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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Jeary Sylves

Jeary Sylves, Bandcamp, While You Were Listening, Interview

Jeary Sylves moved to the Phoenix area from Sierra Vista, Ariz. in 2005. He attended Arizona State University and graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Business.

At a young age, Sylves recognized music as an outlet to filter his thoughts and feelings and began writing, but it wasn’t until high school that he began to seriously make music.┬áNow, years into his craft, Sylves has released numerous tracks and albums, all of which are available on Bandcamp, and performed at the AC3 Hip Hop Festival.

On Oct. 27, the mini documentary “While You Were Listening” was released. The film follows Sylves for a four-month period, documenting live performances, interviews and the behind-the-scenes work that goes into living the life of a musician.

Read The Spec‘s interview with Jeary Sylves and watch the mini documentary, below…

Who/what are your influences?
Musically, I’m a by-product of hip-hop… I’ve always been influenced by the culture as a whole. I’m also influenced by the arts and the positive effect it has on people. I may not be able to paint, or sculpt, or have been trained to dance in the style of ballet. Nonetheless, those creative mediums each move me to further my own desires through art, and impact anyone who may be seeking inspiration through me. As an artist, Lauryn Hill early on was in many ways my biggest influence.

Can you tell us more about the mini documentary? What story does it tell about your music?
“While You Were Listening” is a collaborated project between myself and friend William Eliot. In the fall of 2012, Eliot began following me around to local shows I was doing here in the Valley and we started having conversations about what it meant to be an artist in a local scene and the documentary started shaping itself. I feel like the story tells watchers that there is so much more to being a musician than what’s publicized. You hear about the stresses that come but also the fulfillment that is gained and the love that is put into my art, the intent and diligence that is placed into creating a positive movement. The story really shows the beginning stages of my journey that has really only just begun. Really, it could it be anyone’s story.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
Currently, I’m working on a follow up to my last project “Jeary For Dolo,” as well as a few collaboration projects with some amazing artists here in the Valley and some out of state. Creatively, I want to continue to make quality music and projects that affect people in a positive way, and do so on a much larger scale. I also have hope to tour, I’m working toward that now.

What inspires your music?
I really think what inspires my music is my passion and the love I have for what I create.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
The Roots, Eric Roberson, Quadron, James Blake, Common, Cee Lo Green, The Foreign Exchange

Who are some of your favorite local acts?
CRSH Bandit, Mega Ran, Kaliq, Veragroove, Small Leaks Sink Ships.

Why do you make music?
I make music for myself firstly– for my own sanity, growth, and maturity. It is my hope that through my own transparency I’m able to help someone who may be going through something similar.

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
I’d like to say I’m grateful for the continued love and support I’ve been shown over the last couple of years. It gives me the energy to keep creating and sharing moments of my life through music.

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