Joy In Motion Interview

by the partae

Where are you currently based?

We’re based in Brisbane, Australia. 

What’s been happening recently?

Honestly, a lot of writing. We’ve been writing and demoing as much as we can outside of our regular lives. 

Your latest single ‘Wasting Away’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?

We all came from either rock bands or heavier. We went for a commercial pop sound on our last EP and while we love those songs, we wanted to return to our roots as musicians. The lyrical content reflects a grittier, more aggressive sound too, so we aimed to keep it that way rather than turn the song into something it wasn’t. 

How did you go about writing Wasting Away?

Song writing has always been my (Jake- vocals) role in the band. I’ve always written the songs and then developed them further with a producer before the band essentially just learnt their parts. This time around, I wanted all of us to sit in together and write the song as a unit so everybody felt like they had some ownership of the art we were putting out collectively. While I still had a hand in writing, I also took on a producer role and helped develop everybody’s ideas. 

Where and when did you record/produce/master and who did you work with?

I produced and recorded the song with the band in late 2022 at my studio in Brisbane. We then sent the track to Declan White in Melbourne who did the mix & master. Declan also did a small amount of additional producing and engineering on his end. 

How did you approach the recording process?

I approached the recording process like I would do with any of my clients. We set some time aside and tracked what we needed to in that time. None of us had access to a guitar with an Evertune bridge, so we tracked guitars well enough for Declan to decipher (along with providing a video on how each part/section is played) and asked him to track the guitars at his studio with the guitar setup we wanted. Declan is great at what he does, arguably one of the best in this genre in Aus, so he was able to smash it out easily. 

Since there was no real deadline, I was able to spend a lot of time in post-production working on the electronic elements of the song. I was also able to spend more time tracking and dialling in all of the vocal layers. If memory serves me correctly, the song has over 40 tracks of vocals alone. 

Please tell us about any upcoming music:

There’s an album worth of material written currently with about half of that recorded and mixed as pre-production. Sonically, it goes further down the rabbit hole that we started on with Wasting Away and in my opinion, it’s a big step up. I love Wasting Away, but it was written as a bridging track between our last EP and what’s to come. 

What’s planned for the remainder of 2023?

A lot more writing and recording and likely a couple of shows. Our goal is to have some new songs totally finished and ready to go in the new year. 

Who are you listening to at the moment?

I’ve been listening to a lot of Sleep Token, Trophy Eyes, Movements and No Pressure. Those bands have either just released something new or have something coming up. Whichever the case, everything these bands have put out recently is great. 

Favourite food and place to hangout?

My favourite food is pizza (pepperoni with added chili flakes and olives is king). I can’t say I have a favourite place to hangout anymore though. I’m 31, so maybe a pub? I’m also a dad nowadays, so hanging out is a long-lost luxury of the before time.

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