Q&A: Jesse Blaze Snider Dishes On New Single 'Twisted'
"It's my first like 'real' song," he told me recently. "Putting out a ballad about your daughter [his previous single "Go With Me"], it's not exactly the sound of my stuff. The plan is really to try to do a lot of different genres and styles, and I'm hoping that people will be able to follow."
He wrote the song following a difficult encounter with a flight attendant who judged him based on his appearance. Explained Jesse, "I've gone through my entire life being judged and misjudged because people though they knew who I was because I was the child of somebody famous. People make these assumptions. It's all well and good to say that you won't be affected [by] it, but you eventually usually are. But you've got to pick yourself up."
Early reaction to "Twisted" has "been really positive. People have really seemed to love it," he explained, "although as I knew would be the case, some of my more heavy metal fans, who are fans of some of the stuff I used to do, were a little disappointed that I'd gone lighter. But this is more what I like to do. My rock roots go to Little Richard and the Beatles. This is much closer to that. I like the rock and roll aspects of old school rock bands. This is exactly what I want to do and have been wanting to do for a long time."
He's already planning more music, though not necessarily a full album as of yet. "I think before an album we're going to see an EP," he told me. "We're still evaluating our options. We have a lot of options on the table. A deal with a major label could not be as good as a deal with an indie label or doing it independently. By the end of this year I think you'll see a full EP.
"We're actually doing some stuff with ESPN now for the single I'm going to be releasing next," he added. "We're going to be releasing another track called "Crank It Up" that's a very big sports anthem. [And] we're working on a video for "Twisted" yet that my brother Cody is directing, and he's just a phenomenal talent."
Another passion of Jesse's is comic books, so I couldn't resist getting his take on the box-office success of The Avengers, which featured two superheroes he's written for (Hulk and Thor).
"I am so happy about that movie," he said. "The Dark Knight Rises is coming out and I loved The Dark Knight, and I'm sure I'm going to love Dark Knight Rises, but The Avengers kind of makes Dark Knight Rises look silly. The whole Nolanverse is about taking it so seriously, taking away everything that's kind of large-scale and comic-y about it and playing to the starkest aspects of that mythos. And that's doing comics a disservice I think.
"The Avengers proves that a comic book comic movie is exactly what everybody had been waiting for and what everybody wanted. The promise of comic books isn't one man, it's there's a universe of crazy, amazing things and there's no end of heroes. That's comics. The scope of these worlds that are created and all these heroes is just so huge and you've never felt that in a movie until Avengers. Avengers gave you that feeling of scope. I think people are going to start coming around to the fact that comics are fun, and fun is great."
As for his own goals for the future, "I feel like I'm at a point in my life where I really have something to say and I'm beginning to find my voice as a vocalist and a songwriter. I've been writing a lot of varied things that almost nobody's been able to hear yet. I hope to just overwhelm people with sheer volume of songs and variety of stuff that I have and the messages that I have to say. I think that there's room in this world for a voice of reason and I think that I'm going to provide that musical reason for people, and I hope that people will get behind it."
"Twisted" is now available for download on iTunes.
You can learn more about Jesse by reading our interview, visiting his official website and following him on Twitter (@tweetjesse). For more from Brittany Frederick, visit my Starpulse writer page and follow me on Twitter (@tvbrittanyf).
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