Jonas Carping - Cocktails & Gasoline


Met het album ' Cocktails & Gasoline ' heeft Jonas Carping zijn tweede album als solo artiest gemaakt. De zanger uit Zweden 

heeft naar eigen zeggen , het album gemaakt zoals hij dit altijd al heeft willen maken. Het album is voor een groot deel opgenomen in de wildernis van het Zweedse platteland. Die keuze bepaalt ook mede de sfeer die het album heeft.

Jonas Carping omschrijft zijn muziek als ' Hard Driving Americana ' en wat mij betreft dekt deze omschrijving volledig de lading. Wat mij enorm aanspreekt is de intensiteit waarmee Jonas Carping zijn songs ten gehore brengt. Voeg hier nog eens aan toe de ijzersterke teksten en de geweldige muzikanten waarmee het album is opgenomen.  Dan wordt snel duidelijk waarom deze optelsom  ' Cocktails & Gasoline ' tot een absolute aanrader maakt. Wat een pracht album.




When did you start composing music - and what or who were your early passions and influences?

My early passions were The Doors and Jimi Hendrix. They released The Doors movie when twenty years had passed since Jim Morrisons passing. In Sweden Light My Fire was played intensively during that time across all the media channels and I was instantly hooked on that song. It was like a new world opening up. That fire grew into an obsession with The Doors music which then developed into the love for late sixties early seventies rock that I still adore to this day. That was a magical period in music that will never be ever again. The songs and sounds created back then is the foundation of everything (that is good) even today.

Do you typically write the lyrics first, or the melody?

It depends actually. It always starts of with a creative spark, whether it’s a melody or certain words or a situation even, it works the same way. That sparks lights something that then develops a structure and becomes a song. These things can happen at any time, it sort of falls from the sky and if you’re lucky you can pick it up and create something.

What makes you proud of the best song you’ve written the most ?

I’m proud of the work that I do, that I put down. And sometimes you feel that you really captured something. That makes me happy. More specifically, I like the words of The Last Approval. To me it really makes a statement. Higher Ground as well. I worked very hard with the lyrics on this album. And I hope the listener can relate to the words. You can’t really write for someone else, you always write for yourself. To deal with the stuff that you yourself live with. But like I said earlier, it’s life, and therefore others can relate too. And I hope the words speak to others as well, allowing them to make that connection. That’s what it’s really about.

What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?

Life. The things that we all go through. For me as a listener songs can provide a great comfort when things are rough. And I hope my songs can do the same for other listeners. What I write is extremely personal in one way, but relates to everyone in another way. We all share the same stories basically, the situations are personal and unique but the essence is the same. It’s life you know.

If you have to describe your music in there of four words,what would you call it?

Hard Driving Americana

How did you become involved in the type of music you play?

I’ve always been more drawn to the dark side of creation, the melancholy. That’s were the excitement lies for me. And that’s where there’s true meaning, where people actually have something interesting to say. That crap that Taylor Swift sings about, I can’t relate to that. I mean it’s like I ride the subway everyday, but I don’t need no song to tell me what that’s all about. The depth of that stuff is non existent. It’s like chewing a gum, it tastes great for like three seconds, then it’s just plain gum.

What can people expect to see at your live performances?

Energy and a whole lot of it.

Do you have any fan comments of how your music or a song affected them?

Well, when people simply say that certain songs mean certain things to them, then I feel my job is well done. Because it doesn’t matter what the song is about to me, as a listener you should be allowed to create your own meaning of a song, and nobody, not even the writer should ever tell you that you’re wrong. Because it’s not about that. It’s about finding a meaning, and letting that be the personal experience that it is meant to be.

If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead or alive, or broke up who would it be? Why?

I would like to perform with The Doors, Bob Marley or Elvis Presley. As a guitarist, in the background, just following their lead. Just to feel that vibe to see what it was really like.

What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?

The first time I ever played in front of people was at my little sisters birthday party. I played a song of my own and a cover by a Swedish artist that she really likes. I’ve never felt further away from home because it was so far out of my comfort zone. But I’ve also never felt more natural and close to home. So, I had to go far far away just to find my way back home. And in the end, I never really left, I was there all along.