Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Leeds singer Jaayns to find out more...
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I’m from Leeds U.K.
I first got into songwriting about 7 years ago, I started out writing for other people and artists. I then decided to release my own music about 3 years ago and I released my first EP - Bright White Yellow in 2017.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Loads I loved the Beatles and Oasis when I was really young but I come from a big family so the house was always full of music from classical music to rock to electronic and indie music.
Now I love artists like Banks, Oh Wonder, Tove Lo, I also love Bon Iver - anything with beautiful melodies, really different lyrics and different production.
How would you describe your sound?
Alternative electro although my new yet to be released songs are more singer-songwriter with beats layered vocals and synths. I like to experiment and do something different see where the song goes as it’s being created.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest release is called Stars. It’s the first single from my new EP which is to be released later this year. All the songs on this EP are about going deeper in my writing and not holding back about what I want to say. This song is actually about just that not hiding who we are or holding back.
What’s your local music scene like?
Leeds is great for music, so much is going on here like BBC Introducing nights, open mics and gig nights it’s really good. I’m really lucky to have so much going on here.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I have my new EP coming out in the autumn and will release more singles from that, I’m also writing loads for me and with other artists and writers and curating a new music showcase night for unsigned songwriters in Leeds and London called Live Now Play Later so doing loads to help promote and organise that, and hopefully will be playing some gigs with the songs from the new EP. Will just see what happens.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Honestly I love collaborating and writing so that’s a hard question... just too many people to even try thinking about it.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I’m still working the open mic scene but hopefully will be playing my own shows soon.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
That if you haven’t heard of my music then it’s a little different with layer melodies and sounds as I love melody... and lyrically my new EP is all about being honest and open no matter what you’re feeling, your emotions and how you feel is real and part of the deal with life there is no point hiding them if you feel crap say it and acknowledge it so you can start to feel better rather than burrowing it down... it can be much worse just mulling it over in your head anyways and those times you feel good then show it too and dance and be crazy... that’s what I think anyways so that’s what my songs are about.