Interview Of The Month
What an honour it is to have Jallal as our interview of the month.He opens up about life music and beyond
How much have your friends and families played a part in your career so far?
My friends and family play a huge part in my career, whenever I make new music they’re the first people I show. I like getting their feedback. I love my family. They are everything to me. Its deeper than music. My family is my backbone, and my friends are my family.
When did you decide that a career in music was for you?
When I was 15, when Lupe Fiasco said I was dope, and when Loon came to my school and picked me up. Things just opened up for me then, it was right in my face.
Who are your musical inspirations and why?
Outlandish, they are a dope band from Copenhagen they’d have to be up there in inspirations. Outlandish was just so musical and real at the same time lyrically. The Last Poets, because they are so raw and uncut. Right in your face, they say it like they wouldn’t be alive tomorrow type vibe.
Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?
I’m a vegan, I love playing basketball, and in my free time I watch Static Shock.
What song of yours best describes you and why?
A yet to be titled new song off my upcoming project Untold Truth. It’s about my life and what I like to do, it’s definitely got a vibe.
What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?
The Observatory North Park in San Diego, the energy was beyond crazy. I felt like a Gladiator.
If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?
O2 in London. I heard the Londoners super turn up.
What has been your best achievement to date and what would like to achieve in the future?
My best achievement to this date has been sticking to my beliefs and staying on the deen. I wish to continue to inspire the youth like many great artists before me did. I want people to be guided to what’s good for them.
Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?
I was backstage and Mahershala Ali popped by. That was epic. I love when the acting world and the music worlds collide.
What do you like best about being a musician and why?
The unlimited amounts of time I get to express myself daily and when fans approach me on the street and tell me how my music impacts them.
That’s what I love about being a musician
If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?
I’d be a detective.
What has been the best gig you have been to as a fan and can you tell us about it?
Backstage seeing Lupe Fiasco perform live. That was live. ha!
What would your ideal festival line up be and why?
Mos Def (Yasiin Bey), Drake, Lupe Fiasco, Tribe Called Quest, Kevin Gates,The Roots, John Bellion, Outlandish, NERD, Meek Mill, Remy Zero, Camila Capello, AURORA, Asap Rocky, The Weekend, Knaan, and of course me. No particular order of course.
What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Stay true to yourself and just do you.
What things make you happy and what things annoy you?
My family and friends being successful and happy, that makes me happy. To be honest as I go through a life a little more, things just stop annoying me. Everything is temporary anyway.
What things do you like to do when you are away from music?
Pray, read, hike amongst many other things.
Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry and how do you cope with using social media to build a profile in music?
Yes I think social media is great at the moment, it allows an artist to have a massive reach. I think that is really amazing in this day and age.
How important do you think you look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?
Very important, you have to be memorable.
Can you tell us about any tattoos have and the significance of them to you?
I have no tattoos.
If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?
I would fix the broken infrastructure including freeways, streets, buildings etc. throughout the whole country, and try and fix the healthcare problem.
What would your ideal day consist of?
Waking up in good health, and hanging out with friends and family. Celebrating life.
Can you tell me as much as you can about any new releases gigs and anything coming up soon?
YES! New album on the way its called Untold Truth. It will feature some friends I have been working closely with. I can tell you the Potash Twins are on it, and many other artists you probably know.
If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?
Keep patient, things will get better. No matter whats happening in life just stay calm and keep praying.
How would you answer the question....... who is Jallal and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music?’
Jallal is an enigma. He is the classic made it out the hood, one in a million kid. In music and in daily life there is no difference of who I am. I am me and will continue to strive and be the best version of myself.
What was the first record or song you purchased and why?
Lupe Fiasco Food and Liquor. I saw him in XXL magazine in 8th grade holding a Tasbeeh (prayer beads) with mad dope swag on a park bench, and I told my homegirl Tia to rip out the article for me. It talked about him releasing a new upcoming album. I loved the article and just had to buy the album.
What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?
Pray about it first. Its one of the toughest industries to get in.
If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?
Kevin Gates. His music is just so catchy.
If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?
Blue Tint by Drake. Because of the melodies, flow and the beat goes hard
What things make you uncomfortable?
People who assume. Assumptions are the worst.
If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?
My full struggle, things that would make you be like wow.
What has the rest of year got in store for you?
God willing, more life, more success, more music videos, and of course more dope music