We Chat To: Rising Artist Jowes Jones
Jowes Jones is a multi-faceted artist, who expresses himself through hip-hop music. His latest single is the mesmeric 'FAULT'. Let's delve a little deeper and find out more about this enigmatic figure.
Who is Jowes Jones? Jowes Jones is an artist and not a rapper. He's unique on being a different figure in the music industry. I don't take myself too seriously and I do just what makes me feel right. I don't get along with the bling culture and I can look shy sometimes and that's because Jowes Jones ain't a character I created but the core of me. In fact Jowes Jones is just the beeest part of me, my most artistic and thus also the most vulnerable side. I can easily fall in love with everything that catches my attention and that makes me eclectic. Jowes Jones a hybrid.
Please talk us through the meaning of your new single ‘FAULT’… "FAULT" is quite a personal track. That's a reflexion about the legitimacy of the act of will and when it becomes too egoistic, and thus also immoral. A meditation that takes the listener through the Jowes Jones statements about his ambitions.
Tell us about your collaboration with Holy Feiz!
Holy Feiz is my earliest childhood friend from the age of 5. It represents my first serious approach to music. The moment Holy Feiz began dealing with music is when I thought I could seriously go down this path. At that time I didn't know anything about production and pretty anything about music industry. So we began almost 2 years ago doing stuff in my basement, and there is where we are currently recording still, but at the moment we are starting to execute our ascension plan in the scene. How would you describe your sound? Melodic, that's what I like. Melodies are important as hell to me. I see music as something that links directly to emotions, and my mission is doing music that most of ordinary people can sing at the pub, disco, at a barbecue, to just spend some good time together and enjoy music singing along. There's nothing deeper and more beautiful than this to me and that's why I push it on catchy melodies and simple delivery. Do you have to be in a certain mood to write? Not necessary, if I resonate with a particular beat or, even better, with some melodies or sound then I start vibing to it. That's what happened with "FAULT". The single came out from nothing, Holy Feiz came up with this violins chords loop he made, I wrote the lyrics and most of the song was done on the spot.
What’s your favourite album of all time? I have so many that are milestones to me! But if I should name one I would say Eminem's Recovery or Yelawolf's Love story. During the time I was in love with these two pieces of art I was living in Philadelphia and I used to discover new places while listening to those albums and that music got me tripping all the times.
What’s a typical day in the studio like for you?
I'm in the studio preparing everything while waiting for Holy Feiz to come and we normally spend half day on the creating process, listening to new beats, recording new stuff and revisioning also the old stuff to get it better and better. You’ve lived in Philadelphia and Italy, where do you live currently, and what’s the music scene like there?
I'm currently living in Italy and in my local area there's a small hip hop / trap scene I don't really get along with for many reasons. I don't share the philosophy they have about music, they see music as trap music only and that's because they started approaching music by the fact that it's a trend here in Italy. They see it as a way of making money, a way of saying how "tough" and "gangsta" they are, without even living any tough shit in their lives.. there's a generic fakeness on appearing and I don't feel part of it. There's no cohesion, I tried to fix that but it was useless because everyone is thinking about himself. I think there are talented people though, but it's not about talent. It's about you as a person, your moves and your work ethic so I thought "fuck it, I gotta go out of here as soon as possible". What’s the toughest part of the industry for you? To connect with US people being here in Italy. What’s the most enjoyable part of the industry?
Networking. Even if it's hard, connecting with professionals and people that are able to elevate your music is the best part because it's a good way to me to understand and learn how everything works behind the scenes. It may cost a lot but it's an investment that worth it
'FAULT' by Jowes Jones is available to stream/download now on all platforms HERE