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Exclusive Interview with Jatin Kumar aka (J.A.K.)

Jatin Kumar aka (J.A.K.) has been garnering a buzz since his burst into the underground scene. Capturing the attention of fans globally and big names artists with his diverse and Druidic sound, he has risen in popularity and status within the rap community. 

Today we had an exclusive chance to interview Jatin Kumar.

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Questions: 

What 3 things does anyone starting in your industry need to know?

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I am new, but I think the most important thing is to love what you make

Another aspect to consider is to understand the field that you are in and the demands that it requires

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Finally, I would also try and find the drive for what you do

What would you do differently if you were starting in your industry now?

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Take my time to construct my sound and get a better understanding of my craft

Which people or books have had the most influence on your growth and why?

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I have been influenced by MF Doom, rest in peace, a lot of my rhyme schemes stem from the intricate wordplay that he used to bring about. Kendrick Lamar has influenced the way that I flow. And lastly the biggest influence for me has been Tupac and that’s been my attitude for most of my life. He is and will always be the king of rap, and I want to be there too.

What would you say is the #1 key to success in your music career?

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I would say your drive and your passion to get better at what you do every single day

Talk about the biggest failure you’ve had. What did you learn from it?

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Regarding music, I would say it was my lyricism for a very long time. It was rudimentary and nothing I made connected with me and every song I made felt so off.

What has been your biggest success story and why do you think it was a success?

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I would say putting out my first single which was imagination back in the day with all my friends. It might not have been commercially successful or significant, but it was extremely pivotal in my eyes.

What keeps you going when things get tough in the music industry?

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My friends who produce with me help me with my drive. Every time that I feel that I am faltering in the way that I make music, they are always there to either hype me up when I am too low or humble me when my head is in the clouds.

What made you pursue being an artist full-time?

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I am not an artist full time; however, I do spend most of my time working on music. I think I made the switch to concentrate on music to better my understanding of what it means to rap.

Would you sign to a label?

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I would love to 

What projects are you working on for the rest of 2022?

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I am working on an album that really explores my roots. 

How can our readers follow you online?

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I have a TikTok: jak_9355 and an Instagram: j.a.k_94 where I post most of the behind the scenes and other types of content.

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Adelide Takes a Bite Out of Temptation in New Disco-Inspired Track “Witness”

Adelide

In an innovative new release, Adelide, a prominent soul-pop artist from NYC, presents “Witness,” a song that artfully combines the rhythmic essence of 80s disco with a contemporary twist. This soulful track explores the theme of forbidden love and is characterized by lush synths, captivating rhythms, and Adelide’s compelling vocals.

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“Witness” reinterprets the timeless tale of temptation within the context of a modern, queer romance. Adelide’s emotive and resonant vocals complement vibrant synths and bass lines inspired by funk, resulting in a nostalgic yet refreshingly unique soundscape. The song’s narrative draws parallels to the Garden of Eden, inviting listeners into a realm where passion and surrender intersect, establishing “Witness” as a poignant anthem for those who embrace love boldly.

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The music video, directed by Margot Bennett, serves as a visual complement to the song’s themes. Set in a contemporary Garden of Eden, the video features stunning cinematography and choreography that immerse viewers in a dreamlike world of desire and temptation. Notably, the video includes a memorable scene of Adelide biting into a pear—an ironic twist on the forbidden apple—only to humorously spit it out at the crew’s insistence, injecting a touch of humor into the otherwise sensual visual narrative.

Adelide’s “Witness” offers more than just music; it provides an immersive experience for both the auditory and visual senses. With its infectious rhythm and captivating storyline, this track is positioned to make a significant impact in the soul-pop and disco revival genres.

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Adelide continues to push artistic boundaries and redefine musical genres, making “Witness” essential listening and its accompanying video a must-see. Immerse yourself in this modern-day Eden and allow Adelide to guide you through the complexities of love in “Witness.”

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Azu Yeché stirs a soulful serenity with his new single, “Leave Me Now”

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Yeché’s decision to record his vocals in just one or two takes adds an authentic layer of vulnerability while amplifying the raw emotion of the moment. His collaboration with Jim Lawton in the studio has resulted in a subtle and warm production, allowing the song’s soulful core to shine through. Yeché’s musical style represents a captivating blend of soul, gospel, and African influences reminiscent of artists like Michael Kiwanuka, Lianne La Havas, Jordan Mackampa, and Leon Bridges. The slow-paced percussion and serene acoustic strings establish a contemplative ambiance, harmonizing flawlessly with Yeché’s commanding yet relaxed vocal performance. 

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Lyrically, “Leave Me Now” lays bare a heartfelt plea for genuine love, underscored by Yeché’s emotive delivery. The repeated lines, “If your lovin’ is ruled by someone else, leave me now, oh leave me now, if your lovin’ ain’t as strong as mine, leave me now, oh leave me now,” poignantly express the desperation and resignation of someone choosing to ultimately embrace the painful decision of separation rather than endure a half-hearted affection. His intimate and unguarded approach will enable the audience to deeply sense every pang of honesty expressed through the song.

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Leave Me Now” represents a significant addition to any music collection and is a must-listen for enthusiasts of captivating soul music. Yeché, known for his two-part EP, Soul Afrikanah (part one and part two), which delved into his dual identity using folk and soul genres, showcases yet another dimension of his diverse artistry with this single. This further cements his prominent status in the realm of contemporary soul music.

 

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