ARTIST NAME: Jonfin
SONG TITLE: Tomorrow
RELEASE DATE: 3/18/2019
GENRE: Indie rock
Jonfin is a rock band hailing from Chicago. Their music is a raw, driven, and unapologetic blend of alternative and garage, with a penchant for tasty melodies and warm aesthetics.
Fans of artists as diverse as The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, and Foals will certainly connect with Jonfin’s sound.
The group embodies the immediacy, inventiveness, and attitude of indie music to perfection.
The band recently marked their debut by releasing their first-ever single “Tomorrow.”
This track has a punchy, edgy arrangement with a lot of spice and a dash of up-tempo grooves, combined with jangly guitars and dreamy effects.
Go into detail on why you decided to choose music as a career.
I’ve ever wanted to be a musician since I was gifted a guitar at the age of twelve.
I think anyone who would consider themselves a close friend of mine can recall some point when I tried to start a band with them.
I remember in my early teens pretending to be performing in my basement and in the basements of friends’ houses.
I remember drawing faces on pieces of paper with crayons and sticking them up on the wall with scotch tape so I could pretend to have a crowd in front of me.
Brief us the feedback you are getting from fans on your music.
We just released our debut single two days ago, as of when I write this.
Our first show was last night at Beat Kitchen in Chicago. So far we have actually had a good amount of positive reviews and warm feedback from those that have heard our songs.
We promoted the release of the DIY music video we shot for ‘Tomorrow’ with a 30-second preview.
Shortly after, we received a message that read:
‘Saw your post on Instagram as a promoted post. Normally I’d just skip by, but something made me listen and I really enjoy what your song sounds like so far. I hope to hear more from you guys soon and to enjoy things from a local band’.
This made us really happy to have someone like our sound enough from a promoted post to message us explaining how they are excited for the release of our debut single.
Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.
All four of us are extremely easy to get along with and very interested in a wide variety of different communities, music genres, and social groups.
Having just released our debut single two days ago, we are still very early on in our music career but we certainly do not take any relationships for granted and make every effort to reach out and introduce ourselves to as many people as we can.
Tell us how you record your song.
The first song released, ‘Tomorrow’, was recorded at two locations: the drums and bass were recorded by Nick Stetina at Invigorate Recording near Chicago and the guitars and vocals were recorded in my basement using GarageBand.
We are currently in the middle of tracking our debut EP with Seth Engel at Pallet Sound in Chicago.
Tell us the story behind the song.
‘Tomorrow’ is a song where I basically sing about daydreaming.
During my late teens and early twenties, I lived in Huntington Beach, California, and that certainly shaped who I am today.
I moved back to Chicago after college but a part of me misses being so close to the ocean.
The song started when I brought the chord progression to Alex and he immediately put a fun guitar riff over it.
The vocal melody and lyrical concept came shortly after. Colin and Drew were able to piece together a solid rhythm section for the song and we were good to go.
State your musical skills.
I consider us to be a fun band but I certainly don’t think of us as the most skilled band.
Not to say we’re not skilled, but I just don’t think we necessarily try to be the most technically skilled.
I think we just try to enjoy ourselves and build chemistry amongst each other and hope that the listener can pick up on that through the music.
Tell us how long it takes to complete a song from the start.
Five days, four hours, and thirty-three seconds – Then however long it takes Alex to write his lead guitar parts.
Go into detail on how you develop your lyrics and melody.
I try to think of things that would be good if it wasn’t me singing.
I am definitely a tough critic and I try to hold myself to the same or even higher standards than I hold other bands, musicians, and songwriters.
When it comes to lyrical content, I just try to write something that actually means something to me.
If I can sing a song I’ve written and it takes me to a place, time, and mood, then hopefully it can mean something to the listener as well.
Discuss music in full detail.
Music is so awesome. I really enjoy music and listen to it all the time.
State your five favorite genres of music.
Genres are such a funny thing to me because I hardly ever know what specific genre a band is.
I don’t even know what specific genre my band would be. If I had to pick my five favorite bands to spin on my record player, it’d be Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Replacements, The Strokes, The National, and Weezer. But then again, my favorite records to spin are constantly changing.
Discuss your rehearsal.
We usually rehearse in my basement. We recently found a practice space we can rent hourly in Chicago that we like to use to prepare for shows because it gives us more of an on-stage feel.
State your favorite musical instruments.
I love the harmonica because I don’t know how to play it.
Describe the chemistry between you and your fans during a live performance.
We’ve only played one live show so far but there was so much chemistry I thought we were on the set of Breaking Bad.
Discuss your personality in full detail.
I have a Ph.D. in dad jokes.
Discuss your music career.
Hopefully, it’s just starting.
Share your memorable experiences with us.
The batteries in my in-ear monitors, which I use to hear myself when I sing live, died during our first show and our drummer, Colin (who had never played a live show before) busted out a killer drum solo. I think I’ll always remember that.
Share your press release and reviews with us.
Our reviews so far have been very positive. Even though our debut single was released only two days ago, we have already had a good amount of strangers and bloggers/writers/publications compliment us on the sound.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
Our band name is Jonfin. I have a cousin that loves calling me ‘Jonfin’ because it’s from some movie that I’ve never seen and he thinks it’s hilarious.
Over the years, I’ve been compiling song ideas and putting demos in a folder called ‘Jonfin’ because that’s the nickname that came to mind when I created it.