An Interview With The Electronic Musician J MOTOR About His Latest Music and More!
Posted On 19 Apr 2017
Electronic, Australian musician J Motor (Jonathan Vassallo) is thrilled to unveil his music video for his song, “Meet In The Sky.” CLICK HERE to watch exclusively on Idobi Radio. “Meet In The Sky” is a powerful message of unity and strength in an increasingly fractured world.
J Motor isn’t afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve and he says, “We’re currently living in a time where change is needed, and the song is about believing that together, anything is possible. I was really in a positive place when I wrote it, and I want to inspire people to believe that the world isn’t over yet and we need to unite. We are more powerful when we act as one.”
“Visually, the video is an extension of the song,” J Motor says, and features a troupe of performers uniting in alignment with the stars. “We’re collectively waving goodbye to the old world, and inviting the audience to join us in greeting the new world we’re creating.”
The Sydney musician, delivers a utopian vision over a hypnotic beat and an uplifting, fizzy soundscape within all the music he makes. Apart from making music, J Motor has strengthened his reputation as a well-known creative director and producer. As a result, he creates content where people can feel his audio-visual experience that he defines as “boho/hip hop.”
Last year, he released his debut single “Jungle Daze” that took off on Spotify only a couple months back after picking up a sync on MTV’s The Challenge, after which it was added to Spotify Viral Hits playlist, then reached #4 on the Spotify Global 50, and onto #6 on the Billboard Spotify chart. The disco-pop song is currently featured on Bud Light’s ‘Are You Game Ready’ NFL TV Spot, which airs every week on Thursday night football.
CLICK HERE to listen to the track of “Jungle Daze”
Then a remix was created for “Jungle Daze” by the renowned producer, Luke Million, who is known for his remix of the extended theme song from the hit show Stranger Things (which has gone viral). the remix CLICK HERE to listen on FUSE.
He recently signed a global publishing deal with BMG Australia, and has been locked away in studios between Sydney and LA, working a collection of new material which he’s aiming to release later this year.
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Thanks for your time! What are some words you would use to describe 2016 for you and your music? What were some of the highlights? What are you most excited about for 2017?
2016 moved at a really fast pace, creating many new opportunities abroad. After my music had been received well, I’ve been excited and more relaxed leading into the future. 2017 is looking up, big things to come and I’m happy to be in LA working with great people.
Growing up, did you always want to be a musician? Can you recall your earliest musical memory?
My earliest musical member was at age 9, when I found my dad’s old EQ pre amp and CD player. I would find myself mixing records like ZepZeppelinplin, Guns and Roses, The Doors, and The Beatles. It’s pretty funny looking back.
How did you come up with your artist name? Was it difficult to come up with something that summed up who you are a musician?
I always have liked the word motor, because it is progressive. Then J Motor became a nick-name of mine so it only seemed fitting to make it my artist name.
How do you think that you continue to grow as artist with each new single that you release? How do you think you’ve grown from “Jungle Daze” to “Meet In The Sky”?
From “Jungle Daze” to “Meet In The Sky,” I wanted to explore a more alternative pop sound. I also tried to communicate something that is simple and straight to the point, with a strong subject matter.
What was it like working with Luke Million who is known for his remix of the extended theme for Stranger Things on the remix to “Jungle Daze”?
It was totally tight working with Luke, another local from Australia. I’m really stoked on what he did for the record.
Where did the inspiration for “Meet In The Sky” come from? Typically, how do you go about writing a song and putting it all together?
I started writing “Meet in The Sky” a long time ago. It was one of those tracks I’d work on here and there. Around that time I was listening to groups like M83 and Empire of the Sun. Every track is a case by case basis, in terms of writing and putting it all together.
Who are some of your all-time favorite artists? Who would you love to work with in the future?
Always loved the oldies like The Beatles, moving a head a bit to Radiohead. MGMT, MIA and of course a fan of pop music of today.
At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people take away from your songs?
I really want to have a positive affect on people. That doesn’t mean I can’t go to a more darker place as a write. I still think a tragic story can still have a positive effect on people in the right light.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself or your music?
I’m excited about my next few releases. I’m really keen to bend the new sound for you all to hear.