Jonathan Lobo – The Cost

Jonathan Lobo – The Cost

 Jonathan Lobo – The Cost

Jonathan Lobo – The Cost

ARTIST NAME: Jonathan Lobo

 

SONG TITLE: The Cost

 

RELEASE DATE: 29/05/2021

 

GENRE: Indie, Lo-fi Pop, Contemporary

 

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Dubai-based musician, Jonathan Lobo, describes his music as storytelling about love, life, and other commonalities. His songs are founded on simple lyrics, piano melodies, and tasteful production.

 

 

LYRICS:

 

There was a bird that lived in a busy yellow house
That bird was grey and all he talked about
One day he dressed the bird in a red coat
The bird he gleamed
He felt he’d rule the world

 

Higher than the sky now
You can’t see me cry now
Trying to be happy with what I have become
Look around the bend now

 

You can’t see me pretend now
Trying to make you happy
No matter what the cost

 

The bird he loved the boy but was told to want much more
The world outside called his name so he flew right out the door
He flew, he soared, he marveled in his coat
The bird, he gleamed, he felt he’d rule the world

 

Flying, higher than the sky now
You can’t see me cry now
Trying to be happy with what I have become
Look around the bend now
You can’t see me pretend now
Trying to make you happy
No matter what the cost

 

But when the boy returned,
The bird was not in sight
He called out its name
Till he choked up inside
He found the bird lying with a phone upon the ground
Filled with memories of the coat
The coat that made him drown

 

Flying, higher than the sky now
You can’t see me cry now
Trying to be happy with what I have become
Look around the bend now
You can’t see me pretend now
Trying to make you happy
No matter what the cost

 

 

Tell us what your fans are saying about your music.
The support and love I’ve received on the song have been heartwarming. In general, people have been a fan of the vocals, lyrics, and production. Some people have likened the vocals to Jose Gonzalez or James Blunt, which was nice to hear.

 

Tell us the factors you consider when writing a song.
The main elements of songwriting to me are melody, rhythm, and lyrics. Sometimes it’s a spur-of-the-moment thing where everything comes together but sometimes you need to fixate on individual elements till they get life.

 

Discuss the production of the song.
Aman Sheriff produced the song out of his living room. We turned the AC off when recording the vocals but apart from that, it was simply adding layers and elements to help bring through the feel of the song. For example, if you listen closely, in the bridge there is a heartbeat sample to accompany the lyrics and delivery.

 

Tell us your best mood to create a song.
It’s difficult to say but the smoothest songwriting process has usually been when I’m calm.

 

Tell us about your experience performing on stage for the first time or recording in the studio for the first time.
My first time on stage would have been singing in a junior school play. I remember being nervous but enjoying every moment of it. It’s usually been the same since. But I’ve learned to enjoy the nerves.

 

Tell us how you approach songwriting.
I usually sit at my keyboard, think of a mood, and then play whatever melody comes to me. If I think it sounds good I voice note it to re-listen to it later. If it still sounds good, I try and see if I can sing any words with that melody. Sometimes I look for old lyrics I’ve written down to see if they fit too. Then comes adding chords and rhythm to create atmosphere and feel before taking it to a producer.

 

Tell us your opinion on blending genres.
I truly believe that music should not be boxed into genres. If it’s good music, with a blend of genres, people with different tastes may enjoy it.

 

Elaborate on what compels you to go into music.
Music has always been my safe place and escape. For a while, my work and life kept me away from doing music but I’ve always found a way back to it.

 

Discuss how you record your vocals.
The vocals were recorded using a condenser mic in a bedroom with the AC turned off. They were then layered to give it a José González feel.

 

Tell us the software you use mostly for recording.
Logic or Pro Tools…

 

Elaborate on the song.
The Cost is about a bird that gives in to societal pressures of perfection and greed while compromising on itself and real relationships.

 

Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album.
My artist name is my real name.
The song was untitled for the longest time. My producer labeled the recording project file as “The Cost” and it stuck.

 

 

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