When we bumped into Sky In July’s debut EP a few weeks back it took us straight Home. The blend of spacey guitar, stacked synths and surf rock took us straight to the beautiful coast and it’s been on repeat ever since.
We caught up with Jacob to chat about the ideas behind Home, dream concerts and their musical future.
We chat with Jacob from Sky In July to get the inside scoop behind their stunning surf rock debut EP Home. Pull in for one sweet, blissful, poetic journey.
HAPPY: Hey Jacob, how’s it going? What are you up to at the moment?
JACOB: Hey! Just getting back into the writing process! Just finished a few gigs for the mini album release, so it’s time to get back to work.
HAPPY: Home is really hot! How’s it feel to put it out to the world?
JACOB: Yeah I guess it feels really good to have something like Home released, mainly so I can express my music and see how people react and respond to it.
HAPPY: What’s your favourite track on the record?
JACOB: That’s a hard one, I’m gonna say Stars, just because it was fun to write and it was fun to record, but Home is a close second, because I got to experiment a bit with it.
HAPPY: How did the name Sky In July come about?
JACOB: I don’t think it was a very thought-out decision. I just liked how it rhymed and it kind of painted a pretty picture and I like the idea of having a visual based name.
HAPPY: Were there any particular artists you were listening to that inspired ‘Home’?
JACOB: Well I was listening to a lot of Slowdive and The Flaming Lips, so that kind of inspired the layers of synths used in the track. Also a little bit of Pond inspired the idea of a song that kind of built up pretty big.
HAPPY: How was the approach different as oppose to your self-titled debut EP?
JACOB: The self-titled was a bit more towards a more traditional surf-rock orientated sound, but ‘Our Home’ is a bit more of a blend of genres, for example there are few songs with more fuzz guitar riffs and spacey synthesisers, but there’s still a few songs that have the same essence as the previous project we released.
HAPPY: Tell us about the concept behind The Lonely Hermit.
JACOB: Well the concept is kind of dark, it’s basically about a man that kidnaps people, because everyone in his life left him and he’s very lonely, kind of a contrast to the tonality of the song.
HAPPY: Are you fairly collaborative on the song-writing process?
JACOB: Usually my friend Chris Singh is involved with the writing, so we kind of write the songs together, but I usually come up with the basic idea around the song, then we build off of each other.
HAPPY: Who is your ideal show if you could support any artist at any concert?
JACOB: Oh wow, I would have to say The Flaming Lips or Pond, I reckon that would be really insane.
HAPPY: What does the future look like for Sky In July?
JACOB: Well I think we are gonna release a full-length album, with a more developed concept or sound. So hopefully that will be in development in the next few months. Thanks for chatting!