Jack Reardon aka Bonze may be a new name to you, but he’s got incredibly deep roots in the music industry!
Bonze, originally from Weybridge, Surrey has been previously working as an A&R, a guest songwriter, and a top line artist.
After many years working in the shadows and taking the time to learn his craft, he’s now ready to invite people into his world with his new single ‘Give In’.
The track is a landscape marked by precocious alt-pop that pivots between underground dance music and revelatory songwriting while touching upon explicitly personal experiences.
Thanks to his extensive studio contacts, he was able to include songwriters like Brookfield (Anne Marie & Charlie XCX) and Fred Clough (San Scout/HECK), Michael G Moore (Nicky Romero) and Starling (Zero7, Massive Attack, Chris Malinchak), alongside many, many more.
1 – Hello Bonze, how is it going? We are excited to have you on our blog and we can’t wait to know more about you and your music. How would you describe yourself in a few words?
I’m not sure how I’d describe myself as a person. I’ll let others decide on that! I like to stay away from that kind of thing as I’m changing all the time. But, I’d describe myself as an artist as a distinctive, moody alternative electronic pop artist.
2 – You’ve been in the music industry for quite a while now. You’ve started as A&R and a top line artist, so what inspired you to start making your own music?
I picked up all the tools from working with others and following artists around on tours, helping them etc so I always had the vision and interest. However, it all came down to confidence and knowing I also had my own voice/story to tell recently. People could hear when an artist had written with me or been artistically-directed by me so I felt like I already had my own style; I just keep it for myself now! I always felt like music was for other people to perform until something unconsciously clicked for me to do it myself, no explanation; it just happened.
3 – If you could choose any artists in the world, who would it be your ideal musician to collaborate with and why?
James Blake, Daniel Avery, New Order, Kurt Cobain, Jai Paul, Two Feet and Giant Swan are all huge influences for me. Though, if I had to pick one it would be James Blake at the moment as his combination of rhythmic song-writing with crisp, electronic production really fits in with the vibe of where my music is heading.
4 – Beside music, do you have any other hobbies or interests?Yes! Lots. I used to play tennis at county level and I also go boxing once a week too. But, I haven’t been able to do either recently as I broke my right hand I also studied psychology and psychotherapy for 6 years.
5 – Your latest release ‘Give in’ sounds amazing! Can you tell us more about the process of making this song?
Thank you! The process for ‘Give In’ was quite convoluted and longer than usual compared to other Singles, but I’m glad how it turned out. I usually start with an idea of chords or a synth with my producer and keyboardist (Joe Payne), then I’ll take that to a top-liner (Tom Fuller/Anthony Rubery/Dion Rushe) and get it edited, polished and mixed by another producer (Brookfield) before master in LA (Billie Eilish) or at Mastering The Mix (Tom Frampton – David Guetta/Nicky Romero). This song was less about sing-writing and more about production, being heavily inspired by Two Feet & Jai Paul in its instrumental. My future Singles are more about the song-writing so I wanted this second Single to be different.
6 – In your music career you were able to collaborate with many songwriters such as Brookfield (Anne Marie & Charlie XCX), Fred Clough (San Scout/HECK), Michael G Moore (Nicky Romero) and Starling (Zero7, Massive Attack, Chris Malinchak). How was working with them? Did you learn anything in particular?
Working with each person is always magic for different reasons, they bring their own thing to the table. They’re all amazing to be honest, it just comes down to how well we work alchemically. I feel it’s an unconscious thing, you work better with some more than others. I loved working with Tom Fuller (Tom Walker/Kelly Rowland) as he really brought the song/writer out in me and has sent me down a James Blake-influenced hope that I’ll probably remain in for a while! Personally, working with Fred Clough was great in its own way because his band San Scout was the reason I started writing music. I heard their Single ‘Get Me By’ years ago and said to myself “that’s how I want to write music” – Years later I’m writing with the guy and learning from him production and writing-wise so I’m very lucky.
7- How would you describe the music that you typically create?
Moody alternative pop, rhythmic, at times dark, electronic duelled with organic sonics, indie electro pop/rock. I love the combining of different genres and so I’d say it’s quite a hard sound to pin down with a direct reference.
8 – Describe your favourite and least favourite part about being a musician.
Favourite: Simply the process of writing and performing. I live for it. I’ve never been a fan of doing music because it’s apparently cool or for attention from girls. I never did music for any other reason than just to do it and tell my story in my own style in the hope that others would connect to it and for it to mean something and that’s it.
Least favourite: The lack of funding in the industry generally and how a lot of musical progression for artists is a lot of nepotism, in my view for the most part.
9 – What are the next steps for your project? Anything exciting on the horizon?
Yes! I have about 5 Singles on the back-burner waiting to be mixed and released. I also have a headline show at The Sebright Arms June 24th. The album is due to be released next year as well. I also hope to play some festivals next year too. Growth and to write better every day is the aim generally.
Well, thank you Bonze it was a pleasure for us to get to know you better! We wish you the best of luck and happy release day!
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