AURORA – Through his music, area musician Pete Jive tries to spread a message of self-affirmation and compassion.

Jive will perform at The Venue in Aurora on Feb. 13 as part of its Songwriters Showcase. Appropriately enough, Jive and three other songwriters will tackle the love theme on the eve of Valentine's Day.

Treated to a round-robin style show, those who attend will hear songs and stories from host and veteran songwriter Dave Glynn, along with Jive, Nicole Amine and Paul Moody. The music will start at 7 p.m. and general admission tickets cost $10, available at The Venue's website at The Venue is at 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25) in downtown Aurora.

Kane County Chronicle reporter Eric Schelkopf had the chance to talk to Jive about the upcoming show. The interview has been edited for length and style.

Eric Schelkopf: So I understand you were in a band in high school called Pete Jive and the Midnight Riders.

Pete Jive: Funny enough, that band is the band I'm with these many years later, JDR and the Broadcast. That's the original Pete Jive and the Midnight Riders, basically.

John Wills, who is our lead guitar player in JDR, he recorded Pete Jive and the Midnight Rider's first album. And he played guitar on it.

It's such a trip to be with them after us going our separate ways. I thought I would never get to sing music with [frontman] John Rowland again, so I'm just real ecstatic that this all came together.

Schelkopf: So you guys just recorded an album with a Grammy award winning producer, Ted Hutt. How did you guys hook up with him?

Jive: We started rehearsing a lot and discovered that we could write really easily together like we used to, but we were a lot more focused than I had planned six guys being.

We were putting together songs real fast and we all thought there was something to them. John Rowland reached out to Ted because Ted's made a handful of John's favorite albums, including a Gaslight Anthem record.

Less than two hours later, he got an email back from Ted's manager and then two weeks later, we were talking to Ted on the phone. It was just really cool that he dug the music so much.

Schelkopf: You must feel pretty honored that he would want to work with you, right?

Jive: Oh, yeah, that was a trip. I didn't think I knew much about Ted until John had brought him up to me. When I looked at my iPod, I realized that I had five albums that he's made and that I listen to all the time. I just didn't know that he produced them.

He had left the studio with the Violent Femmes a day or two days before he came to work with us. It was neat that he took the time to help us.

Schelkopf: Did he tell you why he wanted to work with you guys?

Jive: I think it was how raw the music was and it just grabbed him. Everything just kind of fell together and the sky opened up.