We caught up with rising alt-pop artist, JADE, to get the inside scoop on all she’s been up to! The LA-based singer-songwriter dished on her recently released EP PINK, the artists that inspire her and more! Read the exclusive interview below and get to know your new fave!
Let’s talk about your Pink EP – What was the creation/recording process like for you?
Well, it was all really spread out. I had been writing songs for a while and when I was a senior in high school I first went into the studio. I had a few songs that I’ve had for a few years and I wanted to lay them down and get real recordings. I ended up meeting SQURL, my producer, whom I was working with on an entirely different album. We realized over time we had kick-ass song writing potential as a team so we scratched everything and started over with a new sound. Ditched a few songs and wrote new ones, kept some old ones but changed them around. Finally, after what felt like 2 years, we had a record. I think that process was important for both of us. It helped us find our sound and grow as musicians.
Is there a track on there that holds the most significance to you?
I think “Won’t The Rain Come Soon” is my favorite. I believe it’s timeless when it comes to how I’m feeling. It’s all about the different turning points and major struggles through my life that had me wondering when I will finally find my place.
You recently released “Wait For Me” as a single; what has the reaction been like for you?
The reaction to “Wait For Me” has been amazing! So many kind words and positive responses! It’s so exciting to hear people tell me they relate to it or it’s their favorite song.
Musically, what’s next for you? What should fans be expecting from the rest of the year?
We are in the process of recording a new record! Which is very exciting. I think people will like it a lot, it shows how much I’ve grown in my songwriting and singing abilities. More mature sounding as well. I can’t wait to put it out.
Growing up, which artists do you remember loving? Do they still influence your sound today?
Growing up I listened to Demi Lovato, Paramore, Justin Bieber, and My Chemical Romance, to name a few. I think they have influenced my songs and style quite a bit. I learned a lot from these artists lyrically and melody wise. The mix of pop and emo is something I think I’m good at.
What’s the songwriting process usually like for you?
Well that depends. In all scenarios, it’s best for me to write lyrics over a melody I’ve already come up with. Whether it’s me and a guitar, or it’s a new beat SQURL shows me. I always get the best results when I’m feeling inspired; if I’m in pain I have a lot to say! While I write lyrics and melodies I do it best when I am alone in the room. That is one thing I have to do. I can’t have people watching and waiting on me.
Is there a song that you absolutely love that you wish you wrote?
Oh sure, there are a lot of songs. “Gravity” by John Mayer, “(One of Those) Crazy Girls” by Paramore, “Gravity” Sarah Bareilles, “Higher” by Rihanna, “Writer in the Dark” by Lorde, etc. Some songs I really connect with and love to sing over and over. But hats off to them, they had the idea first!
When it comes to stage presence, which artists are you inspired by?
First artists that come to mind for stage presence would be Lorde, Rihanna, and Billie Eilish. They’re all a little weird and have a unique way of expressing themselves and that’s what I look up to.
What do you hope fans take away from you and your music?
Honestly, I hope they see me as someone real and as someone who is passionate. I want them to connect to what I’m saying, make them feel less alone. You know that feeling when an artist is singing exactly what you’re thinking? It can really help through difficult times. I hope I can be that for someone.
What’s the best way for fans to get your attention on social media?
Just send me a message! Ask me something about my music or tell me what you think! I reply to all my messages. I love receiving little things like that, it always makes my day.
How important is to you to use your platform for good?
If you have a voice and influence, it’s common sense that you use it to promote positive messages. Things like body image and confidence, how to treat others, to support movements and causes that can make a difference. I know I’ve been influenced by artists I look up to and have learned a lot from them. If people are paying attention to what you do or say it’s important you say the right things. With that kind of voice it’s easy to cause a chain reaction.
What’s been the highlight of your year so far?
My highlight of the year has to be moving out to LA. It was a huge step and considering this is what I’ve wanted for so long it was a big deal.
What’s something you’re still hoping to cross off your list this year?
I would like to get this next record out before next year, I hope it will work out that way. If not then early next year!! I’m always writing new music and wanting to show the world!
Which artist(s) have you had on repeat lately?
A few different artists have been on my playlist: Frank Sinatra, Billie Eilish, Lord, and Rihanna. I’ve been trying to listen to new genres lately, mix it up a little. I’ve got some older songs, some hip-hop, more emo, too.
How would you describe your personal style? Favorite stores to shop at? If you could raid any celeb’s closet, whose would it be?
My personal style? That’s a tough one. Is thrift store chic a style? If so, that’s me. I like finding cool shit that you can’t really find anywhere else. I like dark colors and primary colors right now. A lot of cool stuff at Buffalo Exchange. If I could, I would probably raid Bella Thorne’s closet. She’s got some crazy stuff in there, always flashy and weird.
Any special message for your fans?
Special message would be: Life is fucking wild. Sometimes good, sometimes bad. Take what you can and run with it as far as you can, until it’s not good for you anymore, then take something else and keep running.
1. I hate my belly button being touched
2. Pineapple on pizza is gross
3. I love to dress up and the process of getting ready
4. I’ve watched Futurama all the way through at least 5 times
5. Surprisingly I don’t like to sing in the shower