Making it in a cut-throat industry like music requires a lot of talent and often times being multi-faceted. For those reasons among others is why someone like Jaylien has been able to make a name for himself. Originally from St. Louis, he is a multitalented producer, songwriter and singer. He’s worked with everyone from Akon to Britney Spears to will.i.am to Chris Brown. However, he’s making an even bigger name for himself with his solo singing career. His EP, Summer’s Over has been played over 200,000 times on Soundcloud. To say he’s a star in the making would be an understatement despite already have nearly a decade of experience as writer and producer under his belt.
What is the hardest part about writing for other people?
Trying to gauge where they are as an artist in that moment in time and writing songs where they currently are. You can have a song perfect for so-and-so, but if they just had a kid, got married or divorced, it wouldn’t be relevant to their situation. It could’ve worked for their last album, but you’ll have to keep up with their personal life.
What keeps you motivated?
My daughter. She’ll be 11 in November and she’s probably the reason I started doing music in the first place professionally. Seeing zeros in my bank account (laughing). The will to win, I was an athlete all through elementary school, middle school and high school. I played basketball and track & field, I always wanted to be the best. I went to state and nationals and I’m a competitor at heart. Right now with the music stuff, I want to be the best. I see people who consider the best or the hottest and I’m not there yet.
What’s your creative process like?
Everything starts with the music. Just sitting down at a keyboard and messing with the chords. I came from church, so I’m all about the music. Sometimes, very oddly an idea might spark. A phrase might come to mind and think this would be a dope hook. I create a beat around how that beat might sound.
Who has been your biggest musical influences?
I’m inspired by Michael Jackson of course, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Quincy Jones what he did with television, film, and music. I saw his name on everything. More currently, Timberland, Pharrell, Max Martin and Francis and the Lights. I like a lot of things.
What made you want to transition into a solo artist?
As a song writer and producer, I’ve been doing this for 10 years now. I left the house right after high school. As a producer and a writer, sometimes you don’t make all the albums that you are making songs for. So my laptop is full of thousands of songs that nobody is probably going to ever hear. Then I started seeing the quality of artists that were becoming big and thought that’s it? People are really getting excited over that? I felt like I always had in me and was scared to bring it out. I thought why not bring some real quality and dopeness to the game. It was lacking a lot.
How would you describe your new EP?
Fresh as hell (laughing. An introducing to the madness. It’s like a wave, a combination of all my favorite styles of music. It’s dance, trap, EDM, soul, r&b, rap, it’s everything. I can’t wait to put more out.
Who do you want to work with in the future?
I would love to do a song with Adele or Daft Punk, that’s always been a dream of mine. I would love to do a song with Kanye West, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Cold Play, I love Chris Martin. Those are definitely the top.
What would you tell people who are still sleeping on you?
Wake up! That’s it.