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Jasmine Jordan, an up and coming R&B singer, is no stranger to the disposition of falling in love. With incredible range, storytelling, and passion, Jasmine captivates audiences with relatable narratives that convey love's enthralling and heartbreaking dynamics.
Jasmine grew up in Olympia, Washington, where her love of music was influenced by R&B pop sensations Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Tamia, and Alicia Keys. The singer released her debut EP, Time Travel, in January 2015
Hi Jasmine! We discovered your music during last month on Jamendo and it already had a great impact on our audience. Your song “Possibilities” has been listened 40,000 times and has about 20,000 how do you feel about this success?
I’m really excited and thankful that so many of the Jamendo listeners have taken time to check it out and that they connect with it in one way or another! It was such a fun song to write and record so I can only hope that this same fun energy resonates with everyone who is playing it!
What are your main influences and where do you find inspiration when composing a track?
I grew up in a home that played 80’s and 90’s RnB non stop. So this music still influences and inspires me today. Overall, life is what inspires all of my music. The experiences I’ve been through, those experiences of those closest to me, the long conversations I have with my girlfriends and family. All of it slips into my music so that I’m able to share personal pieces of myself and speak about things/issues/topics that I feel passionate about.
You have been performing live in California lately. Do you like being on stage or are you more of a studio person?
I absolutely, 100%, love being on stage. There is NOTHING like connecting with people in person. It is my opportunity to give background on the songs, to share more of Jasmine Jordan and who I really am and my opportunity to share the music in a way that I hope connects with the audience in some type of positive way.
What is your best memory of all these shows you gave around the release of Time Travel?
My best memory (although there are many!) has to be going back to WA, which is where I’m from, and performing for the first time in Seattle in front of so many people I grew up with. They packed out the house and touched my heart that night, so it is a memory I will never forget.
Could you share with us any fun fact that your audience would be surprised to hear about you?
Fun fact that the audience may be surprised to hear about me is that my mother is from Mannheim, Germany and I can speak german pretty well :)
What’s next for Jasmine Jordan, do you have any projects for the future?
Next up is my new single “Smile” coming out in August which will also include a music video. I will also be announcing a Fall Tour in the next month so I hope everyone continues to journey with me through all of this and as we move into new seasons. You can follow me on everything @TheRealJasmineJ (instagram, Facebook, twitter). Thank you so much for your support Jamendo and your amazing audience! Sending love to all!
Lukhash is an electronic music composer. He creates a blend of original 8bit sound, 80's and rock music. He has been on Jamendo since 2009 and will release his new album on the 10th of July – 6 years after his first album.
After thousands of listens and downloads of his songs, he’s ready to amaze us with his new compositions.
Hi LukHash, it’s great to have you on the Jamendo Blog! Most of the readers already know you, but could you tell us more about yourself?
Sure, but I have to warn you right away that it isn't terribly interesting. My journey with music commenced at the age of 4 in pre-school, and then carried on through the primary and high-school years where classical guitar was my main instrument while piano being secondary; moreover there was few additional subjects e.g. Music theory, History of Music. At the age of 19 I decided to start my own music project under the name of LukHash.
I currently create and record songs at home with a use of a single PC and various 8-but consoles & computers including Gameboys, Nintendo Entertainment Systems, Commodore 64’s & ZX Spectrum.
Your last albums were very successful on Jamendo (1 700 000 listens) and Falling Apart has been listened to more than 200.000 times and downloaded 21.000 times. How do you feel about this success?
This is indeed a great success which came absolutely unexpected at the time. I think my previous compilation Digital Memories has been even more successful, oscillating around 1 million overall listens at the moment.
The biggest surprise was to see the song ‘Stand Alone’ topping the Jamendo chart for a number of weeks, especially just before the album went live, that particular song was meant to be dropped off it. I didn’t realise until then, how wise a decision it was to keep it on the track list. I think this was a key element of the entire album being so successful which ultimately resulted in many new listeners and most devoted fans that follow my music to this day.
You have created a really specific style, with a lot of 8bit and electronic sounds. Where does your inspiration come from?
We would have to go back into the 80’s when my dad brought home an old 8-bit Commodore 64 which was my first personal computer. As a kid I used to listen to the music from various games and shortly after, it became my favorite genre along mainstream 80’s hits. I also remember I used my one tape deck recorder to capture computer tunes, so that I could listen to it on my walkman without loading the game (which could sometimes take forever) or whenever I was on the move.
In my teenage years I was playing guitar in a band, and exploring various other genres including rock & metal. After a number of years my taste steered towards electro and eventually brought me where I’m today. I think around 2009 I decided to experiment a little bit and try to incorporate sounds from childhood into the music I was already creating.
Your next album The Other Side will be released on the 10th of July on Jamendo. Could you describe it to us?
If you enjoyed Falling Apart I think you will like this one too. There will be even more modern electronic sounds as well bleep and bloops generated by machines from the last century.
I didn’t record very many guitar tracks in comparison to my previous releases, and even when I did, these have been kept at low volume.
You can still expect a lot of catchy melodies and a lot of energy which of course comes straight from the heart.
Here is "Hongdae" the first single of Lukhash's new album:
You choose to allow your audience to download your albums for free, why?
I generally prefer keeping all of my music free for everyone. If people want to buy your record or reward your work, they will still do that by purchasing the album from digital stores or donation etc.
I think this also allows you to bring new listeners and reach wider audiences. Fans who appreciate your hard work will support you anyway, as at the end of the day they would like to see more coming in the future.
Moreover, I love to see people getting excited about my new releases, posting comments, creating some derivative work, and saying some of the songs inspired them. This personally gives me sense of reward and fulfilment in what I’m doing.
Do you sometimes collaborate with other people?
Unfortunately due to lack of spare time I didn’t do any collaboration for a while now, and recently any spare moment was mainly invested into recording of a new album. But I’m not saying I won’t collaborate with other artists in the future though!
Your album artwork is always amazing, where do the ideas come from?
While my albums are being put together, I usually ask my wife to put the headphones on, and listen to some of the songs. We then share our feelings and this is where the very initial ideas come from. Then I usually go and speak to my friend Jolene from Singapore.
Jolene is the person who really takes all the credit for it. Based on some initial ideas she designed and created the full artwork to ‘Falling Apart’ as well as the upcoming new album ‘The Other Side’. Both were done from scratch entirely by her. It’s amazing to see how the initial idea is then being developed and turned into visuals which perfectly describe the mood of the entire album. Jolene is an amazing artist and you can check her other work here
And since it’s a tradition at Jamendo… Could you tell your fans a fun fact about you?
I can’t really think of anything on the spot, however there is a fun fact about 2 songs on upcoming album. The main theme of song no.8 “Hold Back” was accidently drafted by my 2 year old daughter who was handed a Gameboy running nanoloop sequencer, while she also provided vocals featured on track no.10 “8-bit Fairy Tale”. A little superstar in the making I guess!
A Virtual Friend is an alternative pop outfit with various influences. It's a mix of analog and synthetic sounds, blending perfectly with electro acoustic rhythms to support the female lead vocals. Their lyrics explore the good and bad sides of human nature in an empathic way.
Hi there! We’re glad to have you on our blog! Could you briefly tell us about how you met and came up with the name “A Virtual Friend”?
We first wanted to build giant robots to rule the world. We came later to music because it also has a strong impact on human beings.
“A Virtual Friend” is the nickname of our first drum machine, the brain of our project. It sounded friendly and inspiring but also very demanding.
What are your main influences and where do you find inspiration when composing a track?
We really have a lot of influences like dub, blues, punk, pop/rock and of course electronic music. We usually start a new track with few chords. If Valérie (the singer) finds an inspiring melody, we continue working on the arrangement. We also ask our cats’ advice, they are musicologists.
A few weeks ago you released “Paris La Nuit“, which was listened more than 25.000 times and downloaded almost 20.000 times! How do you feel about the interest around your music on Jamendo?
We’re really happy and it’s really encouraging. Jamendo was the perfect choice.
You chose to share your music for free under Creative Commons licenses on Jamendo. Why did you make that decision?
For several reasons; firstly we have a geek side and we use open source software. It was a natural choice to use CC licenses for our music. Secondly it’s important for us that our tracks live on the internet. With Creative Commons licenses on Jamendo, people can listen to our songs, share them, remix them or use them in their videos. It’s amazing.
Some people in the music industry warned us we were betraying the old Gods. In fact the result is very positive.
With Creative Commons licenses on Jamendo, people can listen to our songs, share them, remix them or use them in their videos. It’s amazing
We can see on your social media pages that you’re performing a lot of live shows, radio shows and taking part in contests. Did it help grow the attention around the band?
Yes of course, several radio stations have included our song in their playlists. For example, we did live radio shows on starfrosch.ch
What’s next for A Virtual Friend, any plans for the future?
We’re very busy. We’re finishing our 2nd album and we’re preparing for our next concerts. We hope to tour in Japan next year - it’s a country we love.
And since it’s a tradition at Jamendo: is there a fun fact about you that your audience would be surprised to hear about?
Our drum machine left the band to join Jay-Z and his music streaming service. Now, he regrets it but it’s too late.
Potta is a very talented beat-maker from France, experimenting with old-school hip-hop beats, reggae, jazz and trip-hop.
So far he published 6 original singles on Jamendo, that raised quite some interest in the past few months: the most popular one, “Skibidubap”, has been listened to more than 25,000 times.
Hi Potta! What’s up? First of all, can you tell our readers about you? What’s your story and how did you start making music?
Hi man! I’m fine thanks! I started making music a long time ago when I was still in high-school. One day a good friend visited me and told me "I got a new software bro, you need to check it out!”. It was Logic Pro and my first steps were very abstract because I had never learnt music theory nor tried any instrument before, but I loved too much music not to try it. Six months later when I was done with high-school, I chose to attend an audio engineering school to see what was up there and that’s when the story began… Everything I wanted to know and understand with music was talked about, every question was answered the world of music was opening its doors to me.
In your music, we can hear a strong focus on old-school hip-hop beats. What are your music tastes and your main influences?
I like this question! I started making music during this “old school era” of hip-hop. I fell in love with the analogic tone and with the vinyl grain. These old school flows mixed with a bit of reggae vibes were awesome. My main influence as a beat-maker is Pete Rock with his deep boom bap! His album with A Tribe Called Quest became a reference for me. The choice of samples, drum flows, etc… I loved everything! I’m not staying on one type of music only, I’m really open minded about that.
Your most listened and downloaded track on Jamendo is “Skibidubap”. It carries that typical 90’s hip-hop vibe, like Biggie’s “Juicy”. A little scratching, female vocals in the background... In your opinion, what are the best ingredients for a perfect hip-hop beat?
For me a good hip hop track is: drums made with my MPC layered with vinyl samples, because it’s got the warmth of the analogic sound, and the boom bap sounds perfect. I mean, if the analogic process is respected, I think that’s when hip-hop sounds really amazing. For me it’s very important but for the moment I need to save money.
How do you feel about the interest around your music on Jamendo?
I was very surprised when I saw my downloads increasing! Jamendo's concept is very interesting because it gives us exposure with the audience we want to reach. It also allows artists to earn some money with the Licensing system.
How does it work when you collaborate with singers or rappers? Do you usually brief them on your vision of the track, or do you like to leave it open to their creativity?
I generally choose a great artist like Sika and Miss Paca who collaborated on “Skibidubap”. I often let them express themselves the way they want to, but sometimes I can interfere with their choices. Sometimes I would act like a vocal coach with some MCs when I want something specific.
What is your best souvenir of collaboration with an artist?
I think the best collab' I did was “Skibidubap“, we made the track in one night (beat plus vocals). It was very interesting for us to make music like that, very freestyle spirit.
Do you have any projects for the future?
For the moment I’m looking for a job as a sound engineer or a beatmaker. I’m more focussing on a professional career than on releasing a lot of music as an amateur. I’m not working on an album project currently but I will as soon as possible. I’m working with some artists right now, producing their albums, I’ll let you know what’s up real quick! Cheers!