Check out I2G’s exclusive interview with J’Mar Grae.
I2G is here with J’Mar Grae , how’s it going?
Hey, its going well been really blessed this week and very busy.
Tell me a little bit about how you got your start in music and who are some of your musical influences.
I first started music two years ago as a CHH artist, traveling and doing shows with my friends. Then, just last year I decided to just
make music I enjoyed outside of CHH, which forced me to become a lot more serious about my craft than before.
My biggest music influences has to be Childish Gambino, Bon Iver, Coldplay, Gorillaz, Daft Punk, anything 80’s, OPIA, Outkast, Isaiah Rashad and alot more artists I could list for days.
You just recently dropped your new project entitled Eunoia, dope album. Tell me a little bit about it and the creative process.
EUNOIA was originally suppose to be a modern funk playlist, but I decided to try and push for more of an abstract mixtape instead, I wanted to
range from a diverse sound to something more hip hop to show my versatility as an artist. My biggest goal for EUNOIA as a whole was to make sure
as an artist I can’t be labeled. I don’t want potential fans to ever expect a certain sound from me, instead to simply expect me.
I actually re-wrote EUNOIA two weeks before launch because I was not satisfied with the first project I created.
Do you have any upcoming videos?
Yeah! I’m actually currently writing, scripting, and drawing a story board for all the songs on EUNOIA to have a music video,
that ALL links to one story. I’m also writing, and scripting a show about local artists in my city, to raise awareness and to
also give my following a chance to see me and other creatives in a different light; while also showing my versatility in artistry as a writer and director.
Shooting to start getting content out by September.
What are your current thoughts on the music industry?
Currently, I think it’s going through an interesting transition as it does every 5-10 years.
There’s always something new, but this time around I feel like that new thing is becoming over
saturated. I feel like most artists today aren’t in it for the artistry but for the money, and so everyone
tends to chase this certain sound they think will launch them to success.
I love art, I love to hear, see, and feel what people create no matter how it comes out because still somewhere in between the saturation you can still catch a glimpse of authenticity, but as a whole today I’m not very into what’s currently popular.
What is currently playing on your playlist musically?
I’m currently stuck in the late 60’s, 70’s, 80’s on my pandora station, outside of that it’s MGMT, Corrine Bailey Rae, Gorillaz, Daft PUNK, Childish Gambino, Steve Lacey, Daniel Caesar,
Rory, Andre 3000, OPIA, Coheed and Cambria, H.E.R and lots of local artists in my city ; Nossiens, Yori, Theothernight, Chaud, Quavius Black, MaccDevv, Josh Waters, Devante Liv3, Cam the Maker, K-zoe, and Schaffer.
I’m currently trying to get out and discover more music and sounds.
Do you have any shows or tour dates?
Unfortunately no, I’m currently looking for a manager. I have been getting a few show offers to play with this band but nothing has been set in stone yet,
I’m hoping to get more shows within the next 4 months, and towards the end of the year look at the possibility of a tour pending on my growth as an artist.
What is your website information?
I’m currently building a website but for now my facebook page is J’mär Grae (https://www.facebook.com/jmargrae)
I’m slowly becoming more active there releasing experimental videos every now and again.
I can also be reached through my twitter and instagram handles which are both; jmargrae.
Appreciate the interview, any last words or shout outs?
Ah, yeah shout out to you guys for this amazing opportunity, and shout out to 1st Day Fresh back at home always showing love to it’s city and state Mississippi. Thanks.