I recently had a chance to ask Jont Openheart of Jont & The Infinite Possibility a series of questions about his background, music and of course the new single. You can check it out here! While you’re at it, be sure to watch the video:
First off, care to introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Jont Openheart and I am the singer and songwriter and main galvaniser for the current 4 piece uplifting, unplaceable kind of “indie rock” band, Jont & The Infinite Possibility. Originally from London, England I moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia 4 years ago.
How long have you been pursuing music?
I’ve never pursued music. For 20 years it has been pushing me round and getting at me.
You recently released your new single, what can you tell us about the writing process on the single?
The song seems like it’s from my point of view because I sing it, but actually it’s an observation and distillation of the desires and yearnings of several of my friends, in relation to love. Even though on the face of it it’s just a catchy song, if you read the lyrics it’s not just your typical love song – “It’s time to slay this beast, been so worried that you’d hurt me, make fun of me and desert me, but I’m letting go of my history”….
How has the response been thus far?
I’m happy to report that people have responded to the video and the single combo probably the best out of any of my songs that we have put out from the new album so far. You can tell its sounding good to people when friends who’ve known your music for decades and never comment on FB start sharing the video and leaving comments about it being their favourite.
Can we expect a video for this single?
Yep, there’s a video. A young director and team of film-makers in Rome, Italy shot a video of me wandering around the streets with my shoes off and dancing with strangers when I was over there on tour last November. It was a beautiful sunny November (?) day. When we were done we all went out and ate gelato and then I washed my feet.
You have a new album coming out, what can you tell us about that?
It’s the sum of everything I have been working towards my entire life and everyone who knows me that has heard it, musician or otherwise, has told me (phew) that it is the best one yet. It will be long, possibly out in two parts, and it possibly has the best and most suitable title of all my albums so far – An Old Innocence.
You worked with Howard Bilermand (Arcade Fire) and Joel Plaskett, how was that experience?
Howard added a lot to the recording of the record – he is very experienced, very nice and has a great Gaggia coffee machine at his studio, to go with the vintage tape machines. Joel has a great musical mind and attitude and added a lot to the edits and arrangements of the tracks. He also now has not just a coffee machine at his studio, but a whole cafe and record store out the front. And two dancing monkeys on the mixing desk.
Is there anyone in specific that you’d like to work with the future?
No. The right people come along at the right time. The only thing you can do is keep your nose clean.
Can fans catch you at any shows this summer?
Folly Fest, New Brunswick, Main stage, Sunday. June 26th.
What’s up next for you?
Finishing mixes on album tracks in time for an autumn release, and working on some new tracks with the new line-up of The Infinite Possibility that might just make it in time to get on the album. It’s our first time in the studio together.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, who are your favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
Alana Yorke, Arcade Fire, Bahamas, Neil Young
Here at Canadian Beats, we like to include a portion of questions that may help your fans learn something new about you, so here goes:
What was the first album you ever bought and the first concert you attended?
The Rise & Fall Of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie.
First gig was sitting in the special guest box in Wembley Stadium watching Bruce Springsteen, Born In The USA tour 1985.
What is your current go-to song?
Weird Fishes, Radiohead
What is your favourite outdoor activity during the summer months?
Hanging out in the sun
If you had to choose 3 words to describe your music, which words would you choose?
Connected, conscious and joyful
What is one thing that your fans would be surprised to learn about you?
In a past life I was a monk
Last but not least, is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?
You have very good taste and I look forward to meeting you
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.