Hi Jane, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi, I have been great! Looking forward to a lot and enjoying sunny California.
Can you talk to us more about your last single, “Melt”?
Melt was a very fun song for me to create. Writing it was super easy – it came to me naturally. It is basically about the beginning of a relationship and the anxiety we feel when looking into the future. The production process was inspiring, and I felt as though I let myself take risks. Me and my producer (Jed Elliott) experimented a lot with vocal arrangements and finding a solution to make the song fun but a bit ominous.
Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?
I woke up next to someone I was seeing briefly, and I noticed myself overanalyzing everything very early on. While these thoughts sparked a lot of emotions like pain, insecurity, and fear. I also thought it would make a good song. A big theme of the song is having a magical night with someone and then wondering how things will change over time
The single comes off your new album Spiraling In Central Park – what’s the story behind the title?
I’m from New York City and grew up right by Central Park, my high school was also in that same neighborhood. I noticed a lot of events in my life are tied back to Central Park, and I realized how important this place is to me. The album focuses on a time in my life when I wasn’t too happy. I was sneaking into the park with the wrong crowd and going through a lot of mental health issues discretely. That is where the “spiraling” came from. At the time I wrote this, I felt as though I was spiraling, so I combined that feeling with Central Park, the pinpoint of my emotions. Spiraling in Central Park is a title that perfectly reflects my life during that time.
How was the recording and writing process?
I wrote most of this album over the pandemic in 2020. I moved back to NYC from LA and was almost trapped in a life I had left behind. I did not think I would ever be back for an extended period of time. It caused me to reflect on parts of my life I had not fully processed yet. With all the free time, I had time to write honestly and frequently, giving me an album I am really proud of. I recorded most of this album in Jed Elliott’s home studio in LA. This was some of the most fun I have ever had recording. It was so cool to see him bring my favorite songs to life. As an artist, it is key to find a producer who is just as passionate about your music as you are. I felt as though Jed understood the material and really delivered with his production. I am eternally grateful.
What aspect of life did you get to explore on this record?
I got to explore the more internal aspects of myself. This record is very introspective, and it helped me roadmap all the feelings I had bottled up for so long. I was looking back on my life and noticed this particular period of time that really shaped me, and challenged me. I had never written about it, and then I made an entire album reflecting everything I was going through and experiencing. Writing this album was a release of all the negativity of my past, and releasing it is the final step to moving forward.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Being home in New York City during the pandemic is where most of the lyric ideas sparked for me. I would take walks around the neighborhood with my sister, and I would see places I went as a teenager. Every block reminded me of a story from my youth, and I thought all these stories would make a good album.
What else is happening next in Jane Honor’s world?
I am going on tour in London this summer, which I am extremely excited for. I am also working on another project. It is an EP that explores topics like religion, queer love, mental health, and finding yourself.