Review Fix chats with UK Tenor Jonathan Antoine (known for his amazing performance on Britainâ€™s Got Talent a few years ago), who discusses his new Christmas album, his career and his future, as well as his favorite video games.
Review Fix: How did you get involved in music?
Jonathan Antoine: Iâ€™ve always loved music itself, when I was 5 years old Iâ€™d dance in the living room/lounge to the freshest pop hits of the year 2000! That in a sense was my induction into the art itself, but in many ways it has been something boiling away in me waiting for an outlet. As a teen I fought my hardest to make music something I could do as a career. I auditioned for the junior branches of the 4 conservatoires in London and was accepted by each, and was selected to sing a solo at the Royal Festival Hall, a couple of moments that really made me feel as though I could do something with all of this.Â
Review Fix: How did Britainâ€™s got Talent prepare you for the future?
Antoine: It set the foundation for everything that would come after it. Frankly at the time it was a crash-course in reality itself, I learned to open my heart to wonderful people and avoid others at all costs. The duality of man was wide open in front of me, a cornucopia of different lives and experiences culminating in only a few minutes of air-time. I feel as though there are lessons Iâ€™m still learning from that experience, almost a decade later.
Review Fix: What are the biggest lessons youâ€™ve learned since then?
Antoine: Things change, and thatâ€™s ok. Donâ€™t fear that.
Review Fix: What do the holidays mean to you?
Antoine: Togetherness with family and friends, some really good turkey, and hastily trying to find presents that the people closest to me might actually like!
Review Fix: What’s your creative process like?
Antoine: Creative Process? I thought the only thing I was supposed toÂ create was a lot of noise! In all seriousness though repertoire selection is mostly through back-and-forth emails and spreadsheets, trying to keep the data as easy to understand as possible and reach a solid track-list. I usually come in with a pretty strong idea for what Iâ€™d like and the other creatives on the team pitch in theirs. From that point we have to do at least 1 in person session to find the correct keys, which usually just entails running through the songs in a few keys with vocals and piano. Things donâ€™t usually change much after weâ€™ve decided the track listing itself, any song can work for any person so long as itâ€™s in the right key!
Review Fix: What inspires you?
Antoine: Existing on a planet filled with other people. The fact that even if I cannot meet every person who is alive today, I can trust that most of them are good people living a complex and beautiful story is more inspiration than I think any person could want for.Â
Review Fix: What does music mean to you?
Antoine: It is the reason that I live and breathe. It is the labour that I have put every iota of myself into without one ounce of restraint. Music is a beautiful, twisted addiction that I never want to let go of. I love music, and love is complicated!
Review Fix: How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you?
Antoine: I think I would try to avoid it at all costs! My own perceptions differ wildly from day to day, and so I generally stick to the absolutes – facts that I can state without ambiguity. This mostly amounts to me saying I am a â€œClassical Crossover Singerâ€, which itself may not even be strictly true!
Review Fix: How are your live shows different from your studio work?
Antoine: I donâ€™t personally think my voice translates particularly well across recordings, and think that generally those who have come to see my concerts agree. In the studio I try to create something that is reproducible for live shows, and in live shows I feel I can take the risks that I never would on a recording.
Review Fix: What inspired your latest single?
Antoine: Diane Warren allowed me to sing the wonderful song â€˜These are the Special Timesâ€™ for this album, and to have it translated into Italian by Marco Marinangeli just took it to a whole new place
Review Fix: What is your favorite video game?
Antoine: For the storyline, â€˜Titanfall 2â€™ (I cried at the ending!!). For how many hours Iâ€™ve put in probably â€˜Terrariaâ€™. Though Iâ€™ve dumped several hours over the past few months into the game â€˜Among Usâ€™, which is a spectacular game to play with a few friends – particularly being that weâ€™ve not been able to meet face-to-face!
Review Fix: How does it feel to do a holiday album?
Antoine: Surprisingly different from doing a non-holiday album actually. I feel my general vocal approach was a fair bit lighter and more easy-going or loungey for this particular project purely because that approach is what fits the majority of the material – I think weâ€™ve all heard the strange things that can happen when we try and over-classical-ify these crooner classics!
Review Fix: What are your goals for 2021?
Antoine: Precisely the same as it has been every year since 2012: Total World Domination!! Haha!
Review Fix: What’s next?
Antoine: I want to get back out in front of audiences as soon as itâ€™s safe to do so. 2020 has been wholly unprecedented, and I canâ€™t imagine that 2021 is going to be a cake walk, but I want to make it through with the wonderful people who have supported me and walked alongside me thus far.Â
Review Fix: Anything else you’d like to add?
Antoine: Please take care of one-another.Â