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Jodré

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW JODRÉ WHAT HAPPENED?

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

Making a decision to follow music as a career was a mixture of factors. I don’t think I decided to make music, life inevitably put me in front of challenges that created a need to express myself through art. I think that my grandmother’s death when I was 16 had a huge impact on my approach to life and it definitely made me reconsider my path.

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

My first ever performance happened when I was 8 years old when I performed Man In The Mirror by Michael Jackson in front of thousands of people back in Portugal. I had been playing the organ from ages 5-8 but I never really enjoyed it that much because it was too classical.

After that, because I was moving around a lot, music transformed into a different concept. Now I was singing in church and church related summer camps but always from a distance due to my love for sports as well. Around the time I was 16 I started learning the piano and the guitar by myself and posting IG covers at 18 that were getting very positive feedback. In 2019, I moved to the UK to pursue music and released my first track the next summer.

What’s the live music scene like in London right now? Anyone we should be looking out for?

I’ve only been introduced to the live music scene in London 6 months ago when I also started performing. From my experience, grassroots venues in London are like nowhere else in the world. As independent artists there are loads of opportunities to book gigs, to collaborate and to network. 

There’s a lot of quantity and, proportionally,  a lot of talent. Definitely, you should be looking out for TVP who are a personal favourite and SUNNYNINE whom I have been following for a while now.

Who are your musical influences? 

My main musical influence, due to the artistry, unmatchable performances and aura, is Michael Jackson who was my first-ever musical obsession.

Another massive reference is Daniel Caesar, I love the way he combines the divine with the human experience which is something that attracts me a lot in the way I view life and, consequently how I write songs. 

Brent Faiyaz, Frank Ocean, Miguel, Lauryn Hill, Lenny Kravitz, there is plenty more who have influenced me in their own ways.

Jodré

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

The music industry is changing at a rapid speed. The truth is that it was never so accessible for independent artists to make their way into stardom but, at the same time, there was never as much competition to get to those same places.

I feel like nowadays it is not about talent or artistry but instead about how trendy you can be, which is a direct opponent to artistry as a concept, but definitely a measure of originality. I know there is still a long way to go and I try to enjoy every step of the way as much as possible but I certainly also feel like someone who does not want to be just like everyone else and sacrifice my artistry for fast-fashion trends. 

More and more there is no restrictions on genres and genre-crossing reveals itself as a powerful tool for every artist. Even though the best way to describe my sound would be by labelling it R&B/Soul I like to think of myself as someone who will push the boundaries of my artistry beyond genre.

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

  • I started reading, by myself, at 4 years old
  • I graduated in Politics and Philosophy
  • I started driving at 17

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

Perception is a complicated topic for humans, especially in today’s generation. 

I do think that if you want to take it back 20 years ago when technology was a resource instead of a lifestyle, people were much happier because they were able to express themselves more freely.

Today I feel like everyone is walking on a leash. That’s where I feel like the role of the artist becomes imperative because the point of our existence is that we are already not conformed with social constructs so we should be the front line in regards to the battle for the value of our word. Undoubtedly we should always be respectful to others independently of whatever, but that only has value if we are also allowed to think for ourselves, and in order to think we must risk being offensive.

What was your best experience on stage?

I will never forget the first time I heard people singing back a song that I’ve written in my room. Hearing the crowd singing that for the first time almost brought tears to my eyes. To classify a single moment as the most special is complicated but I do feel like my best experience on stage happened at The Spice of Life in Soho, my last gig, where not only my band was amazing but also the energy from that night was absolutely unforgettable.

Which is the best piece of advice that anyone has given you?

It is quite unfair for me to just mention one piece of advice as the best. I am not only my life experiences but also everyone that I meet throughout my journey as a person. ‘Do not vulgarise yourself’ and ‘Lead by example’ both given by my grandfather are very present in my head.

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about. 

Before I started releasing music back in 2020 my life was meant to go in a completely different direction. At 15 I was a handball regional and national champion back in Portugal, most of my friends still play and some of them at the highest competitive levels.

What are the next steps you plan to take as an artist to reach the next level?

This is a very special phase for my music. By the beginning of 2025 my EP ‘Frequencies’ will be released as an agglomeration of a series of releases that were triggered by my last track ‘Angel (From Heaven)’. Moving down to London was an extremely important step in the right direction. Playing gigs at so many different legendary venues has been amazing, I intend to put myself out there more and more, and to focus on collaborating with other artists.

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.

It is always amazing when the universe rewards us with special and unique people who help us make the burden of life a bit lighter and even more colourful. Regarding this track, it is about someone whom I admire, glorify and praise to the point where it becomes divine. 

The rush of falling in love with someone that connects with your Higher Self and that same realisation through the unfolding of the romance itself.

What was the recording process like?

Since I had all the vocal tracks already recorded on my laptop, when it was time to go to the studio and record it, it was just a matter of repeating the vocals as many times as possible to bring out the best of my performance. I cannot stress enough how exciting it was to have recorded it with sound engineer NoCap due to his studio experience, and our synergy also proved to be unique. We finished the track in one session all due to how the energy in the room was flowing so well and I cannot be thankful enough to Aether Records for believing in me and in my project.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

The ability to be vulnerable with myself not only for the positive feelings but also by revealing and, consequently, healing some toxic behaviours and feelings that complement the balance of energies within myself. There can only be so much light as the darkness we are willing to take on. I guess that not being afraid of showing the process of that equilibrium was the most relevant lesson for me as an artist.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

It amazes me how this question was very present in my head in the earlier stages of my artistic journey and as I am growing as an artist and as a person it still remains as relevant: who were you before the world told you who you should be?

There has to be a way of staying true to yourself while also acknowledging the concept of trendiness. Never forget the power of perception and how it can blind you to your own potential.

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