Jay Warren - Closer

Jay Warren – Closer

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth, and childhood experience.
Jay Warren, USA, 9/28/91. I grew up in a military family so we moved every 3-4 years. I’ve lived in New Jersey, New York, Missouri, California, and moved to Utah after high school to attend Brigham Young University. I have a younger sister. I grew up singing in choirs in church and throughout school, and participating in local theatre productions. I started writing music my senior year of high school when I taught myself to play the piano.


Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience, and skills.
I started making music professionally during my freshman year of college. I was in a band called QMG. The genre was completely different from who I am, but it was a lot of fun. We played a few shows and recorded an EP. After that, I teamed up with a few hip hop artists in Provo, UT, and began recording remixes where I would sing the hooks, and they would rap. This is where I met James The Mormon. We started working together in 2015 on his solo music, where I was featured on a lot of his work and would help writing hooks. In 2017 I released my debut single, Closer, with BonFire Records. My stage name JYWRRN is just my name with no vowels. It was just available on all social media platforms and the domain was available so I went with it. I’ve been singing since I was little and took some music classes in college. I play and write most of my music on the piano.


Tell us about your genre, concept, and idea behind your music video and the song.
My genre is Alternative R&B. Lyrically it’s really similar to R&B, but instrumentally it uses a lot of synthesized instruments as opposed to acoustic. There also some hip-hop-inspired drum kits. The song, Closer, tells the story of a man who is emotionally unavailable, but deeper than that it’s really up to the listener to decide why, or how it relates to them. I don’t really like giving a ton of details as to the meanings I assign my music, because I feel like it’s up to the listener. Different people are going to interpret the song in their own way. The music video is equally ambiguous on purpose so that the viewer can assign their own meaning.


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.
As a musician, I don’t feel like I’ve had too many ups and downs. I honestly try to look at life as objectively as possible, and that’s helped me to not view anything as too devastating or too exciting. I will say that when I started releasing music I had an interesting dilemma. I had done a really good of building up a social media following without releasing music. I felt like I was in the exact opposite situation of most artists. Tons of music and no one to listen to it. I had tons of followers and no music. That’s kind of turning around now though.


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.
The producer that I worked with on Closer is Chance Clift out of Provo, UT. He’s a freaking magician and can work in almost any genre. I wrote the song and brought it to Chance with just piano and vocals. It was actually his idea to use the vocoder. We knew we had to keep the track sparse though. The music video was written and directed by Cameron Gade, also out of Provo, UT. I think he’s a visionary. The video idea was to keep it simple and let people assign their own meanings while still telling the story that I wanted people to understand. Cam did an amazing job!


Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience, and your future goal.
I’ve been in the music industry professionally since 2010. Honestly, my only goal is to win a Grammy. I’ll probably retire after that.


Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
I’m inspired to create music because I think it’s a vehicle for speech in the most uninhibited way. You can say exactly what you mean without having to actually say it. Nowhere else in the world can that be done. And if I don’t have something to say personally, I can write a story about someone who does, and then turn that into a song. That’s actually how I wrote. I write stories in my head and then create the soundtrack to that story.


Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
I don’t know the secret behind making a hit song, but I imagine the song better be relatable. Once I find out for sure I’ll let you know!


Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
The message I’d like to pass out to my fans is that “If you can say it, you can do it!” Set goals and make plans, and amazing things will happen for you.


Tell us the piece of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
To an upcoming artist, I would say to just put the music out, and be willing to talk to everyone. If you build it, they will come!


Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition, or awards you might have obtained.
Closer is my debut single, so after this, you can expect a few more singles and then an album. I’m not sure when I’ll release that album, but it’ll be soon after the next two singles.


List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send messages to them via this platform.
Shoutout to Fashionably Early, Alfitude, Triple HQ, Gems & Secrets, Acid Stag, Pause Musicale, for rocking with the music early on! I appreciate it a ton.


Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
So I write a whole story in my head, and then come up with the song that best tells that story. It’s really quite a fun way to write. I typically start with a chord progression, and then mumble the type of flow I”m looking for, and then once I have that and start writing. Pretty simpler though lol.


Name the five biggest artists that you like.
Kanye West, Frank Ocean, John Legend, Michael Jackson, The Weekend.


Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.
 I’ve worked closely with James The Mormon and would love to work with Future or DJ Khaled.


Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.






Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.


Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
The happiest day would probably be when I got married, and I can’t think of the saddest day.


Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
I will spend $1 million to put down on a house!




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