Wrap Up And Watch Out: Jin Jin & The Ragdolls
With her latest track ‘Cashpoint Drama’ featuring Mikill Pane getting her some much-deserved hype, Jin Jin has made a real entrance into the music scene. Not only are her vocals on point, her tracks are down to earth and more importantly, the girl has got swag. The Wrap Up’s Carly Wilford went to have a chat to find out all about Manchester’s coolest cat…
The Wrap Up: Tell us about the new single and how it came about?
Jin Jin: ‘Cashpoint Drama’... Me, Mikill Pane and Bless Beats were all jamming. Most of the songs I have been writing are autobiographical, about everyday situations. I came into the studio one day after going to the cash point; I was late and someone had really upset me. They were hovering whilst I was at the cashpoint huffing and puffing. I didn’t say anything to them at the time but I gave them an evil stare. That was how the song came about!
TWU: How did you take that situation and make it into a track?
Jin Jin: I came to the studio and was apologising to Bless for being late. I told him why and he was like, ‘you should just write a song about it.’ It was that simple. We didn’t plan for it to be a single and I had planned to work with Mikill Pane anyway, so when he came in we told him the idea and he really loved it. He wrote really quickly. He is really fun [to work with]. He’s such a character and he comes up with all these quirky sayings and he’s just got this energy when he’s in the studio that you really catch a vibe off.
TWU: How would you describe your music?
Jin Jin: I hate putting it into categories, but it is electro pop, high energy and quirky.
TWU: With the album coming up, who else have you been working with?
Jin Jin: Bless Beats is the executive producer and I have been working with people who I am quite close with. Darq E Freaker has also produced some material. There are not loads of big names; they are just mates of mine. I just wanted to do a solo project and it now become like a collective; it was never meant to be that way, but I like having my friends around…
TWU: What other tracks can we expect from the album?
Jin Jin: The next single is called ‘Whistle At Me’ and it is based on when you walk down the street and you’re not feeling confident. Then you walk past big groups of people, like builders, and you feel really conscious. I’m trying to be positive about it and make myself feel confident, rather than thinking “Oh no, maybe I’ll take another route.” It’s not supposed to be a big-headed thing, but if people are saying stuff then you should take it as a compliment.
TWU: Who is the weirdest person you’ve ever been whistled at by?
Jin Jin: I was once at a Jamaican society dance with my gran and one of her mates was giving me the eye. I was like, ‘oh my gosh, I could so be your granddaughter,’ but he didn’t care. He still thought he had game!
TWU: You’ve been a model in the past; you’re now in music. Which industry would you say is the most competitive?
Jin Jin: I think they are both just as competitive. Modeling is very competitive, but in music, I don’t mind it as much because I love it. You don’t really notice it as much because everyone is doing their thing, so you embrace other artists rather than competing against them. Modeling wasn’t really for me. I’ve always been into music and I needed some photographs for my music at the time and I thought it was a good way to get free photos! I used to use my test shots to send off with my demos.
TWU: Who was an inspiration to you growing up?
Jin Jin: My granddad was my main inspiration. He had a reggae music shop in Manchester, so when I was younger I used to hang out there. I was too short to reach the decks, but he used to put a little box there for me and I used to and be like his little assistant! That was when I first started getting into music.
TWU: If you could work with anyone in music right now, who would it be?
Jin Jin: I’m into Diplo, Beres Hammond, an old-school jamaican reggae artist. There are a few UK artists I would like to work with, like Professor Green and Example. I would also like to Snoop Dogg. I met him once when I was in a lift with my friend. He was like, “you ladies are tall” we were like ‘thanks’ and he was said, ‘yeah, but when we’re laying down, we’re all the same height…’ What do you say to that?!
TWU: Where are we going to see you next?
Jin Jin: We have the ‘Whistle At Me’ video coming out soon and I am going to be on the Mikill Pane tour for a few dates too!
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Words: Carly Wilford (@CarlyWilford)