Edgy and somewhat alternative singer-songwriter Jennings Couch first came to considerable attention thanks to his previous single “Serotonin” and is kicking off 2018 in similar style thanks to his new release “Stay Out.” With an EP in the works, which he’s remaining considerably tight lipped about, and dreams of playing MSG, Couch spoke to ThisIsTheLatest about social media, his USP and what it’d take for him to feel like he’s “made it.”
TITL: First of all, who exactly is Jennings Couch?
Jennings Couch: I’m an alternative singer-songwriter born in New York City in 1995. When I was 9 years old, I moved to London where I’ve been ever since. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been wanting to make my own music. I remember in one of my guitar lessons when I was 6 or 7 years old, I asked the teacher if he could stop teaching me other artist’s songs and to start teaching me how to make my own.
TITL: What would you say makes you different from all the bands and artists around today? What’s your unique selling point?
JC: I think what makes me stand out as an artist is the way I write lyrics. I’m not afraid to take a subject I enjoy like astronomy, physics or philosophy and turn it into a relatable song. I’m also not afraid to try out new sounds when I’m working in the studio. It’s important to have a consistent sound but, at the same time, a little experimentation here and there is what gives a song character.
TITL: Growing up, which bands and artists were you most influenced and inspired by? Have those influences changed much over the years and how big of an impact do you think they’ve had on the music you make?
JC: Growing up, I was into alternative rock bands like Green Day, Hoobastank and the like. In my early teens I was into heavy metal. I mean REALLY heavy, like Suicide Silence heavy. Then in my late teens I got really into folk music like Ben Howard. More recently I’ve been really enjoying Twenty One Pilots, Imagine Dragons and Grandson. I think my you can find influences of all these different genres in my music. I simply make the music that I enjoy listening to.
TITL: You’ve just released your new single “Stay Out”. Is there a story behind it and what ultimately made you decide it’d be a good track to share?
JC: The inspiration for ‘Stay Out’ was all the stupid, immature arguments you have with your partner. It reminded me of how a kid gets angry at his parents and puts a sign on the bedroom door saying ‘Stay out of my room!’ I thought it could be cool to write a modern break up song represented through those sorts of childish tendencies. As my first release of 2018, I wanted to kick off with a strong, punchy and energetic track and this one ticked all those boxes!
TITL: Is there an EP or album in the works and if so, what can you tell me about it?
JC: There is an EP in the works and all I can really give away is that there are going to be some real anthems on it! I’m actually shooting the music video for one of the tracks in the next couple of weeks.
TITL: Do you have any tour/performance plans in place for the next few months?
JC: I’m busy applying for festivals and hoping to tour the UK or Europe on a support tour. Before that, I’ll be playing the Half Moon Putney on the 26th of February and I’m also booked to play Lechlade Festival in May!
TITL: If you could play any venue in the world, which would it be and why? What is it about that venue that means so much to you?
JC: If I could play any venue in the world, it’d have to be Madison Square Garden in New York City. I’ve only been there once in my life, and I was 6 years old and it was a Duran Duran concert. There’s something quite nostalgic about returning to your place of birth to play their biggest venue.
TITL: How do you feel about social media and do you think there are any downsides to the power it can and does have in terms of the impact it makes on an artists’ career and ability to reach an audience?
JC: Well… I find social media very hard to keep up with. In all honesty, I’d rather just enjoy my dinner rather than take a picture of it and share it with everyone ‘I think’ cares. I always find myself forgetting to post or forgetting to share something. In the end, I need to get on social media more as I know it will help expand my audience and get my music heard, but it just doesn’t come naturally to me. Social media is so saturated with people doing exactly what I am doing, so I think it’s important to be different and really portray yourself as an individual.
TITL: Finally then, what’s your ultimate career goal? At what point, and what would you have to achieve in order to say to yourself, ‘Yeah, I’ve made it’?
JC: When I can pay the bills!! In all seriousness, if I switch on the radio or walk into a shop one day and hear one of my songs – that will be the day that I say ‘I’ve made it’.