An Interview With The Pop Singer JEAN WATTS On Her Latest Music and What More We Can Expect From Her!
Posted On 23 Jul 2019
Get to know the pop temptress Jean Watts. She recently went through a re-birth from social media influencer beloved by brands like Guess and Google (+720k followers), to singer-songwriter who cares more about the mic than the ‘Likes’.
She has released the singles “Feel The Same” and more recently “Evicted.” She hopes to release an EP later this year and go on a short tour as well to support the new forthcoming music.
Check out official video video for “Evicted” here:
Learn more about Jean Watts in the following All Access interview here:
Thanks for your time today! Where does this interview find you?
Hi! Thank you guys! I am in bed, just unpacked and did laundry from my trip home to Chicago!
Now that we are half-way through the year, how has 2019 been treating you? What are some goals that you have for yourself this year? How close are you to reaching them?
2019 has been amazing! I have made amazing music with amazing people. Released two songs so far and getting ready to release a project! Exactly how I wanted this year to go! My two biggest goals this year are to release a EP and start doing shows! I am close to reaching those. We are finishing up the EP now and then going to start doing some shows off the EP!
Growing up, how important was music in your life? Can you recall the moment when you decided that you wanted to be a musician? Was it an easy or difficult choice to make?
Honestly, music was everything to me and I didn’t even realize it. I went through a lot as a kid and my parents were really focused on their divorce. Looking back, I was always singing, playing piano, writing, dancing to music in my room, performing for classmates in 2nd grade, singing in choir since 3rd grade, etc. Sounds dumb, but I did all those things so young I didn’t even realize it was a thing until maybe high school. That’s when I started writing lyrics to my songs I wrote on the piano. I would perform in front of my high school and join the musicals. Around 18 years old is when I started doing music professionally.
Was there ever a time when you thought about doing something else? If you weren’t a musician today, what else could you see yourself doing? Would you be as fulfilled in life?
There have been many times where I was like “Who do you think you are? You can’t make it,” but I don’t even know what life would be like without music. Art has always been my escape from reality and keeps my alive. It’s also something I’ve always been good at. So it would maybe acting, producing, writing, starting a cosmetic line. I don’t know. I’m honestly enjoying my journey so much, at the moment, that I am successful in my head. I really hope people can gravitate to my music and my message, but if not, I can always sit back and say, “well I gave it my all” and be completely happy with myself.
What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career? What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all?
The friends I’ve been making. I absolutely love everyone I work with. I love my team, my manager is my best friend. I love my producers, writers, photographers, agent, etc. It makes this whole process feel like a movie and so much more enjoyable. One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned from my journey is, you are only as good as your team. You can be the greatest singer/writer, have great music, have great ideas… but if you don’t have a good team behind you, it just won’t be heard.
I would love to know how it has been transitioning from a social media influencer to a singer-songwriter?
I always have been doing music. I unfortunately was in a couple bad deals and I never wanted to talk about the underground problems that were happening. I was always very good at makeup and I used to do makeup for fashion shows to pay for my studio time. Thanks to social media, it’s must easier and quicker to be known for beauty looks then building a body of work that I felt proud enough to show to the world. So when people believe I just woke up one day deciding to sing, they couldn’t be more further from the truth.
Let’s talk about your new single, “Evicted.” What was the inspiration for this track? How do you think it prepares listeners for more music from you and your upcoming EP?
‘Evicted’ is my second single produced by Macgregor Leo and co-written by Geena Fontanella. It’s a song about being emotionally abandoned by your loved one. I experienced that from my past relationship and it still to this day crushes me thinking about how it made me feel. ‘Evicted’ is a heavily vulnerable heartbreak song that sonically is almost dreamy, but yet epic. I have songs coming that are more simple. Some happy, some cute, some inspirational, some darker. Once my project is out it will all make sense together as a body of work.
What has it been like putting together your upcoming EP? Is it harder or easier putting the collection together? What are some other songs on it that you are excited to share?
We are close to finishing up the songs and then we will make the decision on what is going to make the EP or not. I’m excited to share some more of my fun and happier songs.
Where can people see you perform next? Do you have a tour planned for later this year?
We are definitely planning on doing some shows off the EP before the year ends and I cannot wait for that!
Do you think you have grown as a musician since you first started singing and writing songs?
OMG YES! I feel my writing and style has gotten way better. My confidence. My vision has changed. I am obsessed with self growth of any kind and to hear my music growing is exciting. I can’t get enough of it.
What has it been like keeping up with your social media accounts and all of the different platforms? Is it hard to stay up to date on it all? What would you say is your favorite way to connect with your fans now? What has social media done for your career?
I’ve been sooo focused on my music that there’s times I forget about social media. It’s really hard. Nowadays we all know how important social media is, so when I stay away for days, sometimes weeks, it effects your platforms. Sometimes I wish I lived in the 90s or sooner so people knew you for your music and not all the other things that shouldn’t matter. But I do love being able to connect and social media is very much a gift. I love dming my fans. I reach out to them or respond privately. I’ve become so close to so many of them, I consider them my brothers and sisters. They are so supportive even when I’m so inactive. I can’t wait to make it up to them. Social media has been such a complicated relationship, but positively, I am able to connect with everyone in my own power and not someone else’s power.
Who are some of your favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music? Who would you absolutely love to work with in the future?
There are so many artists that inspire me in so many different ways, small and big. Coldplay inspired me soo much growing up. Michael Jackson of course, Beyonce, The Beatles. Music is an experience to me. Big performers that can bring the experience sonically, visually, emotionally and spiritually. Artists that can reinvent themselves and create epic bodies of work and bring you into their world, reminds me why I do this.
Where would you absolutely love to hear one of your songs? On a TV show, in a movie or elsewhere?
Radio would obviously be amazing. I’ve always wanted to write scores for movie growing up, so I would LOVE to hear it in a movie. I love film.
I hope people get an experience with my music. If it makes you feel in a moment, or sad, or happy, confident, or inspired. I hope I can give people the feelings that songs that have inspired me to do music give.
Would you like to share anything else with our readers about your music?
So much more coming on the way and we’re just getting started! 🙂