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MUSIC IS OFTEN A SPIRITUAL experience,

and My Jerusalem founder and frontman Jeff Klein is hoping to provide that experience to his listeners. My Jerusalem began when Klein decided that after doing several solo albums and tours and helping others with their albums and tours, forming his own band was what he needed to do next. “I was, creatively, at a point where I was looking for something to inspire me,” said Klein. “I knew having a band of my own was what could fulfill that desire.” Klein came up with the name for the band while on tour in Israel in his previous band Gutter Twins. “I had such an amazing time while I was there, especially roaming around Jerusalem. It was a spiritual experience. I’m not talking about religion; I’m talking about spirituality. I wanted this new band to give me and everyone else the same feeling. I wanted it to be my Jerusalem,” said Klein. Klein explained that since the band have only done two records so far, there is not a definitive songwriting process but usually he comes up with the basic body of an idea melodically and lyrically and then brings it to the band to “help dress it up or tear it down.” He continued by saying that bands are like relationships and songwriting is like sex. “We both have to be in the right mood, and when it connects its mind blowing.” Klein is influenced by everything around him. “I’m like a sponge,” he said. “Everything affects me for better or worse. My art is influenced by everything from a sign a homeless man is holding begging for change to the recorded works of Scott Walker.” My Jerusalem have recently come back from doing many dates oversees which Klein said was fantastic. “We opened for Sting last night, along with the Kaiser Chiefs. How weird is that? We

have been lucky enough to play to some incredible crowds and everyone we met has been amazing. It was our first show in Czech Republic past week and we had a tent full of a few thousand people cheering on. We even got an encore at a festival. In the 4pm slot.” As far as where his favorite place to perform is Klein explained that, “every country has its own nuances and all of them are equally great.” Klein said the highlight of his career has been waking up every day and getting to call his music is career as well as being lucky enough to call some of his childhood heroes close friends and peers. While his career makes him feel lucky he also said it can be a struggle especially at a small level. “It’s a 24 hour job doing this. It can be all-consuming at times and you have to find your footing within that. The days are long and the travel can be exhausting. And the financial gain at first isn’t always on par with the blood, sweat, and tears put in,” he said. “But you gotta be into it for bigger reasons.” Though it can be a hard life, Klein said you just have to push past the hard times and remember the grand picture. “Everyone has shitty days. And almost always, they are followed by amazing days that remind you why you do what you do. I know a lot of people whose dreams have turned into regrets. I refuse to live that way.” My Jerusalem will be playing dates on the East and West coast this fall and plan on beginning work on a new album soon. PHOTO: Chad Kamenshine for The Artistree INTERVIEW AND STORY: Morgan Waldorf

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