BTD Radio Interviews, Jiggley Jones
BTD Radio presents….Jiggley Jones! Welcome to the studio!
Hi Jiggley! I see that you are from Coatesville, PA. Where the heck is that? I totally love that name of that city, what is there to do in Coatesville?
Jiggley Jones : Coatesville is about an hour west of Philadelphia and about 45 minutes east of Lancaster, Pa. This area of Chester County has been a blue collar steel town, sort of like a miniature Pittsburgh, for a long, long time. There’s not much more to do in Coatesville then most small towns across the U.S., and like most we pride ourselves on our sports teams, especially football and basketball. Former Detroit Piston, Rip Hamilton grew up in Coatesville.
Your music is unique and so is your name. We will talk about your music in a few minutes but I want to find out more about Jiggley the person. Who is Jiggley? How did you come up with such a great name?
Jiggley Jones : Haha, Jiggley is a nickname I’ve had for over 15 years. I got stuck with it while living in New York years ago and brought it back for this project so people would have an easier time remembering who I was. I haven’t met too many people who didn’t like it so I thought it was a safe bet.
Jigglely I am really digging your video “Aint That Right.” What a cute video, who are the kids? Could you tell our listeners about this song?
Jiggley Jones : Well, three out of four kids on the video are mine. It wasn’t easy getting them on the same creative page with me but it was fun making it none-the-less. The song itself is sort of a comedy about a guy who meets a girl and thinks that fate has brought them together because they seem to keep running into each other around town. Actually the girl tries her best to avoid him. The original video idea that I had would have cost a fortune to make so I just figured that I’d get the kids in on it and try to bring out the silliness as best I could with some stop-motion and fast motion stuff that only an amateur like me could get away with.
My goodness, I see you have over 100 compositions. You are a busy man! With that many compositions how do you remember all those lyrics?
Jiggley Jones : Believe me I have a hard time remembering, lol. I pride myself on making it sound like I know what I was saying sometimes during live performances.
How does Jiggley start out his writing process? How many songs would you say you have setting up on a self? Do you ever pull lyrics from unfinished songs and place them into another song? How do you know when a song is complete?
Jiggley Jones : I usually start a song on the acoustic guitar and work a vocal melody around that. I’ll put the lyrics into it last, using the music to inspire the words. Heck one song on my new record went through about 4 completely different versions before I settled on the final one. In the long run it’s all about what sounds best to your ear. After the first three versions of the song I just wasn’t sold on it. They were good, but I knew the guitar mood that I was setting had lots of potential and I wasn’t gonna quit until I had something that was worth all the hard work. That song became “Early Morning Light” and I’m very happy with the final version.
How would you describe your music? Wait, you are limited to only 150 characters.
Jiggley Jones : I would say that my music is a little to the left of Country and a little to the right of Rock. That would probably put me somewhere deep into the Americana genre. I like to try to create some kind of visual for the listener, one that they can place their own story into for the most part. I do take the musical movement in my songwriting seriously.
Obviously the lyrics have to flow with the melody but without that mood that the music itself creates, there would be no “picture” to paint. The unique part of my stuff is just what happens to come out of me. I’m stuck with it whether I like it or not, lol.
What is your favorite song off of your “No Spring Chicken” EP? How long did it take to put your EP together? What is your first song on your EP and why did you choose that song to be the first one?
Jiggley Jones : Believe it or not there is a Christmas song (Christmas 365) that I wrote on there that I like the best. The EP took about six months to record just because of the difficulty getting everybody scheduled that played on it. Some of the stuff was recorded in LA along with the final mix and mastering. The song “Baby Blue” is the first on the record and I choose that one because it seemed to be the song with the most potential “mass” appeal. Since this was an independent release, I figured that I’d only get one chance to draw in the listener so I picked the one that would hit that note with the most listeners. I’m not sure if I was right about that or not.
What is…”music that paints a picture?”
Jiggley Jones : I sort of touched on this earlier. Creating that musical mood that inspires lyrics that give the listener a visual that they can utilize to encompass their own life or story.
Can you tell us, what was your most memorable moment while you were performing on stage?
Jiggley Jones : When there is booze involved, there are usually fights. I’ve seen my fair share of brawls while playing music that should in no way have created the atmosphere for anger, lol. But for some reason this has happened way more then I would have wanted. Please drink responsibly.
I was reading about your charity on your website. How heart touching. Could you tell our listeners about this charity and how they can get involved?
Jiggley Jones : “Bright Star International” isn’t necessarily a charity themselves.
They are a none profit organization that puts artists together with certain charities. Bright Stars’ thing is to match an artist that can help draw attention to a particular “cause”, usually one that the artist has a passion for, by using their popularity. What better way to get the public to pay attention to a charity then to pair the charity with a popular name. Essentially everyone is getting together and helping the “cause”.
So if I were hanging out with you on your day off, what kind of day would we have?
Jiggley Jones : Probably a boring one, lol. I don’t seem to get too much time to rest, so when I have a day off I love to spend it relaxing with my family. Maybe a movie or an outdoor romp around the backyard with my three year old… or a nap.
Here’s a pretty basic question for you, who were your childhood influences and why?
Jiggley Jones : Musically speaking, I’m steeped in Classic Rock. Neil Young, The Eagles, The Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, etc… Of course there were sports heroes also. But I would say that my parents did an outstanding job raising me and my two brothers, giving use what we needed to flourish. The church down the street played a major rule in influencing my life also. It was a small community that was centered around this church in the country.
I would love to hear more about your song “Baby Blue.” Please tell us about this song.
Jiggley Jones : That song was inspired by the birth of my son, who is now three. Of course it’s not specifically about him. Once again I try to generalize and give the listener the chance to place their own life within the song. Having a newborn child can be one of the most powerful things that you will ever experience.
Well I have asked you a ton of questions and I only have a couple more left. What new projects does Jiggley have on his plate for this year?
Jiggley Jones : My new record, a six song EP is about to be released. The title is …a mountain, a struggle, a tunnel, a light … and I’m real excited about it. It’s on the Lamon Records Nashville label and I spent a fair amount of time down in Nashville over this crazy winter recording the record and shooting a video. This year is gonna be an interestingly fun ride.
We would love for you to tell our listeners where they can find your music? If you have any special shout-outs, please feel free to do them now.
Jiggley Jones : I’d love to shout out to my manager Michael Stover of MTS Management Group. For any and all info on Jiggley Jones, simply go to www.jiggleyjones.com. Thanks !!!!!!