Interview with Juvenile Jury
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
I think what got us into music is the actual love for music itself. It always has been this mysterious thing that was so magical for us. And then being interested enough to learn our instruments was a big deal. I have no clue what we would be doing today if it weren’t for music. I think I don’t want to know.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
Honestly, if I’m not playing music I’m either listening to music or trying to learn new stuff about the craft. It’s literally 24/7 for us. It influences our creativity in many ways. I think the biggest thing for us is that by listening to new stuff you kind of get inspired by music that catches your ear. Then we can sort of get new ideas for a riff or for new parts that could not have come without that.
How long has your band been around?
We’ve been playing together for about 4 years now, but we’ve been on the “scene” more seriously for about 2 years now.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
We’re based out of Montreal, Canada. It influences our sound because there are SO MANY different genres and styles of music being played here. It’s kind of insane. It really opens your spirit to new music and is really inspiring.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
To be honest. A random word generator. I know… Not as cool as you might think. I just found the word “Juvenile” and then the word “Jury”, put them together and thought it had a nice ring.
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
That’s a tough one. For sure the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto show was very special for us because it was our first time playing out of town. And to play a legendary venue like that is pretty insane. We also had a show one time where we heard people singing the lyrics to our songs and jumping around. That was quite the feeling as well. It was near our hometown. That was special for us.
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
We’ve played this place in Montreal a couple of times. It’s called Quai des Brumes. It’s always so welcoming. Plus, it’s not a huge place so everybody is kind of all cramped up. It’s great. We would love to play Lee’s Palace in Toronto. That would be cool.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Ouch. That’s hard. I’d say being on the same bill as Queens of the Stone Age would be insane. Fit in Royal Blood and the Canadian rock group Cleopatrick and you’d have one hell of a night.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
Well, we’re pretty much also getting started but I’d say practice. practice. practice. Get better at your craft. Don’t worry about the numbers or labels or followers. Nothing of that stuff is important. Focus on your sound and your songs.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
I’d say that the previous question is exactly the advice I’d give to my younger self aha. Although I’d add to stop overthinking stuff. Things that are meant to happen will happen.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
I’d say “Noises” and “Those Faces”. They are pretty personal songs about stuff that happened in our lives. You’ll have to listen to understand!
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
“Noises” is really fun to play live. We don’t really get requests at this stage, but sometimes people want us to play our first-ever song released “Faded Out”.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
The creative process is always different. Sometimes, I (Sacha) come up with a guitar riff that I bring into practice and then everyone adds their own little thing. Other times I bring in the whole song and ask the other guys to find drum patterns or a bass line. Sometimes, Jordann our drummer comes up with a cool groove and everything spurs out of that. It really depends. I’d say that personal events and feelings inspire us to write music. It’s really therapeutic.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
Well. As I’ve said, the songs are quite personal, so if anyone can relate to that and feel better after listening to our music, that’s kind of the goal. There is nothing better than that.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
ALWAYS. But they happen in respect and that is the most important thing. We just kind of go through everyone’s opinion and then take a decision that everyone (for the most part) is happy with. I have to say that we get along pretty well though
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
Well, we have just put out a brand new EP called “Proven Guilty” which is out everywhere (hint hint: go listen). At the moment we are kind of letting that sink in. We’re going to see where that takes us. No pressure.
How can your fans best keep up to date with you, any socials you want people to check out?
I’d say that we are the most active on Instagram, but we’re on everything so go follow us wherever you consume content!