Ian Janco is a United Kingdom, London based singer and songwriter who is well versed in the arts of indie folk and folk pop. Ian Janco has recently released an original EP titled “Rapture”. Which talks about strength and perseverance. We had a few questions and answers with him where he talks about his creative process, inspirations and about the release. Below are exclusive details on Ian Janco and his new release.
What is the story behind your name Ian Janco?
Ian Janco. Janco is my middle name, and the last name of my great grandfather, Marcel Janco. He was a painter, architect, and one of the founders of the Dada art movement. I feel honored to carry that name and the spirit behind it.
When did you decide to pursue music as a career?
I was lucky to have been raised on Carole King’s ranch, where my parents were caretakers. Someone asked me when I was four what I wanted to be when I grew up. I looked around at this beautiful land that had been paid for with Carole’s music. Without missing a beat I said “songwriter”! It was kind of a done deal from there, although music has taken me on a long journey through a lot of different roles.
How would you describe the music you typically create?
It can range from anthemic folk pop to reflective, atmospheric acoustic textures. I try to put warmth and positive energy in my music and lyrics.
Who (living or dead) inspires you as an artist and why?
There’s so many… The Beatles, Bob Marley, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell . Songs like All You Need Is Love, Three Little Birds, American Tune, and Both Sides Now prove that music can have an amazing impact and power to elevate people. My lifelong goal is to write even one song that comes close to this level!
What’s your creative process like?
Sometimes I’ll have a lyrical idea or a melody come into my head. No matter where I am I try to capture it and expand on it – whether on my notes app or a voice note. It is in the studio. I’ll try to get the production down as well. But it changes all the time. I have peaks and troughs of creativity and often dabble in different mediums to switch up my approach.
What feelings or reactions do you hope to arouse in people who listen to your music? Are you surprised by the reactions you get?
I used to just want people to feel happy when they heard my music, but now I’d like to try to encompass the whole spectrum of emotion. I’ve had some reactions, especially to the recent release show I played for the Rapture EP, where people cried or had moments of quite deep connection to an old memory. It’s certainly not my intention to make people cry, but to make people feel.
What is the best advice you’ve been given in relation to music?
Trust the process
Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of music?
Plenty. I love reading, going to museums, and traveling!
What has been the high point of your career so far?
Either opening for Emmylou Harris in my hometown, or writing a song with Paul McCartney on my 21st birthday as part of my uni graduation. Yeah, that was pretty unbeatable!
Which musician would you like to collaborate with?
Paul Simon – I feel I could learn so much about songwriting and musicianship from him!
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
The perception of what success is. I had so much internal stress when I was younger because I believed success only came in the form of a record deal. Now, I’m making a pretty great living from various music projects, and more importantly – I feel really fulfilled. So, it would be to make it more evident that there are many avenues to be successful as an artist and a musician.
What is “Rapture” all about?
Healing from a period of darkness – feeling like the world as you know it is crumbling away, yet still persevering.
Who and how many people worked on it?
I wrote and produced most of the songs myself, with the exception of Castaway (written with the Nocturns and co-produced by Joe Wander) and Long Way Down (co-written by Luke Sital-Singh. Strings were done by my good friends Joylin and Elliot Kempton.
What are you working on next? Any future plans or projects in the pipeline that we should look out for?
The Reverie EP is in the works! It tackles a different theme – the relationship with the self.
If you had one message to give to your fans, what would it be?
Thank you for listening and supporting art and music – I couldn’t be doing what I do without you!