Interview: Jonathan Something

I do love music. I know that much. Something else I know is that it is not everyday that I hear a song (or in this case multiple songs from the same artist) that one after the next, stop me in my tracks. That, “Who is this and how have I not heard it yet?!” moment. Brooklyn, Connecticut-born Jonathan Something snagged my ears immediately. Yep, both ears. The first track I heard was “Heartbreaker.” Equal parts soulful and cynical, “Heartbreaker” features Jonathan Something’s insane ability to write crazily catchy tunes both lyrically and instrumentally. Somehow, he found time in his songwriting frenzy to answer a few questions I threw at him. Check it out:

 

 

MFL: It seems like you unashamedly have the best time creating music wrought in satire. How did this become the kind of music you felt comfortable settling into?

Jonathan Something (JS): I think my writing style spawned out of an inability to take anything or even myself particularly seriously. I like music where the writer’s personality is palpable within the writing or even within the sonic palette and I think my personality is most importantly linked to my sense of humor.

MFL: Your debut album, Outlandish Poetica, was released in 2018. Clearly much has happened musically since then, although 2018 was just yesterday. If you were to recap the time since that release in one sentence, what would it be?

JS: It’s been an eye opening ¾ of a year.

MFL: Where do you pull your lyrical material from and what does that writing process look like for you?

JS: Usually all over the place. Sometimes biblical, other times personal, most times my ass.

MFL: When do you feel the most creative and how do you harness that creativity?

JS: Ironically enough I find inspiration striking most when driving in the car listening to music other than my own. Something about having all my senses on full alert jump-starts my brain.

MFL: You very clearly have a knack for meshing your lyrical AND instrumental capabilities. What is the origin of these skills and how have these skills developed with time?

JS: It’s easy when it’s basically all you do with your free time. Instrumental capabilities came from necessity more than anything else. I’m not much of socialite so I don’t have a deep well of capable musicians I could call on to come play on my records. I had to get good enough to get by on most instruments. As far as lyrics go, unless you’re some well read natural born poet, you’ve just got write a lot of sh*t lyrics, have some self awareness, really know your tastes and eventually it starts sort of making sense some of the time and the rest of the time you’re stressed out with a killer guitar lick but nowhere to go.

MFL: Rewind to age 17. What role did music have at that time during your life?

JS: I was on my way to college to study music production. Didn’t quite pan out how I dreamed it would. Was making more electronic music at the time. Had only finished a handful of songs at that point.

MFL: Is there any one song that you have written thus far that you feel embodies what you do as a musician? If so, why?
JS: It’s difficult to pin down to one song because I don’t plan on keeping the same sound around for too long. I’d say my first album embodies me holistically because I originally released it as scrap material placing little confidence in it but apparently people saw more in it than I did in myself.

 

Special thanks to Dan Rutman at Solitaire Recordings for coordinating and JS himself for participating! Follow JS on Facebook, Spotify and Instagram.

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