Hi Christopher, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thanks, I’m great! I’ve been using the quarantine to rebalance and get ready for the start of new projects. Fortunately, I’m busy; ideas and work have been flowing for my next record.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Save Yourself”?
“Save Yourself” is a song about a dear friend of mine who unfortunately lost his battle to the rock and roll lifestyle. He was always telling me to get my shit together even though he was way worse than I could even be. He was trying to warn me about heading in a direct from which I could not return. I wrote this song as a thing of what I would say to his face if he asked me how I really felt about things.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Now he’s gone and I just wish I had my friend. Such is life! We must carry on and his positive influence will always be with me.
The single comes off your new self-titled album – why naming the album after the band?
I wanted to do an album series and the self-titled release was the first one out of the gate! The second will be called 2 and the third one 3 and so on and so on. That was just my vision from the beginning. Or maybe my Led Zeppelin influence is having its way again…
How was the recording and writing process?
It is different with each song. Sometimes, the lyrical vibe comes first or a bass or guitar part. I essentially play everything on the record sans the drums and guitars on a couple tracks. I love that each song takes in a creative life of its own. For recording, it’s easy as I normally have the parts well thought out before tracking, so the tracking part is pretty cut and dry. Jaimeson Durr, my producer, calls me one take Jake because of this! lol!!
What role does Nashville play in your music?
There is such great positivity there and I love the fact that it is one of the true music cities in our country. Musicians aren’t looked down upon there. We are revered and respected and being in that positive environment is so wonderful to me and others, I’m sure!!
How has the likes of Soundgarden influenced your writing?
It has not directly. I totally love what they did as a band and Chris Cornell was a magical fellow, indeed. I can’t sing like him as he has his own vibe, but I have my own style and I do my thing the best way I can. I do love their alternative tunings, etc. They were my generation’s Zeppelin in my humble opinion.
You brought a series of fantastic musicians – did you handpick them or how did they come on board?
They were already friends going in, so it was all lovely! My buddy drummer Chris McGrew played on half of the tracks and Nick Baglio who has played with the likes of Vernon Reid and Nile Rodgers is simply a beast on the drums. Guitarist Jon Axtell, who is like a brother to me, is one of the most gifted players that I know. His imagination when it comes to chording and phrasing is second to none. I also played with legendary guitarist Kenny Olson in a cover band that featured a lot of Nashville heavyweights. Kenny and I built a friendship after our first performance together and after recognizing how great our energy was, I knew that we had to do something original together.
What did they bring to the table?
They bring their unique and individual creativity that takes my music to levels I wouldn’t have normally gotten to. Just the fact that there can be so many interpretations of an idea make the possibilities exciting and endless.
Do you tend to take a different approach when collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
No, it’s all just a big ole jam to me! I love what other people hear compared to how I hear it. That’s when you get the magical takes!!!
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
In life. I could be a situation that I lives through or a situation that I witnessed from a far or heard about. It’s a transference of feeling and emotions.
What else is happening next in The Neverlutionaries’ world?
We are currently in Hyde Street studio C and at my producer’s house crafting numero 2! It is already sounding wonderful and I’m very proud of the progress thus far as we are actually a bit ahead of schedule! I have never been so excited honestly! I even have Rick Maymi from the Brian Jonestown Massacre playing on a tune. It’s gonna be special I truly hope and believe it!