We were recently sent a track by an unknown band (to us) called Jonathan Holder & the Good Thinking. We found their music to be so good that we just knew we had to have a chat with them! The results are below…
By Jane Howkins
You recently released a new single titled Count Your Blessings. What can you tell us about that, and why did you pick that single?
We’re just putting the finishing touches to our album but everyone coming to our shows really wanted a new single right now. Andrew (Hunt, producer, a.k.a The Good Thinking) heard Mattiel’s Count Your Blessings on BBC 6 Music, and felt we could really put our stamp on it. The big vocal hooksuits our BV heavy sound but we felt her version didn’t quite suit our style, so we deliberately referenced the rest of our (as yet unreleased)album heavily – almost every sound on this record has been used somewhere on the album. This single was a great chance to bring all those sounds and influences together and make it feel like a Jonathon Holder & The Good Thinking track.
Do you have any more singles planned for release anytime soon? How do you know if a song is single worthy?
In general I always think if something about a song sticks in your head after one listen, that’s a single! There’s also the fact that the original had already been played on 6 Music! As for next releases, there’s lots of going on behind the scenes on this project at the moment. We’ve got plenty more singles recorded, but we are looking to get the right licensing deal before putting any more out.
How has 2018 been for you? Any highlights you can tell us about?
One highlight has definitely been playing live. It’s great to be able to see people react to your music in person and in real time. When we’re in the studio it’s easy to get lost in your own world, which is great fun but it’s also great to release the genie from the bottle and put that music into the world. Hearing Count Your Blessings on the radio has been great too, for the same reason!
What do you see 2019 bringing for you? Do you have much planned, either as a person or as a musician?
The past is a monument, carved and set. The present is a moment not yet over. The future is a mystery through which we’ll walk. Where the path may lead, no amount of talk or speculation can define – the true direction is revealed one step at a time. The best laid plans of mice and men repeat and so begin again – until the mouse squeaks it’s last squeak, and the man looses footing and falls above or beneath. One thing is for sure – there will be plenty of music from us to enjoy in 2019!
Do you have any plans to release an EP or album next year? If so, what can you tell us about that?
Yes, as I mentioned, our album is pretty much finished, and we’re sure the strongest singles are still unheard. Ideally we’re trying to find it, and ourselves, a good home – as in a label but if not we’ll look at other ways of getting it out to the world.
Do you have any tour dates planned for next year? We would love a date in York if you had the chance!
We’d love to play in York! There will be plenty of live dates to come in 2019. The best thing to do is follow us on social media and sign up to the mailing list at www.marvellousrecords.com, and you’ll get to know as soon as new dates are announced!
Why do you think people should come and see you live, and what can people expect from a show?
If you enjoy the records then you’ll definitely enjoy the live show! It was our intention to try to take the records live – and as you know – they’re big! There’s a lot of energy and a lot of people on stage. You really have to experience it for yourself!
Your music has a fairly unique sound. What sort of stuff influences you the most and what have you been listening to recently?
There’s more music in the world than you can possibly listen to – even if you spent 24 hours a day listening to every new release you’d still get further and further behind, and that’s without taking into account the millions of hours of recorded music that are already out! I like to listen to all sorts of music – from Mongolian throat singing to renaissance music, from trap to old Atlantic Records soul and everything in between. Some of this you can hear in our music, and some you can’t!
You’re currently signed to Marvellous Records. What are they like to work with, and how has life changed for you since being signed?
Marvellous have been really supportive in allowing us to be totally free in the studio creatively. They’re only small and their involvement was really to do just that, allow us to make a record. I don’t think many other labels would have allowed us to make a record like this! From here on in we’re working together to find the record a proper home and again, I don’t think many other labels would support that.
Any last words for the fans?
Thank you for listening!