Hi Jesse, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thanks for having me! I’m hanging in there – like everyone else, some days are better than others. But I feel really lucky to be a creative during all of this. I’ve been writing more than ever and that’s been keeping me afloat. So I’m good!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “L”?
I haven’t put out music for over a year so it feels great to finally release something. I’m proud of this song. The juxtaposition of the melancholic lyrics and the “summer bop” feel of the music make this song special to me.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I got broken up with! So that helped. But this song is unique in that it’s more self-reflective than my songs before it. I realized that there was a lot of blame in past lyrics, so I made an effort to look inward, and out came “L”.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the single?
With Covid it’s tough to make a real video happen. So in the meantime, I’ve been putting videos up on my Instagram of people telling their “biggest L” stories. I love knowing that none of us are alone in our screw-ups. I wanted to make content that reflected that for this song. Also, most of them are hilarious.
How was the recording and writing process?
Really fast! It came together with the help of some incredibly talented people. I tracked the guitar and vocal, Brian Robert Jones (Vampire Weekend) played bass on the song and Jack Emblem produced it out. It really helps the process when you make music with your friends.
Do you tend to take a different approach when collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
Collaboration is such a huge part of my life. I’ve found so much value in working with others – from music production and writing to creative direction or management. The people I work with are incredible at what they do, which allows me to focus on what I do best. And I’ve learned so much from watching them.
What role does Toronto play in your music?
The music scene here is amazing – as most of the world now knows. I’m constantly inspired by the artists I see coming out of Toronto and taking over the world. It’s very encouraging to know that it’s possible.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes it does! It’s going great. I’m working with some really talented people and very excited about the music we’re making – by far my favourite songs to date. Can’t wait to drop them.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
With any luck the next single will drop in July!
What else is happening next in Jesse Gold’s world?
Well aside from writing new music in quarantine, I just finished watching LOST for the third time. I’ve been going on dumb little walks like everyone else. Just continuing to be safe and smart and make music I’m proud of.