RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW SPANISH ARTIST JANIS
Hiya Janis thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to become a hip hip artist?
Yes, you can call me a hip hop artist but I didn’t decide it. I just do music that I like, I don’t think about it. I would say I’m more than a hip-hop artist, as my style is influenced by other genres such as rock or even jazz. That’s makes me stand out from other hip-hop artists.
Introduce us all to you and your musical history?
Well, music was always in my life. Since I was a kid I have played a bunch of different instruments, until I started creating my own music. First singing and with my guitar, and later with the computer and the MIDI keyboard (although I still sing and play the guitar). Finally, 1.5 years ago I decided to start a bigger project and make my own album. And here I am, just having released my first album.
Spain doesnt feel the a hub of hip hop activity, talk me through the scene there?
Yes, you are right. There is always the same music all over the country. Three genres are the main ones, and new types of music struggles to be known. Hip-hop in Spain it still quite underground, but in the last years it has started to become more and more popular.
What advise would you give other artists starting out?
I would say they need to be constant and be sure that that is what they want to do for a living. Because you need to be 100% in it.
What are your thoughts on the UK music scene?
I always loved the UK scene. I listen to some Skepta and some Drill songs, but I am not very good at remembering names, so don’t ask me too much about it. However, the song of Tion Wayne and Russ million remix is crazy.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
I don’t believe in that kind of stuff, but it’s funny to chill with friends and talk about it.
What useless party trick /talent do you have/?
It is not useless, it is actually useful. I open beer bottles with a normal ring. I learned it from a guy in Germany.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
I don’t really have a specific moment. As long as the concert goes as planned its always sick. And even if it doesn’t, sometimes it is super fun too.
What was the worst experience on stage?
One of my firsts ones. I jumped onto the stage feeling very nervous and in one of the songs I got out of tune very badly. It was awful and it made me cringe.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
I think people will see a different type of music. It is not the usual trap style. Probably because I do my own beats and I try to put in it lots of different styles.
Tell us a funny story from backstage?
Once I got supper stoned before a concert, and when I got to the stage, I was extremely high. It was fun for me because at that moment I didn’t give a fuck. Never again I will be so stoned on stage.
If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe it?
I will say it’s a mix of sensations. Sometimes, you feel anger, or sadness, or melancholic, or joy, or happiness. It completely depends on the song.
What’s your biggest achievement as an Artist?
My biggest achievement has been to launch a full album. It is a thing I always wanted to do. It requires a lot of work, but who wouldn’t love this kind of work.
What makes you stand out as an Artist?
I think what makes me stand out is that I do everything in the making the music process (except for videos and artworks). From the first note of the beat, to the last knob I move in the mix and master session. And I think the majority of artist “fail” to do so at some point in this process.
Talk me through the thought process of the album?
When I made the first song, I wasn’t really thinking of making an album. But then I considered to do one, so I picked up a bunch of different types of songs and created a storyline that could represent the album’s story.
What was the recording process like?
It was very very hard to be happy with the recordings. I would repeat each song dozens of times. For me recording the voice is the worst part because I struggle to get the tone I like. But I love to listen to the lyrics and the music together. I love when you see the song coming up after you have built it from scratch.
Why record an album? A lot of artists are going down the road of regular singles, just interested in your thoughts on committing to an album right now.?
Because I did a lot of singles and I wanted to do a bigger and more ambitious project. I wanted to push my own limits and move out from the comfort zone.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single/album?
When I actually learned more, was in the post-production. When all the audio stuff was done. I learned to put all I have in a project and to put all I have to achieve this. And finally realizing how you need to put in to complete this kind of work. It is insane. But I knew this would be hard as fuck, and I was kind of psyched for it.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
I think every artist when they finish any type of project would like to change some things. Because you start thinking about little details that maybe nobody really cares about. Yes, I would change very small things, but I love the process, how it was done and how it turned out.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
Go full with building my own project, trying to do concerts and new stuff. But Covid-19 doesn’t help, and letting the world know this new big project: Northern Lights. And planning more music, but this is only an outline.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I just wanted to encourage you to check my new album NORTHERN LIGHTS. It’s available on all digital platforms. I put a lot of effort in it. An effort I have never put in my life before. Because this is something that I love and I want to do until I die.