INTERVIEW: Juna N Joey

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

Juna- Grateful comes to mind, with all that is going on we are blessed. 

Joey– So happy, so busy, so excited and staying healthy is very important!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Something Good To Miss”?

Juna- “Something Good To Miss” is a song with a feel good positive energy. It is the butterflies you feel when anticipating your next meet up with that special someone. That is what we were thinking when we wrote this song. Hence, the chorus “24/7 365” “on my mind” “Something Good To Miss”.

Joey- I think the guitar solo is very catchy–It is a great summer song-upbeat. We chose this song because we thought the world was missing a lot of their lives these days having to stay home and missing hugging their loved ones. Ya know, “something good” you are missing.

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

Juna- Just being in a room with these experienced writers inspires me and we just all bounced off each other collectively. I wish I didn’t have to go to school so I could write all day.

Joey– No-no particular event and we were with some very well known hit song writers and we just started grooving and it just happened–one word lead to the other –it flowed

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Juna- I could not stop smiling the whole time. I felt like I finally made it after I saw the footage. It was so professional the set, there was a wardrobe and a crew and I had my own make up artist.. I love the way the director edited the footage. I asked my friend MacKenzie to be my brother’s love interest. We were cracking up the whole time–awkward.

Joey– It was so cool–it was very professional with the make-up mirror and someone to keep fixing my hair. We got to help pick out some of the props for our sets so it was a real interesting experience. I love the “Behind The Scenes” videos and we have three more songs and I cannot wait to film them in Nashville.

The single comes off your new self-titled EP – why did you guys name the album after yourself?

Juna– Well to be honest, we were going to name it “Something Good To Miss” and then our manager said “Well, it is you first one and it’s like an introductory EP so let us just call it Self-Titled Debut EP”-So we took her advice and now we are glad we did name it that–cause everyone is saying that was the right title–

Joey– Yes exactly, also we branded the song SGTM on most of the merch cause it is a little long so that is a cool vibe like our own language. It was too long and difficult to add to the cover. We picked this song first because it is the most positive song and we wanted an upbeat theme due to all that is going on in the world.

How was the recording and writing process?

Juna- We absolutely love to write, almost as much as performing. Joey and I are so lucky that we are able to write with some of the top writers in Nashville, LA, and NY and hopefully, London soon. We wrote these songs several years ago, when we were just like 14 and 16, so they are dated to us– the process was exciting and we drove to Nashville and then met with the writers we knew and then had more writes via Zoom as well. We also wrote in LA when we went to the America’s Most Musical Family taping and wrote with our manager’s friend, Midian who is a big writer with Sony. She wrote on so many cool projects, one that I remember is on Beyonce’s Lemonade album and so many others and she was amazing. We loved that experience and we cannot wait to write with her again.

Joey- There are so many writers we want to work with and I am not shy about asking any artist I meet–I am looking to write that smash hit as soon as possible–and ”practice makes perfect”–Juna is an amazing writer–we write together a lot–I usually come up with the melody and sometimes the hook–Juna is just skilled all way around with the hooks, themes and lyrics-We have recently both wrote songs by ourselves and I like both of them.

What was it like to work with Ken Royster and how did that relationship develop?

Juna– He is down to earth and is a sweet guy. He is extremely patient and I think he got the best performance out of us. He listened to our ideas and let us have free rein, but coached us through the process at the same time. And he also taught us a lot, as in studio lingo and techniques etc. to use in the studio for future records. I feel we made a friend– he is supportive of our career and he keeps in touch.

Joey– Our manager/label head picked Kenny because she knew him and knew of his reputation of helping with the singing aspect. We needed to learn how to put the emphasis on the correct words which is key. Our manager didn’t want to take a chance and “try to work things out in the studio” because studio time is not the place to do that–so she knew he would walk us through this process with patience on our first EP. So I think she made the correct choice. As you may know, he is responsible for many hits and especially Luke Combs “Hurricane” fame which has hit a billion streams.

How much did he get to influence the album?

Juna- He influenced it in the respect that he gathered the best musicians and made it as pop as he could for our young fans while keeping country for us and how we feel about the genre. Sometimes it’s just a slight tweak that can make all the difference. He understands that and made us improve these things.

Joey– And I cannot state enough, how we needed to learn how to put the emphasis on the correct words which is key–it can turn a song from good to great. David Foster says “you can’t be just good you have to be great”. We will keep trying by working with the best–Kenny has been a big influence on us in that respect. He also made us feel extremely comfortable and that had a huge influence because he made it stress free.

After a stint in the Rock circuit – what led you guys to try out some Country Pop sounds?

Juna- Yes, we started our career with a band in the School of Rock–our Dad is a huge arena rock 80’s guy so we grew up with that. Our grandfather was in a country band and he influenced our career path.

Joey– I have always been a country fan, I love the acoustic guitar. I love the lyrics and the vibe of all music, but as far as singing and playing everyday, I feel my heart is with Country Pop.

Was it an easy transition from you guys?

Juna– We still love rock, as a matter of fact, we have a lot of artists we have met recently that have been our idols for so long like the Van Zant family. Who doesn’t love Lynrd Skynrd?–and we have a secret coming up which we are beyond excited about the possibility of working with a major rock star. So keep following our pages to see who it is. So as far as transitioning goes, I guess it was just natural and we felt our heart was more country than rock so we went with it.

Joey– At the last show, Juna sang “Magic Man” and we did a few rock covers. It was fun,our being in the music business allows us to do all kinds of music. So when we have time we like to keep those songs and continue to build our repertoire.

How would you say your family bond influences your work?

Juna- It is all about the family and we have been blessed with parents that have completely supported us in everything we have ever done to get us here. Our grandfathers were both in the music business, one in a country band and one an opera singer.

Joey– Yes, as a matter of fact our parents, our record label president Diane and her friend from high school were all mutual friends, that is how this evolved. So I guess you can say that our family was the catalyst for our career.

What role does West Palm Beach play in your music?

Juna– W Palm Beach, FL is a great place to be from. It’s also a great place for music, venues and people. There are so many clubs and great festivals, bands and tourists from all over the world coming here every year. The venues are beautiful and outside, they pay well and the fans are supportive. We will always call W Palm Beach our home.

Joey–The weather is a great attribute because you can play anywhere all year round and the venues are usually packed. So the exposure to fans and other artists is a big deal. Reminds me a lot of Hollywood, CA in that respect.

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

Juna– This particular song was just something we came up with on the spur of the moment–Kayliann just started the vibe and Bill just threw some words out and we just all jumped in.

Joey– Yes, as I said earlier in this interview, it was just a vibe we got into in the room and the writer’s are so experienced it flowed. They are both amazing and gracious to work with us–they took a chance on unknown young artists not yet proven–we are so blessed and grateful. They will never know how much we love and appreciate them. Many writers wouldn’t give us the time of day and told us we weren’t famous enough so…–they are true believers and humble people.

What else is happening next in Juna N Joey’s world?

Juna– So many exciting opportunities are coming our way. We are being booked this summer with some amazing gigs so please follow us on all platforms and our bandsintown too. We also have a UK tour in the fall, opening for Twinnie we are so excited about London.

Joey– We are doing some gigs in the N East that are so cool–and we have written many more songs so we will be in the studio recording, making new videos and writing, writing and writing some more. And we will always be covering artists and songs we love too. 

Stay Connected with Juna N Joey:

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/junanjoey/

TickTok – https://www.tiktok.com/@junanjoey/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/JunaNJoey/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/junanjoey

YouTube –  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm_S2RO0U7KWB0xu6KE-ZKw/

Website – https://junanjoey.com

Bandsintown- https://www.bandsintown.com/a/14425031

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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