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NAS 10 Questions with Jay Adim

[Interview Number 66]

This time, we get to know Jay Adim. His brand new track "Native" is now featured in the New Artist Spotlight Family of Playlists.

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𝟭. Where are you from and what is your hobby?

I'm from Central New Jersey. I usually say central since I've lived in a couple places in NJ but all the central part of it.

I'd say one of my main hobbies would be cooking. In November 2019, I went Vegan and I love food, so now I spend some time finding new recipes and ways to create amazing plant-based meals

𝟮. How did your get into music?

Since I was 4 years old, I was singing, acting, and dancing in school productions, church events, choirs and in my own house. My first instrument was the trumpet and I played that from elementary school all the way to High School. Then I left choruses for awhile only to return back into the mix in High School. Ultimately, the instrument I would marry if I could would be the piano! I never played it in school ensembles because it seemed to be a very intimidating instrument, but by the time I got to college I was practicing 4 hours a day.

𝟯. Who are your biggest influences?

This seems like such a simple question but it really isn't! I've always been exposed to a huge variety of music from Classical to R&B. With that being said, every artist I have listened to has influenced my thoughts and creativity tremendously. If I had to somehow rank them for having the biggest influence, I would say in no particular order; Beethoven, Bach, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Musiq Soulchild, Pharell, Michael Giacchino.

4. What are you goals in the music industry?

My goal in this industry is to temporarily take people away from this dream we call life. We all have issues, problems, and stress in our lives and music at times can help us escape those burdens. I would even dare say music may solve those issues and with my music I hope to be that solution.

5. If you could choose a location to perform at, what would it be?

Wow, I've never even thought about this. I think locations have never been a thought in my mind because from my point of view, as long as I'm vibing with an audience of 4 - 1000 people, it brings me excitement and joy just to share my music and hope it benefits someone else. Or, I could just be saying this now since I haven't performed in front of an incredibly massive crowd as of yet! Over time maybe my answer will change.

6. What is your all-time favorite song?

My all-time favorite song would be Bach's C-Sharp Minor Fugue from The Well Tempered Clavier. When I was in middle school, I found a website that analyzed this song and it BLEW my mind. It sounds very beautiful and heart felt but when you dig deeper, you'll see how he put his name forward and backward in the music, puts his age forward and backward in the music, has passages appear a specific amount of time just to indicate some of those things as well. To top all of that off, if you've ever attempted to play a fugues with 5 voices, you'd realize that doing all of this as well is mind blowing. To this day I still shed a tear when I occasionally listen to the song.

7. Most embarrassing moment?

Most music related moments I've learned to laugh at and keep it moving so my most embarrassing moment is not music related. I was in High School during my Junior Year and thought science class was cool because you got to experiment and blow things up occasionally. As I was yawning one day, I raised my hand and meant to call the teacher's name. Instead of saying her name, the word "Mom" came out of my mouth. A class full of 16, which felt like 80 at that moment, starting laughing at be before I even realized what I did. I didn't even know what to say after that.

8. Proudest accomplishment?

My proudest accomplishment has probably been giving private piano lessons to a young boy and girl who lived next door to me. Within 4 months, I taught the younger boy probably 5 different pieces as well as a little bit of music theory here and there. I had them perform a recital for their parents and his father said, "Wow, he sounds great and he learned a lot. How did you get him to play with right hand so well?"

I was confused by the question and just said, "well we just had him practice simple scales with both hands and took things slowly." He then responded with, "Well for being 3 years old and left handed I'm surprised." My jaw dropped because I thought this kid was at least 5 and I had no idea he was left handed. As accomplished as I felt I had to warn his parents that if he enters into general music class of any kind, he'll know a lot more than they'll expect him to so they may have to work on keeping him engaged in those classes.

9. What is something about you that might surprise someone who knows you the best?

I love taking rap songs and singing the verses & choruses instead of rapping them. It's an insane amount of fun, but I'm not sure anyone knows that I do that haha. May I should make some TikTok videos and do it...

𝟭𝟬. What is your dream collaboration?

There are so many artists I'd love to collaborate with! My dream collaboration would probably be with Pharell because I love his carefree almost genre free production style. I feel like I'd learn a lot from him in terms of creativity. If we created a record and had Tori Kelly, Jazmine Sullivan, and Ariana Grande on it as well, I would be able to die and go to heaven! Also, at that point I would feel like I don't even belong haha.

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