The Inevitable Expansion of Jayzon [Interview]
Vancouver, B.C. – Jayzon’s a tender young thing, but the kid’s sharp and he sure can sing. Furthermore, he’s endlessly hopeful – about music, about the people who support him, and about his place in the chain of success.
“Where I’m from there are
millions of me…but in Vancouver
there’s only one of me
and here I am.”
The 23-year-old songbird hails from Miami, where he grew up picking out hooks and innocently formulating the structure of classic songs. He studied everything from Otis Redding to Mike, and after that, the people who tried to be like Mike. “I got into music back in Bone Thugs-n-Harmony days,” he remembers, “I started writing down what they were saying to get the structure of a song; I just liked the way they harmonized and did different things with their voices.” Taking format and techniques from the catalogue of past successes, Jayzon worked hard to add his own story to the music, creating narrative that reflects his experience, “songs from the successful perspective as well as the struggle of coming up…things that happened and led to where I am today.”
And where he is today is in Vancouver, where the oft-dreaded rain actually inspires him to write: “When I’m in a creative mood to write music and I hear running water it makes things flow a lot better for me” he reveals. Jayzon’s been in Vancouver recently, laying low until the appropriate time to launch: set to hit up Rapcity with DJ Young Mase and release his debut single “Hangin” all in the next week, that time is now. Getting cozy with the city’s music biz – including Black Phoenix, Self Hired and Hitstape.com – it’s clear that Jayzon has found a niche. “Where I’m from there are millions of me,” the mild-mannered singer gently explains, “and everybody raps, is into music, is a producer, is a DJ, but in Vancouver there’s only one of me and here I am.”
Well he certainly is here but has made it thus far only through a conscious choice to take the path that’s “a lot more risky but at the same time safer” than what he always expected he’d be doing. “A lot of my friends are criminals,” he says straightforwardly, “but a lot of them did encourage me to keep doing music and keep doing what I was doing.” Jayzon’s aspirations require an exponential amount of energy, as they grow with him: “At first my goal was just to get a hit single but now I want an album of hit singles, I want a hitstape.”
It’s evident that from his pretty words to his pretty eyes, Jayzon has entered the stage, and we should all be on the lookout. After all, “talent passes by you every day and you never know until that one time when it blossoms.”
Photography by Tyler Simpson for HipHopCanada
Written by Amalia Judith for HipHopCanada
Don’t forget to check out http://jayzonmusic.com/
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