You may know him as a member of the influential Ezra Collective, but do yourself a favor and familiarize yourself with Joe Armon-Jones and his solo artistry. Armon-Jones has returned with his new single ‘Icy Roads (Stacked) and he does not disappoint. This track gives us an exciting look into what his upcoming album will have for us.
We got a chance to chat with Joe Armon-Jones about everything from his upcoming album, dream collaboration and so much more…
What can people expect from your upcoming album?
People can expect to get the most out of it by listening to the whole thing. All the way through. No stops.
What is your favorite part about performing live?
Connecting with other musicians on stage in a way that can cross language barriers, and then translating that energy to an audience: the whole process can be a very uplifting one .
How does making music for your solo sound differ from when you make music with the Ezra Collective?
All of my solo project music is written in my living room or bedroom pretty much. The seed of each tune comes from me and I will arrange and develop the song before it’s been seen or played by anybody else. Same after the song has been recorded, the recorded stems go back to me and I work on them on my own in my room for months! Ezra is a group project , we write our songs all together for the most part, even though people bring ideas to the table.
Who would be your dream person to collaborate with?
My dream person to collaborate with would be Georgia Anne Muldrow or Madlib.
Where do you find inspiration to make music?
I get most of my inspiration from the people around me. Shouts to Maxwell Owin and Anja N’Gozi.
Where do you hope your solo career brings you in the future?
I can only hope that my solo career will keep me around good people that continue to inspire me and make me laugh.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
Ahmed Jamal, King Tubby, Dilla, Nina Simone, Frank Zappa
What is the creative process like for you when you are making new music?
I usually reference ideas that I have collected on my voice memos on my phone, sit down at a piano and keep playing until something jumps out at me. The feel will already be there because it will have come out of an improvisation so then I just tidy up what I have and write a rough chart. Later down the line will tidy it up more and make proper charts for a session so people can record without rehearsal.
He will be playing a handful of UK shows this summer, including Glastonbury Festival. In the meantime make sure to check out his newest single Icy Roads (Stacked)