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Exclusive Interview With Talented Up-and-coming Artist, Jazz From The Valley

Making music is an authentic and powerful approach to make something the listener can feel. That type of Hip-Hop will always be the mecca of this modern day genre. When trying to stand out as an artist it’s important to let your talent shine to the fullest, but it’s also important to make music people can feel and relate to. That type of music creates a personal connection with the listener. This is one of the many shining elements of Jazz From The Valley.

Hailing from San Fernando valley, California, multi talented artist Jazz From The Valley is a self accomplished rapper and songwriter who is currently gaining buzz for her catchy hooks and clever lyrics. Vibrant, addictive, and wonderfully intoxicating she brings all her influences together to deliver a meticulous flow in her recent song “Shake That”.

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Listen to “Shake That” on Spotify below:

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Hi there, welcome to Honk Magazine. Thank you once again for taking out time to respond to us. To kick things off, Can you tell our readers about what really inspired you to write music? 

Jazz From The Valley – I’ve always had a passion for Music, My Grandmother gave me a Guitar at an early age and I’ve loved it ever since.

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When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?

Jazz From The Valley – I started to really get serious about making music when I was 15 years old. I started out in a Girl Groups, took voice lessons, and really learned the business with Artist Development. But as you know Girl Groups are hard, and my hat goes off to all the Girls Groups that have made it. But as I have grown, I have come to realize that being in a Girl Group just wasn’t the path for Me.

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Tell us what is so unique about you and your music?

Jazz From The Valley – I tend to approach music from a ‘what would I want to hear’ perspective. I wanted to make music that is relatable and talks about things that we all experience and go through, like hanging with your friends, the ups and downs of life, and having a good time. I wanted my music to be something that any and every person could sing and dance to and just enjoy.

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Can you tell us about your latest releases and what inspired you to create them?

Jazz From The Valley – I was in a Girl Group and I had originally wrote the song for the group. The original idea for the song was to be just a conversation between friends, and then when I decided to branch out on my own I decided to give “Shake That” a new twist. Coming from just my point of view I rewrote the lyrics, made it faster, and added in the different languages to make it what it is today.

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Can you give us a brief insight about your upcoming projects?

Jazz From The Valley – I’m currently in the studio right now, trying to put together my next single along with my EP.

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What do you wish you were told when you first started making music that you think would help artists just starting out?

Jazz From The Valley – To know that it doesn’t happen overnight, but with a lot of hard work and dedication you can achieve your dreams.

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Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Jazz From The Valley – Don’t be afraid to try new things, always believe in yourself, and know that “for all your hundred no’s you only need one yes.”!!

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What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

Jazz From The Valley – I love to up cycle and redesign. I’m very obsessed with cool pants, and taking different pieces of clothing and creating something new. I also love painting sneakers.

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Any last piece of advice for those artists who just started making music?

Jazz From The Valley – Always be a student of learning, and Always be encouraged.

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How can our readers follow you online?

Jazz From The Valley – They can follow me on all Social Media Platforms: @itsthejazzshow.

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For more update on her music, Follow her on Instagram: @itsthejazzshow

And also on YouTube: @Jazzfromthevalley

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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.

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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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