JEAMES: A Music Star In The Making
Artem RubaNovich; who is more known by his moniker Jeames has been making waves with his abilities as a top notch producer and singer all-the-while etching his name in the world of music as a star songwriter in the making. Based in Moscow, Russia, Jeames originally garnered attention after releasing his debut single 'Young Stoner Love' which Jeames exclusively produced himself. Despite being a music enthusiast for nearly ten years, Jeames didn't start his career until recently. He decided to spend time honing his craft and getting better at producing and song-writing. Jeames tells stories with his music and tells them in a way that allows the listener to picture the exact setting he found himself in when he wrote it. With his eye's wide open and the mission clear 'Jeames' has already begun the process of taking over Moscow and has since laid his sights on building his fan base in the United States. We got to sit down with 'Jeames' for an interview. Here's what he had to say:
Jeames (Interview) - Transcript
Rep - Thank you for taking the time to sit with us and answer some fan related questions Jeames."
Jeames - No problem thank you for having me
Rep - Okay lets get right in to it
Do you remember your first time in the studio? Tell us about it.
Yes, my first time in the studio was when I was 14 years of age and I decided I wanted to learn how to do music, but not just music but production as well. From then on I decided I wanted to do even more than that and that's when I started recording myself and got in to studio engineering. I'd say the combination of these pursuits led me to want to be a more complete artist which allows for more creativity in my music. I'd say I spend about 10% of my time writing my music and nearly 90% of my time producing and engineering sounds.
There's rumors going around that your working on an upcoming project. Tell us about it.
Yes, I actually am working on a short project which should be releasing towards the end of this year. I prefer to release in December and initially I wanted to make an album, but after taking more time to think about my current status as a musician and my need to tell my story encouraged me to start out with an EP. I want to take my time telling my story and want to embrace new fans with different parts of my sound.
Your first single 'Young Stoner Love' was a great introduction to your sound. What can new fans expect from the new project.
Well first of all, new fans can expect to hear something that resembles a complete project despite it being less than six songs. I want to show all the different sides to my music. With Young Stoner Love, it was more of a slow melodic ballad I wrote about a memory from a past lover. Other songs on the project will in many ways build from that story but increase in tempo as the story gets more intense.
As of today one of your popular releases is your song 'Young Stoner Love' which you produced yourself. Has the process of producing your own music had an effect on your writing or thought process when creating music?
Yes that's a great questions because it can get pretty tricky. When your producing music you literally start with nothing and for many producers they will have a go to sound or instrument that they will use for their first layer. For example, some producers of hip hop and rap music will start with a bass line then work their way through the rest of the production from there. For me I love strings and pianos and chords. So I tend to start there and as I produce it's almost like I'm simultaneously writing the song too. I'll sing melodies and hooks which help give me direction for the end result.
Tell us about the song for those who haven't heard it yet. What is the song about and how is it portrayed in the lyrics?
For those who haven't heard the song yet, Young Stoner Love is a slow ballad about being young, stoned and in love. This combination of products create a chemistry that can only be matched by someone in the same position. A young stoner love isn't pushy nor does it come with heavy expectations. Sometimes it's quiet, sometimes its movie-like and that's what I wanted to portray through the lyrics in the song. Young Stoner Love was meant to be authentic.
Tell us about the producers you have been working with. Who can we expect to hear from on the new EP?
For the most part I really enjoy working solo but at times will enlist the help of a co-producer. One that I really enjoy working with is 'Raibu' who also happens to be based in Moscow, Russia as well. I like what he brings to the overall sound. However for my debut EP, I will only be showcasing my own work in order to give fans an honest introduction to my sound and style of music. The project will however receive co-writer credits by a good friend of mine named Joseph and I'm excited about that - it's always great when we get to work together.
Your currently based in Moscow, Russia - what has your hometown done for you and other aspiring artists?
Well my hometown is actually Omsk, Russia and for anyone familiar with that place it's really f**cking cold! I can say though there are a lot of really great artists in Russia and with it being an old country there is quite a bit of old age vs new age music being made here but there is a growing buzz being started by people like myself and other younger artists looking to bring a new wave to Russia. We are also being influenced by more modern American music these days as well.
Do you have any fears about this music industry? How would you take someone pushing you towards a different direction with your music.
Well I'm not afraid that someone in the industry will attempt to change my sound. I think the music industry has quality people with a lot of musical experience who could only enhance my sound and direction as an artist. I really feel like if your putting some great material down on the table, no one will try to change your core sound. Music is about being yourself and I realize that many vocalists and musicians who make it big do it by being different and creating their own lane. If I could pick one fear though I would say it would be not doing enough to really showcase to the world my gift of music.
Describe today's music industry if you can in just a single word.
I'd say Possibilities. As I see it there is a chance and a possibility for anyone no matter what type of sound that make. I see electronic DJ's selling out shows with over 30,000 people - as if they were a Beyonce or Taylor Swift. I feel like there is enough cake and pie to go around for anyone to grab their own slice. So possibilities would definitely be the one word I would use to describe today's music industry.
Describe your perfect listener with just a single word. What are they like?
They would be 'open'. I try to stay true to myself, my sound and my story. People who enjoy it will be people who are open and have tried things. I don't think someone who has had a very sheltered life would get a big kick out of my music. I mean I could be wrong, but music is about telling your story and getting lucky to the point that your story happened to be similar to that of someone else's.
Give us a random fact about Jeames - that people don't already know.
Lol I started doing music because of 50 Cent's single 'Disco Inferno'. It was so different from anything I have ever heard and it caught my attention in a way that made me want to tell my own story and make kick ass beats. I've always been a huge hip hop fan as well since hearing that song lol.
Overall - what can current and new music fans expect from Jeames in the remainder of 2017?
They can expect new singles, a new project and more things like interviews and promotions to let people know I am here and I'm here to stay. I love music, I love energy and I love being able to connect with music fans from all over the world with a shared interest. Jeames is definitely hear to stay and I look forward to everything that telling my unique story brings.
Jeames (Interview) - Transcript
Rep - That concludes all of our fan questions Jeames, thank you for staying past your designated time with us and we wish you the best of luck. Keep up the great work!
Jeames - No worries and again I thank you for having me.