After an already stellar run of releases these last few years, Texas-based singer-songwriter Jon22 is keeping the vibes high once again on his breezy new single 'Home Is Us (Nashville Edition)'.
Lifted from his forthcoming new album 'Muse', which is set to arrive soon, 'Home Is Us (Nashville Edition)' makes for a wonderfully rich and dreamy listen. With its warm and inviting textures perfectly elevating his wondrous vocal performance throughout, he is certainly a name to keep a firm eye on for the months ahead as well.
So with the new single available to stream now, we sat down with him to find out more about his origins and what has been inspiring him most lately.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
When I first started really digging rock music I fell in love with the drums as a listener. The Beatles- Abbey Road, more specifically Ringo’s drum fills in the song The End, absolutely blew my 7 year old mind and still does!
What kind of music did you love when you were younger?
Music my mom was playing like: The Beatles, Wings, Simon and Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, The Carpenters, Bread, James Taylor. As a teenager I was into bands like Rush, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The BeeGees, ELO, Van Halen, & Steve Miller Band. In College my jam was The Smiths, The Cure, New Order, Janes Addiction, & Stevie Ray Vaughn!
What was the first album you remember owning?
Rush - 2112
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
Maybe I’m Amazed by Paul McCartney.
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
Picking up the acoustic and playing different chord progressions till one gives me that ooooh feeling.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
The Polyphonic Spree and Salim Nourallah. Both local incredible Dallas artists.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
Paul McCartney who else?! You did say anyone right?
What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?
Taking a new song or basic song idea into the studio, and over the session (or next two or three) watching it take on a life of its own. Singing is fun and arranging and mixing are incredibly exciting.
And what is the most frustrating part?
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
I read an article that really changed things for me. The gist was that you do not need to become a proficient musician to write good songs. Prior to reading that I always felt that I wasn't a good enough musician to really write good songs. When I let go of that hang-up, I realised how many different melodies you could write over simple chord progressions, a limitless supply of melodies and possibilities opened up!
Jon22's new single 'Home Is Us (Nashville Edition)' is out now. Check it out in the player below.