Jaae Murray

Tell us everything will need to know about you. 

I was born in Washington DC and spent my first 5 years growing up in the city. I grew up in a middle class family and did my share of moving. I ended up in South Carolina when I was 9. My family moved from Maryland so we could take care of my grandmother. By the time we got down there she passed away. She died of cancer. I joined the US Air Force when I was 18 and spent a few years in before I was medically discharged. I started writing when I was in the Air Force. I wrote over songs by Nas and old school records like “In The Rain” by the Dramatics. I bought my first Pro Tools program and me and my roommates would record out of the closet. I plan on releasing some of those songs on my website (JaaeMurray.com) so people can hear the growth. I put out my first album titled “Pencil Me In” under the name Streets Poet. I changed my artist name to reflect more of me as a person. I’m a very laid back person. I love music and I love creating something that people may or may not enjoy. It keeps me honest and humble.

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State your favourite genre of music and your reason. 

My favorite genre of music is hip hop. It’s a very expressive form of music. I get an amazing feeling when I can put together music that takes from so many genres and create something memorable. Putting words together to tell a story or voice your opinion on something in a very direct way is very therapeutic. The whole culture of hip hop music is something I have always loved and cherished.

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Tell us your experience as a musician. 

My experience as a musician has had its ups and downs. Mostly downs, lol. It takes a lot of work to get to the place every artist wants to get to. My journey has been very tough. Though it has been tough, it has showed me a different side of myself. Never give up and fight your way to the end side.

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Tell us the theme of your song. 

The theme of the song “Seconds Away From” is to show people various sides of myself. When I wrote the song I wanted the listeners to get a sense of the ups and downs that I have experienced in some aspect. I wanted to show taking the high road in some cases is the best thing to do. I wanted to show why people are jealous of the successful people. I wanted people to understand you will lose at some point in your life despite all the winning you may have done. I named the song and the album “Seconds Away From” because I could be seconds away from getting to my ultimate goal, seconds away from falling, seconds away from losing my mind, etc. You could be seconds away from anything. I just wanted people listening to think of whatever it is they are experiencing in that aspect.

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Name the people behind your success and thank them on this platform. 

I really don’t have success in the way I want it. I am proud of the fact that I have music out and that I have more on the way. But the people who have stuck by me on this journey I would like to thank are Kendrick Ward, Sha Smalls, Brian Sommerville, and my dude Colin. Sometimes I feel I am alone in this whole journey but they have given me some sort of encouraging push that has meant a great deal to me. So I do take this time out to tell those fellas, thank you. I’m a spiritual person so all my thanks go to God and Jesus for saving my life. I would like to thank your blog for doing this interview. Your exposure to those who check you out I’m sure will be a big help to bringing light to my music. So really, thank you for the opportunity introducing me to your audience.

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Tell us about your future goals. 

My future goals are releasing my album, first and foremost. I want to build so I can give back to the community. I am an artist that wants to build up people and communities. I want to gain success so I can give that success back. Music is a great platform to use your influence to do well in the world and do good things. I love music, but at the end of the day it’s about something bigger. My goal is to use what I am working so hard to get to be able to give it back in a way that change is seen within the places I step foot in.

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Go into detail about your opinion on religion and politics. 

I don’t get into politics because I feel 90 percent of politicians lie and are all about themselves. The ones who are good and are about the people are outnumbered by greedy selfish people. I am a child of God and I’m a very spiritual person. I feel religion is something the devil uses to keep people at arm’s length. I say that because every religion depicts God in some form or fashion or people pick and choose what rules to follow or make. God has no religion. God is God all day everyday whether you choose to believe in his spirit or not.

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Elaborate on how you think your music is inspiring your fans. 

I think it inspires my fans because they can relate to it. I am no different than them. I work just like them; I drive the same $30,000 dollar car, just like them. I live in a middle class neighborhood just like them. I have my ups and downs just like them. I am no better than them and I do not come off that way. The ones who are struggling relate because I have had the same challenges just like them and still do. Music has not paid off for me like it has paid other artists. I just can’t eat off of streaming. I have had days where I wanted to make a bad decision but didn’t because I’m looking at the big picture. We all are alike. I just express it through music. Others may express it in other ways. So when I hear someone say I can relate, then that means I can form a bond with that person because it’s going to a deeper level.

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Explain the changes you have observed so far in the music industry. 

A LOT!!!! Record labels are looking for already established artists instead of working with them to build them up. One thing I love is you DON’T need a record label in today’s world and the artists seem to be taken for granted by streaming sites. Plus, there is a lot of competition. Music is an art that artists want to share with their fans, but it still is a business. I’m still learning how to adapt to this whole business thing.  Some of the changes have been good. Outlets like CD Baby has given a lot of indie artists a chance to get their music out to the world when it may have been a struggle just to get heard by a major label. When it comes to the music, creativity is not missing, it’s just lacking in my opinion. What I mean by that, Migos and Future were creative in making a style of rap that is very popular right now. Where the creativity is lacking is in content. I’m a hip hop purest. Lyrics go a long way with me. That’s one reason I have not gotten into them. But they make great records. That cannot be denied. I think everyone tries to follow them because they see how successful they are they want to emulate that instead of being creative and finding the next thing or expanding upon what they created. I took the style that they use and just added strong content and lyrics to “Seconds Away From”. Eminem used the style on the song “Chloraseptic” off his album “Revival”. Rapping like that with bars sounds pretty good I think.

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State the artists you cherish most and your reason. 

When it comes to the artists I look up to and cherish, the same names always pop up with artists like myself. Nas, Jay Z, Royce Da 5’9, Joe Budden, The Roots just to name a few. But artists like Linkin Park, Rage Against The Machine, System Of A Down also had a big influence on me. There are a lot of people I look up to. J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Weazer, Smashing Pumpkins, the list goes on and on. Listening to artist of their ilk reshaped how I listen to music. So I try to incorporate all the pieces I have taken from artists I look up to and infuse it with the way I write music. I’m not afraid to talk political. I’m not afraid to write to a heavily influenced rock beat. I’m not afraid to be lyrical and talk with some sense. I’m not afraid to put my feelings out there. I’m not afraid to be creative with creative people. The names I have stated have done that. Their longevity is something to admire and what they have built is very impressive.

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Give us the links to your social network and stores. 
https://twitter.com/jaaemurray

https://www.jaaemurray.com/
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Elaborate on how you develop your lyrics. 
​How do I develop my lyrics? Good question. I first sit down and listen to the beat. I listen to how the beat flows and I formulate how my flow is going to match the beat. I then figure out the topic I am going to tackle and once I determine that, I figure out how lyrical I am going to be, how often should I curse or if I should curse at all and come up with a few punch lines. I really try to find words that people may have never rhymed before or words people never use.

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Tell us if you enjoy collaborating with other artists or just singing as a solo artist. 

 ​I love collaborating with other artists. I like the competition of who has the best bars or flow on that particular song. It makes me think just a little harder. But at the end of the day, it’s all about putting together a great song and feeding off the other person. I love studying how other artists work.

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Brief us your opinion on making music that makes people to dance or making the kind of music with genuine message that inspires them.

Music is entertainment. Music is supposed to make you dance and feel some type of way. We as artists are charged with bringing out your emotion. Music is also meant to inspire and bring people together. If you are not trying to inspire a generation to be better, then in my opinion you are wasting a gift given to you.
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Tell us what you know about copyright. 

That it protects your work. Technically, your music is protected by a copyright once the song is finished. But to fight it in court if someone has stolen your work or used anything from it in any way, getting it protected by the Copyright Office of whatever country you are in is always best. Copyright laws also vary internationally. There is a lot of information when it comes to a copyright.

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Discuss the impact of a Performing Right Organization. 

I am a part of ASCAP and they have been great. BMI and ASCAP have fought for the artists to receive all royalties we deserve. A lot of upcoming artists like me did not know that if your music is played in an elevator, you deserve some type of royalties. Little things like that they fight for and make sure you are compensated.

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Elaborate on how you develop your melody and instrumentation. 

Since I don’t make the beats I use, I listen to certain melodies that are sonically pleasing to my ear. I love piano melodies. Any beat that has a piano in it I’m all over. I love live instrumentation. I have a song coming out called “Unconditional” that was produced by a gentleman named Tone Jonz. All live instruments. It’s a very different sound in today’s music but I loved how he approached the production side. Like I said, I like to use beats that artist will think twice at using.

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Go into detail on the recording process of this song. 

The recording process was fairly simple. I recorded the song at Clear Track Studios in Tampa, Florida. I drove all the way from Charleston, South Carolina to record the track because I wanted to be in a different environment. Got there in the morning and started recording. Took a few takes to get it the way I thought I wanted it and went to the next song. Had to punch in a couple spots because it’s hard trying to say all the words I say in the second verse. Took about an hour to record. When I came back and played it at the studio I normally go to in South Carolina, it just didn’t feel right to me. But my dude Colin, the guy I named in the question about people who are behind my success, told me the performance was good. It was raw. That I would not recapture that performance even if I tried. I did try, lol. I re-recorded the song but to his credit, it did not sound the same. So I sent that song off with the original recording to be mixed and mastered by a dude named Preston and this is the product that came from it.

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Discuss your music performance. 

I like performing in intimate settings with a live band. No more than a room of 50 or 100 people. I feel people performing in front of less people give the audience a different feeling. We are up close so that means you are up close with the music. Performances where I have been in front of 500 or more people are little different from the smaller shows I do.

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Tell us how you will rate yourself as an artist. 

Right now I would rate myself at a 4. I am still looking for my sound, I am still learning how to input my thoughts into the mixing process, I definitely have to get better making videos and mapping it out better and I can always do better performing. What I feel I am good at is the writing process but I am always looking to get better with that as well. I have a long way to go before I feel I am an 8 or better. But I have grown up a lot musically.

  

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Kolade Olamide

I am a poet , writer, beat maker, chef, songwriter, web designer, music promoter,digital marketer, blogger and director.

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