By: Seamus Fay
Authenticity is a trait that can never go understated in music. It becomes apparent in lyrics, sound, image, etc., and when an artist is truly authentic and genuine to themselves, the listeners can tell. One of the most authentic artists I’ve heard in all of 2018 so far has been Jazz Ingram – an Atlanta native who holds this trait among all other things and an artist who, with an ample supply of both talent and work ethic, could just be the next big thing out of his city.
Ingram lives in his own world of limitless creativity, and naturally, we here at Graduation Music had to take the opportunity to speak to him about his upbringing, Atlanta, a record entitled FORREST., and more. Read our conversation below.
To start off, where are you originally from? What was your childhood like?
I was born in Rochester, New York, but I moved down to Atlanta before I was 2. I had a dope childhood, pretty middle class. I got bullied but like, who doesn’t? I was really small until junior year (like 5’1, 90 lbs). My mom is a reverend, so I was in church a lot.
I had a lot of impossible-seeming things happen to me while I was growing up like when I was at Six Flags and the Plain White T’s pulled me on stage – I was like 7. I didn’t get in much trouble, but I talked a lot. Hopefully that makes sense.
At what age did you start making music and what led you to do so?
Around 11. Michael Jackson, Kid Cudi, Kanye West, and Justin Timberlake led me to make music. I used to take my sister’s iPod Classic and the list above is what I took a liking to (minus Michael Jackson – I always knew about Michael Jackson).
What are the top three most influential albums for you as an artist?
Honestly, not an album guy. But like Future Memoirs by Allan Kingdom really hit me. Prince’s aesthetic pushed me forward in making music, too. Fuck it, imma make a list
808s and Heartbreak // Mr. West
Man on the Moon // Cudi
Future Sex Love Sounds // The man who ruined Janet Jackson
Explain the title of your most recent offering, a record entitled, FORREST.
The main part of the title, “FORREST”, is my grandfather’s middle name. Feb. 5 was his 75th birthday, so it was a dedication to my grandfather. I added the “a record entitled” because I think because music is almost losing its physical aspect (streaming, digital vs. analog) so I had to tell people that this is more than just a collection of songs. When I think of a finished work, I picture a record (vinyl) in my mind.
Describe Atlanta in five words.
Eclectic, Spontaneous, Black, Traffic, and did I mention Black? 🙂
What is your creative process like when making a song or a project? Where do you find inspiration from and in general, how does everything come together?
I push myself to create every day across several mediums. Just to keep my head in a creative space.
I like to make songs early in the morning (I record myself in my room), typically right after I eat a chicken biscuit from either Chick-Fil-A or Bojangles. I don’t really write melodies – most of my recent hooks have been freestyled, so I’ll loop the track and just sing literally whatever comes to mind for half an hour or so. Depending on how I’m feeling, I’ll either write the track on paper or my iPhone. The best places to write are my car, my room, this park around the corner, or the toilet.
I find inspiration from documentaries, interviews, and long conversations w/ Ian (Women). Recently I’ve been working with Kobe (yourfriendkami) ALL the time, so things happen pretty quickly and organically, to say the least. We made a record entitled, FORREST. in about a month.
You can only watch one cartoon for the rest of your life. What cartoon are you choosing and why?
The Amazing World of Gumball goes dummy, no cap. But I don’t watch TV any longer ***!waste of time!***
What are your main goals as an artist? Where do you want to be in 5 years?
Make what I like, honestly – something around there.
I don’t think that far ahead, but New Zealand is pretty. And hopefully, I have a BMW M3.
Lastly, what can fans expect from Jazz Ingram in the near future?
Content. But this summer I’m focusing my attention on r0cworld.
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