Q&A Scene: Mojo Juju


Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
The new single, ‘They Come & They Go’ was a collaboration with some very talented guys… My producer Ptero Stylus, Dustin McLean (keys) and also Dan West (guitar) and is probably the most collaborative track I’ve been involved with ever. The new album is going to be a little different than my last. I think the new single is a bit of an indication of a certain direction we explore.

[pullquote]I have bucket loads of anecdotes.  But if you wanna hear them you better get comfy and buy me a drink.[/pullquote]The album is out on April 17, so you can see for yourself. haha.

We are launching the single on April 24th in Melbourne @ The Ding Dong Lounge. The Album tour dates will be announced soon.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
Southern fried, kinda meaty with a side of beans & rice, washed down with an ‘Old Fashioned’.

Which song resonates most strongly and why?
Of all time? Impossible to answer. There’s a song for every mood and every weather and every location… every different day.

That’s what is good about music. I love the ballads though. They’re the ones I hold dearest.

Any on the road anecdotes?
Hahaha. Don’t you know that what goes on tour stays on tour? It’s a cliche, but there’s a reason for that.

I have bucket loads of anecdotes.  But if you wanna hear them you better get comfy and buy me a drink.

Where do you draw inspiration from?
Absolutely nothing is safe. Haha.

If it moves me or there’s a story in it, I’ll probably write it.

Or file it away and write another day.

What’s next for you?
Well, just getting this album out. And then taking it on the road. I’m hoping to get back overseas as well.

I’ve also got another album pretty much written that I’m dying to record after that’s all done. haha. Can’t stop. Won’t stop.

What’s your scene?
I don’t know. I’ve always been a bit of a loner. But I’ve also always had plenty of friends and enjoyed the company of good people.

I think my style is more just making cameos in everyone else’s scene.

About Mojo Juju

Mojo Juju is 5’3″ of wise crackin’, sass mouthin’, jump-jivin’ attitude wrapped up in a Zoot suit and propped up on a Cuban heel. A dynamic vocalist, entertainer and songwriter, forever difficult to pigeonhole, she is versatile and unafraid to challenge the boundaries of genre and style.

In 2012 her self-titled, debut solo album was an offering of lyrical blues & noir soundscapes. It was met with 4 & 5 star reviews, Rhythms Magazine calling it a “velvet smooth triumph”.

Now Mojo is back with a new single and hard left turn. Her next album, due for release early 2015, is a collaboration with friend and producer Ptero Stylus (Diafrix/Mantra), making for a meeting of two vastly different creative minds. Mojo has hinted that it will be an exploration into ‘pop songwriting’ with throwbacks to Soul, R’n’B and Funk, citing influence from an eclectic range of artists, including Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Betty Davis, Gnarls Barkley & Andre 3000. It is certain that this will be a very different album to the last.

In Mojo’s own words: “ My focus is and always has been on the songwriting. And I want to explore every angle of that. I’m not too worried about fitting into any categories. I just want to write and I want be challenged whilst I’m doing that. Hopefully the result is something good, whatever the genre may be.”

Tour Dates

You can catch Mojo Juju & her band at a special single launch:
Friday 24 April – The Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne VIC
with special guests The Sugarcanes.
Tickets: $17+ bf / $20 door – Available now from www.dingdonglounge.com.au

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