Jack Grace Talks About His Goals for His New EP: "I'm Always Trying to Become a Better Writer"
Australian producer, singer-songwriter Jack Grace understands that music is all about growth. No matter what, no two songs that you write will ever sound exactly the same, and you're bound to change and evolve immensely between each album, which is why his upcoming EP, If I Tremble is his most carefully crafted release yet. Following his 2016 debut EP, River, If I Tremble finds Grace refining his sound and setting his sights on his future more than ever, and with a full-length already planned, it's safe to say that this won't be the last we hear from him.
With If I Tremble out this week (April 13th), we sat down to chat with Jack Grace about creating the new EP and what the future has in store for him. Read the interview and listen to his single, "downstate" below.
Interview by Dom Vigil
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself for any readers who might not be familiar?
Hey I’m Jack Grace, i’m currently living in Paris but am originally from Sydney, Australia. I’m a singer songwriter/ producer, I love the country but live in the city and I make music inspired by everyday stuff.
You’re getting ready to release your new EP, If I Tremble this month! What are you excited for fans to hear on this release?
I think I’m just looking forward to people listening to it from top to bottom. I came up with track list and chose the tunes with that in mind. The way these things work I’ve released some of the tracks as singles but it was always intended to be consumed as a whole.
It being the follow-up to your debut release, what goals did you have in mind for If I Tremble? Was there anything you wanted to accomplish this time around that you didn’t get the chance to do before?
I'm always trying to become a better writer. I think its easy to make songwriting a bit of a mess of confessions and in doing so you can lose the potency. I’m always trying to find the balance between what I’m experiencing and what I’m wanting to write about, and not letting that get out of check too much.
How do you feel you’ve grown or evolved between River and If I Tremble?
I think I’m always just trying to focus on what I do naturally and not get phased or distracted by whats going on around me. There’s more singing and more piano playing on this and thats going to be a growing trend from here on in. I’ve got an LP in the works and this EP and the last are me working out how to make those things that I do work sonically.
Were there any challenging moments when working on the EP?
The challenge with laptop music is finishing it and then not touching it. It’s a part of the process I’m trying to get better at. One of my best friends says “making and releasing music is about navigating the subtitles between shame and regret,” it’s a little dramatic but there’s something in the sentiment.
What was the most rewarding thing about writing and recording If I Tremble?
Setting out to try and capture an idea or a feeling and listening back to something that you feel isn’t to far off is very rewarding. It’s a fleeting thing but I'm learning to try and go with those moments more and enjoy them. I got to work with my good friends mixing the record, making the visual art and packaging it up. I love that process and I love working with people I respect and love.
You recently released “downstate” from the EP. What inspired this track? Can you tell us a little bit about it?
Every winter since I was 17 I’ve emptied my bank account to zero and gone and visited my Uncle and Aunty for a couple of months in Vermont, its one of my favourite places on earth. I like to try and get down to NYC for a few days at a time and stay on friends couches. I catch a greyhound from Troy to Albany and a train from Albany to Penn Station, it’s somewhat of a pilgrimage for me. Downstate is one of a bunch of songs that I have now that came out of this. It’s just one of those trips where everything feels like a metaphor, there’s something about the boldness and scale of America that’s always made me feel this way.
With If I Tremble out in April, are you planning on hitting the road anytime soon?
Yes, I’m starting a tour off in Aus for it June, dates for the US and EU are soon too come.
Do you have any other big plans for the rest of 2018?
I’m trying to read more and i’m always making more music, I’ll do that until I run out of juice and then I’ll go fishing or something for a bit I think.
Thank you for taking the time to chat with us! Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you for chatting, and appreciate the support.