Artist’s Name:  Jayedee

 

Song Title:  Home

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Tell us your names, country of birth, and childhood experience.

Jamie Donegan, England.

 

My childhood experience was like any other normal kid where I come from. I was extremely lucky in terms of material things as my Dad had always worked hard for himself and his family. From the experiences, my childhood gave me I have taken them on-board and used them to my advantage. Never to take anything for granted.

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Tell us about your academic qualification.

Regarding music, I have no qualifications. I am self-taught through the love of music.

 

From visiting my close friends’ houses who are heavily hip-hop influenced, I quickly picked up what they have already known and was up to speed in days. I started off learning to produce beats, inspired by Rockhill Brothers Coffee, who were – at the time – in the creative environment making music. From this is how my love for artistry and lyricism took storm.

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Elaborate on your music career, artist’s name, experience, and skills.

The artist’s name I go by is Jayedee, mainly because these are my initials, but growing up some older friends used to call me Jay D, so I put the name to use. Only after my first single “Come Up” came out, I was faced with the problem of someone else already having rights to that name. This is why the name had changed to Jayedee which I feel represents me better as a person.

 

My music career has been on and off throughout my life, playing guitar and into singing at a young age.

 

I didn’t write my first verse until 2017, at 17 years old writing lyrics to vent all the thoughts and feelings that seemed to be crowding my brain, so initially, I started writing music as a release. This started to develop when the people around me noticed the skills I had in writing music and pushed me to keep at it. These skills originate from the love of hip-hop I have and the essence of great lyricism and integrity that my favourite artists posses.

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Tell us your genre and elaborate on the song.

In this particular song “Home,” the genre that I have taken onboard is hip-hop/chill-hop/lo-fi. These genres have always resonated with me as a person as I feel that these types of music really bring out emotions that you didn’t know you had until you really dive deep into the instrumentation.

 

The story behind the song was just to express how I was feeling at that time in my life. Working a regular job as everyone else, but, I have this passion that i come back to at every spare second I can. Music. “If I’m not sleeping I spray” can be heard in the chorus of this song and it really reflects on my personal feelings of wanting to work on the music in every free second I get. This hunger comes naturally to someone who wants to achieve his/her dreams. I believe that everyone, despite what their chosen destiny is, has this mindset when they are really focused on their goal. So I believe this song allows the listener to relax into the chilled lo-fi beats and let the clean delivery over the top take them away into an abyss.

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Tell us how to run a record label based on your experience as an artist.

From my experience as an artist, to build a record label, you have to first have a solid following of loyal listeners that you build a personal connection with either through messaging them or the music itself. Once this is starting to show, the artist should build solid connections within the industry such as with other upcoming artists and people who look to strive for the better, as well as, bringing something unique to the table, that not everyone else will have. A lot of work is required to set up a record label, but with the right preparation and commitment, it is possible for anyone to achieve this.

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Discuss how you promote your songs.

My promotion for this song and my music is primarily done over social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. These two platforms are great business tools if they are used correctly and artists can have huge success if carried out properly.

 

Also, I have been submitting my music to blogs, curators, radios, DJs, and anyone with a general awareness of music today. Doing this allows me to get feedback from people who like my genre but also people who might not necessarily be into the genre that I am in. But can appreciate the artistry that I project in my music.

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Share your musical life with us.

I am a 20-year-old rapper from Surrey, with a passion for creating positive, conscious, and honest rap music.

 

Being from a county full of green fields, forests, and farmland, it was difficult to get a foot in the door to the music industry, but after many months of hard graft, I managed to land myself in the studio with well-respected producer @Speakworld, who has worked with the likes of RV, Section Boyz, Ard Adz, Sneakbo, 67 and many more renowned and upcoming artists.

 

Gaining attention from him was a great start, but the real work had only just begun, as he suggested that I started putting together the likes of my first mixtape.

 

The first single from the mixtape, which is also the first single released ‘Come Up’ accumulated over 50 thousand views on YouTube, which gave me an insight of what was to follow.

 

 

The release date for the tape is scheduled for Monday 20th April 2020. This has not yet been announced but will soon follow after the Second Single from the mixtape “Home” releases on Tuesday 7th April 2020.

 

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Discuss the story behind the song.

The song “Home” came out in perfect time as at the time of release the whole world was on lockdown and supposed to be staying at home. The story behind the song is simply my thoughts on paper, experiences from that particular time in my life, and emotions and feelings that I was experiencing. Combined with the excellent delivery of the lyrics this song is the perfect song for anyone’s playlist, that was the intention behind the song. To let the listener know that even if things are tough there is always hope and there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

 

The song’s story highlights any upcoming person in their desired industry and I feel that it reflects the shared emotions and feelings properly. From listening to the song from the listener’s perspective, “Home” is a safe place, and when you’re going through the modern-day struggles it can always be a massive exhale to be “at home at the end of the day.”

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Discuss your working experience with music producers.

I, myself, am a solo artist so all I have is me. However, the producer that I have worked with for over a year now goes by the name of @Speakworld. Speak did the whole mix and master of my debut mixtape “Just A Young Dream” and being someone who’s been in the industry for a while, the sound that he produces is unique, and like no other.

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Elaborate on the song.

The song has a sense of depth right from the start, as the opening bar “I gotta put this work in every second I can” reflects the sheer determination and devotion a young person can have when on the route to success and achieving what everyone else said was not possible.

 

Despite, being a laid back song you can relax to after a long day, this song can also motivate others, as I have received comments that this song pushes them to do better and do more. This contrast in chilled sound but motivating lyrics is hard to come across these days and I believe that this is a part of what makes me unique to everyone else in the industry at this moment in time.

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Discuss your music career.

Fully dedicated, I have been putting work into my music career since 2018. But since then I have learned more than I could’ve imagined through experiencing things that all artists in the industry go through.

 

In 2019, I got in contact with @Speakworld, a well-respected producer in the industry, as he began to teach me the ropes, and point me in the right direction to succeed in the music game. Acknowledging my talent and investing in me I am more than thankful for what he has done so far, and what he will continue to do.

 

My future goal for music is simply to have a positive impact on the way people live their lives and to prove that even in the hardest of times there can always be something to be grateful for. This positive mindset that I am trying to push is exactly what the world needs, a leader, someone to direct people in the right way, and to invest in themselves as a person to grow, develop and gain traction in whatever it is they are doing. I want to show to people that despite your environment, upbringing, or current situations, life always has something else in store for us, and with the right amount of hard work, and dedication the dream can be achieved no matter what size the end goal is. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and we choose exactly what we want to see. We create our own reality through our thoughts and if I can get this message across to people I believe that I will change the world in a positive way.

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Tell us what makes you unique from other artists.

My uniqueness as an artist is apparent as soon as you hear any of my songs. Usually, the topic and feel of my songs are uplifting, something that you can smile to, this is exactly what I aim for when making music. I know at this moment in time music is very autotune oriented, and topics seem to focus primarily on girls, drugs, and money. This is why I write, I want music to uplift you rather than teaching you misogynistic or materialistic ways. These things can stand for insecurity in that particular person’s life, and if we can learn to embrace the insecurities we have and use our weaknesses to fuel our strength we will learn that there is a way more to life than what it seems. To say that today’s music is negative would be completely wrong but the majority of it is this way.

 

I strive to be the silver lining of the grey clouds, to be the hope in a sea full of doubt, to see the truth through the optics that the world has decided to hand us. I am unique to every other rapper due to the fact they haven’t lived the life I have, we have been through different experiences, felt different emotions, and I do think that what makes up the music is heavily influenced by these things, and they cannot be changed. But if we could find a common ground and something that we all can use to not only benefit our lives but other peoples then I believe that will be a turning point, not only for music but for humanity.

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Discuss your weaknesses and strength pertaining music.

I feel that my weakness is my lack of experience, not only musically but in life also. Growing up in a secluded village in the county of Surrey I never thought that I would be in a professional studio recording music.

 

However, the natural drive that I possessed to just keep writing music because it was exactly what I wanted to do shows as strength. This is because despite lack of industry experience I posses I always believed that I would reach what I was setting out to see.

 

Another weakness of mine is rather than talking about things that have happened, I tend to talk about things that are going to happen. If I can curve this tendency to talk about the same things and branch out into real emotions and potentially portray stories with my poetry I believe this could act as one of my greatest strength as I know the substance is there; it’s all about me getting into the right frame of mind and really writing exactly how I feel.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists.

Kendrick Lamar – Let Me Be Me

 

Joey Badass – Like Me

 

Isaiah Rashad – 4r Da Squaw

 

Nipsey Hussle – Change Tomorrow

 

The Four Owls – Life In The Balance

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Tell us your position on “Do It Yourself” and signing to a major label.

My view on “Do It Yourself” is most likely like every other successful artist’s view is on the matter. If you want it, you can do it. With the right amount of planning, preparation, and perseverance anything is possible. All it needs to start with is a single thought; everything in this world came from a single thought. From Apple iPhones to a novel someone had a thought to make something and carried it out correctly. I believe if you keep the mindset in which “you can do it yourself” then you will achieve.

 

In this world we live in there are always going to be people trying to knock you off your grind, to stunt what you are doing, to reduce your growth but that’s entirely up to you how you take this. You can sit there and complain or you can use this negative feedback to fuel…

 

In my opinion, signing to a major label can be a lot of people’s musical dreams, but for me and through my experience I know that it is all possible to do it by yourself because past artists have done exactly this. I believe that self-made is the way to really mark your spot on this planet, yes, of course, a major label can help with promotion and getting your name in the right place, but there is nothing that you cannot do yourself.

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Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.

Music is the one and only thing I’m currently pursuing.

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List your various works.

My various works branch from SoundCloud releases back in 2017 “Had Enough” and “Over Again” which were recorded at a one-off studio in North London that I received as present and “Spirit”, which I recorded into the mic I have at home.

 

The most recent works I’ve put out consist of a freestyle at BL@CKBOX Studios which I won in a challenge set up by grim producer Westy.

 

To the most latest release of my debut mixtape entitled “Just A Young Dream” this is my first body of work, which I worked on properly inside a professional studio. I am so proud of this work and to see the growth and transition I have taken in my music career from my first releases so far excites me.

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State the official date of release.

The official release date for “Home” was the 7 April 2020.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My artist’s name I first took on board was Jay D, this was to signify my initials, as well as having people in my local area call me that name I thought this fit my personality and a music route perfectly.

 

I have to change the name upon the release of my first official single “Come Up” as this name was already assigned to an artist on Spotify. Through contemplation of a name change or a spelling change, I decided upon a spelling change and to change “Jay D” to “Jayedee”. To put it simply all I did was stretch out the letters and added an “e” in between the Jay and Dee this E signifies my middle name, so it fits perfectly. Also this new spelling of “Jayedee” I feel really reflects my type of music and the personality I portray in the rap game.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

The song’s name is ‘Home”. This word is associated with comfort, a safe place to retreat to, or somewhere you feel most yourself.

 

I wanted the song to signify as a home, a song in which people would come back to after a long day at work to help them relax and forget the stresses of the working day. I feel that through the delivery of the song I have achieved this and is something that I believe will stay with my music throughout my career.

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

The title of the album is “Just A Young Dream”. At the time I decided this title, as I mentioned before, my artist’s name was Jay D, so I wanted something to represent me as an artist. I abbreviated Jay D to J.A.Y.D and started to fit words into the acronym to use, I came up with many but the one that stood out was “Just A Young Dream.” This resonated with me instantly and I feel that it was very good to use as it would give the story behind the album. This is my first full body of work and I wanted it to represent me the best I could and I feel that “Just A Young Dream” does the job perfectly.

 


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