Vents- We’re excited to speak today with prolific and celebrated singer and songwriter Jann Klose; greetings and salutations, Jann! Before we dive down the proverbial rabbit hole, how has 2022 been treating you thus far?
Jann Klose— Greetings and salutations! I always like that as an opening 🙂 This year has been — you know — better than last! Ha! Crazy times… But, I still wake up every morning and am grateful to be alive and do what I love the most, most of the time.
Vents- Congrats are in order for the upcoming 2023 album which word ‘round campfire has that you’re super-busy working on even as we speak! What can you tell us about the new album?
Jann Klose — Yes, it’s coming along nicely! In fact, most of it is already in the proverbial “can” and we have started to release singles, “Sugar My” being the newest one. I’ve been working with up and coming (super talented!) Producer Marcus Dembinski on this one and am loving the collaboration. The business of music is always tricky but I’m very lucky to have a great team in my corner. My management regrouped after we lost Gary Salzman to Covid early on in the Pandemic and we are partnering with label services folks called Shark Attack in LA. We have some nice radio activity building in South Africa, the US and Brazil.
Vents- Your home record label is Honey Rose Records. What makes them the perfect base for both you and your music?
Jann Klose — working with a label is a lot like writing songs. I know, that sounds crazy but it really is about “write about what you know” and I think the same holds true for the people you work with, so work with people you know and like! Morey Levovitz runs the imprint and is tough on the people he works with, including me!
Vents-From start to finish, how long does it generally take you to complete an album? Does each one differ, time-wise?
Jann Klose — it really depends on the record. I mean, I used to make album in the classic style, rehearse the band, arrange the songs with the producer and then go in and track. Then during Covid — and even before — I started working more intimately, creating tracks, using more synths and then adding live instruments later. It’s more efficient and there are less people telling me what they think I should do (lol). That being said, I still love the connection with live musicians and being in the moment with the creative spirit. However, this can happen in more than one setting. The key is to be open to it no matter what the circumstances.
Vents- The 2023 album will be your seventh album. How do you feel the new one will differ from the previous six? How might it be similar?
Jann Klose— I collaborate more with other writers and producers now and love it. IN TANDEM, my last full length really jolted my career forward in a very unexpected way. I think it was b/c I worked with so many different artists on that album (Annie Haslam, Karen Zoid, RJ Benjamin, Larry Beckett to name a few…) that it became the success it is today. The work we are doing on the SURRENDER album is in the same vein but the sound I’m going for is filled with a much bigger sense for adventure.
Vents- You were raised in Kenya, South Africa, Germany and the U.S. How do those three locales inform not only you as a person, but also your music?
Jann Klose— It informed my style, my art and my open minded thinking. There’s nothing I won’t try (at least once!)
Vents- As a singer-songwriter, which comes first for you – The music or the lyrics?
Jann Klose— Usually the music.
Vents – Can fans look forward to catching you on tour in the coming weeks and months?
Jann Klose— Yes, I have some shows coming up in NY, NJ, CT, MA, OH and CA.
Vents- Let’s talk a little about your latest song which is tearing through the record charts even as we speak – Sugar My. What’s the Secret Origin of this catchy tune?
Jann Klose— Working with Alex Forbes (my writing partner) has been an absolute delight. I love working with her. She makes me feel at ease and open to try anything. We wrote “Sugar My” at the onset of the pandemic when most of us felt quite disoriented. We used imagery of an Alice in Wonderland type setting to illustrate this. Then, Marcus Dembinski came in to the picture and produced a killer track. It inspired the music video directed by Alex Vishno and choreographed by Eileen Jaworowicz that you see on YouTube.
Vents- With the music video for Sugar My, did you have creative control on what was filmed?
Jann Klose— I get a lot of ideas and feedback from my creative team. I go with the flow. If I don’t like something or don’t understand it, I speak up. There’s no mystery here.
Vents- How did you first become interested in music, Jann?
Jann Klose— Probably my mother singing to me and me singing along with her. She has this tape of me singing when I was 2. It’s strange listening to it!
Vents- Your recent single Love You the Most got a tremendous boost from being part of the soundtrack for the Amazon film Married Young. How did you wind up as part of the soundtrack for this lovely film?
Jann Klose— Morey Levovitz. He used the demo Alicia Madison, Tony Grund and I created at the BMI writers camp (in Cape Town) where we wrote the song. It became the music for his wedding video! He asked to use it in the movie and then David Schoenwetter and I produced it for the film.
Vents- Final – SILLY! – Question: Which one item of food can we always find in your refrigerator?
Jann Klose— Chicken cutlets!