Motherhood can bring out the best in any woman. Because in an instant your life is altered. Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Jck Dvy already had her plate full as one half of Indie Pop duo J*DaVeY. So naturally adding a son to the mix was bound to shake up things. Now with an added boost of confidence Jck is ready to take on the world again. We recently crawled all over Jck’s skin to talk motherhood, the inevitable return of J*DaVeY and her three part EP series LO-F!?.
Art Nouveau: First off, congratulations on being a new mother. How did do you think that energy influenced your new project L0-F!?
Jck Dvy: My son definitely influences my every drive to create & share my gift with the World. He has helped me realize my purpose, so now nothing goes undone. If I think it I can realize it. L0-F! is me completely taking the reigns & fully realizing my purpose as an artist; to create selflessly and share. I feel like I’ve hoarded a lot of ideas, possibly due to a lack of self-confidence. Motherhood has boosted my confidence as not only an artist, but a woman as well.
AN: Your new project has a very distinct sound. What›s Jack Davey’s sonic aesthetic and how does it differ from J*DaVeY’s?
JD: Jck Dvy’s sonic aesthetic is really raw & straightforward. J*DaVeY is raw in a different way, a little more complex with lush soundscapes & movements. I love that both sounds are different; it’s a nice change of pace.
AN: What’s the meaning behind the title LO- F!?
JD: L0-F! as in low fidelity. It›s kind of ironic since i did record the music onto my old powerbook in the oldest version of GarageBand, which is a digital recording format, but the lowest quality digital format. There’s music that sounds so over polished that it’s lacking soul. I’d rather it sound shitty & be full of soul than sound stoic. The drums are programmed, but not to a metronome so the tempos are all over the place. The ideas poured through me & i cut them in one take, and that was that. Low fidelity isn’t just the sound quality, but the attitude. DIY, raw, & sincere.
AN: Your son is almost a year old now. Do you play him your music?
JD: Of course, he’s been hearing my music since he was in the womb; I toured for eight months of my pregnancy with J*DaVeY so he heard it almost every night. Now when we›re riding in the car & he gets fussy all i have to do is play Side B & he instantly chills out. that›s pretty groovy!
AN: As a mother and musician has it been tough adjusting to the balance? How was your life before you were a mother? What’s your new life like now?
JD: …my boyfriend, Joey (who produced Side B) and I, we balance being working musicians with parenthood pretty well. There’s always music being made in our house which is super inspiring. Life before was wild & uncompromising, so of course that has changed with being a mother. Working harder, playing less.
AN: You’re releasing this project in three parts. What’s the significance of three?
JD: Well initially it was only Side A & Side B. I separated those two because they are two sepa- rate acts of the same play. Side B was actually recorded first, and the material was so good I didn’t want to just release it on it’s own & run the risk of people missing it. I recorded Side A as an appetizer for the main course. The D’Lux edition is the entire meal: appetizer, main course, & the dessert (3 bonus songs).
AN: As a J*DaVeY fan I’d be silly not to ask, what’s next for the band?
JD: We’re in the super beginning stages of recording a project called GRVT, but really we’re taking a little hiatus while Brooke tours with Miguel to focus on building our independent art imprint iLLaV8r.
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