JONO SMITHERS on His Album, Honeybee

– Iman’s Space

February 9, 2020

Jono Smithers has the recipe for success down pat. Jono doesn’t shy away from anything. With his candor, captivating personality and breathtaking voice, it’s impossible not to like him. For this article, we’ve taken some time with the very talented Jono Smithers to talk about his music and his amazing album, Honeybee.

Iman: Cape Town is actually the ultimate party song. Every time I listen to it, it puts me in a good mood. How did the creation of this song happen?

Jono: The song was made to be just that. To lift me up at a time that I needed it the most. It very quickly became a project that I became heavily invested in, along with the team of wonderful musicians and friends that were part of the process. It was actually the third last song to be completed for the album!

Iman: Honeybee is the album that everyone is talking about. The lyrics to all of the songs are very deep and centered around love, which I think relates to a large number of people. In my opinion it’s also a very honest album. What’s your favorite part about the album and what are your opinions on it?

Jono: Thank you for the kind words regarding the sincerity of the album. This project allowed me to be vulnerable in my writing like never before, and given the sacrifice and change I have experienced over the past two years I had a lot of content. The album is really a dedication to my grandmother without whom I would not have been able to pursue music. It also tells the story of my life over the past year. I am tremendously proud of what we were able to produce (having produced, mixed and mastered the project ourselves) and of every person involved in the process. I am incredibly grateful for the support and belief of my team.

Iman: Stuck in October is my favorite song off of Honeybee. The lyrics are hauntingly beautiful. What’s the greater meaning of the song to you?

Jono: Stuck in October was the last song of the project, and naturally extremely personal to me. It was actually recorded in my kitchen, because we wanted it to sound as unrefined as possible. It tells the story of a breakup I experienced over the past year that led to a challenging couple of months, and is a means of showing my gratitude towards friends and family, as well as my well wishes towards her.

Iman: When did your relationship with music begin?

Jono: I began learning guitar at the age of five, and I would later find myself falling passionately in love with it!

Iman: The song Honeybee is absolutely beautiful. It’s deep on so many levels, and every time I listen to it, it hits me in a different way. In my opinion, it’s a very vulnerable song. What’s the story behind the song?

Jono: It hits me the deepest, too! The song is about unconditional love. We fail to see and experience it at the toughest times, even when it is right in front of us! Honeybee was the most vulnerable I’ve ever been in writing a song. My grandmother is a crucial theme in it, as well as my acknowledging the sacrifice experienced by my family and myself in this crazy adventure I am on!

Iman: What are your musical inspirations?

Jono: My musical inspirations are predominantly a handful of teachers that I have been lucky enough to work with over the past two years including Mick Goodrick, David Tronzo, Mark White and John Baboian. As far as artists are concerned, Paolo Nutini, Devendra Barnhart, Andrew Bird, Brad Melduah, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Mike Stern, John Mayer and The Counting Crows!

There you have it, lovelies! The wonderful Jono Smithers. Go ahead and show him some Aesthete love!

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