Emerging Indie-Pop Artist JADE Discusses New Music, Her Debut EP and More!
Posted On 23 Aug 2017
The lead single from the emerging, indie-pop artist, JADE is called “Find A Place,” and it will be on her upcoming EP, PINK.
The Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter’s EP is slated for release this Friday, August 25th.
The dreamy single, “Find A Place,” takes listeners on a melodic adventure. The track possesses a whimsical, atmospheric vibe created by the LA-based singer-songwriter’s harmonies, reminiscent of Billie Eilish, Halsey, and Maggie Rogers.
Lyrically, says JADE, “it’s about being in a relationship that you know is destined to fail and wanting to escape somewhere to try and make it work.” As JADE mentions from her interview with Vents Magazine, the song comes from a place of daydreaming. “It’s all about wanting to get away from reality with someone you care about,” said JADE.
JADE’s forthcoming EP PINK symbolizes the end of an era for the 19 year old singer-songwriter. Having written songs since age 8, her lyrics exhibit an insight beyond her years, all while still being firmly en-grained in the experience of being young. All the songs were written in different points of her life, with each having an entirely different mindset behind them. “PINK is where I landed after going through the phases of growing up and changing to accept myself,” said JADE. The EP’s title can attest to that. She explains, “I ran away from the color pink for as long as I can remember. Not because of the color itself, but because of what it represented. Or, what I thought it represented. I know who I am and what I’m about, and I got tired of running from things I should have been embracing.” It took her writing and recording all the songs of the EP to realize a new acceptance for who she is.
JADE first burst into the music scene in 2016 with her debut song “Yesterday” which had amassed more than 100,000 views, as well as thousands of shares and comments, within just a few days of releasing the video for the track. Now, with the release of PINK, JADE says, “I hope when people listen, they think ‘damn, I know exactly what that’s like.’”
Connect With Jade Here:
SPOTIFY SINGLE: http://open.spotify.com/album/2fN3vbIf4CTLDl3bQI4J8G
MUSIC VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scxGQDE5k2w
Learn more about Jade in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time today! How has 2017 been treating you? Musically, did you approach this year any differently then you did last year?
Hey thanks for having me! 2017 has been a crazy year for me so far, lots of changes in my personal life and my career. I definitely think I’ve matured lyrically, I know myself better, the styles I want to create and the vibes I want to give off.
Where does this interview find you today? Is there music playing in the background? If so, what is it? What kind of music do you listen to when you are working? What music gets you instantly out of a bad mood?
Currently I am writing this exhausted on my bed! After spending the last few days moving things into my apartment I feel pooped! I can’t listen to music and focus on something at the same time; if a song I like is playing I HAVE to sing along. Right now Lorde and Blackbear have been putting me in the best dancing moods. It’s hard not to move around when listening to their more upbeat tunes.
Growing up, have you always wanted to be a musician? Can you recall your earliest musical memory?
Growing up I had always dreamed of being a musician. My first songwriting experience I was maybe around 8 years old? Me and a friend of mind decided to sit down and try it one day. It was only a minute long and had no instrumental, but after that, I never stopped.
If you weren’t a musician today, what else could you see yourself doing?
Honestly, I have no idea. I thought if I wasn’t a public figure myself, I would still be writing for other people. I’ve never found anything else that I was really passionate about. I would probably be going to school majoring in something I didn’t really care for, just trying to make money.I always like to ask artists about where they came from and how that city or town has influenced them as an artist now. So how do you think your hometown has affected who you are as a musician and the art that you create? What was it like moving out of Phoenix to LA? (I used to live in Phoenix and moved to LA too!)
Well I have to say, it wasn’t my favorite place. I lived in a town called Anthem practically my whole life. It is very plain and there are a lot of rules and expectations. I think if anything, it made me a bigger dreamer. I realized that the small, quiet, niceness of the town was incredibly dull to me. A lot of my inspiration came from me thinking “you know, one day I’m gonna be bigger than all of this, I’m gonna mean something more than living in a small town and keeping to myself.” I guess it gave me the push I needed to realize that it’s not what I wanted for myself. (That’s crazy by the way, I find a lot of people from AZ are traveling to Cali!)
How do you think that you have continued to grow as an artist year after year? What has remained the same about you and your music?
Again, I think compared to my older music I have matured quite a bit. Now that I’ve had more life experience it’s easier for me to write and relate to others. The thing that has stayed the same is my attraction to metaphors. I love making things sound poetic, more dramatic then they sometimes are. I don’t think that will ever change.
I understand that you began writing music at just 8-years-old! What were those songs about and do you still have any of them?
Haha oh geez. I actually do remember them. The first song I wrote comes to me quite easily. It was about my friend group, it was just 3 of us. One friend and I wrote it about how the other friend causes drama, but we still loved her anyway. The other song was about our conflicting Halloween costumes. She was a cheerleader and I was a dead cheerleader. So we wrote a song about being on different teams but secretly being friends. There was even a dance – luckily I don’t remember how it goes lol.
Let’s talk about your debut single, “Find A Place,” from your upcoming EP, “PINK.” What was the inspiration for this song? What was it like making the video for it? How creatively involved were you with the making of the video?
I became inspired to write “Find A Place” because I was seeing someone at the time, and it was doomed from the start. We had an expiration date and we both knew it. But we wanted it to be different. It was nice to daydream about starting over somewhere. The music video was so much fun to make. We all got along so well it only took a few hours! It was very last minute though. Everyone was throwing in their own ideas as the video shoot went on. It came out so well, I think we’re all pretty proud of that one considering how unprepared we were.
How do you think this track prepares listeners for the rest of your EP which will be out later this month?
I think Find a Place is a good middle ground song. Perfect to break the ice and give people an idea of what to expect. It’s not my personal favorite on the record, but I love it and I think it’s a catchy song to groove to.
What are your plans for the rest of this summer? Do you have any plans to play out live at all?
This summer is coming to a close, and I can’t say I will be on the road by then, but I definitely plan on playing some shows after the record comes out. It’s been a while since I’ve been on stage, and I miss it! I can’t wait to get back out there.
How do you think being a musician gives you the most joy in life today? How do you hope to be a good role model for young women today?
Songwriting is in my soul. I can’t quite describe the feeling of writing a song you’re really passionate about. I get a big smile on my face and just want to sing it over and over to everyone that will listen. I’d say it’s similar to falling in love; I feel it in my whole body. Sometimes I write filler songs, but sometimes I write songs that just make me feel more connected to myself.
I hope young woman look up to me and see that they can overcome all the pressures being a woman can bring. I hope they see that they don’t have to listen to what everyone else wants or expects of them. I say fuck ladylike! I say, if you can do it so can I, so get out of my way! I hope to see more woman like that. No more “speak when spoken to.”
Who are some of your very favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music? What musicians would you absolutely love to work with in the future?
I think of all the artists I’ve listened to, Paramore and Justin Bieber have stuck with me the longest. The mix of pop and emo is the greatest creation in my opinion. Catchy melodies with angsty melodramatic heart. I would love to work with Lorde. I think she is a totally different type of pop artist; unique and not afraid to be odd. A lot of artists try to imitate that but I see something in her that’s genuine, and that’s extremely attractive to me.
What do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people continue to take away from your songs?
I think everyone feels lost now and then, I certainly feel lost all the time, physically and mentally (I’m horrible with directions). When you feel lost you feel lonely, that’s a fact. If people know there is someone who is right along with them for the ride, they connect and feel relief. I certainly feel like a shrimp in a vast ocean most of the time. I want people to understand that they’re not weird, and it’s not every man for themselves.
What advice would you give to someone just getting started on this music path? Or even to someone young that is thinking of becoming a musician one day?
The biggest most important thing is believing you have what it takes. If you feel that fire in your heart, and know you can get people to connect and be a part of it with you, then you’re already ahead of 80% of the masses. Too many times I have seen an artist give up before they even start. The risk is part of the process, being scared is part of the process. If you really think you can do it, then you will do it.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself or your music?
The only thing I’d have to say is, this is where my heart lies. I hope people can see my passion and resonate with it. And to whoever is reading this, thank you for giving me a chance!
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