I’ve been really good. Can’t complain, thanks for having me too.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Bullet In My Heart”?
Course, BIMH is a l song I wrote when my mum suddenly passed away. It’s kind of a one sided conversation between her and I where I start off by asking where she is. Losing her suddenly to cancer had a massive effect on me and writing the song seemed to be my only escape.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes! I’m working on it now. It’s going to be a short film taking viewers on a journey of my mum and I and the relationship we had right through till her last breath.
The Writing process for this record was very quick. I wrote the entire song in 15 minutes, if that. All the words kept flowing. It was like writing in a journal. The process with the recording was fun!! I had so many good people around me from the choir, producer, instrumentalists, sound engineers and my peers. I’m definitely grateful for that.
What was it like to work with AC Burrell and how did that relationship develop? How much did he get to influence the song?
It was amazing! I want to work with him again. I usually record my own vocals at my home studio simply because i don’t trust a lot of people to record me however, he really brought the best out of me. Even though its a personal song for me, I could tell he was invested in the record just as much as me and that’s super important and the difference between having a great song to having a great record.
What did you learn from tenure time on X Factor?
I learned to always trust my gut instinct. I was thriving in the show until I listened to what other people thought would be a good idea for me as an artist. I realized that sometimes doing what people think’s good for you can only really directly affect you, not them. I’m the one that had to live with the regrets playing it over and over again in my head, wishing I’d listened to myself whilst they’ve forgotten how their decision has effected me.
How much did that time get to influence you as an artist and your writing?
I’m not quite sure it did. I think the show has pushed me to work harder so that I can get to where I want to be.
Was it easy for you to open yourself to both old and new fans on such particular topics as mental health?
It’s not really something I thought about. I was just telling my story and some how I was able to relate to a lot of people.
How’s your new EP coming along? Any tentative release date or title in mind? I understand you have some really special guests – did you handpick them or how did they come on board?
The EP’s sounding sick!!! I won’t mention the name of the project yet but I’m definitely pushing for end of summer. It’s got some amazing features on it, artists that i’m a fan of. It’s crazy what the power of Instagram can do, if it weren’t for that half my music may not exist today. I’ve met producers, writers, engineers, etc. using that platform.
What did they bring to the table?
They all brought something different. It was important for me to have all of the artist on the project feel comfortable and bring their vibe and energy.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
Not really, I’m a bit more critical of myself though.
What other aspect of mental health will you get to explore on this record?
I touch a bit more on depression but that’s about it. I wanted the project to be more of a feel good, easy listen and late night cruise whilst telling my story. There are a few subliminal messages in the project.
Any plans to hit the road? What else is happening next in J-Sol’s world?
Yes, I’m hoping to tour at the end of the year so be sure to follow my Instagram @jsolworld to stay updated.