Hi Jacqueline, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
*Hi Vents! Great! Thank you for having me!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “This is the Time”?
*This is the time is fun, sexy and inviting. I’m incredibly proud of the production and arrangement of the song. It’s a fantasy and a vibe that says this is the time in our lives to do what we’ve always wanted to do.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
*I didn’t write the song about a particular event… many different things inspired it. I remember feeling really good when I wrote this song. I was writing a lot, recording, and releasing music. I was also working with June Nawakii (the producer of Cosmic Affair) on new tracks and the music was so beautiful and inspiring to me. I wanted to write something that exuded confidence, fantasy and drive. something that says I really think you ought to F*ck With Me.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
*There will be a video for one of the singles on the EP, which one is yet to be determined. As soon as I find out, I’ll definitely let you know!
The single comes off your new album Cosmic Affair – what’s the story behind the title?
*I originally named the song F*ck With Me, but then I realized, that may not be the best way to promote the song. This Is The Time is a constant in the song and a big part of the message as well, so it naturally seemed like the best choice for the title. The Title Cosmic affair seemed to really fit the theme of the whole EP. Its an actual lyric in one of the songs on the EP called Stars
How was the recording and writing process?
*The writing process was sometimes really fast and other times not so much. Some of the songs were acapellas and had the track built around it. The others were purely inspired by June’s production. I told myself this wouldn’t be a project that would be rushed or thought too hard about. Its should be light, fun, something beautiful but very different. June and I both have busy schedules and work on multiple things on the daily in different countries so we worked on it as it happened and flowed.
What was it like to work with Bobby Z and how did that relationship develop?
*I met BobbyZ when I was 14. I performed a lot growing up in the twin cities singing in English and Spanish. He had heard a demo from a friend and then he contacted me and we worked on some R&B pop demos together. He really saw something in me early on and wanted to help nurture it. I remember him showing me different demos of songs to choose from and that really helped push me into writing more as I grew up. He was a great mentor and friend.
How much did he influence the album?
*BobbyZ didn’t influence this particular EP. But he definitely was a big influence in helping me see that I could be more than a singer and really could take it on when I was ready for it.
What role does Dallas play in your music?
* I came to Dallas 7 years ago because of studio music work and writing projects. The music in Dallas is diverse, amazing, influential and very inspiring. When I got here I was singing and writing in Spanish in genres such as pop, rock, and Cumbia pop. Working with talented musicians and singers. I was exposed to so much more, such as hip hop music conventions, Latin Christian music, different genres of Electronic music, different clubs, and events. I can really say that all of it influenced me. Now I’m familiarizing myself with MORE of the Dallas music scene. Its not surprising at all at how many well known artists, bands, and producers there are living and working here. Its pretty incredible. There are some also really talented artists who aren’t as well known and completely kick ass also. Its an exciting time for Dallas and for music in general really.
What aspect of the cosmos did you get to explore on this record?
*I think I’ve always been in awe of the stars ever since I can remember. I feel that the track with the most cosmic vibes is Stars. Its arrangement is so breath taking and brilliant it actually makes you feel like you’re a star floating freely in space…and then the lyrics add to that feeling.
Any plans to hit the road?
*I definitely want to hit the road with this EP Cosmic Affair. Singing is so much fun for me I hope I get to do it more this year on stage. I love studio work but there is nothing like connecting with an audience who is in love with music just as much as you are. It would be a dream come true.
What else is happening next in jACQ’s world?
*Lots of new things happening after this EP! I’ll be focusing on my label No Cliques All Genres. I’ll be releasing more music with my favorite producers. I’ll be doing more songwriting work to submit to top artists and new artists. I also plan on performing, and traveling more.
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