serendipitously. Over the years I’ve been investing in my home studio along with my engineer Josh Koskela and we have a really cool and comfortable spot to record and be creative in. Everyone who comes over to record enjoys the vibe as well. I’m truly grateful to have the ability to record at home, (especially now under quarantine!) and I’m always happy to hear that professionals think that we record my music at a big time Nashville studio.

What role does Nashville play in your music if any?

Nashville plays a huge role in my life and music. We are surrounded by talent and creativity here. Inspiration and music is all around us. Some of the most talented people in the world live here and I’m so grateful to have so many talented friends who inspire me and who are actually willing to work with me. If you have an open mind, you can learn so much by living here. I’m also inspired by the nature that surrounds Nashville. I spend a lot of my time out in the country, on the rivers, hiking trails, waterfalls, hills and mountains. There is so much beauty in Tennessee. A lot to write about.

How has the likes of The Beatles influenced your writing?

To me, The Beatles are the best pop/rock songwriters of all time. They created music that is timeless and cherished around the world, more so than any other group. Even people who don’t speak english love the Beatles. Their music changed social consciousness, culture, art, fashion, music, recording, and politics. Their impact on the world and the DNA of pop music is profound and eternal. I think the reason for that is because their intensions were pure. They were sincere and real with their feelings and emotions and they didn’t hold anything back. They were fearless with their art and with putting their soul and heart on the line. They taught me to just be real and sincere with my music, to not have doubts and insecurities and just put out something I believe in. They inspired my recording techniques too. Having the opportunity to work with their studio engineer, Geoff Emerick, changed my life!

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

I feel there is a hint of it all; blues, folk, country, rock, pop. etc…

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, a little, but obviously everything is uncertain in 2020…

What else is happening next in John Salaway’s world?

I’m almost done with my new record and in talks with some awesome companies about distribution/promotion. I’ve been doing remote recording sessions and starting some remote writing sessions. I’m truly excited with this new record and the amazing musicians who are on it. I’m also producing some cool country music for Benjamin Stanley Owens and some beautiful, romantic, haunting, etherial, poetic music for The Phantom Lady. Once quarantine is over, I’ll be playing out a lot and promoting Americana Dreams and my new album! Thanks so much for your interest and for this interview. Wishing you all great health, peace, love and positive vibes.


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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