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INTERVIEW: Jada Michael

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

⁃ I’m awesome! Thank you so much for having me! This is my first official interview so I’m very excited.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Breathe”? It is such a motivational song, Can you go a bit deeper into the inspiration for it?

⁃ Thank you so much, the feedback I’ve gotten so far from Breath has been super positive. My inspiration for this song came from looking around at my peers most of whom are just now going to college or about to graduate and how much pressure we feel as far as having a plan and having it all together. The combination of the weight society puts on us to have shit figure out mixed with the weight most of us also put on ourselves at some points, for me at least, just became totally unbearable. I wanted this song to serve as an outlet. But in the writing process the song took its own path and really became important did any kind of person at any age facing negativity.

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

⁃ Yes actually. If you listen you’ll hear that at the end of the song there is a spoken poem included which was what inspired the rest of the song. I wrote that poem on the A train from Brooklyn to Manhattan on the way to school one morning. I got no sleep whatsoever, was running late, no HW done, didn’t feel beautiful, basically just felt like a cluster f***.  I have anxiety and was just overcoming my depression at the time so I could feel myself slipping into a dark place. But at about the fourth stop I saw a man a bit older than me running down the steps in a panic and he just missed the closing door by an inch which just so happens to be what I consider the most frustrating thing that can happen on a bad day and it had just happened to me. Three more stops pass in the exact same thing happened to another woman. It kind of just puts things in perspective for me for some reason and made me feel connected in the way that we’re all experiencing those moments that just make us feel like things are working against us but it’s really not true at all. If you can realize your worth and potential in those moments you would know that no matter how flustered you feel thing ARE moving in the right direction. 

How was the filming process and experience behind the video? Was it your idea and did you like the process of filming?

⁃ The filming process was so amazing. A huge learning experience for me. It was my first official video and really my first time being behind camera whatsoever. The treatment for this video was actually written and created by director David Rousseau but I definitely left feeling inspired to direct and create my videos that are to come. I have always loved being behind the camera and moving forward knowing I’ll be able to help direct a visual aspect for my own music is so exciting.

How was the recording and writing process for this project?  I know you have some new music coming soon, so can you talk about your creative process?

⁃ The creative process of making a song is really my favorite thing about being in the music industry. The “steps” are always subject to change but for this song in particular I heard the beat and instantly associated it with the pome I described to you guys earlier and from there it just kind of blossom. The process was similar for my next single coming out. Once I hear the simple beat I try to connect with what it makes me feel and just start with the lyrics and building it up from there.

What role does your life in Miami play in your music if any, and does where a person grows up have an impact in your opinion?

⁃ A person is always a reflection of their environments so Miami has definitely been instrumental in my growth to womanhood which definitely comes across in my music. Moving to Miami when I was 12 is what ignited me finding confidence in my body in my sexuality and in my skin. I hope that comes across in all my music.

Were you influenced in creative ways by working with top-notch artists and producers?

⁃ Absolutely! I’ve just had to be a sponge throughout this whole experience and soak up any information that I can. Everyone I worked with so far has helped me in there own unique way both creatively and as far as work ethic/industry protocol .

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with another artist, working on your own music or covering someone else’s music as you did on your rendition of “God is A Woman” by Ariana?  

Yes that cover was so much fun! I absolutely love collaborating with other writers, producers and musicians. It’s all about letting ideas flow freely and respecting what everyone in the room can bring to the table. But honestly it’s pretty much the same approach when I work on my own just as far as making sure the energy in the space is positive. If I’m taking on another artist work I want to make sure that pay them homage while simultaneously making it my own.

Does this new single mean we can expect your new material soon?

⁃ There is tons of new material on the way! All of which I have been able to make more creative decisions then I ever have before.  I’m very excited to show what’s been cooking!

Any tentative release date or title in mind for the next asset?

⁃ Can’t lock down any dates and I’m not sure if I’m supposed to say this but I’m too excited not to! The next single is titled Freak! It explores a different side of myself and then you saw in my first single Breath. 

Any plans to hit the road? I know you just played SOB’s in NYC and would like to see you do more live stuff.

⁃ Live performances are high on my priority list. Above all I want to be able to be a strong entertainer so stay posted for dates!

What else would you like to add?

⁃ Just thank you for having me. I am humbled and grateful for the invitation! Hopefully we can chat again soon❤️

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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