Jay Watts with Les Couleurs

1. Tell us about your childhood: where were you born, who did you look up to growing up, what did you enjoy doing the most?

I was born in Penns Grove, NJ. It's a very small rural town with culture influenced by Pennsylvania and Delaware. Growing up I looked up to my parents, my older sister Tamara, and anyone in the neighborhood who created opportunities for the kids. Every day after school, I would go home and record songs using Magic Music Maker for hours and then go to my friend Dj Mea5z’ house to play them on his speakers. I enjoyed moments like that the most. I also was in love with basketball at that time and played for the AAU traveling team. I really enjoyed being able to travel to different states throughout the country and play against some of the best talent. It was a great experience.

 

2. What is your best childhood memory?

My best childhood memory was my mother’s surprise 40th birthday party. It was the best feeling in the world to see my mother so happy. My entire family came to our house that night and we had a blast. My friend and I performed one of my songs for the family that night and the amount of love they showed us made me believe in myself as an artist moving forward.

3. When did you discover your passion for music?

My parents used to have occasional family gatherings which always included karaoke hour. Watching my relatives enjoying themselves singing and dancing made me feel like I should give it a try. One day I decided to take both karaoke machines and make a tape. I used one machine to beatbox on, then I recorded over the beatbox on the other karaoke and made a complete song. During that time I fell in love with creating my own music.

4. What artist you find most inspirational and why?

I have always been inspired by the artists who’ve had a major impact on society on and off the stage. Artists who have spoken out against  certain cruelties in the world are the ones I look up to the most. Artists like John Lenonn, Michael Jackson, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Beyonce, Jay-Z and Prince just to name a few. These artists are the reason I strive to be great and once my voice is heard by the world I will also be one of those artists who stands for the people and society moving forward.

5. What role music plays in your life?

Music is my life. Ever since I signed with Lava/Republic Records last year i literally eat, sleep, and breathe music.

6. Where do you draw your inspiration from? Do you work from life or from imagination?

My inspiration comes from all aspects of life. Any conversation you have with someone may trigger a song idea. For example some of the lyrics in “My Dreams” were inspired by a conversation we had about the Bible and Jesus. So there are a lot of Bible references in that song. I was speeding while driving in my car on my way from class to the studio once. I got in the left lane and started singing “Speeding, dodging all these demons, cruising in the left lane”... The moment I arrived at the studio we created production around those lyrics and finished the song.

7. What moves you most in life?

Gaining knowledge.

8. Where do you do your work?

I record all of my music at my production company’s studio in Little Falls Nj. I have been recording here for about two years now.

9. What is the role of the artist in society?

I feel like every artist has their own individual role in society. Im here to inspire, enlighten, and push the culture forward. Stereotypes are influenced by ignorance which is why I will forever advise my fans to have a diverse group of friends. Having a diverse group of friends in your life helps you become more understanding of others and more accepting to different walks of life.. Spread the Love

10. Do you think it’s important for a child to have an opportunity to express himself/herself through arts and creativity, why?

Yes, I believe it's very important for children to have opportunities to express themselves through arts and creativity because it builds self confidence, expands their imagination, and allows them to bring their thoughts to life which can take them far.

11. Can you tell us about your last album or a song?

One of my favorite songs on my sound cloud is “DNA” Demons and Angels. There was a point in my life where I started to doubt myself and  was letting the negative thoughts overpower the positive so I decided to talk about that in DNA. The song motivates my listeners to stay focus through it all.