Indie-rock artist, composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Laszlo Jones just recently released his latest single and music video, “In The Morning,” a first glimpse of his upcoming EP Beyond The Door.
Hi Laszlo, welcome to Honk Magazine, it’s a pleasure having you!
Aww thank you it’s a pleasure being here 🙂
What first made you get into music?
Well somehow I’ve always had music in my life. My parents put me on the Cello at 4 years old then on the piano, but I only started playing guitar quite late, when I was 17 years old.
My childhood was a bit weird in the sense that my parents kept on moving from country to country every couple of years, making me live in Beirut, Paris, Singapore, Bahrain, Milan, Bangkok.
I started singing in Bangkok when a friend who played guitar in the local high school band asked me if I wanted to do a tryout, because the previous singer had left the country. Next thing you know I was doing gigs at school on a regular basis. Later when I moved to beirut, I met a few cool guys who were starting a rock band and were looking for a singer, so i joined in although it was more of a metal band then a rock band to be honest, we were doing covers of Guns and roses, skid row, faith no more, metallica etc .. And then at some point I realised I wanted to try writing songs, I wrote a first, a second, and I loved the process so I never stopped 🙂
How did you sound evolve over the years?
It actually evolved a lot, not just the sound but also the music. When I started writing my first songs, I was very much into classic rock, and I started making a few demos with my band in Beirut. Then I went to Paris and joined a progressive metal band and at the same time I met these guys who were producing hip hop tracks, and they were looking for a few guitar licks. I made a few tryouts, and although in retrospect i didn’t play very well, I guess i kind of had the Hip Hop vibe because they took me in and became a guitar session player for Hip Hop artists.
Then I worked a lot for advertisement, TV, and movies, and started writing tracks in all sorts of musical genres, ranging from classical to rock, to electro pop, to jazz… Maybe my fusion of styles comes from there :))
Then I recorded my first record “Banana Nation” that was signed with Universal. It was a particular mix of hip hop, jazz, rock and mainstream pop. It was actually very hybrid stylistically, and it was my first record, so I wanted to put everything into it 🙂
Now I guess my new record is a little more mature, more rock oriented, the vocals more in the foreground. Also I took a lot more liberties in the songs, in the artistic choices, maybe this EP will be less consensual than the previous one. But I absolutely love the production of this record and the way it is mixed. For production I worked with Michael Buyens (The Gathering .. ) who co-produced the record with me and we were fortunate to get to mix with Kane Churko in vegas (5 finger death punch … ) who did a tremendous job.
What inspired you to create your new single “In The Morning”?
I actually wrote this song a few years ago …. It is essentially a song about war and violence.
There’s actually a story about what inspired this song. It’s a long one but I’m gonna keep it short 🙂
When i was around 8-9 years old we were visiting lebanon with my parents, and were at a small hotel high up in the mountains spending a week’s holiday, and a conflict exploded in that same area. So the whole hotel spent the whole week in the cellar while all hell’s breaking loose around us. We heard the mortar shells falling every 5 minutes and when they fell a little too close to the hotel the walls shook tremendously.
But early in the morning there were no shells. So every morning at sunrise my dad took me out for a walk on the mountainside, short and close to the hotel. I remember thinking how strange it was that mornings are so peaceful when the night was so violent and full of horrors… which kind of unconsciously led to this song.
Did you participate in any online concerts or music related events during the pandemic, what’s your take on that?
Not really, I was really busy recording the songs and working on the music videos 🙂
My take on that is that it’s actually awesome that our technology allows us to do such things … if we’d had a pandemic 20 years ago it would have been much harder for everyone.
But I guess nothing actually replaces the real live experience be it from the perspective of the performer or from that of the listener…… so I’m anxious for everything to open up again and to go tour :))
What is your favorite country or place and why?
It’s hard to answer that … every place has its charm, and its difficulties.
If i had to choose from all places in the world i’d probably settle in the south of france, on the mediterranean. It has the perfect mix of good weather, beautiful landscapes, amazing architectural heritage, the sea, good food, nice people, and is quite central in Europe allowing easy travel 🙂
What is the best advice you have ever received in relation to making music?
Do it for the music, not for the fame. If the music is good, people will hear it and will give you all the love you need 🙂
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What can we expect from Laszlo Jones in 2021?
Oh loads of things :
One new single at the end of the summer
Another new single and a 5 track EP in fall
And a tour that’s not planned yet but that’s definitely taking place with the release of my EP 🙂
Thank You Laszlo!
You’re most welcome, thank you it was a pleasure 🙂
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Please describe to our audience how you came about on the music scene and what is the biggest difference between your first piece of music to your latest!
I was a musician growing up, and I played a few instruments (piano, guitar, trumpet). In high school I took a music production class and fell in love with the software, electronic production methods, song writing and scripting melodies. Although my passion for music took a back seat in college, I always contemplated what role it would play again in my life once I got settled as an accountant in Dallas TX in 2011. From my high school days through 2015 I watched the electronic music scene grow exponentially in the USA. I was always very much into European dance music early on. Eventually I realized that my favorite style of music and the showcase aspect of DJing went hand in hand and it all made sense. I wasn’t meant to remain a classical musician or play guitar in a band, I’m the type to go mad scientist in the studio and mesh all these different sounds together in a unique way, then bring it to a live audience while also sharing great music from other inspiring artists.
Initially, I was producing progressive house and trance instrumentals. I wasn’t too focused on the commercial aspect and had no idea where to find a vocalist or how that process worked. I outsourced some of the production work to a Netherlands based studio and eventually found a roster of vocalists via that outlet. I learned more about songwriting and producing music around existing vocals, enjoying the collaborative aspect. Over time since my first release in 2016 I’ve gotten a lot more flexible as to my style and making it commercial while keeping its integrity. I can thank the EDM stars who preceded me for acclimating society to electro-pop fusion. Lately I’m incorporating pop, electro-house, nu disco, and punk into my 2023 release plan! I’m aiming for the music to be edgy, catchy, and danceable.
What are you doing to push a positive message as the year comes to an end and there is a new beginning coming up with this new year?
I’m always looking to leave the listener feeling understood and empowered with my music. I want them to relate to it and be part of my ‘soul tribe’. It’s important as an artist to have a positive mission statement. We can be highly influential to people we’ll never meet, and in ways we don’t always see. Apart from the music I share, I only put out content with an insightful message, share my life experiences with a tempered mind, or post something funny/wholesome. Viral negativity is a real scourge these days.
Are there any rituals you have developed over the years that are helpful for any upcoming changes happening?
I try to add creative value every day whether it’s many hours on one upcoming song or jumping around to many different ones. I keep a normal sleep schedule and get outside regularly; I stay active and eat well to keep a sharp mind and body. Live gigs are big physical and mental battles and aren’t always routine in nature. So being up to date on the latest music while staying organized with older libraries is important in being ready for anything. I check my gear regularly too, the last thing you want is to show up and your stuff doesn’t work as expected.
Could you talk about a success that happened this year that you would attribute to all your hard work?
I’ve been focused on growing my fanbase and traction on streaming platforms. It’s important that those can grow organically and generate ‘true fans’, not just play counts. Based on the relevant data, my Spotify grew 56% and is getting a lot more of that algorithmic traction, so I’m happy my efforts are paying off. Also, I reached the top 5% in Spotify artist rankings this past Fall for several months, and that was a shock! It really gave me perspective on how far I’ve come. Lastly I charted on iTunes House: Poland for ‘Iconic Love’ and iTunes House: United States for ‘Filmatic – Carefully Together (DCPA Remix)’.
Could you talk about an obstacle that you persevered through?
Times of loneliness are inherent to a music career, usually those are counterbalanced with moments of abundant attention from others. Personally, when going toward my music career, I accepted a reduction of income and really challenged my physical self. It’s a different world than my prior desk job but endlessly fulfilling in so many ways! In addition I’ve used music as a way to revisit past experiences and reconcile/transmute leftover and confusing energies. My latest track ‘I Feel It Too‘ is a perfect example of this.
How do you think these experiences have helped you shape your career and approach your music?
It’s brought back a grittiness to my life; and though I value the time I spent in a corporate environment, I currently appreciate these new opportunities to fly by night and get out in front of new audiences, sharing my passion for music and a side of myself that was mostly hidden for many years. For a long time I was more reserved with my emotional energy but I’ve realized the value of honest and intense expression in life, spreading light through art and intend to fully embody this in my personal relationships as well.
How do you continue to develop your community of fans over the years?
Being present and available is important. I see fans as being collaborators on a bigger project. To make that collaboration work, I know I need to show up in conversation and in my actions. By responding to others in a genuine way and appreciating everyone’s time and input, you start to feel a larger community forming around you and feel more significant and motivated in your role as an artist.
Thank you for sharing all your music with us! Can you give us any exclusive on more music coming up?
My next song is called ‘Broken Heart’. The chorus line for this electro-pop-punk track is “Someone tell me how to let it go…I don’t wanna feel this anymore.” Look for this track to drop in February or March 2023!
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Paige Corwin drops a stunning new single, “Better Than That” [Interview]
New York singer-songwriter Paige Corwin shares the pop single “Better Than That,” with a pop sound that grabs the attention of many listeners.
“Better Than That” is a neo-soul, pop-crooner record. It is a heart-wrenching tale of dreamt romantic insecurities that turn into reality.
Paige Corwin had a Conversation with us and answered our unique 8 Questions. Check it out below.
HONK: Let’s start by telling us how it all began. What encouraged you to start playing and making music?
Paige Corwin: I have always written songs and ideas, and once I began networking and meeting the right people, they helped turn my ideas into records that have translated into actual releases. I am grateful to all the people I am lucky enough to have worked with so far and am excited for whatever comes next! From day one, the plan has been to be my own artist.
HONK: Talk me through your creative process when you write new music.
Paige Corwin: My creative process begins with creating a beat with my producer that I feel connected to. Once the rhythm has been established, I write the top line inspired by personal life events.
HONK: Can you tell us about your new single, “Better Than That”?
Paige Corwin: “Better Than That” is a neo-soul, pop-crooner record. It is a heart-wrenching tale of dreamt romantic insecurities that turn into reality. Make sure to listen to it to get the full story. 😉
HONK: What do you like most about being a music artist?
Paige Corwin: I firmly believe that music unites people from all walks of life, no matter their differences, and that, for sure, is a beautiful thing! Playing music is soul-fulfilling, an emotional release, and means of self-expression like no other. Connecting with an audience is the best feeling in the world, and I have met so many incredible people along the way.
HONK: What projects do you have coming up? Can you give us any info on them?
Paige Corwin: I am working on an EP consisting of six tracks, including the intro. Each record will first be released as a single, followed by a music video!
HONK: Do you have any advice for our readers who may be trying to enter the game of music?
Paige Corwin: Don’t let the long, winding path to success get you down. Stay the course, do not deviate, and believe your hard work will eventually pay off. Putting your blood, sweat, and tears into your work and then not receiving the recognition you feel it deserves is hugely discouraging at times, but do not give it up. It is all part of the journey!
HONK: How do you solve productivity/scheduling problems and reduce overwhelming situations?
Paige Corwin: I use the calendar on my phone to set reminders which usually avoids scheduling issues, but when I feel overwhelmed, I take hot yoga classes. Yoga calms me down, clears my head, and grounds me again.
HONK: Name Three things you can’t live without when recording in the studio.
Paige Corwin: Water, tea with honey, white claws : )
Stream Paige Corwin’s “Better Than That” on Spotify.
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