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INTERVIEW: Jamala

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

Wonderful, thanks a lot

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “SOLO”?

The single is unusual, for many reasons. It is the first single releasing a song not written by me, both music and lyrics. We worked on two continents: Bryan Todd and Adis Eminic composed the song and recorded the instrumental track in the US, and I recorded the vocal part in Kyiv. It was also novel for me, since usually we record all at the same place. Still the result is pretty good.

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

I wouldn’t say so. I was inspired by the song itself, the image, the situation it is all about. It seemed to me I could contribute, add some emotions.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Oh yes! We have already made a video for Solo. Now it is being edited. I think we’ll release it in mid-May.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was all really easy and smooth. They sent me a demo and the instrumental track, I recorded the vocal part and sent it for mixing. You’d better ask Brian and Adis about the writing process, they can give you details, I guess.

What was it like to work with Bryan Todd and how did that relationship develop?

Bryan seems to be one of producers that know for sure what their music should sound like. I like it very much. I hardly participated in the preparations to the recording. As far as I know, all began when our mutual acquaintance introduced my PR-director Denis Kozlovskyi to Adis Eminic. The discussion lasted several months, the details of what and how to do it were cleared up, and then, I received the song’s demo.

How much did he get to influence the song?

Considerably. The sound and arrangement are his vision of the song.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with or covering someone else rather than working on your own?

Though I have recorded five albums already I like to change myself and alter the approach to work. Otherwise you cannot create something new. To make it short, I don’t like familiar paths. I need to experiment as much as I need to breath. I have no doubt that new collaborations are ahead.

What role does Ukrania play in your music?

Ukraine has a great part in my music. Music reflects the reality we live in as a mirror. I absorb all which is going on around me, digest events and emotions, then express them in my songs. My dream is to write such music that people in the whole world would listen, which at the same time would have something specifically Ukrainian, a kind of a musical DNA.

As your music keeps getting more and more momentum – do you feel any pressure as you work on a new material or rather the opposite?

So far I haven’t felt any pressure. I’m enjoying it.

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

Certainly! We are working on the new songs. Now we plan to release a compilation of the best songs from the previous albums, and I have no doubt that a new album will appear next year.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

My two previous albums were released on 12th October. I’d like to follow the tradition and release a new album on 12th October, 2020. Until then 3-4 singles are to be released, I think.

Any plans to hit the road?

This year I plan a grand tour around Ukraine and Poland, and next year there should be concerts in the US.

What else is happening next in Jamala’s world?

This week, we’ll announce my participation in a very popular TV show. It is a secret so far, I cannot even give a hint. In May, the Solo official music video will be released, and in summer I plan to perform at festivals. Then we release the compilation of the best and set off for the autumn tour.

Listen to the original mix on Spotify | Listen to the remix package on Spotify

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