JADAMARIE can still clearly recall the day she finished writing this song. She had spent a long day in the center of Los Angeles and was now resting in my bed. After being heartbroken, she began to doubt the idea of love as a universal concept and whether she would ever feel it again. And at that moment, she had a revelation. What if she crafted a humorous melody out of her suffering and uncertainty? She was influenced by the lofi and indie hip-hop sounds while creating the beat. She aimed for a lullaby-like atmosphere with a pounding beat in this song. She wants to show people through her music that they don’t always have to carry their sorrows inside of them. You can transform it into joyful music. Check out the latest single & the exclusive interview below:
1. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how you got started?
JADAMARIE: I was born in Brooklyn NY, but I spent the majority of my childhood in Peoria IL. I started composing music on my keyboard when I was 3-4. But I didn’t start writing lyrics until I was 16. I spent most of my teenage years being isolated in my bedroom, and writing helped me pass time.
2. Did you have any formal training or are you self-taught?
JADAMARIE: I taught myself piano and guitar
3. Who were your first and strongest musical influences and why the name ‘JADAMARIE’?
JADAMARIE: Some of my strongest influences come from the production of Tame Impala, and vocal styles of Billie Eilish. I’m also influenced by the alternative hip-hop scene that Tyler the Creator popularized and Amy Winehouse’s jazzy tunes.
4. What do you feel are the key elements in your music that should resonate with listeners, and how would you personally describe your sound?
JADAMARIE: I feel like my music always has a certain amount of vulnerability to it. Whether it’s through the melody, or the story telling, I’m always willing to be honest.
6. What’s your view on the role and function of music as political, cultural, spiritual, and/or social vehicles – and do you try and affront any of these themes in your work, or are you purely interested in music as an expression of technical artistry, personal narrative and entertainment?
There’s a quote from Nina Simone that has stuck with me for a while. It goes along the lines of, “ I choose to reflect the times and situations in which I find myself. That to me is my duty.” I think that’s the best explanation for this question.
7. Do you feel that your music is giving you back just as much fulfilment as the amount of work you are putting into it, or are you expecting something more, or different in the future?
I don’t know what to expect from my music. I feel like my music is just an extension of my life.
8. Could you describe your creative processes? How do usually start, and go about shaping ideas into a completed song? Do you usually start with a tune, a beat, or a narrative in your head? And do you collaborate with others in this process?
My creative process usually starts with an observation or concept. I try to make my music sound like whatever concept I’m talking about.
9. What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your life or music career so far?
I think the most difficult thing for me is my mental health and feeling like an outsider. I don’t feel like I can fit in with fellow artists
10. On the contrary, what would you consider a successful, proud or significant point in your life or music career so far?
JADAMARIE: I think moving to Los Angeles has been the best thing to happen in my life and career so far. California is a dream.
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