Singer, songwriter Jann Klose commemorates his dearly departed manager in an emotional lockdown-produced music video.
There are a handful of qualified musical examples that best illustrate arresting melody, matched only by complementary visuals that lands their entertainment and message intent, beautifully – Pilot Light is one such statement.
Written in the midst of a breakup Pilot Light, produced by David Schoenwetter and Jann in the former’s Manhattan studio in early 2020, hits the listener squarely in the aural solar plexus, in a very, very good way. Add a visual document to support the lyrical investment and what’s where the heartfelt investment lands.
Dedicated to the untimely passing of Jann’s much respected and very much-loved manager of lauded Big Management-fame, Gary Salzman, due to Covid-19, Pilot Light’s sentiment rings true to the message of overcoming adversity and rising to the challenge of a day yet to be documented and celebrated for very different reasons than originally envisaged.
I caught up with Jann last week.
The new decade means?
I don't do? Wheat
What does music mean to you? Comfort
What is the most enjoyable aspect of your work? Songwriting
Any funny moments on stage? Breaking a string in front of 1000 people is never funny no matter what anyone says!
What is your most treasured possession? My Internet connection
It’s your round what are you drinking? Basil Hayden
What makes you stand out? I’m the pushy kind ;)
Nicknames? Yanni (Hate it!)
If you were not a musician what would you do? Build computers!
Pick five words to describe yourself? Creative, adventurous, moody, impatient, passionate
Favorite SA album of all time? Ipi N Tombi – The Warrior
What is your favorite word? Compartmentalization
Favorite Fashion Garment Jeans
Top of your bucket list? Being back in Cape Town
Your greatest achievement? That I never gave up following my dreams
What do you complain about most often? Noise
What is your fear? Sickness
Happiness is? Health, work, travel
The best life lesson you have been taught? Patience is a virtue (that I don’t possess)
Where would you like to be right now? In the ocean
Do you do charity work and if you do –what do you do? I’ve worked extensively with Tutu Desk (South Africa) and Brick by Brick (Uganda)
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