Hi Terence, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been doing strangely ok given the times. My wife and I have been hunkered down together throughout this and escaping on weekends to the woods on hikes and camping. I built a recording studio in the garage so that’s where I can be found in between the hours as well which has been a dream come true for me.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single Heart In Head Out
It is sort of an antidote to the never-ending dread that has seized many of us during these trying times written before the world, as we knew it, shut down. I originally wrote it with Dan Klenner in Vancouver and then took it on the road and played the song for a year during our shows to test it out. Heart In Head Out became one of our strongest live songs. So when it came time to enter back into the studio we were able to make some tweaks to the song based on playing it for a year. There is a longer version of the song which we did live off the floor that will be released later.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I’m of the belief that the current state of the Western world is quite heady. Decisions seem to be made all-too-often without much heart involved. It’s an ode to the empath to whom we need more of in the world.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
We had planned to do a music video but Covid shut it down so we’re actually working on an idea in the animated realm as it doesn’t take the logistics of locations etc but does however take a TON of time.
The single comes off your new album Bloom – what’s the story behind the title?
There is a line in my song “Bloom” (album title single released Oct 2019) – “Seeds planted too deep will never grow blooms”. This is based on the idea that a strong rooted belief often can blind you from reason or truth. Peoples’ ears often turn off once they’ve decided. This goes left / right / black / white / up / down. Bloom encourages the listener and myself to open, listen more, educate and always be aware of their own beliefs and thoughts standing in the way of truth.
How was the recording and writing process?
I wrote “Heart In Head Out” with a friend Dan Klenner, who’s a writer, producer and mixer in Vancouver. We have a great working relationship and often shit seems to stick the wall for us. Well we seem to really like it.
It was a spin-off of the bridge section from another song of mine called “Errors” from my last record “Never Get Back” which was actually another co-write with Klenner. It sort of borrows from that bridge and takes it in a different direction.
Having written the songs between Vancouver and LA – how did this different environment get to influence the writing on this record?
One thing about Los Angeles that surprised me is that the “packaged product” seems to be a forethought whereas in Vancouver it’s an afterthought. That’s not a bad thing, but I like having the two perspectives; the down to earth-ness of a small-ish pacific northwest city VS the belly of the best.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Battling one’s own worst enemy is the inspiration. The imagery I sort of went on was like being stuck in bed, frozen by my own mind and the spirit of your own thought talking you down a well and finally breaking free from the chatter and running out of your house into a glowing flow of life.
Any plans to hit the road?
Right now it’s more like hopes than plans. I HOPE to tour solo across the USA and Canada when things ease up. I’ve been working on the solo stuff basically surrounding myself with gear allowing me to express myself beyond me and the guitar. I’ve nerded out pretty hard on the setup whilst easily allowing for it to have the rawness of bare bones too.
I camperized my van and have a little trailer so touring solo or with my wife and dog would be the dream. I’m thinking house concert sort of vibe but the show being transferable to a big stage.
What else is happening next in Terence Jack’s world?
I’ve got secrets but let’s say for the sake of this interview, we’re releasing one more single late September and then the whole record out October hopefully. In the meantime I’m also recording the next album in my studio. I’ve been experimenting and growing a lot within four walls. Especially now I foresee the world valuing live art a lot more and hope to have an interactive role in that.