Follow us as we find out more about MOJO JNR, singer-songwriter from Swansea, UK.
Can you tell us about yourself as an artist? Where are you now, how you started, and what are your goals.
In its most basic form Mojo JNR is a bedroom project. I am a singer and Songwriter for a band but since the lockdown have also started this as a side-project. My goals, as anyone who writes music is to be able to live off creating my music. That would be my dream.
Some of our readers might not be familiar with you yet, how would you describe your sound?
Miles Away is quite ambient, mellow and folky.
Who have been your biggest influences so far?
Courtney Barnett, Phoebe Bridgers, Big Thief, Mac DeMarco, Gus Dapperton, Laura Marling
You recently released the single ‘MILES AWAY’. Can you tell us how that project came about?
This was written at the beginning of the UK Covid-19 lockdown (although you’ll be pleased to hear the song is not about that specifically). I wrote, played and recorded all the parts for Miles Away in a student bedroom with a terrific view over Swansea Bay, this helped set the scene for my mood and attitude and can easily be translated in the laid back approach to my musical style. The lyrics were influenced by a book called Pan by Knut Hamsen.
2020 has been a hard year for everybody, but the music industry and arts in general took a heavy hit. How did you guys cope with that, musically speaking?
It did take a heavy hit, but then what the lockdown gave me was time. And I was able to start this project and write/record my music.
Do you consider important working together in a team, or do you prefer working alone?
I also write as part of a band, ‘Cactus Haus’ and I love writing as part of a team, when you write music with others you gain other people’s perspectives and personalities. But it was refreshing to write Miles Away on my own. I played every part on it and I am proud of that. Although this is my ‘solo’ project I do have strong musicians who surround me and advise me and help me to make my music as great as it can be.
What are you looking for, in terms of promotion? What do you think could be helpful to promote your music around?
I firmly believe that word of mouth is and always will be the most effective form of promotion that an artist can have. When your friend loves a new artist you feel more inclined to enjoy them too, so you can share those experiences with those close to you. Music is great to connect people in that way.
What does playing live represent for you? a way to make yourself known or a way to express yourself?
Playing live is great for stress release, it may be a bit selfish but I play live for my own sanity. But I think that comes across to the crowd, and you end up gaining more fans when you’re enjoying yourself on stage.
Finally, what are your plans for the future? (releases, gigs etc.)
This is my first release. I have a few singles waiting to come out which I am very excited to show people, it will develop my sound. I will also look to play some gigs when the live scene opens itself back up. As Mojo began as a solo project at the beginning of the lockdown I haven’t played these songs live yet. I have a live band ready though and it will be very exciting to play my stuff to a crowd.
Listen to MOJO JNR’s single ‘MILES AWAY’ on Spotify: