Jay-Elle – Best for You (Interview)

October 30, 2020
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Hey I need you to listen now
From where I stand there is no ground
For us anymore
For us anymore

I dreamt of us in a crowded bar
Was warm enough to make you start
Mistaking proximity
Just let it go and leave me be

Yes I want the best for you
Let him do the rest for you
Cause I am so far moving on
What you want from me is gone

Yes I want the best for you
Let him do the rest for you
Cause I am so far moving on
What you want from me is gone

I tried a hundred times
To play your rules and thin red lines
Oh Oh Oh Oh

Was I fool to think we'd change
Or was I just in love with all the pain

Yes I want the best for you
Let him do the rest for you
Cause I am so far moving on
What you want from me is gone

Yes I want the best for you
Let him do the rest for you
Cause I am so far moving on
What you want from me is gone

Yes I want the best for you
Let him do the rest for you
Yes I want the best for you
Let him do the rest for you

Jay-Elle - Best for You (Interview)

Interview

Hello Jay-Elle. It is a great pleasure to have you here again. And now with a new music.

Tell us a little about your new work.

I wrote ‘Best for You’ after running into my ex in a bar in Brooklyn. She worked hard to cross my path multiple times that night. I also knew she had been telling people in our circle that I was still in love with her. I was single at the time and she was in a new relationship. This song is everything I wanted to say to her but didn’t that night.

Jay-Elle, what are the main difficulties in being a new artist and how have you overcome it?

In America, choosing to be an artist is quite like choosing to run a business. We don’t have government subsidies for the arts in this country. We must invest a lot of time and money up front and believe that the investment will pay off. There’s no "corporate ladder" one can climb and there’s no way to predict when you’ll "get a promotion", or when you’ll "move up a level" or when your career will "take off". Things often unfold in mysterious and exciting ways! This is the allure for many people who choose the life of an artist but it’s also the greatest challenge. For me, I continuously run up against the balance of survival – making enough money to live comfortably – with the balance of creation – having enough time and mental space to create.

In my experience, choosing work that isn’t a 9-5 and particularly, finding a job that will teach and allow me to practice skills that I will use as an artist has been incredibly helpful. I do a lot of freelance social media management, content strategy and content creation for multiple brands, companies and individuals – this work is constantly teaching me about how to communicate and get my own art out there!

What are your influences for the development of your music? Do you have any kind of influence today?

With Covid, I believe there are two things happening with artists: On one hand, there’s a lot of pressure to create. There’s been downtime, LOTS of social turmoil, and a lack of the experiences we’re used to. This has created a need for stimulation and distraction. But on the other hand, the entire world has collectively encountered a great trauma. It’s far from over, and there’s a ton of division on how to deal with or process it. This is overwhelming and it’s hard to create truthfully and be vulnerable when we’re in shock. I believe we’re all in shock. I believe that we have a lot to confront and a lot of tough conversations will be had. These confrontations and conversations both personal and collective will lead us to a new place and from that place is where I believe some truly incredible work will be made.

What are the fundamental skills for the artist in the current scene?

Being able to produce (or find a producer you vibe with) along with having an idea of how to market your music is so important. I’m learning more on both fronts, every day.

What projects are you working on right now?

My biggest project right now is a heavily personal one. It is building my team. This includes artistic representation on the business side, but also cultivating solid, supportive and inspirational relationships in my life so I am surrounded by positivity. Being an artist is hard enough, bad energy needs to be obliterated. I am less concerned with making something in the immediate short-term. I am planning on getting very quiet, just for a short time, but long enough to really listen and absorb what’s happening around me. Who do I want to work with next? What do I want to say? How do I want to say it?
I don’t want to miss a second of the incredible social moment we are in.

I am very much looking forward to releasing an EP next year. As an actor, I look forward to identifying what I have to say and manifesting the right project to say it in.

Leave a message for your fans.

To anyone who’s reading this, listened to my music, or taken any sort of interest in me, my work or my life. Thank you. You can choose to spend your time anywhere, and every moment you share with me I don’t take for granted. It’s very special to have you.

Jay-Elle we are your fans. It’s a pleasure to have you here. We wish you much success in your career.

And see you in the next interview. Bye!

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