After going crazy on TikTok; with over 580K video creations made ‘Put Your Records On’ has more than 26M worldwide streams, which was amplified by his success on TikTok. The incredible track is a cover of Corinne Bailey Rae’s 2006 Hit ‘Put Your Records On’, and this release follows his independently released debut album in 2019.
Beginning as an indie rock band comprised of high school friends, the project became a personal outlet for Momney after his bandmates left on Mormon missions and his girlfriend left for college. Some of our favorite songs from album include ‘(If) the Book Doesn’t Sell’ and ‘Young Adult’ (Weezer sample), his 2nd most streamed song.
Ash Lee Chats with Ritt Momney
Ash: ‘Put Your Records On’ was Corinne Bailey Rae’s breakthrough hit and I remember reading about how surprised she was that it was received so well. Did you anticipate that your cover would also be exceptionally well received?
Jack: Literally not at all… I mean it’s just a great song at its core, and I figured people would appreciate the throwback, but it was really just meant to be a fun little between-albums side project. I think it’s really just a testament to how great songwriting kinda transcends time in a really cool way. Like trends can come and go but a great song will always be a great song. It’s seriously a pretty huge accomplishment for Corinne and her co-writers to have made a song that can be popular both in the late 2000’s and in 2020.
Ash: What do you think it is about Tik Tok that has seen it rise in popularity so dramatically over the past year?
Jack: I think it’s a really cool creative outlet. Like it’s mostly considered a social media platform but there are some really talented kids doing some really cool shit on there. I guess I was just lucky enough to have my cover used by one of those kids (@Skiian) and it kind of took off from there.
Ash: Every artist obviously has a really unique song-writing process. Your music is so unique and has so many elements; how does the song writing process work for you?
Jack: I try not to be too particular about it and experiment with my process a little bit. I’ve had songs that started as a melody in my head and songs where I had the entire production side done by the time I started on the melody. I haven’t really found a process that works better than any others yet, I’m still figuring it out.
Ash: Some tracks that have moved me are ‘(If) The Book Doesn’t Sell‘ and ‘Lew’s Lullaby’. The sonic elements, including your voice are really moving to me. Can you explain the creative processes behind these tracks? What is the creative process like for you in terms of music, what does it involve?
Jack: ‘(If) the Book Doesn’t Sell’ had kind of been in the works for like a year and a half or something until it finally reached its final version. That was one of those songs where I spent a ton of time on like every aspect of it… ‘Lew’s Lullaby’ was kind of the opposite of that, I wrote and recorded it in like a week or something.
Ash: Will you be releasing any more music or music videos and if so, how do you think you’ll make decisions relating to your use of film as a mode of visual storytelling?
Jack: I’ve always been pretty interested in film. I think it would be fun to dabble a bit more in that whole realm… I don’t know much at all about putting a music video together, so I think the key will be finding people I trust to help me translate my ideas.
Ash: Can you remember the first-time music ever had an emotional effect on you?
Jack: I remember my mom used to listen to Margot & the Nuclear So-and-So’s a lot, and I can’t remember which song it was but there was one that hit me pretty hard when I was like 10 or something. I still like them a lot.
Ash: I love that you are owning your own style, do you feel nervous about how your music will be received or are you indifferently saying “Here, look…I created something” and just giving it to the world regardless of whether people will enjoy it or not?
Jack: I appreciate that, but yeah I’m constantly dealing with the anxiety that comes with putting out music. Part of me really misses just putting stuff out on Soundcloud for like 80 people to hear.
Ash: When I look at your album artwork and merch designs, I feel like it tells a visual story and expresses many ideas. Did you design this artwork? If so, does it tell some sort of story?
Jack: My friend Auden drew the little heart guy, I did the rainbow road design thing. I actually ended up writing a children’s book based on it, so I guess it did end up telling a story lol.
Ash: As a musician and a person, what would you like your legacy to be?
Jack: Big question… I want to be known musically for my lyrics and songwriting. Like I mentioned in my first answer, a well-written song can transcend whatever trends are going on. I want to have as many songs like that as I can. And as a person, I guess I just want to be remembered as nice.
Ash: 2020 has been a difficult time for many artists and I have noticed a lot of people struggling to adapt to the impacts upon their methods for the production of music. Don’t get me wrong, there have been some amazing live streams and many bands have found ways to rehearse and record via online platforms however a lot of them haven’t. Do you have any advice for those who are struggling?
Jack: I honestly don’t… This situation just really sucks. I will say that it’s cool to see fans coming to the rescue with financial support for some of the artists who have been hit the hardest by the pandemic.
Ash: What is the kindest thing anyone has ever done for you?
Jack: I guess just like everything my parents have ever done for me. I’m very lucky.
Ash: Ok, last question, just because I am curious – when did you last throw your head back in laughter and what were you laughing about?
Jack: Probably watching Pen15 with my gf… genius show.
Ash: I’ve never seen it! I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for the chat Jack and I hope we hear some more new music from you soon 🙂