Interview – Jamie Stoffa

Jamie Stoffa is from Orlando, Florida, USA!

1. Who are your top 3 influences?

  • From first to last
  • A Day to Remember
  • Avenged Sevenfold

2. Your track ‘I’m gonna break your heart’ came out April 14th, what inspired the lyrics to this song?

I wrote the lyrics to this in 2015. It’s specifically about wanting out of a crappy relationship and realising that maybe you didn’t want any of this from the beginning. But I think on a more broad scale it’s about change and sometimes as we change we need to make seemingly selfish decisions. But are they really selfish? Why should you be part of something or do something that you’re not completely committed to? You shouldn’t. It’s unhealthy for you and unfair to the others. In my opinion at least.

3. Along with the new certified banger, it is considerably heavier than ’13’. What made you decide to ‘spice’ things up if you will?

Ha! Certified banger! I’m honoured! The song has a long history. The lyrics were actually written for an audition to sing for a band that broken up before we actually did anything. So I already had the style and structure for the song there it was just a matter of creating the new music to what was already written. I typically stay closer to pop/rock but every so often I think it’s okay for me to make scary music hahaha. I like to change the styles up a bit.

4. You’ve had an exciting musical career, former drummer, singer/songwriter and audio engineer. You’re now doing all of this combined, how do you find it creating your own riffs and drums along with lyricism? Do you take help from others?

I think the hardest part is to find the time hahah. I usually come up with something in my head first. It could be a guitar part or lyric, but that is typically my starting point. Everything builds from there. Yes, I absolutely take help from others. I believe it takes one person to write a song, but it takes a group of people to write a great song. While I did almost everything in this recording, I still had Billy Tag write and play the lead guitar, I always have my engineer buddies critique the hell out of it and for this song in particular I do have to give writing credit to Kevin Lynch of ASUNA. If it wasn’t for that audition, I would have probably never came with this song to begin with. I think it should take a few focused and talented individuals to make something great.

5. Are you happy with how ‘IGBYH’ has streamed so far?

I am generally happy with it. There’s always room for improvement and the release date kind of snuck up on me with all the pandemic craziness going on in the world. I didn’t get a chance to market it how I would have liked to, but what can you do? That just means more work on the back end. I can see it has been streamed a decent amount.

6. We now have 2 songs for our listening pleasure, when will we hear more? A full EP?

I don’t have any plans for an EP or album as of now. I would like to try and build a larger following before I put everything out at once. I should be wrapping up my next single by the end of this week (hopefully). It’s going to be a different one too.

7. How are you keeping yourself entertained during quarantine?

I’ve just been doing client work, writing, recording and finally starting to do work on the two podcasts I’ve been trying to fit into my schedule. I find myself sitting on the balcony of my apartment a lot. There is a certain kind of silence that you don’t normally hear out here in Orlando. I also have a lot of time in the mornings, which I’ve never had before, so I’ve been using that time to practice yoga and some meditation. So to tell you the truth, I’ve been enjoying it.

8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?

I would love to write music with Matt Good (From First to Last). I’ve been a fan of pretty much every project he’s been in.

9. What’s been the most surreal moment of your career so far?

I think the most surreal moments happen when I’m playing a crowded show and I can see people singing the words back, hear someone listening to the music and singing along or something along those lines. I think those moments are what drive me. The connection and power we can all receive through music. Where else do you get that?

10. What was your first gig experience like?

My first gig was a loooooong time ago on July 4th. My screamo band got booked to play the towns Independence Day festival. Needless to say, we did not fit in and when we played like it was our first show too. Stiff and bad :-X

11. Leave a message for fans!

I love you! Stay safe and stay positive!

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