Neel, Mike, Phil, and Jeremy
Neel, Mike, Phil, and Jeremy

Keeping it simple (on purpose) with Jeremy Voltz

This week we welcomed the return of burned-out mathematician turned indie-soul artist, Jeremy Voltz with his new song, Like the Very First Time. Voltz’s music is inspired by thinking deeply about the people in his life and what he’d love to have the courage to say to them. Reminiscent of Jeff Buckley, Hozier, and Stevie Wonder, he has a voice that is powerful and haunting, delivering hook-heavy melodies with universal, heartfelt lyrics.

Voltz is readying the release of his upcoming Toronto Arts Council-supported full-length, Weekender. Created with multi-JUNO-winning producer, Michael Wojewoda (Barenaked Ladies, Buffy Sainte-Marie), the album is due out October 22, 2021. From Motown-inspired soul tracks backed by a full band, three-part harmonies, and horns, to quiet promises of hope declared acoustically, Weekender features uplifting, energized conversations with the people in Voltz’s life.

We talked about:

  • producing a band record during COVID-19
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (not joking, just listen to the show)
  • melodies first, not chords
  • clever ways to capture musical ideas in the shower
  • when to be complex and when to be simple in your writing

Download the lyrics to Like The Very First Time to follow along.

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