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A Dirty Dozen with JOHN SCHREINER of SCHREINER – May 2019

A Dirty Dozen with JOHN SCHREINER of SCHREINER - May 2019


In response to a current press launch: “They are saying that artwork is usually borne from adversity. Together with his new album, ​Kingdom From​ – launched April 20 – ​John Schreiner​ demonstrates how even probably the most perilous interval in a single’s life may end up in a number of the most shifting and compelling music conceivable. “There are many causes to pursue music,” Schreiner notes. “However each actual artist I’ve recognized insists they have been writing to save lots of their very own life.” That’s definitely true of Kingdom From. Written within the aftermath of Schreiner’s seven yr bout with ​drug habit, it was spawned​ from a debilitating interval in his life that discovered him mourning the lack of family and friends members, fighting stifled creativity and trying to resolve the battle between his private demons and the necessity to keep his equilibrium and duties. It was, he says, a malaise marked by ethical and emotional anguish.” We get John to talk about new music, influences, and rather more…

1. Inform us a bit about your newest launch.  What may a fan or listener not seize the primary or second time they pay attention by way of?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put within the materials or that solely diehard followers may discover?

Nicely, I feel the primary factor individuals might miss in simply listening via the album is the story of the 18-month interval it chronicles. Inside that area of time I skilled so many main life occasions and private turning factors. I’d misplaced various associates and shut relations within the years prior, and the grief I skilled throughout that point actually modified my perspective and priorities. I all of the sudden understood the seriousness and brevity of life, and that impressed me to roll up my sleeves and begin to work in earnest on the deep points behind my substance abuse issues. So, that’s the backstory. I might say the album actually acquired began with me kicking a longstanding habit to amphetamines (amongst different issues), cleansing up life, and shifting ahead with a completely new degree readability and objective. Shortly after that, my spouse and I have been married. A month after that I tore my left achilles tendon all through, however needed to postpone the surgical procedure I wanted due to the tempo of my efficiency schedule. I’d had a serious breakthrough in my profession, which was nice, nevertheless it meant that I used to be performing 300+ exhibits per yr and didn’t actually have the choice to decelerate. I’d sustained the damage in the course of the busiest time of the yr for musicians, and knew I’d want the cash to repay the surgical procedure anyway. Lengthy story brief, I used to be performing for four months on a leg that didn’t work and was in fixed ache. I lastly obtained the surgical procedure I wanted, however by then my muscle mass had atrophied an amazing deal and the restoration was difficult. Whereas I used to be nonetheless in a forged and on crutches, my spouse broke the information that she was pregnant, and she or he started having well being issues associated to the being pregnant. Our son, Valor, arrived a month early, and though finally each mother and child made it by means of, my spouse’s very almost died within the course of. Afterward, she understandably required lots of additional assist in the course of the restoration, which was made more durable since I used to be nonetheless recovering myself. Lengthy story brief, through the 18 months main as much as the discharge of Kingdom From, life in all its terrifying complexity got here flooding in and by no means let up. However, it was additionally a tremendously significant and fulfilling time creatively. Every track on the report represents so many hours of labor, numerous challenges overcome, and a easy willingness to proceed struggling for the issues that matter most.

2. What obtained you into music, and may you inform us concerning the second you realized you needed to be a musician?

Music has all the time been a defining function of my life, but when I needed to hint it again to at least one second, I’d say it was throughout a summer time camp I attended by way of the church I grew up in. I used to be 9 years previous on the time, and my mother and father had simply divorced. I don’t assume divorce is ever straightforward, however I’ve to say, the dissolution of my mother and father marriage was notably brutal and painful. They have been in ministry collectively for a very long time and I feel in some ways the inspiration of their marriage was their shared dream for spreading the message of religion. In dropping one another, additionally they misplaced a imaginative and prescient of their lives that had been actually clear and significant for a time, in order that made it particularly bitter. Anyway, I walked into that camp in a really weak place emotionally and through one of many night providers, I keep in mind being so deeply impacted by the music. I began crying and was actually singing my coronary heart out as a result of it was the one launch I’d felt from all of the difficult dynamics in my house life. I feel at that time, feeling that intense launch and sense of internal therapeutic, I kind of entrusted myself to music. I knew had discovered a spot the place I might cope with the deep issues of life and carry out the alchemical work of remodeling ugly, hurtful issues into one thing lovely. After the service, quite a few the youth leaders that have been there with us had heard me singing and advised me I had an actual present, one thing I ought to develop. From that time ahead, I knew I used to be going to be knowledgeable musician and by no means actually questioned that call.

three. Constructing on that, is there a selected music, album, performer, or reside present that guided your musical style?

I might spotlight A LOT of artists which have influenced me, but when I needed to single out only one, I’d say John Mayer. I used to be by no means a lot a bandwagon hopper, so when he first got here out, I feel I consciously prevented his work, simply due to his overwhelming reputation. However, I obtained into his music when he launched his second album after which spent the subsequent few years binging on his stuff. The music I used to be writing on the time was on the identical wavelength as his first album: trustworthy songs about day by day life, set over acoustic guitar and a few fascinating chords. His guitar work was on one other degree, so I seemed as much as him in that method. However, what actually grabbed me was how sharp his lyrics have been. Each single line enriches or strikes the story ahead, with no filler. Once I listened to his music, I felt like he put me within the room with him and made me capable of really feel what he felt. Ever since, that’s been my benchmark for nice songwriters: can they put you within the room WITH them?

four. Who can be your foremost 5 musical influences?

The Doobie Brothers, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Black Keys, and the aforementioned John Mayer.

5. In case you might name in anybody collaborator to do a music with, who wouldn’t it be, and why?

Exhausting query, however I’d like to work D’Angelo. He occupies such a singular area in his music and understands R&B and Gospel so nicely. I’d love to match notes with him and simply speak store usually.

6. How would you describe your music to somebody who’d by no means listened to you earlier than? What’s the one comparability a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe otherwise you disagreed with?

We’ve thrown a number of descriptive phrases at our music to see what would stick, and I feel the closest we’ve gotten to classifying ourselves is “Arduous Soul” or “Swagger Rock”. I draw lots from Rock and R&B and our music lands someplace in the midst of the 2 genres. So far as comparisons, I’ve by no means been tremendous offended by anybody on that entrance. Somebody as soon as informed me I appeared like Ed Sheeran, which isn’t a nasty factor, however I do know my voice in and out and simply don’t assume our respective sounds have rather a lot in widespread.

7. When the band are all hanging out collectively, who cooks; who will get the drinks in; and who’s first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

I’d undoubtedly be the one cooking and pouring drinks. I really like entertaining and discover cooking considerably therapeutic, so it’s straightforward for me to fall into the position of “lifetime of the get together”. So far as cracking out the acoustic, that by no means occurs with us. I carry out 300+ nights a yr, so the very last thing I need to do in my downtime is play extra music.

eight. When was the final time you have been star struck and who was it?

I’ve truthfully by no means been starstruck. Final yr I met Ed Sheeran, Brian McKnight, and extra lately Gavin DeGraw. I respect all of them enormously, however an individual’s standing as a star doesn’t actually register with me or make me nervous. I simply settle for it as a pure byproduct of doing nice work.

9. What’s the greatest a part of being a musician? In case you might not be a musician for no matter cause, what can be your dream job?

There are loads of perks to being a musician, however proper now the primary one is that I get to spend time with my son through the day, principally seven days every week. If I couldn’t be a musician, I’d in all probability find yourself someplace within the sciences…perhaps in physics or evolutionary biology. Not completely positive which course I’d go precisely, however I’m fascinated with the pure world and need I had the time to review it formally.

10. What’s one query you will have all the time needed an interviewer to ask – and what’s the reply? Conversely, what query are you uninterested in answering?

I’d like to be requested: “what do you assume the position of the artist is inside tradition?” I’ve spent most of my life considering alongside these strains, so I feel I may need one thing of worth to convey into that dialog. So far as questions I get uninterested in answering, it’s in all probability the “who do you sound like?” query that irks me probably the most. It’s arduous for artists to be goal about their very own sound anyway, however my inner knee-jerk response to that question has grown into an expletive-laced model of “…how about you simply go take heed to my music?”

11. Wanting again over your profession, is there a single second or state of affairs you are feeling was a misstep otherwise you want to have a “do over”, even when it didn’t change your present state of affairs?

There’s multiple misstep that involves thoughts, however all of them middle on defective decisions I’ve made concerning the individuals I’ve surrounded myself with. Through the years, I keep in mind choosing pals/bandmates based mostly on how a lot enjoyable we might have partying collectively or how properly they offset my private insecurities, slightly than on their capacity to sharpen me and push ahead our widespread aims. When you’re objective is to face on the prime of your area, you want brutal honesty and rigid expectations from the individuals round you. Feeling good is overrated and, for me, is not an finish to be pursued in itself.

12. Should you might magically return in time and be part of the recording periods for anybody document in historical past, which might you select – and what does that document imply to you?

Arduous query, however I’d should say Led Zeppelin II – probably the most pivotal albums by some of the pivotal, well-engineered teams of all time. That album marked LZ’s transition into the heavy metallic and psychedelic sounds they’re now recognized for, and to this present day, nonetheless makes the hair on my neck get up.  Being within the room, seeing them play, watching them make ALL the little selections that added as much as the ultimate product…priceless.





Might 17, 2019Todd ‘ToddStar’ Jolicoeur

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