ARTIST NAME: JonoJosh
SONG TITLE: Gold
RELEASE DATE: March 15, 2019
Go into detail on why you decided to choose music as a career.
Ever since I was a kid I’ve loved music but as I became an adult and started to pursue a life in accounting I realized I couldn’t turn my back on my first love.
So I left the degree of math I was taking at the time and moved to the city and started writing music and I felt a weight lift as I explored my voice in this art form!
Brief us the feedback you are getting from fans on your music.
The most important thing I can do as an artist is to music that people can relate to and find themselves in.
I often find solace in singing about what I know. And I find I connect to artists who do the same because it reflects a level of honesty that I really appreciate.
And the comments I’ve received after my previous release show that my fans feel the same way.
Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.
We live in a world where the only way to be heard is if people are willing to listen to your music and share it.
And because of that sometimes artists feel as though the music industry is oversaturated.
But the truth is that we shouldn’t shy away from sharing indie artists’ songs because it only helps everyone.
More acknowledgment of great art only pushes forward the creation of great art. So I personally love social networking with music.
Tell us how you record your song.
Every song I record has a bit of a different process. In the case of ‘Gold’, Sebastien Valiente and I met at his studio on a whim and really wanted to make something up! So he plugged in a quick beat and I jotted down some lyrics and in no time we had a full song!
Tell us the story behind the song.
I think the main reason this song was so easy to write in no time at all was that it’s basically the exact story of how I met my partner.
I was scrolling on Tinder and was kinda over the whole idea of online dating. And then was taken aback when I saw that profile. We met less than an hour later and have been dating ever since. That was in November 2017.
State your musical skills.
I studied at Humber and Sheridan for Musical theatre. But I grew up in a musical household. I played piano for years going up to grade 8 in the Royal Conservatory and sang with the Juno award-winning Toronto Mass Choir with my mother.
But I think that most of my musical skills were developed when I started touring with my band JonoJosh and Fly Crew in 2013. As iron sharpens iron so do great musicians.
Tell us how long it takes to complete a song from the start.
I run a writer’s club for songwriters in Toronto. And we normally write a verse and a chorus in about 30 minutes.
I personally find that the second verse can be the hardest part of a song to write which can take anywhere from another day to a year.
But once the song is written and the demo is recorded I find my music takes about 4 months before the mixing and mastering is finished and the song is ready for release.
I recorded the first take of Gold back in December of 2018.
Go into detail on how you develop your lyrics and melody.
Every song I write I try to find an honest statement that is the crux of the song. That’s what usually makes my hook or chorus.
The melody for the hook has to be different enough that it’s memorable and easy enough to sing along to.
For the verse, I focus on the depth of the lyrics trying to speak to the nuance of what the song is about.
As I said earlier I find the second verse is always the hardest because once you’ve said the crux of the message in the chorus and you’ve given the nuances in the first verse the second verse has the vital place of expanding the thought process – which can be difficult if you successfully honed in on the core of the thought earlier.
For my verse melodies, I focus on rhythms that support what’s being said the most. And once the rhythms are decided on the melody usually falls into place by itself.
Discuss music in full detail.
Music is my water. For me, it’s like a wellspring that never stops giving. Whenever I’m down it’s my therapy.
In February of this year, I worked with a great company Smile Theatre that would go into homes of people with dementia and we would sing songs with them.
It was shocking the responses we would get from both staff and the people.
People who hadn’t connected with anybody in ages would hold our hand and sing along and find the melodies.
I’ve always known of the power of music but seeing it on a consistent basis every day really strengthened my resolve to continue in my career choice.
State your five favorite genres of music.
I love R&B, soul, gospel, dancehall, folk.
Mainly because in gospel music they often don’t shy away from complex musical alterations inspired by jazz but placed on catchy pop melodies.
R&B/soul has always been a part of my heritage. Growing up my mother would sing lullaby’s which pushed rhythms and heartfelt sentiment grooving off of the 12 bar blues.
But pushing forward into my creation I learned to distort the genre and ad ideas from multiple places to keep it fresh.
Discuss your rehearsal.
My band meets every week. We rehearse for about 4 hours and then we usually hang out and play board games. It’s pretty great to be best friends with the people you make music with!
State your favorite musical instruments.
I mean when I was a kid I was obsessed with the Xylophone. I really want to make a song with one. But they’re just so gosh darn big.
Describe the chemistry between you and your fans during a live performance.
Every show I do is meant to have a different effect on the audience than the one before.
One of the main things I do with Dan Minchom my musical director is planning out how the show will evolve and captivate from beginning to end every time someone sees it.
We have great dancers who step, breakdance, and groove with the audience. Dance is a large part of my history. I was in a breakdance crew for many years and so that is one of the few things that we try to keep in every show.
At some point, we usually try to have a cipher where the audience gets involved.
Last show someone from the audience brought tap shoes and started tapping in the circle and then this b-girl jumped up and did some moves that no one was expecting. Our next show is on May 16th in 2020 in Toronto and I can’t wait!
Discuss your personality in full detail.
One thing that’s really important to me is to be kind to others. I always prioritize kindness. I like to celebrate the positive parts of people while not ignoring the pains of life.
My music empathizes with the struggles of fighting for your passion and for love.
Discuss your music career.
I started in the Gospel world singing with Toronto Mass Choir which was an amazing experience.
I got to learn from Karen Burke and tour through Europe. Later I joined a Christian kids band called GodRocks which released 11 number one albums in the Christian music charts and as that went on I realized that I really wanted to write my own music.
I created a folk-rock band with friends called CalmOcean and we had the best time together but eventually, most of the members ended up being called across the world to different places. So I went to university for math. But I realized that I couldn’t turn my back on music. It was too deep in me. So I created JonoJosh and started writing and performing.
We released a couple of tunes. I did a tune with Andi that ended up being chosen as a finalist on CBC’s searchlight. Soon after I released Birds the EP and CBC said some really nice things about it. And from there I released the piece ‘Chance’ all about banding together in times of need. Most recently we’ve been touring with America’s got talent’s, Stacey Kay.
List your musical work.
Andi’s: Caffeine feat JonoJosh
Birds – EP
Chance – Single
Better – Single
GOLD – Single
Share your memorable experiences with us.
Last year I was offered the chance to perform at the Charlottetown Festival as Gilbert. I ended up writing the song…
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
JonoJosh comes straight from my real name. I was born Jonothan Joshua. So I smushed it together to make this one!
State the title of the song and the meaning.
“Gold” is all about finding that person that has a golden heart.
State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.
Gold is going to be on the album Better, which is all about finding a better life in your subjective truth.