Jazmin Akea Interview & Frustrations
Tell us about yourself and your music?
My name is Jazmin Akea, and I am an artist based in Los Angeles, California. As a singer/ songwriter/ co-producer, experimentation has always been at the center of my music. Born in Washington D.C, I have had the opportunity to travel the world and explore countless countries such as Iceland, Columbia, London, and Thailand. Inspired by iconic figures in the Industry such Alicia Keys, Lauren Hill, and the Black Eyed Peas, my music embodies a depth and multi-dimensionality that consumers can relate to. My velvety vocal texture is laid over R&B and trap-pop tracks in a way that pulls listeners in. I have been trained vocally as a pop, classical, and opera artist, although primarily I enjoy experimenting with pop/ R&B sounds.
How would you describe your sound?
My sound is a cross between 90's R&B and contemporary pop. I am heavily influenced by R&B titans such as Aaliyah and SWV, which is evident in many of my projects. I like to explore tracks with darker, warmer temperatures and write my lyrics to catchy, sing-able melodies. My harmonies are typically texturized and full, lending to a slightly complex sound that is still palatable to listeners. As a co-producer, I have incorporated more live instrumentation in order to thicken the sounds of my productions.
Talk about the experience making your single?
Frustrations was inspired by my own personal involvement with a man who was emotionally un-involved. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, I decided to channel the emotions surrounding that experience into my music. The lyrics came to me in almost a dream-like fashion, as I was visualizing the music video/ visual as I wrote the song. The song explores the frustrations behind someone not loving you back in the way that you love them, and all the unnecessary things that are done to try to win over the attention of that particular object of desire. I knew that I needed a darker, more haunting production to compliment the words. I flew out to Las Vegas and enlisted the help of Premo D’Anger, a multi-talented producer that would allow me the freedom I needed to help produce the track alongside him.
What are you currently working on? Any new projects? Shows?
I am currently working on an EP entitled “Multi”. The EP explores the depths and dimensions of sexuality, love, and success in their various forms. The project has been produced by Premo D’Anger (Las Vegas), Dunkrock Productions (LA), Mark Solomon (LA), and myself. In November, I shot scenes for my upcoming music video for one my singles off the EP entitled “We Got the Gold” (shot by Prestige Film Works), which is set in Rome, Italy. We will be shooting the remainder of the music video in Hawaii within the upcoming months. As an avid performer, I frequent various venues in Los Angeles such as The Study, Xen Lounge, and 77Lounge.
What has been your biggest highlight in your music career this far?
The biggest Highlight of my career has been performing in the Warner Brothers "Record Label Submissions" panel showcase in LA. As an independent artist, the opportunity to perform in front of Grammy-nominated producers and Warner Bros A&R's was extremely rewarding and inspiring. I have definitely grown as an artist from that experience.
Name your ideal collaboration: mainstream or independent artist(s)?
My ideal collaboration would be with Rihanna. I love her wild and independent Spirit. We can work together anytime!
Name something random that people do not know about you?
I became fluent in Italian and English at the age of 3 years old. After moving to Italy as a child, I was fully immersed in the Italian culture for 3 years. Italy has definitely been a great musical inspiration for me, and I travel to Italy often in order to become newly inspired by its beauty.
What’s one thing you have learned or discovered while being in the indie music scene/industry?
I have learned how to be my own boss. As an indie artist, I have had to book my own shows, write treatments for my music videos, and learn to play guitar chords in order to lend to the production process. The process has taught me to very independent. Even though I usually have a team assisting me now, as an indie artist many things have to be handled independently.
What can we expect from you in the future?
You can expect more visuals and more dynamic musicality from me. I want to give people an opportunity to hear me and see me simultaneously, so that they can be immersed in an experience that is memorable. You can expect for my music to be heard in various markets, both nationally and internationally. In addition to promoting my solo projects, I also expect to song-write and perform vocally on projects for major artists and eventually join a major label. The sky is truly the limit.