Jack Vanity

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

My real name is Max Goldenstein. I was born in the good ol’ US of A on May 23rd 1994. I had a typical white, suburban upbringing growing up in Palo Alto, California (before the tech boom hit). I was pretty bad at talking to girls and sports so I spent all of my time learning to play various instruments because no other kids in my town really played music.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.

I started recording music around the age of 15 on garageband. It was all pretty much garbage and sad-boy acoustic songs about how nobody loved me and I was lonely. Really “visceral” stuff. I soon found out what reverb was and then that changed everything. I then went on to college and formed a surf rock band called “Sun Daes” where I played guitar and sang. After a few years of playing shows and culminating an ego I figured “eh, my college degree is whatever, lets give this music thing a shot.” So after I graduated and my college band dissolved I got in the studio with my friend/producer Mac Montgomery and we started recording what would be “Jack Vanity.” I had only picked that name after we were about 2 songs in (lot of dumb names thrown around), but I wanted something that didn’t take itself too seriously but also kind of had a ring to it. I walked into the studio one day and said to my buddy, “What about Jack Vanity” and it was like the stars had aligned. Although a bunch of people hate the name too so I don’t really know what to believe.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

This is song is supposed to pretty much be a very dirty love song. I like the idea of “sex” being present in the average conversation without leaning into the category of “crude.” This song shouldn’t make anyone uncomfortable (sans my parents), but rather express a personal yet alluded to form of intimacy.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business. 

I’m a nobody, haha. This music stuff is pretty bonkers. I’ve been in LA a year now and have made some connections but it is unique what people find value in. Since I am a multi-instrumentalist + singer, some people see a lot of potential (being able to play all of the parts on all of my songs makes me a more independent figure). But that being said there are kids that write EDM songs on grids with 0 concept of theory or actual instrument playing that are playing festivals. And that’s cool for them but its not really for me. I’ve concluded that I’m happy just continuously producing an organic product even if it is going to take extra time because I’d rather be able to “woo” a living room of people with an acoustic guitar than give a bunch of house kids a reason to do Molly and wave glow sticks.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

There is no video, but funny enough I might be working on one today.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I mean what is the “industry.” I guess you could say about a year now.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Sex drugs n rock n roll. I like to use my songs as a forum to discuss things I contemplate, worries and just my general well-being.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

4 chords. Big drop. Annoying voice.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

I desperately love all 14 of you and hope that we can add a few more to the pack in the coming years.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Be genuine. There is no problem dipping your feet into other genre’s you wouldn’t normally to try and open your mind musically, but don’t pursue a genre because you think it’s what’s “in.” The second you master that “in” sound it will be gone. Build a strong base for “your sound” and go from there.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

I opened for Best Coast once in my old band. I don’t really have awards or recognition.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

No radio or TV.

Blogs:

http://www.bornmusiconline.com/podcast/heres-something-for-your-consideration-jack-vanitys-soulful-gibber-gabber/

http://www.gasmaskmagazine.com/the-vibe-is-fly/

http://ohestee.com/music/rock/jack-vanity-wants-your-love-loving-is-fine/

Playlists:

open.spotify.com/user/criticalnetwork/playlist/3ErlPyqbmnkiuRb6ajUtqe?si=2FpogXe1TvqxfjSpJTGQuQ

 open.spotify.com/user/eternitynetwork/playlist/3YPkacQ0nBcLb8QyPKdXB7

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

It all depends. Some songs the composition is first. Others its lyric based. Sometimes a song sits without lyrics for weeks. Sometimes it all comes out in 15 minutes. From there I use my bedroom studio to record the bones (vox + guitar) and then proceed to add all of the fun stuff as I see fit (bass, drums, strings, organ, piano, dumb noises etc.). I’ll usually do different versions of the same song too in shades of different genres. What might start as a folk song might be recorded as a more John Lennon “Rock n Roll” type, or maybe it will be more Johnny Cash “Train Song,” or maybe a ballad.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Alvvays, Weyes Blood, Arcade Fire, Foxygen and Ariel Pink.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

No one really big. If I got Jonathan Wilson or Jonathan Rado to produce an album for me I would probably melt. Or if Phil Spector wasn’t locked up I would definitely sell body parts to work with him. Would love to write with people like Ariel Pink and Weyes Blood but I feel like they would think my music is a bit too “by the books.” Maybe Kevin Morby too, that guy has awesome Ideas.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jackvanitymusic/

Insta: https://www.imgrum.one/maxwell_vanity

Bandcamp: https://jackvanity.bandcamp.com/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/jack-vanity-music

Collective: https://www.absolutenoisemusic.com/jack-vanity

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

Bandcamp baby: https://jackvanity.bandcamp.com/

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Same day: finding out Santa wasn’t real. Happy I knew I was right, sad that everything is a lie.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Buy a million doll hairs. Humor is the ultimate wealth.

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Kolade Olamide

I am a poet , writer, beat maker, chef, songwriter, web designer, music promoter,digital marketer, blogger and director.

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