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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW NEW YORK ARTIST JASON BEMBRY

Hiya Jason, thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a  brew and take a seat. 

Don’t mind if I do. Thank you! 

What made you decide to become an artist? 

Music has always been in my family so there was always music in the house. I  just naturally gravitated towards the piano, then to singing, and eventually to performing. It was less of a decision and more of an instinct. 

We started RGM USA to share American artists in the UK and UK artists in the USA, how do you feel about this premise? 

I think this is amazing! Music has no borders and I love the idea of building a  bridge to help artists and their music find new listeners and fans. 

What are your thoughts on the UK music scene? 

There are so many really creative artists. I really love the different ways of songwriting that can be created just from the environment you are in.  

Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic? If so, what? 

I’m incredibly frugal. I save up and try not to buy anything until it’s absolutely needed or will serve a purpose…however, I got bored! So I recently bought a  little AI desk robot assistant because it looked adorable. And I was right! Haha! 

Do you subscribe to any conspiracy theories?  

It’s never really been my thing. I enjoy much more just listening to them and hearing everyone’s reasons for believing them. I think that’s more interesting than the conspiracies themselves.  

Who is inspiring you at the minute on the New York unsigned scene? 

Alexandra James, one of my former college classmates. I just love her voice and her writing style. It’s so fun, so jazzy, and so effortless.  

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

It was my very first show performing all my own music, and it was just so much fun. I really loved the whole experience. It was my first time feeling the energy of the crowd and hearing these songs come to life. Even performing for people who had no idea I was a songwriter, was an unforgettable night! 

What was the worst experience on stage? 

I forgot the lyrics to one of my songs. The verses start the same so when the second verse came around, I blanked so hard and just jumped right into another chorus, turned around to my band, and ended it. Oh boy, that was awful!  

Create a four-piece band made up of legends – who would be in it?  (drummer, bass, lead singer etc) 

Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Ann Wilson, the artist formerly known as Prince —  all a cappella? Some instrumentation maybe? I don’t know, but I think the vocal  music from these 4 incredible artists would be ridiculous! 



What advice would you give someone going into the music industry? 

The best advice I can give is to find people you can trust to help you accomplish your goals. Big or small. It doesn’t matter. What matters is knowing when to lean on other people with who you are comfortable being an extension of yourself.  

What makes you stand out as an artist? 

I think my vocal range and my ability to float between genres. I like walking that line and pulling from different styles and influences. It makes it that much more fun when I get to sing them. 

Right now, what’s annoying you the most? 

That there isn’t enough time in the day to do everything I want to do and to be with the people I want to be with.  

What can you tell us about your new single ‘Maybe I’ll’?

I wrote this song years ago after a late-night phone call with my friend.  Someone close to them passed away suddenly, and it was just a really difficult time for everyone. My way of processing it all was to write a song. But it’s not a  sad song. 

Talk me through the thought process of the single. 

I really wanted to emphasize how important it is to show your emotions around your friends and to let those parts of you come out. While this is a much more mature subject than my previous songs, I still wanted this to have an uplifting,  celebratory feel rather than one of sadness and pity. Hence, the tropical house influence and all the high belts. Yes, we are sad, and that’s ok! 

What was the recording process like? 

I worked with the producer Caden Jester. He’s really talented at bringing my thoughts out of my head and into the track. Vocally, it was a lot of work because of all the vocal layers to the song, but I always have so much fun in the studio.  My favorite part is always the ad-libs. I just love coming up with new ideas and giving them a try. Nothing is more fun and creative than on-the-spot improvising.  Haha! 

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single? 

Electronic sounds. This was the first song I did where everything is electronic and it was a huge challenge just writing for a style I’ve never written before. I’m also not great with the technical side of music production, so it was important for me to find someone who had the skills to bring this song to life.  

Would you change anything now that it’s finished? 

That’s such a good question. Honestly, no. I really enjoyed making the song and the final product really is exactly what I wanted to hear from the song as well as from me vocally. So I really love it all. 

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

‘Maybe I’Il’ is actually the lead single from a new EP I have coming out called My  Own Advice. It’s all about lessons I’ve learned over the years. I can’t wait!