Peachy Magazine talked with the rising London-based artist Jay Nebula about his new single “Liars”, on collaborating with Raphaella and much more.
Where did the inspiration behind your new track “Liars” come from?
It was while attending a writing camp for Astrid S that me, Raphaella, and Gabriella vixen sat down together to write. We knew that we wanted to have some kind of trap-inspired dark undertones throughout the track and began there. Raphaella had like a chord loop on her computer, which she sent over to me, and I manipulated it into like filtered pad sounds, which can be heard throughout the track.
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You’ve collaborated with Raphaella on the single, what was that like?
Working with Raphaella was amazing. Apart from her being a lovely person, she is incredibly talented all round; she was super hands-on with recording her own vocals and vocal arrangements!
“I think it’s very important to try and push boundaries with your music, there’s so much content being released now that you need to distinguish yourself amongst the crowd, so don’t be afraid to experiment!”
You managed to create a lot of buzz concerning your music early on – what would your best advice be to an artist trying to do something similar to you?
I think it’s very important to try and push boundaries with your music, there’s so much content being released now that you need to distinguish yourself amongst the crowd, so don’t be afraid to experiment! I also think it’s important to surround yourself with like-minded people who you can exchange ideas with and support one another.
There are pop and R’n’b traces in your sound – what artists have inspired you in shaping your sound?
This is always a hard question for me to answer just because I’ve had so many influences that have inspired me throughout the years it’s hard to narrow it down. Growing up in my household, my mum would be listening to house music & rare groove, which led to me having interests in genres like UK Garage, Drum n Bass, and eventually, Dubstep.
Growing up in East London exposed me heavily to genres like Hip Hop, grime, and Rnb. I remember one of my most earliest inspirations was Ryan Leslie; he would post videos of himself on YouTube creating music which I was obsessed with. He was able to play every instrument as well as sing/rap over his productions, and I think this was the real motivation behind me wanting to learn multiple instruments.
What are your aspirations currently in terms of growing as an artist? Do you like setting out specific goals?
I think I just want to continue developing my craft, learn new techniques surrounding production, and continue pushing boundaries even further while meeting and collaborating with new talented people!