INTERVIEW: Jabriel

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

“Signs” is such a cool vibe to me. I love the simplicity behind the track and the contemporary R&B feel. I created that record pretty early on in the album process for my last project. It always stood out to me as a record that would connect the old school with the new school. 

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

When I wrote it, I was visiting a friend of mine in Atlanta. He stayed in this nice loft in the city and I happened to be sitting on the balcony just kind of in my head, meditating, trying to clear my head. Often times when I was there I’d just sit on the balcony for hours while listening to beats and jot down ideas. The beat just happened to come on in my playlist. I don’t think I left until I’d written most of the record! 

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

Yes! Currently in the works, can’t wait to get that out, I’m looking forward to it. 

The single comes off your new album Vol. 1 – what’s the story behind the title?

While crafting the body of work, initially the project was much longer. I decided to trim it down, breaking it into three parts. Collectively a much bigger concept/storyline that would make more sense once the other installments arrive. 

How was the recording and writing process?

Initially in that recording session, I had plans for another record that night. The production on that particular track didn’t quite connect in the moment so I switched directions and remembered I’d been sitting on the production for “Signs” for a few weeks. Decided to give a go, just felt so organic. My engineer Ju Fresh and I just fell into a groove. The song really came together in no time. The process for the whole project took some time but it was probably the most liberated I’d felt in a long time, creating all these tracks while I was going through things in my personal life. 

What role does SC play in your music?

I like to think of myself as an “old soul”.

I think having those southern roots really gives me a fresh outlook on music. Being able to give those sounds with a classic feel but making it still sound current, I attribute that to where I’m from and my upbringing. 

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

All of the songs came from things I experienced during the pandemic in the earlier stages, of course there were a lot of records I kept off for later but they all took place in the same timeline. Vol. 1 delves more into the physical side of a relationship while the follow ups will dive more into other aspects. 

What else is happening next in Jabriel’s world?

Right now, working on new music. Just released a cover to a Ying Yang Twins & Lil Jon song. Getting ready for a tour in a few months, hopefully the world is somewhat back to normal by then haha

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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