The video perfectly captures the energy and humour of “Sabotage”, a track built on a collision of bright beats and snarling riffs. “Sabotage” finds JAWNY looking back on a bad breakup with no regrets. The 24-year-old artist boldly celebrates romantic destruction at the song’s shout-along chorus (“I sabotage my love/Just because”).
“‘Sabotage’ is probably my most honest song on the entire project,” says the Bay Area-bred musician otherwise known as Jacob Sullenger. “I was feeling really defeated in the room that day, and I feel like the song kinda embodies that.”
“Sabotage” is taken from the recently-released project “For Abby”. The 10-track project (Definitely not an EP! But, also not an album!) is a conceptual, narrative piece in which JAWNY attempts to rekindle a troubled relationship with ‘Abby’by giving her a “mixtape” of her favorite songs in hopes that she will eventually call him back. As most relationships do, the project starts off on an uptempo high note with songs like “Super Bad Mantra” and the playful “You Gotta Man” on Side A, but eventually gets significantly more introspective once Abby flips the tape over to Side B, where she finds sentimental & confessional lo-fi ballads like “When I Fall Apart”, “4tounce”, “Coloring” and the superb title track “For Abby”.
“For Abby” also displays the untamed originality JAWNY first revealed in early releases like his 2019 viral hit “Honeypie.” Hailed as a “slacker-funk gem” by DIY Mag, “Honeypie” has racked up over 120 million streams globally across all streaming platforms and has surpassed 13 million views on YouTube.
Born Jacob Sullenger, JAWNY grew up outside Oakland and started playing guitar when he was just six-years-old. At age 13, he began making beats with his brother, eventually landing placements with several rappers in the SoundCloud scene of the late-aughts. By 2017 he’d gained a cult-like following thanks in part to a series of viral videos posted on Twitter, and drew further buzz in 2018 with a self-titled debut EP made under the stage name Johnny Utah. In 2019, he broadened his fanbase with widely praised singles like “Honeypie” and “4Tounce,” then landed a deal with Interscope Records by the year’s end.