Hanging Out In Gonzo Jones' Misty Universe
The last time we chatted to Gonzo Jones he'd just dropped his ocker af video for 'Misty Dreams' and we couldn't have loved it harder. The talented Melbourne muso has since followed it up with an album of the same name that's packed with transportative, hazy jams that will make you pretty bloody stoked to be going into the 'Strayan summer.
To celebrate, we caught up with the Gonzo to chat about the making of your new fave record, what it's like out there for a Melbs artist and his dreams of becoming a cool young dad.
Madeleine Woon: Can you talk us through the themes on Misty Dreams?
Gonzo Jones: There's a real mix of different themes on the record. I had just got back from Tokyo when I started writing it and had a sense of isolation after spending some time traveling there alone. I would walk around the city all day listening to music and daydreaming, and I feel that the experience translated through to the songs.
What's the weirdest dream you've ever had that you can remember?
I find dreams difficult to remember, even ones of importance. It's weird that we have these visions in our head every night and wake up trying to piece together the small parts we can remember.
What was your favourite part of making the EP?
I enjoyed writing the songs by myself — there's freedom in not having anyone else involved. I had always written and collaborated with others but really enjoyed spending days on end alone working on it. I had taken some time away from music for a few months and when I came back 'Misty Dreams' was one of the first songs I wrote.
Is there a particular song off it that you feel perfectly encapsulates what you're about?
All the songs capture a part of me but I didn't try and write an EP that was all in the same genre. 'Keep it Clean' and 'Misty Dreams' are very different but seem to compliment each other. I like that the soundscape is constantly changing from start to finish.
What's it like for you playing live versus in the studio?
It's a totally different experience. Writing in the studio gives so much freedom to write and create something new and probably where I feel most comfortable. Playing live is a real rush though, especially when the crowd is on board and there's a lot of energy in the room. You have to master both if you truly want to present your works to the world, which is something that is constantly on my mind; making sure I give attention to both outlets.
Who're your biggest influences, musically?
It's difficult to differentiate influences and music I simply like. It all rolls into one, like a cocktail of sound that affects you in ways you can't predict or understand.
And outside of music?
People who want to do something interesting with their lives. The world is full of shit humans and it's important to avoid becoming one. You need to work hard and earn your place. Or just fluke it like me.
What do you find the scene in Melbourne to be like as an emerging artist?
Do you have any upcoming music in the works?
I've been writing a lot recently with some stuff I'm looking forward to sharing. Just deciding what format to release it in. I'm wanting to step away from a structured release at the moment and put stuff out straight after it's finished. I want people to hear my stuff when it's relevant to me, not 10 months later like most albums.
What would you want your legacy to be?
To be a cool young dad.
Photography: James J Robinson