JIP, originally established in 2001 as a solo endeavor, swiftly evolved into a remarkable group on a musical journey that found a rightful place among captivating indie-rock songs. Since its inception, JIP has exceeded all initial expectations. The collective accomplishments along their path have left an indelible mark, forging memories that will forever resonate with the group and their fans.
JIP started in 2001 as a solo project. An outlet to put the words to music. This has grown so much since that spark. We’ve accomplished so much since this started. Memories I will never forget. We stand today as the same guys, having a good time, and making music that feels good. -Jim
For fans who have never heard your music, can you pick three words to describe it?! If three words just aren't enough..then tell us more. JIP sounds like you walked back into 1996 and are listening to your favorite alt-rock station with songs that are not depressing. What is your favorite part about being an artist? Is it songwriting, performing, recording, or something else? Music, and being an artist, has always made me understand life better. I used to call it therapy, but it's more than that. It's lifelong relationships, understanding, confidence, and chasing the happy Can you tell us what being in the recording studio is like for you? It took 9 full-length albums to walk in confidence. It's like going to the gym, but you're being graded on it or it stays with you forever. It's taking a thought and time-stamping it for the world to see. That's why keeping people you trust and respect is essential in the process. Those people and friends hold you up and make you better to get the best product. Okay, this a fun question. When you are not doing music, what else do you enjoy doing? My life has been music and relationships since my first concert. It's all I wanted to surround myself with and it turned into finding a person...making a family...and chasing the happy. Who do you admire most in the music scene today and why? Local H will always be my first answer. I love that band and that they are "totally approachable" even after all these years. The same goes for all my heroes from the 90's alt-rock scene. Those bands Reel Big Fish, Tracy Bonham, Ben Folds, etc. They're still in it and creating good shit even after the waves.
Can you tell us what song you've written that is the most emotional and describe the meaning behind it? This new album. "Thought This Was Over" was for my son Walter. It was for him to see that you can create and express yourself in the best way I knew how. He's on the first track, "Money & Candy". On the album there is a song, "How the Sausage was Made" and probably the best lyrics I've ever written is..."All that matters is ... Your Heart, Who You Love, & Your Mind." I think that's life in a nutshell.
Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year? Over the first 5 years of my kid's life I've watched him fall in love with music. I've recorded things he's done and I'm writing an album for him to perform if he wants to. There are so many nuggets that have come from Voice Notes over the years. Other than that....its my damn job to make sure my band gets the recognition they deserve for how fucking good this album is. I'm doing my best to make sure "Thought This Was Over" sees the light. Tell us where fans can access your music! Listen on Spotify
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