JG: “Transcendental, space-punk, & doo wop” are words you’ve used to describe your music. Where would you say your greatest musical influence comes from?
JM: Lately my greatest influence come from watching the films of Dario Argento. Describing music I make can be such a tricky task. In reality, I just try to make music that turns me on. Every once in a while I come up with a new answer to the genre question though. Transcendental, because music helps us escape the mundane and almost takes us to another realm. Space-Punk, because performances are punk to me. Not “punk” as a genre, but in the wild, energetic, chaotic sense of the word. Doo Wop, because there are also sensitive moments of beauty and swirling melodies in the music. There was a period in the band where I had two female members singing back ups with me and we started calling it doo wop, and I guess I’ve been rolling with that.
JG: “Kingdom Come” offers abstract, psychedelic vibes, did any particular experience inspire the song or the video?
JM: ”Kingdom Come” is lyrically dealing with feelings of hopelessness, frustrations and being overwhelmed by the trials of life, yet knowing that deep down, all you can do is continue to work, give it your best. Following your passions with the trust that it will all work out somehow. One way or another. The video sort of personifies those challenges, with angelic creatures taunting and toying with me. The painter, perhaps my higher self, if you will, is meanwhile working away, transforming the scene into an orgy of shapes & color. Musically, the song reminds me a bit of Fleetwood Mac with minimal drumming, shimmering acoustic guitars, and vocals that aren’t afraid to be a bit soft or pretty. I recorded the bulk of the song in one day, playing all the instruments and engineering myself. Later I finished tracking with my good friends Chris & Adam of Gardens & Villa adding more vocals and synths that remind me of “The Cars”. Chris and I definitely tried to channel the Bee Gees with all the OOOs and AAHs.
JG: It’s about truth, isn’t it? How does authenticity look to you in the world today?
JM: We live in a time in which so many things have been done before. There’s such a barrage of media coming at us from every angle. Authenticity may seem scarce these days, but it is so intrinsic to good art. It’s almost undeniable. It either feels natural or it doesn’t feel at all. Peoples sincerity in their art or everyday actions is palpable to me. Genuine authentic expression, without a care about fitting in. That’s punk to me.
JG: What’s the best part of making music?
JM: I live for the moments in which I feel almost maniacal while making music. Feeling so much passion working in the studio that I forget to eat or sleep. Becoming overtaken and possessed by the energy on stage. I love to dance and perform. Music is a universal language and it brings people together.