JayQ The Legend writes fiercely creative music that fuses the worlds of hip-hop, afro-beat, dancehall and pop, drawing inspiration from sources as diverse as Bruno Mars, Bob Marley and Madonna to craft a fresh sound that’s turned the heads of Grammy-winning producers. His debut EP, “JayQ 4U”, features production from OBA and celebrated hit-maker SOKO7, who previously worked on Beyoncé’s worldwide smash hit “Drunk In Love”.
“Body Talk (Remix)” is an explosive new track from a genre-bending artist ready to share his raw talent with the world. Following May 2019’s “Body Talk”, a blinding success of a debut single that’s since racked up over 2.5m views on YouTube and entered the Music Week Club Charts.
We catch up with him to find out more!
Hi JayQ, thanks for speaking to us today. Firstly we want to ask about your background, how did you get into music and what are some of your biggest influences?
It is my pleasure to speak with you today. I always had a deep love for music, since I was a 12-year old singing in my church choir. Everything grew from there, my vocal skills and performance abilities. My influences are very diverse, from Bob Marley to Michael Jackson. I also love Bruno Mars, Madonna, & Usher.
You dropped ‘Body Talk’ earlier this year and very recently dropped a remix version with Jamaican dancehall queen HoodCelebrityy. What was the process behind making the track initially?
HoodCelebrityy is an amazing talent. She felt the music and she did her magic very quickly, in about a day. She brought her brilliance to the remix, no doubt. Our voices sound amazing together.
It was great to see HoodCelebrityy hop on the remix, how did you two end up working together?
I don’t know, man. Our management teams connected. History happened from there. We were lucky that she had a window to work on this project. I don’t think anyone could have done it as well as she did.
The videos for both ‘Body Talk’ and the remix are very high quality in terms of production, as well as featuring some great dancing! What was the process behind shooting these videos?
It always starts with a story and a great production team. My CEO is an expert in music video editing and style. That helps my end a lot. Both Hoodcelebrityy and I are “crazy crazy crazy” into dance. There was no question the remix would have dancing. The Body Talk original music video has more of the hip hop commercial dance style, while the remix is focused on the Afro-Caribbean style of dance.
What would you say is the main concept behind the single?
Ah, relationships. How to manage the balance of power in relationships and how to respect one another’s needs. I was trying to convey that open and honest communication is vital for relationships to work. Otherwise, misunderstandings escalate. The song runs the journey of a relationship.
The production on the track is really distinctive and unique. Did you work with any particular producers on this one?
Yes. I had an incredible team. The beats came straight from South Africa from a talented producer there. Grammy winner, SOKO7 lead the production and writing team. He has a Grammy for “Drunk in Love”, Beyonce and Jay‑Z’s song. I also worked with an amazing
up-and-coming producer & songwriter, OBA.
What’s next in the pipeline for JayQ?
So much is in the pipeline, music is completed all the way out until next summer. I have three music videos that will be coming out this fall. One was shot on a gorgeous yacht on the French Riviera and the streets of Cannes, France. I am also doing a holiday movie that will be released in time for this Christmas. It is in production now. In January, I will be releasing an incredible song that I did with Joelle James and 1500 or Nothing. It blows my mind every time I hear it.
What’s one thing people wouldn’t expect about you?
That I fly commercial jets. One thing or two? Another is that I am litigator and yesterday got a young client the non-guilty verdict for 2nd degree murder.
Where can people find you online?
I can be on Instagram, FB, Twitter, Youtube, Soundcloud, & Spotify @JayQThe Legend. You can also find me on my label’s site www.BreakOutMusic.com
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