It’s often been said that it’s those closest to us who bring out the best in all of us and husband and wife duo Lady & Jones are most certainly proof of that. The pair, from Virginia and Ohio respectively, have spent the past few months working tirelessly on their new EP, and with an album planned in the near future, their creative and musical partnership is going from strength to strength, just as they are. Here, they chat to thisisthelatest about song-writing inspiration, dream shows and their thoughts on the power of, in their own words, the social media game which they’re “late” to.
TITL: Please introduce yourselves.
Lady & Jones: First of all thank you for taking the time to chat with us – we are happy to have this opportunity! We are Lady & Jones, as you know, from the buckeye state of OH-IO. I – Jones – grew up in Ohio and we both have family and close friends still living there today. Lady lovingly calls Ohio “the pits”, since she loathes the cold. HA! I – Lady – was born in Virginia and spent a fair amount of my childhood in Georgia as my dads’ whole side of the family is from there. I love the sunshine and much prefer California to anywhere that I have lived.
TITL: It’s often been said that even friends can struggle to make a band work, so, as a married couple, what’s your secret?
L&J: Ha! Well, not sure we have figured that secret out, but we are always working at it. Music is one of the main things we argue about actually! Typically it’s nothing a chat, pizza or a burger won’t fix! We are both so passionate about our music that we won’t let anything stand in the way, even ourselves. Without music we would not be fulfilled and reciprocally we want to always have a happy healthy marriage. So we have no choice but to make it work! So we do, and we eat a lot of pizza in the meantime!
TITL: Which bands and artists would you say you’re most inspired and influenced by?
L&J: Jones has quite the man-crush on Jason Mraz and is always referencing his music. We don’t feel our music is like Jason’s necessarily but it definitely inspired Jones to write. We are influenced by so many bands but the ones that come to mind instantly are, Florence and the Machine, Hozier, Sara Bareilles, John Legend and X Ambassadors, just to name a few.
TITL: Tell me a little about your track “Not Sorry”. What’s the story behind it?
L&J: “Not Sorry” was written at a time when some very close family members and friends were experiencing hostile relationships. It was toxic and affecting many around us. At times it was hard to find words to deal with situations. Honestly, it started as a joke because Lady likes to say, “Sorry, not sorry”. Through the pain and many conversations this song developed as a conduit for the circumstances.
TITL: Is there an EP or an album in the works?
L&J: Yes! We are thrilled with the outcome of our first EP which is scheduled to drop this month after our second single “Our Story of Beauty” is released. Working with Mert Ozcan and Beto Vargas from The Record House was definitely rewarding and exciting.
TITL: Who or what most influences your song-writing and with that in mind, in your opinion, which is the greatest song ever written and why?
L&J: More than anything the situations we find ourselves in and the people around us have influenced the song-writing. I – Lady – have been touring with another company over the last year and have had the opportunity to travel, which has especially influenced my songwriting. I – Jones – find my writing is most influenced by small things. A single phrase or interactions on a crowded bus commute gets jotted down in a journal. At home it takes on a life of its own, turning into a new chorus, verse, or bridge. Inspiration truly comes from anywhere.
The greatest song ever written? Wow, that’s a question! We don’t want to offend the music gods by naming just one, so we will list a few of our favorites: “What’d I Say” by Ray Charles for his flawless improv, “Hotel California” by Eagles for its timeless lyrics, and “Some Nights” by Fun for its passion and powerful draw.
TITL: What are your upcoming performance plans and if you could share a stage with four other bands or artists, living or dead, who would you choose?
L&J: We are currently putting together our band and were lucky enough to work with some phenomenal musicians in the process of creating our EP. We are hoping to share the stage with some of them here in the LA area soon after the EP release. If we were to share a stage with four other artists it would have to be Florence and the Machine, Karmin, Michael Jackson & Ray Charles.
TITL: Which venue, anywhere in the world, would you most like to play and why?
L&J: You know, we haven’t talked much about the venues as much as we have the fact that we would love touring together and are adamant about this happening soon! I – Lady – had the opportunity to perform at the Ryman this past year and I will never forget the surreal feeling of being on a stage that so many greats have performed on. That definitely is on the top of my list to experience with Jones by my side!
TITL: What are your thoughts on social media and to what extent has it helped grow your fan-base?
L&J: Unfortunately we are late to the social media game and it is still very new to us. We are growing daily and trying to reach fans organically. This industry proves delayed gratification. It is pretty overwhelming to worry about a number on your page! We try not to focus on that and instead keep dreaming, creating, and honing in on our craft. The fans and followers will come in time.
TITL: Would you agree that it’s a necessary tool for bands and artists or is still possible for those in the entertainment sector to get by without it?
L&J: We wish it wasn’t the case, but yes it does seem to be a necessary tool these days. There will always be exceptions to this rule but anymore most agents, managers, record labels, and writers won’t even consider you without seeing a high number on social media. So we play the game a little I suppose, but not without trying our hardest to be true to ourselves and our fans.
TITL: Finally then, what else does 2017 have in store for you and where would you like to see yourselves ten years from now?
L&J: We are excited for 2017 as we plan to start working on our first full album! It will be long hours and there will most definitely be pizza involved, but we are excited none the less. In ten years we hope to be doing music full time! We will be creating music that is still relevant with several tours under our belt. Exploring new places and meeting new people to share in our adventures is a huge goal! By that point, family will be in the mix for sure and we will be balancing it all, busy as ever but happier for it.
Give “Our Story of Beauty” a listen below and for more information on Lady & Jones, visit their website, give their page a like on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. Their self-titled EP is available now and can be purchased here.