Get To Know: A S Jay
Having a strong background and mentality is a necessity within the music industry and sticking to morals that you have been brought up with helps bring your appeal to an even wider fanbase and A S Jay compliments this..
Growing up you have many influences and are swarmed with various backgrounds through ethnicity, religion or many other issues and A S Jay grew up in an Afro-Caribbean and Asian household and credits it for being a major driving force and source of inspiration, which has led him to develop an incredible passion and love for music.
"I love R'N'B, rap and I love singing too, I am still trying to find my sound but I believe I have made a positive start. The struggle has always been that I have a lot to say so I can't just be like 'I am going to pick this vibe and run with it' in terms of relationships, social issues and other things I have a lot to say. I am straight up versatile with my music, because I have had a first-hand experience with most of the things I talk about. With the EP I am currently working on I have tried to stick with one vibe, call it my OCD."
Most musicians use their experiences from growing up inspire them musically whether its highlighting their struggles or issues they have faced growing up or just one event that they remember. Jay is working on a brand new EP that is currently unnamed highlights this; "020-16 could be the name, 020 as it is the London area code, I mention it a lot in my tracks, and 16 for the current year both of which allude to and celebrate my love of London and the experiences I’ve had here, all of which contribute to the theme of my music It just has to feel right, look just right and at the moment I am in that late night vibe kinda mode. The good thing is that I am full of surprises in terms of my content."
Stemming from being in London and getting to grips with the hectic lifestyle of City workers bashing past you or tourists stopping in the middle of the road, Jay's first record off the EP, 'Smoke Good F**k Better' "was written last winter and I've tried to catch that vibe, while being in London, dealing with separation, getting lost in the crowd. It's cold out here and that alone has a vibe to it. As an artist if I can catch that vibe and put it in words, that right there is pure satisfaction" showing he can express his feelings through music.
'Smoke Good F**k Better' is laced with a gritty and atmospheric beat that draws on A S Jay’s raw and fresh, crisp rap which is delivered with intense precision, and you can view the lyric video for the track below that delivers poignant pictures and scenes from various sitcoms and films that connect with the track.
Having a strong background and mentality is a necessity within the music industry and sticking to morals that you have been brought up with helps bring your appeal to an even wider fanbase and A S Jay compliments this, commenting "I am just a normal kid who is keen to share his life experiences and I am not afraid to show vulnerability in my music as it is something we all go through. I want my music to be something everyone can relate with in some way, I really want to make a difference, contribute a lot towards social causes that are very close to my heart."