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Interview with Jasmine Cain

With so many interesting musicians in the world, I try my best to keep up with everything. At the end of the day though, I like listening to the music I enjoy. I have always liked the music of Jasmine Cain when I do listen to it. I couldn't even tell you how I came about her music, I just had her music in my Amazon playlist one day and I kept on listening. The Nashville-based singer-songwriter has made quite the name for herself over the last few years. Since 2003, she has been consistently pushing forward in the music industry, all independently. The result? An awesome list of accomplishments including JPF Female Artist of the Year, (MCMA) 4-time Female Rock Vocalist: and NIMA Artist and 2-time Alt-Rock band of the year to name a few. With the release of her seventh album "Seven" on the horizon, I took some time to talk to Jasmine to talk about her career and what is to come from her.

You’ve come a long way in your career already and you have quite a few awards under your belt. How does it make you feel to see how far you have come?

I feel accomplished. I feel validated. I feel great about being able to show the world that I am a viable songwriter and performer even though I didn’t have a label or management. I like knowing that I did it all independently and without guidance, but rather sheer will-power and the determination to succeed. But, I’m far from finished. The best is yet to come.

Could you tell us a bit about your creative process from a musical and lyrical standpoint?

In most cases, I am just focused on something in the energy of the world and I want to write about that. I always want to keep what I’m writing relevant to the people living in the now. So basically it starts off a feeling and then I try to find a relatable situation that I’ve experienced or witnessed and then it just kind of writes itself. I never want a song to leave you with a down feeling. It is important for me to always take the worst situations and give people a reason to get up and make it better or try harder. I just feel like we have enough bringing us down on a day to day basis, that I would like to inspire positivity as much as humanly possible without coming across as inhuman. No one is shiny and happy 100% of the time.

You have your new album “Seven” coming out this year, what’s going to be different about this album from your previous work?

I felt like I was being left behind from a production standpoint and I wanted to compete at a current level. A good song will always be a good song, but the production quality is constantly changing. I’ve shied away from any electronic influence in the past because I felt like it was too robotic and unrelatable as a human being, but since it continues to grow and become more of the mainstream of what people want to hear, I have to embrace it and morph into a new era to avoid being left behind. I took the parts of it that I could feel and incorporated that into my earthy songwriting self and it took on a whole new life. I’m actually really pleased with it. I owe all of that new inspiration and knowledge to Caleb Sherman of Cygnus Sound Studios who just seems to have his finger on the pulse of what’s here and now sonically. It was an amazing experience to watch him work.

How difficult is it to write and record new songs without feeling like you’re repeating yourself?

If you’re writing great songs, you definitely want to repeat yourself over and over. Musically speaking, there are only so many variations of chord progressions and notes to sing or play over the top of them. It’s more about what you have to say in that song and if you can create the mood musically to say it so people feel it and understand it. I’ve written a lot of songs in my life and some have had similar musical aspects to them, but no two have ever been alike in content and feel. Once I’ve said what I have to say, I’ve already moved on.

What’s your favourite song from the new album?

"Brave". Hands down. If you were looking for a song that makes you get up every morning and do the best at everything you can, then this is your song. When I run into a roadblock and I feel stuck, I can listen to this song and it just pulls something inside of you out so you can take on the adversity head-on. 

What do you think drew you to playing and writing music in the first place?

I know this was what I wanted to do from the time I was 4 years old. I had a very vivid dream about it and I told my father I was going to be a singer and a songwriter. He thought it was cute when I was little. I don’t think I was drawn to it, I think I was born this way. It was already encoded in my DNA at birth. 

What were your influences when you started writing music. Who were some names that you could spitball?

I loved women that were full of fire. Joan Jett made me want to play a guitar and front a band. Pat Benatar made me want to study operatic style singing so I could sing more notes. Heart made me want to link arms with my sisters of rock n roll and take over the world. They all taught me valuable lessons that I carry with me today. But the first one was Wynonna Judd. My parents raised me on country music and I remember all these small women’s voices singing beautifully on these country songs. And then one day I heard Wynonna Judd’s voice and it was strong...still beautiful...but strong. I remember thinking she sounded like a female Elvis. I thought that was cool and I wanted to sing like that.

What’s the most memorable gig from your time touring?

I opened for Rob Zombie once in Sturgis, South Dakota. I wasn’t supposed to be the opening act, but the metal band they had coming apparently couldn’t make it. So they pulled me off the stage I was on in the middle of my show and told me I was opening for Rob Zombie. I wasn’t the kind of band who should be opening for him at the time, so I was terrified that I would fail. Throughout the entire show, 1 man stood in front of me heckling me and I was furious. He was relentless. I saw John 5 standing side stage watching us and I knew I had to do something soon or else I would feel like a total failure. So I threw my bass down on the ground and it skidded across the floor. While everyone was watching it slide, I took a few running steps and jumped feet first right into that guy and kicked him in the head. Security pulled me over the gate and I collected my gear and left. John 5 told me that was pretty cool. I can die now.

If there is one thing you would like to achieve in your career, what would it be?

Radio success. I just really want to hear one song I have written be playing on every radio station. I don’t even care if I’m the one singing it! I just want to hear a song I had something to do with, be a complete radio success. That’s what I strive for.

If you weren’t playing music as a career, what path do think you would’ve taken?

I wanted to be a veterinarian, but my father talked me out of it. Schooling is 8 years and then you have to find placement. I just loved animals, but he knew how much it crushed me when they didn’t survive and I think he knew it would eat me up on the inside after a while. He was probably right.

To you, what is the most important thing about playing live?

The energy exchange between the crowd and the band is insane. If you’ve never experienced it before, it’s pretty hard to describe. But when you’re up there in the moment and the audience is feeling it, it is the most magical experience of all time. You feel capable of anything. It’s so powerful. And the stories I hear after the show are even more incredible. People are amazing. They do amazing things. They live amazing lives. It’s really incredible to hear what they have achieved and overcome in their lives. I live for that.

Finally, this is the last question I usually ask. What is the hardest thing you’ve had to overcome and how did you overcome it?

The hardest thing by far for me to overcome is my own insecurity and to be honest, I’m still working on that. I don’t know if you ever truly overcome it or if you just temporarily push it aside. In my mind, I’m still this awkward girl trying to hang out with the cheerleaders. On stage, I’m the girl the cheerleaders want to hang out with. It’s all very confusing to me.


Unknown said…
Great Interview!

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