Jon Waltz Wants to Start a “Riot” With New Single
Memphis's Jon Waltz lets loose "Riot," a smooth R&B record about his childhood. This is his first new record in seven months. Produced by Eric Lynch, Jack Dine and RNDYSVGE, Jon Waltz sings over soft keys and an impression organ. But don't think Waltz is just a singer. He spits too, "My daddy told me good things come and go/Advice don't really help, 'cause I can't help myself/My momma told me good things come in 2/But I don't got 2 girlfriends, 2 friends, 2 chains." He discussed the inspiration for "Riot" in a recent interview.
"'Riot' started as a song about rich kids in Calabasas — affluent minorities conscious about being affluent minorities — and then turned into a song about generational values and internal conflict," he said. "It's about who I was five years go versus who I am today. I had a moment last week where I said to myself, This really sounds like the song I needed to hear when I was younger. I had internal conflict because my whole life I was taught that that in order to be happy, I needed a lot of money and a good education. But the older I get, the more I realize that this isn’t true. It's the feeling of being overly privileged and simultaneously underprivileged. Not uncomfortable but just a heightened sense of awareness. I think every parent’s worst fear is seeing their child fail or be a failure, and that fear can stop them from realizing their potential. 50% of who you are is your environment, the other 50% is your parents. My parents did a wonderful job, but parents have to allow their kids to fail and explore. When my engineer-producer-spirit animal Eric Lynch played 'Riot' for everybody in the studio for the first time there was magic in the air. We all felt moved by the song and it was one of those moments where I could tell, out of all of the things I could be doing with my life at that moment, I was in the right place."
Bump "Riot" above.
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