Everything about this song makes it THE summer anthem.
Born in the woods of Central Wisconsin, but currently residing in Austin, Texas comes the multifaceted Jack Greenwood. Jack is currently suiting up for the release of his debut album, “Flying Softly,” which is a 10-track, multi-genre experience written and produced by Greenwood himself. The project as a whole features over 15 musicians, primarily based in either Wausau and Eau Claire, two Wisconsin cities Greenwood identifies most with; although a few musicians come from beyond the Wisconsin border.
The story begins in 2016. While living in Eau Claire, WI, Jack met studio owner Justin Green through a Facebook discussion board. Green, relocating from Austin, TX, was starting to remodel his garage into a studio. They agreed to trade studio time for help with the renovation. Only a few hours into the first day of working, Jack caught his middle finger on a table saw. To spare the details, this led to Green offering to record Jack’s next album. Recording began in June of 2017. In September 2017, Jack moved back to his hometown, Wausau, WI, while keeping plans to finish a record at Toy Car. Over the next two years, many things occurred to make “Flying Softly” the record it is today. Early in 2018, Green purchased a Trident 80-C console from Justin Vernon’s (Bon Iver) April Base Studios. Shortly after, he attained an Otari MTR-90 2” tape machine from Smart Studios in Madison, WI.
Alt-Hip-Pop artist, TeawhYB (T-Y-B), represents a brand of authenticity and ultimate connectivity, providing heartfelt commentary centered on self-actualization, celebration, and sorrow over guitars, synths, and drum kits.
Originating from Green Bay, WI and formerly noted for his college-life, party-induced sound, TeawhYB took a hiatus from a budding music career while coming to terms with his personal identity. He has since redirected his auditory creativity, mending his past, present, and future.
“Being aware of your identity is much different than accepting it. I was outted in High School and at the time I didn’t identify with what I perceived to be gay culture so part of my mission is to show that your influence can spread across labels and stereotypes when you’re unequivocally, you. It took a while but once I was finally comfortable in my own skin everything started clicking musically. I was never in choir or band class, so the only thing I know about music is what I feel, that’s something you can’t fake.” -TeawhYB
The song “Supernova” starts with soft guitar melodies, and then we’re gifted with TeawhYB’s vocal delivery for the first verse. I love the lyrical direction here, and those high notes at the end of the first verse are stunning. Then, the chorus hits, and we’re hooked immediately. The second verse comes in, with an addictive vocal melody and catchy lyrics. The bridge keeps the vibes going before building up to the final chorus, where we’re pretty much obligated to sing along at this point! It makes me want to drive around town with the windows down, my friends in the car, the wind in my face, and we’re all singing along to it.
I had the privilege of asking TeawhYB some questions, check it out below!
Firstly, before we hop into the main questions, what was it like having your collab with Jack Greenwood “Backyard Baseball” featured on a Capital One commercial for March Madness?
It was pretty surreal because that’s the type of opportunity I’ve always dreamed about. We dropped the song in August and I think by December they started running the ad in certain areas, then during March Madness it was pushed really hard, so it was cool having people reach out and say they saw it. I really just hope Charles Barkley hears the song tbh.
I also saw that you headlined for Star City Pride, what did it feel like performing in front of such a huge crowd after the stress of quarantine?
Felt like I was transported back to 2019 for a minute lol. I’m in my element when I’m performing but honestly the best part was meeting all of the people who made it possible; the volunteers, sound techs, organizers, performers, and the audience was so fun. LITERALLY everyone in Lincoln was so nice and to be able to share that opportunity with my homies West Korea and Miles Blvd was the dream. We had wayyyy too much fun but I won’t go in to that 🙂
Supernova was also made in collaboration with Jack Greenwood. What is it like working with him, and how do y’all make the magic happen?
Jack let me do my thing on “Backyard Basketball” which was our first collab and we talked about continuing the momentum. He sent me like 6 demos/instrumentals (Supernova being one of them) and I casually mentioned we should just make an album and he was like bet let’s do it. He lives in Austin TX so we handle everything remotely, but we had an opportunity to link up in December and we shot the video clips for Supernova I’ve been posting. He’s one of the most talented people I know, singing-wise he’s so consistent and his productions are crazy, I’m really honored to be working with him. We both bring our sauce and let the creativity ride.
What was the inspiration behind writing Supernova?
When I first heard the instrumental it took me to a cattle ranch, it has this country-western feel to it so my mind went to Brokeback Mountain. I wouldn’t say it’s based on the movie/book but there are some undertones that I took from it, the insecure feelings of love and masculinity clashing. Love and lust can be messed up sometimes, you can have a magical night with someone and by morning the spirits wear off and so do the feelings. If you’re gonna fall, fall hard, right?
How did you go about writing the lyrics and vocal melodies?
I usually start with the melody and add in lyrics afterwards, actually, pretty much all the time haha. Then I’ll take my dog Berkeley for a walk and piece together lyrics and concepts, THEN hit my home studio and record it all. My creation process is kinda chaotic when I think about it… Just really out here trying things and seeing if it’ll work. Supernova just kind of flew out of me, almost spiritual.
So when is the Jack Greenwood collab album coming? 👀
Very, very soon. We need a title though 🙂
The fans are dying to know: what is like being the gay Justin Timberlake?
What is your dream collaboration?
As a listener? Frank Ocean x SZA would be insane. Me personally I’d love to work with Kacey Musgraves.
Just for fun: What is the one song you wish you wrote?
American Wedding – Frank Ocean. It’s the flip he did on Hotel California.
Lastly, what other artists are you listening to right now?
Doja Cat, Tyler The Creator, Polo G, and Van Morrison have been heavy in rotation as of late.
Thank you for taking the time to answer those questions for us!
Be sure to stream “Supernova” by TeawhYB & Jack Greenwood on all platforms now, and follow them on social media below!
Written By: Bryce Quartz