"We all need to try to adapt to a supportive mindset" - Jasmin Reid Interview
Hello and thank you so much for checking out our newest blog post with the amazing Jasmin Reid! We chatted about her new single 'Butterflies', Songwriting and Women in music!
Let's jump into it...
Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with me Jasmin! Your new single ‘Butterflies’ is so beautiful! Could you tell me a bit about the inspiration behind the track and how it came to be?
Thank you so much for this interview I’ve been so looking forward to it! ‘Butterflies’ was created from a little melody I had in my head. It doesn’t always work that way but this song was actually the last one I wrote for my upcoming EP but it became the most catchy one and I thought it was perfect single material! I started with the melody and then lyrics beginning with chorus and then laying out the rest. I sent voice notes to my guitarist and we worked together to create the wonderful summer sound that is butterflies. The lyrics are reflected on my own true love experience. All of my songs are written about my personal experience or something I have seen.
I would love to hear about your songwriting process! Do you have a set way that you always go about writing?
When writing songs I take one of two approaches. I either start with the instrumentation or the lyrics/melody. For the most part, as I am predominantly focused on vocals and the lyrics in my songs I start with that but during the process of writing my upcoming EP I have used both methods. I find working with musicians greatly beneficial to my music as I am not advanced at piano or guitar so I cannot bring my ideas to life so working with musicians who can really transform my music and take it to the next level. For all of my songs, I picture a vibe I want to create. For example, my single ‘Butterflies’ I wanted a happy summer love feel, imagining dancing happy in a field in love surrounded by flowers and butterflies and the lyrics just came!
I was wondering how you all think that the local music scene has changed over the years you have been active in regards to the treatment and representation of women in the local community? Do you think we are heading in a positive direction?
I think that the music scene has definitely changed for the better with more opportunities for females presenting themselves in recent times but there is a long way to go before there is an even balance. I love seeing how social channels are coming forward that promote women specifically. It's a movement that empowers us to be noticed and heard especially in local scenes where, in my opinion, are mostly comprised of male artists. In the recent years since attending university to gain my honours degree in commercial music, I've witnessed a big rise in the presence of female artists within the Scottish music industry gaining recognition for their work and being acknowledged for taking risks and experimenting with their sounds. It's heartwarming to see and I can't wait to see where it'll continue to go.
How did you first get involved in music? Was this always a career path you desired to follow?
I always knew I would have a career in music but I was unsure of the path I’d follow. When studying music I thought of teaching or therapy but always knew in my heart singing and songwriting was my passion. I’ve been writing songs for as long as I remember with my earliest classic lyrics being “5 a day is what they say you will know my name and I just want to say that I love my friends” ridiculous lyrics but as a very small child I felt like a genius. Luckily my songwriting talents have improved.
Is there a way that you think that as a society and a community that we can work towards creating a more equal and diverse environment within the Scottish music industries?
This is a difficult one to comment on. I personally believe that it's important to remember that music, especially the commercially successful percentage, is always marketed to appeal to their target audience. I feel there is a responsibility to consumers, as well as the creators and distributors to keep things diverse. Get out of your listening rut, go and explore and support as many artists as you can within the industry. You aren't going to enjoy everything you listen to, but the more you discover, the more you're supporting. I really feel that this is where blogs, radio shows, and podcasts are pulling their weight within this industry. You have your mainstream radio stations that all play the same songs, and that's great. But rarely do you have a platform of this extent that promotes "undiscovered" artist's who are striving every day to share their sound. I guess what I'm trying to say is that we all need to try to adapt to a supportive mindset and go that little extra mile to discover someone new.
Do you have any dream collaborations?
My dream Collaborations would be with Gabby Barrett or Lennon Stella or ZZ Ward. All are amazing females who inspire me and I would die of happiness if I got to share a stage with them! I couldn't recommend them enough.
Lastly, I was wondering what female or non-binary Scottish artists are you most excited about right now?
I’m really excited about so many musicians at the moment! So much talent in Scotland! But I’d say I’m really excited about Modern Sonder as I feel she is amazing and unique and her music is awesome! I also love Bethany Ferrie! Her vocals are incredible and songwriting skills are not to be missed! And finally Rebekah Kirk! After being featured on the same compilation album I discovered this artist and her song ‘haunted’ which is a TUNE to say the least. All amazing women in the industry at the moment!
There you have it! Thanks so much to Jasmin for taking the time to chat with me and make sure to check out 'Butterflies' and Jasmin on social media!
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