Q&A Scene: Jayden McGrath

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

The new single entitled ‘Conditions’ is a song that was written around two years ago. I thought it would be appropriate to release as the first single because it portrays the exact mood and mindset I was in when I began this journey as a solo artist. I’m planning on releasing tracks over the next year or so to eventually make up a Debut album! Tour is a definite possibility for the future and I’m really excited to get on the road.

 

What’s your favourite work at this point in time? 

 To be honest, I have a lot of songs that I am proud of from this project. Not sticking to a particular genre has been quite refreshing for me. I think what I am most proud of is the ease of writing I have allowed myself to get to over years of hard work and quieting down the mind to allow creative thoughts to appear! Basically being myself and not giving a fuck how that is perceived has helped me in more ways than I can mention ☺

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

Ravioli, because it is the Italian dumpling. I dunno haha

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

During the recording of Conditions I was taking the train into the studio everyday to ‘vibe up’. During the course of the week we were tracking I was able to write two more tracks on the train by simply people watching. Kinda weird I know, but sometimes I like to tell strangers stories through writing and eventually tie in my own experiences and emotions to complete a plot.

What, or who, inspires you?

I would have to say purity in life itself has been my main inspiration of late. Taking the simple things in nature and daily life experience and transforming it into a tale excites me. How many ways can I get this point across and which one do I like the most.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Maggie Rogers’ ‘Alaska’ is one of, if not the coolest most pure song I have ever heard. I hope to write with this presence and understanding one day and coming from such a young artist it is truly amazing.

What’s next for you?

I see this period of time as the start of the rest of my life. Accomplishing what I have and getting back into music I feel has completed me again and I can’t tell what my future holds but releasing more music and playing more shows is high on the list!

What’s your scene?

My scene is acceptance. Being present in any situation and enjoying it for what it is! This means I can appreciate and feel at home in any scene and I love that.

EXCITING NEW EMO POP/ROCK ARTIST,

 JAYDEN MCGRATH ANNOUNCES DEBUT SINGLE + VIDEO CONDITIONS

 + MELBOURNE LAUNCH SHOW ON JUNE 7

Innovative upcoming pop artist Jayden McGrath has today announced his debut single Conditions, a fascinating track that explores a feeling of acceptance towards less-than-ideal circumstances in life, out May 31.  The accompanying video to Conditions, made in collaboration with Dave Hunter of Band Factory Digital Media (Drown This City, Captives) and artist Joey Klarenbeek, is a dark, hypnotic reflection of that feeling of strange contentment.  Jayden McGrath will be celebrating the release of his debut single with a headline show at Melbourne’s Evelyn Hotel on June 7.

Conditions consists of an intriguing concoction of genres; pop, rock, RnB – just to name a few that Jayden dips his toes into on this track.  That’s a lot to work with, but somehow, it just all makes so much sense.  Driving percussion and intricate guitar work in complete harmony with sweeping synthesisers and Jayden’s unique, undeniable vocal.  Conditions is hook after hook, and is sure to get audiences moving and singing along to that killer chorus.  Speaking on the inspiration behind the single, Jayden says, Conditions is a track that came up for me in a rather dark period of my life.  After some big changes, I started to question the meaning and purpose of my life.  At the time it felt like every step forward sent me two steps back.  Conditions is a kind of morbid acceptance of everything being dull for me at this point in time.  Luckily since then, things have changed!”

The video for Conditions is suitably opaque, set in shadowy hallways and dim, moonlit alleys.  Each scene is punctuated by detailed, animated drawings by Joey Klarenbeek, flickering, momentary, and visually describing the mood of each character in the clip.  Jayden explains, “I came up with the concept for the clip myself.  I’m not sure exactly what I was after at the time, however, I know I wanted to address a dull scenic manner in the shots.  Mainly I was trying to visually address humanity’s lack of connection with one another and being ‘switched off’ from any real and physical interaction.  This is where the emoji drawings come in.  I thought it could be cool to take a visual approach to how things are heading – why talk when you can text right?!  After a few meetings with Dave Hunter, we came up with some more concepts for additional animation and scenes which I’m really glad about.  Without Dave’s input, the clip would not be what it is!

 To celebrate the release of Conditions, Jayden will be playing an exclusive show at The Evelyn Hotel in Melbourne on June 7, and fans of this exciting new artist are sure to be in for a treat.  Thrilled to be releasing Conditions and begin this new chapter in his life, Jayden enthuses, “To be honest it feels quite surreal to be releasing Conditions!  It’s been quite a long road for me to get to this point, and I have been lucky enough to accomplish a vague painting of my life through storytelling and songwriting.  I feel like this track, being one of the first tracks I produced as an independent artist, is a fitting opening scene for whats to come from myself in the future.”

Conditions is out May 31

JAYDEN MCGRATH ‘CONDITIONS’ LAUNCH SHOW

FRI 07 JUN | EVELYN HOTEL, FITZROY VIC | 18+
Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Oztix Outlets
http://evelynhotel.com.au/jayden-mcgrath-single-launch/

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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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