'The Weight Of The World'
The last time Jeremy Enigk, the singer and songwriter for emo-core pioneers Sunny Day Real Estate and The Fire Theft, released a solo album, Hilary was testifying about Whitewater, Dolly was being cloned, and the Ramones were about to play their last gig!
It’s been awhile!
That album, 1996’s Return Of The Frog Queen earned Enigk raves from critics and fans alike for its lush pop orchestration and enigmatic lyrics. Since then, he’s put out three more discs with Sunny Day, plus The Fire Theft’s debut. But now he’s back with World Waits to pick up where he left off a decade ago. And he starts, appropriately enough, with a triumphant track called “A New Beginning.”
World Waits was released this October through Enigk’s own Lewis Hollow Records, which will be distributed by Reincarnate Records through SONY BMG.
Why did Sunny Day Real Estate disband? "In short, it felt like we were doing it out of obligation rather than for the pure enjoyment of the music. Which is why we started in the first place. It wasn't fun anymore."
I can't help but notice that your web site bio hasn't been updated since 1996. What has happened in between now and then? What are you doing these days? "Since 1996 I have recorded 2 albums with Sunny Day Real Estate. 'How It Feels To Be Something On' and 'The Rising Tide' and then disbanded once again. After that William, Nate and I from SDRE started a new project called The Fire Theft. We have recorded one album so far with hopes to do more in the future."
"Recently I started up my own label called Lewis Hollow Records and am putting out my second solo album titled 'World Waits'."
Do you still keep in touch with the members of SDRE or have those days passed now? Any plans on getting back together? "Yea, we keep in touch. I talk with William quite frequently. As far as he band getting back together? Never say never, but there are no plans of joining up again."
What kind of music do you enjoy playing the most? How do you arrange music in your head? Do you hear specific instruments play certain parts or do you have to decide which instrument to use by trial and error? "My favorite music to play is anything with passion, soul, beauty. When writing songs I tend to start with a guitar or piano then write the vocal melody around that. After that add all the appropriate instruments. Lastly I write the lyrics based on the melody."
What made you want to start your music at age 13? What attracted you to it? What has kept you with music?"I saw the 'With Or Without You' video by U2 on MTV. It blew my mind because it was a different music than everything else playing at the time. Some good friends of mine were in a band and showed me that it was an actual possibility to do the same thing. They invited me to sing in the band. They taught me a lot. I stick with it because I love it. Playing music alone or in front of a crowd makes me feel good. It's like a form of meditation."
Who are your favorite artists? Why? "U2, John Lennon, Bob Dylan. The list goes on. What I like about this music is they all have an original sound with meaningful lyrics, beautiful melodies."
"Music that moves my heart and soul. A music that may even change lives for the better."
How are you able to combine two seemingly separate genres like punk and classical? Was it met with any apprehension at first? "I don't think I quite mixed punk with classical, but if I were to, I imagine
I would write a punk song and then simply add an orchestra over it. There didn't seem to be any apprehension to what I was doing with the orchestra.
Before recording it, I described it as essentially The Beatles. It's rare
getting a negative reaction when dropping a name like that."
What kind of response have you had from people in general regarding your music? "Over the years it changes from album to album, but in general it seems people who hear it are fairly moved. People of all ages seem to appreciate the sound as well."
What are your future plans? "My immediate plans are to tour as much as possible on my new record. Perhaps a year or more of it. After that I hope to write with The Fire Theft and write a 3rd solo album. I also want to learn to surf, sail, speak punjabi, and pilot a helicopter."
If you could re-record any '80s song (possibly even chessy!) which one would it be and why?! "Tough question because there are so many to pick from. Perhaps 'I Dream Of Wires' by Gary Numan. I've been a fan of his record "Telekon" for some time."
"Although he was known at the time for his futuristic synth sound, his songs were still grounded in good old fashion song writing. I love it."
Finally, Exclusive Magazine love Penguins ... do you?! "Penguins are cute. Except the one played by Danny Devito!"
Interviewed by Brian J. Hong
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