The extremely talented J-Script comes to EMM to talk his Career life and all things in between.
Check out his Brand NEW EP ''Moonlight Stars'' out Today
J Script spoke to us about the EP and said:
Its a very reflective piece of work. Some happy songs, some sad ones, but every song relates to something I’ve experienced in the past year. There’s also a remake of a song that is over four years old, see if you can guess which one!
When did you decide that a career in music was for you?
I've always had music in me, but it wasn't until the last year of school that I decided I wanted to give it a shot as a full time career, which was when I decided to go to college to study music technology.
Who are your musical inspirations and why?
I love Hip Hop & RnB. Right now my most listened to artist is Drake, but I've also been listening to a lot of YK Osiris recently too. I love songs that have hard hitting drums but also maintain the emotional value. I get inspired by the artists around me more than anything else really. Artists in my circle like JXLYD & Emma Payne are the guys I go to for help on my own music.
Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?
I did a Strictly come dancing competition in 2017. I didn't win anything but it was an awesome experience.
My uncle is a very talented painter based in the Northampton area.
I have a semicolon tattoo behind my left ear.
What song of yours best describes you and why?
I think all of my songs tell different stories that all relate to myself so they all describe me in different ways, but I think the most revealing song I've ever written is a song called 'Carry On' which will be on the 'Moonlight Stars' EP out on the 25th of April.
What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?
It's gotta be the christmas lights show in my hometown. I was in a band called Breaking Point at the time and one of our songs became pretty popular in our area, so performing that song was the first time I heard the crowd sing my lyrics back to me. I'll never forget that day.
If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?
It would probably be the NEC arena in Birmingham, I saw my first ever concert there when I was around nine or ten years old, I've always wanted to play that venue and believe me, I will.
What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?
Charting in the US was awesome, making appearances on VEVO and MTV was cool too. I think just maintaining creative control of my music and still being able to create what I want to is the most important aspect of my career.
Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?
Most of the stories I have are not PG, but I was performing out in Rugby at a fashion show and they called us out into the room for some food, I was the first one there and all of a sudden a bunch of barely dressed models came piling through the door, I didn't know where to look. I'm talking about 20 of the beauitufl women and their modelling director, normally I'm not phased by that kind of thing but they were amazing, I just got a plate as quick as I could and moved to where the chairs were laid out, to this day that is still one of the best days of my life.
What do you like best about being a musician and why?
I love being able to tell a story with sound, I love being able to go through something terrible and in the end turn it into something beautiful, also when people let me know that my music has helped them in whatever way, it really is a great feeling.
If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?
I have a qualification in youth work, so probably that. I enjoyed being a sort of support worker when I was 18, I think once I stop with music, I'll probably go back to that.
What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?
I think Dappy was the best if I'm honest, the energy on stage was incredible, I've always admired his album because of how loud they were able to produce it and it really added something extra to the performance side of it too. So yeah definitely Dappy in Birmingham, I was 16 I think.
What would your ideal festival line up be and why?
I think I'd have myself of course, maybe Adele because she's in my opinion got the best voice in the world. Like I said Dappy because of his energy and stage presence, maybe Stormzy, Drake of course, and then maybe something more chilled like Dolly Parton. I'd have a couple of my guys too.
What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Peoples opinions of you are not your business, once you adopt that mentality, no one can ever stop you in your tracks.
What things make you happy and what things annoy you?
My children make me the happiest of course. I love watching football too, that's a big part of my life. The thing that annoys me the most right now is probably the amount of people not taking this virus seriously man, I haven't seen my family in almost a month and there's still people risking the health of everyone around them, its a big deal.
What things do you like to do when you are away from music?
I'm actually the most boring rapper in the world, most of my friends in Hip Hop head out to the club or hire out limos to take them to casinos and stuff, I literally spend my nights ordering pizza and watching the same three shows on Netflix over and over again. I do enjoy a trip to the pub though.
Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?
It's the same as anything else, too much of something is bad for you, no matter what it is. It's a fantastic tool for artists to connect with fans and to stay visual, but if you spend too much time reading tweets and posts about you, it can hurt your heart, so I think it's a good thing as long as you give yourself some breaks too.
How important do you think you look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?
I think its becoming less important everyday, music is becoming more about the music due to people not really needing record deals anymore. Before you used to have to be able to sing, look good, be fit, be attractive and have an image that suits your music. Now you don't have to go through that audition with those A&R guys so a lot more great music is being heard and that is a beautiful thing.
Can you tell us about any tattoos you have and the significance of them to you?
I have eight tattoos, they all have a meaning to me, I have some stars on my wrist for my children, I have the word passion across the back of my neck. I have a semicolon behind my ear, that's to signify that you're story is never over, I have a few more too.
If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?
Honestly, the only thing I'd do is step down. That seems like the worst job in the world, no matter what you do, half the country hates you and it just looks exhausting, but if I was to change one thing it would be the amount of money that is put into the mental health services, those guys need a lot more.
What would your ideal day consist of?
Nice little lay in, wake up next to a beautiful woman (who just happens to be my lady). Eat breakfast together, head to the studio and smash out a classic. Then take my lady out to the cinema or something in the evening and then go for a sweet meal. After that we can head home and you know the rest.
What has been your experience during the Covid 19 situations.Can you tell us how this has affected you personally,how it has affected you professionally and maybe a story from this time or a message for people out there?
It's been tough, everyone I know is out of work. I'm lucky because I can still do a lot of things from home, I write for other people and things like that so I'm relatively ok, but everyone around me is really struggling. My grandma hasn't been out in three weeks and she's finding it very hard.
If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?
Thank you of course but also be who you want to be, not who you think they want you to be.
How would you answer the question Who is J-Script and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music ?
J-Script is an emotional and reflective artist. I think the main difference is being able to talk about things in my music that I couldn't anywhere else. It's also the freedom to be exactly who you want to be on stage as opposed to being the sensible and calm person you have to be in day to day life.
What was the first record or song you purchased and why?
It was the Busted album when I was like five, I loved that album. I still listen to it on my phone a lot, they were a big part of my childhood and also I think a big part of why I started to love music. Shouts out to Busted.
What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?
Make sure you do your research first, if music is what you want to do, then you should definitely do it, but make sure you understand how it all works before you expect too much from it. With that being said, don't get too obsessed with the politics of it all. In the end, it's about making people feel something beautiful.
If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?
It would have to be Adele, anyone who can say they've worked with Adele, no matter what they're doing, can 100% say they've made it, her sales alone are enough to inspire a whole generation of singers, I think she's Phenominal.
If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?
It would probably be 'End Of The Road' by Boyz2Men. That song is incredible, the melodies, the lyrics, the emotion. I listen to that song a hell of a lot, its amazing.
What things make you uncomfortable?
I don't like people that get too close physically, like if I'm at a show and there's someone deliberatly trying to stand as close as they can to be, I will tell them to move, I hate it. I don't hugging people and talking, but come on, we all personal space.
If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?
I mean my story is only just starting, ask me that in a few years and then I'll have a whole novel for you.
What has the rest of the year got in store for you and can you tell us about any gig date changes or where we can find the info?
I'm release three EPs between now and August, the first one coming out on the 25th of April and then releasing my second album in October, it's gonna be a busy year. As far as shows go, they're all postponed until we know what is happening with this virus. You can find me by search @IAmJScript on any social platform, thank you.