Infidel Interview #85 - JAK SYN

First off, just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. Could you start off by giving a little information about you to the audience? Whatever you feel comfortable with, but name, age, and where you live would be pretty standard?

Jak from the band JAK SYN, Long Beach/Los Angeles, California.

How do you enjoy where you live? Is there a vibrant music community where you are? Would you say you find that your local scene influences your attitude and/or creativity?

We love it here, the music community is very vibrant, ushering many up and coming acts as well as very established acts that have been a part of the community for years, the loacl scene does influence the creativity with many things to draw from, there is never really a dull moment here, the attitude id say is something we've always had.

Do you consider yourself to be part of a particular sound or scene? What is your thoughts on the nature of genres and styles, and do you have any particular ones which you find to your enjoyment more, listening and/or production-wise?

The Goth Alternative scene, which to me covers quite a bit, here in LA there are many layers to this scene and each one is represented quite well, as many genres and styles as there are, there are always fans and new comers to fill the ranks to keep it alive and well. Id have to say the Industrial, deathrock and synthwave scenes, those three i would have to say are favorites of mine due to the fact that they all are rich in heart and soul through their sound.

What would you say are your biggest influences when it comes to art and music? Are there any bands that you would say struck you with the chord that inspired you to peruse your current path of musical aspirations?

The bands Orgy, Deadsy, Coal Chamber, and even the Backstreet Boys, were my first major influences that started me on my musical path all those years back, their unique sounds pushed that button in my head that made we want to go out and pick up a microphone and musical instrument and start playing to the world.

You guys have mentioned you have something new in the works. What's the progress on your next release, and how do you feel this next release is going to evolve the sound of the band? How was the production of the album like compared to previous albums?

Our new album Fragmented just released on May 9th and so far it has been getting great exposure. This newest release has expanded the sound of what was normally done in the past, with the inclusion of our newest member Jonni Laww on guitars, the music has been expanded with an edgier rock influenced vibe that has some throwbacks to 80s glam riffs and full frontal 90s industrial guitar licks, also with the new tracks the synths have taken a much darker and futuristic retro approach using heavy saws and sequences one might find familiar in some of the popular sci fi films of the 80s. The production has been great this time around, with us being hands on in all areas of the album, recording, mixing, mastering, the difference from the past was that then I was more in the drivers seat and now it was much more a full group effort with everything involved.

So much has been said, and it sometimes feel that every word combination has every been taken. As a lyricist myself I know the pain of how hard it can be to articulate something in a way that is both engaging to the audience and uniquely artist. How do you find inspiration for your lyrical poetry?

I look at the world around me and then ask myself what do you want to say, what do you feel you have to say and how can you weave a story that people can understand and interperate in their own way. The world, the area, and the things I experience everyday are what drives me to write what I write.

What would you say are your favorite themes and topics that inspire you to compose? What draws you to those themes?

Favorite themes are chaos and order, the fact that only through chaos can we understand order, that balance is important and you cant have one without the other. The thing that draws me to this is what i see everyday around me, in the news, on the street, what i read, in social media but it seems that ive always been drawn to that from a young age through personal experiences.

What sort of processes do you go through when making music? Do you have a formula(s) that you follow, or do you feel it out as you go along? Or is it more of a mixture of the two?

Its a bit of both, we start with a beat, thats the foundation and then we build from there layer by layer, sometimes things work and sometimes things dont so we add and subtract until were left with with something that were proud of, the music is fluid were just shaping it into something we can give to the fans and new fresh ears.

When it comes to making music it can be difficult to balance atmosphere, song progression, musicality, and excitement. Do you have any tricks, techniques, or methods that you commonly use to help your music sound coherent and engaging?

Just bringing excitment and energy to all aspects of the music, to every performance and every rehersal

When it comes to your musical self and your real world self, would you say that their is a separation? Do you find yourself getting into a character or mindset when you create, or do you find your music is a representation of your day to day self?<