How did the band come to be?
Hi there. I’m Stas Verechuk and I’m the frontman of Ukrainian indie-rock band Joneser created by myself in Kiev in 2017. Till September 2019 I was the only person in this project looking for my special sound without giving any concerts. During 2017-2018 I released the single «Chas» (02.11.2017) and the album «Vilni» (06.04.2018). It was a long play of 15 songs of indie-pop music in Ukrainian. It was quite an important stage of my life when I was trying to follow the lead of the world indie pop culture. To be honest, I created a fairly high-quality product. But it turned out too sweet for me.
Afterwards I decided to come back to a more alternative sound but at the same time to keep melodic and sensual components of my previous music. I started working on Joneser’s second album. The work lasted for about 2 years and by the autumn of 2019 I had recorded 12 indie-rock songs in English. In September 2019 Joneser was joined by Alexey Yuriev - guitarist of Kryhitka and hasGotten bands and the drummer Andriy Bogdanov, known for his performances at Mysteries of the Third Planet, Bahroma and Youra (Ukrainian projects).
Do you have any releases coming up in the new year?
Sure. On February 2, 2020 Joneser released a new album "Back Two Me" in English. All 12 songs of the album are linked by one storyline. They are all about my way, my victories and defeats as well as coming back to myself. I’m really proud of this album and I do think that the songs Miraline, June, Folie are the best of what I’ve ever created in my music reality as of today.
You can listen to the album Back Two Me (2020) on all the platforms below.
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At the same time, we released a video for the song Miraline in the animated short film style. Please, watch it while listening Miraline. You will surely enjoy this dramatic song with appealing vocals over a slow burning instrumentation full of infectious synth lines and dreamy arrangements, with beautiful harmonies and emotional vibes.
And the link to "MIRALINE" video:
What is something you want listeners to take away from your music?
My sincerity and my passion. Nothing more. Sincerity rules the world.
With everything that is going on in our world what is one cause or organization that you are passionate about?
I’ve been studying in Ukrainian film school for 1,5 years. Late in 2019 I shot my first short movie. Now it’s being edited. At this time, I’m working on my first screenplay for the full-length movie. I believe that I’ll shoot movies in the near time.
What is your writing process like?
I started songwriting when I was 15. These were the first timid attempts to create something really worthwhile. But everything I wrote was terribly poppy and clichéd. The first really interesting songs I wrote at the age of 18-19. Many years later, I recorded them with my funk-rock project Stassa Biomassa.
You can hear them here:
Over the past 10 years, I wrote more than 100 songs, and 52 of them I recorded at different studios with 2 of my projects – Stassa Biomassa and Joneser. When I want to write the song, I write the song. I don’t wait for anything, I have no doubts, I only write the song. I don’t drink alcohol. I don’t smoke weed. I only write the song. Because my goal is to write the song. This is my secret. My only secret.
To follow up with the last question, what inspires your sound?
I was always inspired by the music of Apparat, Radiohead, alt-J, Depeche Mode, Foals, Balthazar etc. And I’m the old fan of RHCP, Molotov, Limp Bizkit and Nirvana. If we speak about someone from other fields I would remember Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, Quentin Tarantino, Guy Ritchie, Coen brothers and for sure Martin McDonagh. For me, these are the best examples of creativity in our world. And I try to follow these great people and projects in my work. Not copying them, but inspired by their ideas.
Any tours coming up soon?
Unfortunately, no tours. We had only first gig on February 18, 2020, at PC "Masterskaya" in Kiev (Ukraine) where we presented our album "Back Two Me". We were planning to have gigs on different Ukrainian festivals this year but now we don’t know at all what we’ll have this year because of this terrible situation with the coronavirus. So, we have to wait.
Anything you would like to tell our readers?
Any of our activities in life is just a way to get to know ourselves deeper. Therefore, choose only what you really like. Otherwise, you will never know yourself and live this life in vain. Because you will never have the energy to do what you do not like. I am sure this is quite clear. So why do most people live horribly? Tell me something about it: firstname.lastname@example.org