Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.
My music career has only just begun in terms of releasing my music. I released my first solo single, “Velvet Underground”, this past October with JW Music in the United Kingdom, and my second single, “mARTyr”, was just released this November with a label out of Las Vegas called FVYDID. My stage name, JVCK, is pronounced as Jack. Jack is what I’ve been called since I came out the womb, so it was only fitting to make that my stage name, except with a “V” simply because I like the aesthetic and think it is more interesting. I played piano as a kid for a year or so, and I played cello in middle school for a few years, so that’s how I learned to read music and follow along. I also took voice lessons in high school, singing musical theater and classical art songs, which really helped to develop my voice across all genres.
Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
I don’t really know how to describe what genre my music would be considered. It’s definitely dance-oriented music and features me rapping, so I’d say it’s electronic with rap influences. My song, “mARTyr”, is a hybrid of rap and what I imagine to be rave, or festival, music. The spelling of the song is to give a salute to martyrs of art. I wanted to make a song for people who are devoted to their art, whether it’s music, film, painting, sculpture, etc., and will die protecting their ideas and works. It’s me saying, “Music and art are all I have to live for, and I will die preserving the integrity of my works and creativity.”
Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.
Being a musician, at least for me, isn’t sexy at all. I feel like I’m running a marathon without having prepared in the least. There’s so much that goes into making music that people don’t even realize. It’s tiring and sometimes it’s defeating because people don’t always see the value or worth in a song that I see. Rejection is hard, especially being so young and new to the business side of music, because creativity and talent take a backseat, while marketability and revenues take the front. However, because I genuinely love the journey it takes to make a song, to be an artist, I’m able to put up with all that isn’t ideal. I’m able to appreciate the bad I have to take in order to have the good. There’s nothing I love more than sharing my music with others and having the chance to connect with other people.
Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.
I produced, wrote and performed “mARTyr” and JackEL, founder and owner of FVYDID, mixed and mastered the song. He brought it to life and made me love it even more. Without him, this release wouldn’t even be possible.
Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
This is my first year being in the music industry. I’ve released two solo singles and a collaborative single I did with CubeBox. Every song was released with an independent label.
Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
The sincere passion I have for words, music, and honing my creativity is what drives me and inspires me. Sometimes I’ll feel, see, or experience something that I have no choice but to put into words and extrapolate from, because taking the intangible and making it tangible is what I feel my ultimate job is.
Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
Let making a hit song be the last of your priorities, so that the most honest and deepest parts of yourself shed light, making it more possible for others to relate to your song when they hear it.
Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
Stay true to yourself and to what makes you exactly who you are. Believe in your talents and passions.
Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
There is a difference between working hard and making things perfect. Focus on the former and forget the latter.
Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
I prefer to create instrumentals that I can write to afterward. It’s rare that I write lyrics for a song before I create its instrumental. It’s imperative for me to have the majority of the lyrics to my songs rehearsed or memorized before going into the studio to record, as the recording session goes more smoothly.
Name five biggest artists that you like.
Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Amy Winehouse and Frank Sinatra.