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INTERVIEW: Aspiring Hip-Hop Artist Jay Sek

Hi Jay, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey Vents! Everything is going well, thank you for asking. Had a great summer and I recently started my freshman year at Hofstra University. Thank you for taking the time to interview me, I very much appreciate it.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Let It Go”?

I love this song and the energy behind it. The inspiration for this song came from XXXTentacion and Ski Mask The Slump God’s song, “TAKE A STEP BACK.” This song means a lot to me, not only because XXXTentacion was my favorite artist, but also because it shows a more extreme side of me, one that is aggressive and impatient. I think that a lot of people can find an appeal to this track, to which it can bring out the inner rage in themselves.

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

XXXTentacion’s death played a major role in the creation of this song. It inspired me to carry on his legacy, to create and envision songs that he would appreciate, that he would be happy to hear.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes, but also no. I’m between this song and another song of mine, “you made me sO happy.”

How was the recording and writing process?

Dreadful, but I loved it. I locked myself in a pitch black dark room for 4 hours, and forced myself to finish the track before I can leave. The next day was even better, spending 6 hours in the studio editing, perfecting the song to be what it is right now.

What role does NYC play in your writing?

NYC has a tremendous impact on my writing. Having the city close to me gives me the opportunity to learn about different cultures, backgrounds, and it gives me the opportunity to meet new people, which leads to different experiences, feelings, and emotions that ultimately play a major role in my writing and completed songs. The opportunities in NYC are unlike any other city, and I want my writing to reflect the journey I am on to get to where I want to get to, and I want my fans to feel each song so they are a part of the journey with me.

How has XXXTENTACION influence your music?

X has had the greatest impact on my music out of any artist. He has helped me through my roughest times, helped me push through, and has helped me create music. I want to keep his name alive through my music by emulating what he created to his audience. The emotional songs combined with the rage songs I have created have been inspired by him, and I am grateful for his time with us.

As you keep gaining more success – does that put any pressure on you as you release new material? I do not look at music in that way. Of course, as an artist, I always strive to put out great, as-perfect-as-it-can-be material, but to put pressure on myself would hinder my ability to create music that people will enjoy and use as an escape from what may be affecting them. It keeps me relaxed, composed, and fresh. Music brings me to another world, it’s my therapy. I do not view it as if it were a job where certain initiatives need to be accomplished, more so an escape where I can create anything.

Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?

I am working on various projects and individual songs at the moment. Fortunately, everything is progressing nicely and I am eager to share it with you all very soon.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The release date is up in the air, but I am looking at my birthday, which is October 5th. The title I have in mind is “Plz Rage with Care,” but I keep thinking of new ideas, so this may change.

Any plans to hit the road?

Thankfully, I am fortunate enough to have been selected as an opener for Famous Dex and Rich The Kid, which have already happened, and as a result of that, I have not thought about hitting the road as of now, I am focused on building my brand and learning new things about music every day in order to make myself a better artist. However, if the right opportunity were to arise, I would consider it and discuss it with my team.

What else is happening next in Jay Sek’s world?

 I recently found out that I will be opening for Jaden Smith on October 7th at Melrose Ballroom in Queens, NY, which I am very excited for! I will be continuing to work on my various projects, continuing perfecting my craft, as well as staying focused with both school and music.

Listen to “Let It Go” Here: https://soundcloud.com/jay_sek/let-it-go/s-02pdQ

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About RJ Frometa

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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