theaussieword.com catches up with Toronto based pop/rock quartet Jane’s Party!
Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music? We had all been taking private lessons and playing in bands in high school before we met at University. We were studying Jazz at York University in Toronto, when Jane’s Party was born. We started as a pub band at the school before making the move to downtown Toronto, and eventually far beyond.
What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? We all draw influences from many parts of our individual lives – but ultimately the band itself motivates us to do better, be more creative, and find new ways to engage with our fans.
What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist? To continue our existence as a group. Not many bands get the honour to have many good years. We’ve already had 10 and there are no signs of slowing down. Our fans keep us in business, and we keep creating.
Success, what is the secret to it? Understanding and embracing our responsibility as artists to push our limits, stay humble, and be good role-models.
What’s been your biggest career highlight so far? Touring Europe as Tom Odell’s support act. Playing with a mentors and friends in front of thousands of people is irreplaceable.
Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring? Tom Odell, Alex Turner, Paul McCartney, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Matt Duncan, July Talk, Matthew Angus.
The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now? In a studio making music, on a stage performing!
The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye? We have the fortune of having an incredible team to help us spread the word. Our focus is always on creating the best music we can, and finding interesting ways to get it out to our fans. We let them do the rest!
Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists. Crowded House, Bee Gees, Jet, Tame Impala, Nick Cave.
What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour? We’re doing a bunch of national touring in Canada, including a few shows in places we’ve never been. We’re keen on touring south of the border to the United States in 2018 – and hopefully a tour of Australia in the new year JI’ll be going there on my honeymoon in December. I can’t wait to see the country.
Tell us a bit about your latest record, how would you best describe your music? This new record will be released later in the summer. It has more collaborations than the band has had previously. One of the songs just released was a cover of Gerry Rafferty’s 1978 hit ‘Right Down the Line’ with acclaimed DJ and turntablist, Skratch Bastid. We’ve got an instrumental single coming out in two months ft. Leland Whitty from BADBADNOTGOOD and a few other surprised up our sleeves.
Any new projects in the pipeline? Yes – we want to get back to our roots for a follow up EP in November. It will highlight the band’s live show – rock and roll energy, classic covers, and pure energy.
Thanks for the interview! What’s your final message for us today? Thank you so much! We can’t wait to make it to Australia one day. We really appreciate the support and hope you’re all having a great day.