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INTERVIEW: JAKLYN

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Syrup (TRKRNR Remix)”?

“Syrup” is a metaphor for the harmful messages that society feeds women.  We can lose sight of our true selves if we get into the habit of conforming to outdated norms.  Women need to work to create our own realities outside of the pre-defined boxes.  It can be challenging sometimes, but it’s so important!

The original version of “Syrup” is on my full length album That One Girl.  The song fits with the album’s overall theme of navigating the world as a young woman.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

“Syrup” was originally inspired by a specific incident at a former job.  My boss sent me to a see an HR specialist because he thought I needed to be trained on how to act more “appropriately.”  The HR lady taught me how to play the corporate game, essentially by “being smaller” — talking softer, using less dramatic hand gestures, that sort of thing.  I learned from the experience, but it was pretty humiliating.  I hate feeling pigeonholed — for being female, or for any other reason.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes, although I honestly didn’t expect to make a video for this Remix!  As soon as I heard it, though, I started having visions for it.  The two cofounders of TRKRNR, Gyrefunk and Saul Vallens, are going to be in it, and it’s gonna be sweet.  Stay tuned!

Why release a remix record based on this song in particular?

This song is one of the more upbeat songs on my album, so that made it a good candidate.  I could also tell that the song was simple enough that it could be interpreted in many different ways.

The timing of the release–right after the U.S. election–was entirely coincidental.  But that event reminded me of why I make music, and motivated me to get to the finish line.  I hope the song will inspire women to take action, starting with saying “no” to the judgmental bullshit.

How did you come up with the idea for the remix record?

I love collaborating with talented folks in any way possible. I also like to be a “genre-defying” artist, so I will jump on any chance to experiment and deliver a sonically diverse project.  One of the best things about creating something new is the unpredictable way other people contribute their gifts to it.  That part of being a musician is truly spiritual for me.

How was the recording and writing process?

Writing the song was cathartic.  It was my way of outwardly rejecting the stuff that wasn’t in alignment with my spirit at the time.

The song sat on the shelf for a few years before we recorded it.  So when I went to record the vocals, I had to try to get myself back into the same emotional headspace I was in when I originally wrote the song.  My defiance definitely comes through, but I think my vulnerability also shows up a lot in my music.

I recorded all of the vocals for my album in my walk-in closet, which I have converted into a vocal booth.  There are pros and cons to recording at home, but it’s great to be as comfortable and natural as possible.  It’s very important to me to express the original intent of each song that I record.

How did you make your selection for who would remix this single?

I really wanted to showcase the amazing talent that we have here in the Bay Area. I found TRKRNR’s music while doing some research online.  When I heard their music, I could tell immediately that they are not just beat makers, but truly creative musicians — and that was very important to me.  I also learned that they had worked with artists who I knew and respected, both here in the Bay area, and beyond.  TRKRNR’s approach to music is very community oriented.  It’s grounded in the idea that we are better when we pool our talents together.  I really appreciate that!

Any plans to hit the road?

I’m doing a lot of recording right now because I have a lot of fresh new stuff that I want to lay down very soon.  But I plan to get out there more in 2017, for sure!

What else is happening next in JAKLYN’s world?

The remix EP will be coming out in early 2017, followed by the video for “Syrup (TRKRNR Remix).”  In the background, I’ll be working hard on my next album!

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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