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A Dirty Dozen with JIMMY GNECCO from OURS – August 2021

| 4 August 2021 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “OURS is a common feeling, a shared emotion, a raw power played through a guitar. And drums. And bass. And keyboards. And even a string section. OURS makes timeless music that defies comparison but comparisons will be made. It’s only natural. OURS is unique but universal. We can all relate to the love, angst, hope, despair, beauty and reverence that are exhaled into their new self-titled album of sonic bliss, released May 14th, with U.S. tour dates to follow throughout the month of August.”  We get frontman Jimmy to discuss new music, influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Well, I spent a lot of time with the production to really work on those things. All different kinds of movement around in the headphones, and lots of textures. From backing vocals, to backwards effects, and sounds that morph halfway through performances.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I was always into music from the time I can remember, but the idea of actually creating came after a talent show in grammar school where we acted like we were playing. That day I went out and bought a guitar.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

There were a few who I always felt a strong connection with. Bowie, Freddie Mercury, The Doors, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Prince, and U2. Those were the biggest for me.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

The remaining members of the Doors. It would just be surreal for me. The sound of Robbie’s playing and how dynamic John Densmore’s drumming is makes me excited at just the thought of it.

5. What is your favorite activity when out of the studio and/or not on tour?  What do you like to do to unwind?

I would say running, dancing, and drinking wine.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

I would describe it as uplifting, emotional, passionate, and dynamic music that can go to many different sonic spaces. Usually what makes me cringe is when it’s put into any specific category or genre out of someone being lazy or if they are looking for an easy place to put it so that it makes sense to them.

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

I think at this point only April or myself cook in our space. April and I are probably the first to get drinks going, but Chris and Mikey have also come to rehearsal with bottles that were looking to be drank. I am probably the one to crack out the acoustic and start playing. Mikey is always right there and ready to jump in though.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

My friend Reeve Carney took me to meet Bono, and when I hugged Bono…everything just stood still for a second. It was so overwhelming for me. I met the Doors once and Ray wouldn’t shake my hand because he said his hand hurt(which I understood because he probably had hundreds of clowns who came to hear “Peace Frog” squeeze it), so that would have been one of those moments if he hadn’t pulled me out of it!

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

The ability to express myself and the reward that I feel when the love comes back from an audience. If I hadn’t started to play the guitar, I may have continued racing BMX, and that’s really the only other thing that I still daydream about.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

I guess the main thing that I wanted people ask me about before jumping to conclusions was… Between the mixture of falsetto and using so much of your vocal range within a song, when did you start to sing that way and what inspired you? The answer is…In 1990 I began to use every part of my voice that I could think of. I worked on strengthening each register and all of the different colors that were possible. I just started to hear the potential of using all of it.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Haha. Well, I could be super zen about it and say that it has all led to this moment in time and I wouldn’t change any of it, but that would be bullshit! I would have fought even harder for the things that I believed in, and not let the labels and business people push me into a genre that we didn’t belong in. We are not a heavy metal, or even hard rock band. We touch upon all kinds of things, but the constant energy spent trying to push us to rock radio, or into that space has taken 20 years off of my life. I’m fortunate that my voice has held up, and my passion for making music is as strong as it’s ever been to still be here more ready than ever to fix that damage, make it right, and get our music out to the world.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

I would want to be in the studio for any one of The Doors records. There are so many records that I could pick from so many artists, but something about the energy with The Doors. I have to pick them.





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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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