Indie-pop artist Jazzie Younger simply launched her new single/music video, “cigarettes & heartbreak,” a monitor from her debut EP, 27 membership, which was produced by Mike Publish.
Jazzie explains, “This tune is in regards to the finish of a relationship and the issues that remind you of an individual and a particular time. It’s that ending interval the place you realize that the connection is over and that there’s cause for it, however you’ll be able to’t fairly totally get your self to maneuver on from it simply but.”
Based mostly in Los Angeles, Jazzie is the daughter of Jesse Colin Younger, who sang lead vocals for The Youngbloods, whose tune “Get Collectively” formed the milieu of the late ‘60s. When she was 14, she started writing music severely, adopted by releasing her music in 2019.
Since then, Jazzie has launched a sequence of singles and movies, her 2021 debut album, grown up & grown aside, and her new EP, 27 membership.
The video, rigorously crafted by an all-female crew, radiates a ‘70s ambiance that conveys delicate shifts of sunshine, shadow, and shade, and imbues the visuals with an affecting residual temper.
Guitar Woman Journal spoke with Jazzie Younger to seek out out extra in regards to the particular person behind the music, the retro look of the video, and her definition of tone.
What three issues can’t you reside with out?
This can be a onerous one! I’d should say firstly my canine, then my Taylor Acoustic Guitar, and perhaps in third place my skincare routine? Hydrated completely happy pores and skin is at all times essential.
What impressed your single/music video “cigarettes & heartbreak?”
The music video’s aesthetic was extremely impressed by the tune itself. Each time I write a tune, in my thoughts it’s normally related to some form of shade or shade palette. That’s why every of the movies off of my newest EP has a definite shade scheme. For me, ‘Cigarettes & Heartbreak,’ the tune, was at all times a reddish-orange, a bit classic and aged however nonetheless very intense. The tune itself is in regards to the moments which can be far after a breakup when the preliminary ache has subsided, however the uninteresting ache remains to be there. I actually needed the visuals to help that imagery. That’s why we additionally had the video happen within a bed room, more often than not that’s the place numerous therapeutic, pondering, crying, and so on. occurs post-breakup. Final minute, we added the concept of getting a single pink balloon signify the ‘misplaced love’ that the tune describes, and we drew two faces on both aspect, a contented one and a tragic one. It was such a easy idea, however I really feel prefer it actually added to the story of the video. My director/DP Shelby Parks and I named him Alfred, it was all numerous enjoyable to play with.
How did you get began in music?
My dad is a singer-songwriter, and my mom grew up taking part in the violin and viola, so I used to be launched to music at a really younger age. After I was in kindergarten-elementary college I performed classical piano and violin. Then after I turned 14 my dad gave me my mother’s previous Taylor Guitar, that’s after I actually began to jot down songs with chords. Earlier than then I’d write extra concepts, or outlines of songs however they by no means actually felt like a cohesive thought.
The place are you from?
I used to be born in West Marin however spent my childhood on the Huge Island of Hawaii after our home in Northern California burnt down after I was about one 12 months previous. I additionally spent my teenage and faculty years in South Carolina the place my mom’s dad and mom reside.
Did your hometown affect your sound?
Truthfully, I’m undecided. I really feel just like the musicians that I listened to all through the years have impressed me extra artistically than the locations that I lived.
Did your sound evolve naturally, or did you intentionally push it in a sure path?
I believe a bit little bit of each. I by no means attempt to drive a sound or a mode, I normally wish to hearken to the tune that I’ve written after which fashion the manufacturing across the pure path of that tune. Nevertheless, on my newest EP I used to be clearer on the final style I needed the general album to fall into and I believe that did assist make this EP really feel extra cohesive inside its sound than my first one. I’m somebody who actually enjoys selection and plenty of totally different kinds of music so it’s generally onerous for me to slim down the path I need my artwork to go in.
What sort of guitar do you play?
I play an acoustic Taylor Guitar and have lately been taking part in a Gibson Customized electrical guitar. It has a lovely sound for reside music in order that’s the guitar I took on tour with me this summer time.
What’s your definition of tone? And has your tone modified over time?
The tone of my music I believe falls someplace in between nostalgic, longing, and infrequently sassy. My vocals are tonally fairly mushy, however the general tune tone actually does rely so much on the subject of the tune. I do generally tend to jot down towards the melancholia aspect of issues.
What conjures up your writing? Do you draw inspiration from poems, music, or different media?
It actually relies upon. I’ve positively had sure songs from different artists encourage a brand new tune out of me. Typically it’s immediately associated to very particular moments or individuals in my life, and different occasions I’ve had individuals I barely know spur one thing within me that turns right into a tune. Recently, I’ve been impressed so much by easy concepts, issues that I’ve been mulling over or daydreaming about, generally that may assist to ignite my creativeness and songwriting. I believe the cool factor about inspiration is that it will probably actually come from wherever if you happen to’re open to it.
What are you able to share about your writing course of?
Though it differs from tune to tune, I’d say nearly all of the time lyrics come to me first earlier than the melody. I’m at my core a lyricist. There are occasions the place they arrive organically shut collectively, and different occasions the place I’ve a full lyrical tune written in my notes app that I can’t appear to seek out the melody to for months! I additionally am an enormous believer that sure songs simply come to you extra totally fashioned than others. Some wish to make you’re employed a bit more durable to determine what they’re.
Which artists in your opinion are killing it proper now?
Oh wow, I really feel like genuinely there are such a lot of artists thriving for the time being. I used to be simply turned onto this artist, Lizzie McAlpine, who I believe is a really gifted singer-songwriter. I additionally found Noah Kahan via TikTok and he’s genuinely so spectacular! Clearly, Phoebe Bridgers and the queen of songwriting herself Taylor Swift are all constantly killing the sport.
What can your followers stay up for over the subsequent six months? Music movies? Reside gigs?
Hopefully the entire above. I’ve a present arising on October 1st in Santa Cruz that’s with my dad! However I’m hoping to proceed writing and begin on the subsequent musical challenge quickly in addition to carry out extra!