What I Learned at Bandcamp: JMSN
Photographed by Cameron McCool. Artwork by Josh Brizuela
Detroit born, Los Angeles resident JMSN is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, engineer, mixer, and videographer. He released his debut album, †Priscilla†, in 2012 and was featured as a vocalist on Kendrick Lamar‘s album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City.
†Pllajë† was released in 2013 and Dec. 9 brought the release of JMSN’s self-titled album. On Jan. 30, the artist will make his way to Phoenix to play Last Exit Live. You can purchase tickets to the 21+ show, here.
The Spec interviewed JMSN, read what he had to say below…
Tell us a little about yourself…
I love music. I love Jameson. I love Copenhagen Pouches. And I love my dog A.
How long have you been making music?
As far back as I can remember. I think I started writing songs around 10 and then recording them at 12.
Who/what are your influences?
Life is the biggest influence to everything that I do, especially music.
What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
“My Way” because it’s so personal for me and it felt the most like a message from God not even something I wrote.
Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
Well, eventually, I wanna do country, but I’m working my way through a lot of things, just experimenting and being artistic. Wanna just keep learning and getting better. And then learning some more. There’s an endless supply of wisdom out there.
If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
Not even possible.
What musicians or bands do you look up to?
Prince, R. Kelly, Stevie Wonder. Just people who do their thing and don’t concern themselves with being “cool” they stick to the music, or at least it seems like that, hahaha.
Why do you make music?
To go somewhere and to help others do the same.
Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
You can do anything you wanna do. All you have to do, is do it. Don’t let no one tell you different! Forreal.