Written by JJ Barnes
I interviewed breakthrough artist Jamasi about his music career, what inspires him, and what he hopes to achieve.
Tell me a bit about who you are.
I’m Zack Jamasi. For my music I go by Jamasi. I’m a new breakthrough artist from Toronto, Canada. I grew up in the community projects in Toronto, and even survived 3 near-death experiences, one of them being run-over by a car accidentally. Luckily, I was able to bounce back up and I decided to live my life to the fullest. By fullest, I mean I do a lot of things aside from my music – I have 5 professional licenses. I’m a realtor and a marketing strategist for fortune 500 companies.
When did you first WANT to write songs?
I grew up listening to a lot of music in the streets. It was there that I realized that I can do and be so much more and be successful like Lil Wayne, Usher, Chris Brown, only to mention a few. So since I was young I’ve always had a liking to making my own music someday.
When did you take a step to start writing songs?
I started writing at an early age, It started off with poetry. I would often write about my feelings and different event that occurred in my life.
What was your first song released, and what was it about?
My first song released on Spotify was called Move On it was released in 2018.
What was your latest song released, and what was it about?
The new song I’m about to release is titled No Love. It deals with trust, hardship and struggles we deal in life. I dedicate this to my friend who I’ve lost a couple of years back due to a motorbike accident.
Focusing on your latest song. What were your biggest challenges with it?
I think my biggest challenge is how I can reach more people with my song. I’m an independent artist so advertising my music can get pretty expensive.
How many songs are you working on right now?
I usually release singles; cause the music inspiration for the songs I write comes from my everyday life. So far, this is what I’m focused with and then pretty soon I can continue working on some more of my new songs.
Do you keep to a theme with your music, or just go where the mood strikes?
My songs are usually with different genre definitions of pop, twist of hip-hop and r&b.
What is your favourite song you’ve recorded, and what do you love about it?
I think No Love would be my favorite song recorded to date. Cause the things I talk about in the song are about developing trust with other people, the struggles and the hardships in life. I think it’s really relatable to a lot of people.
Do you find other people’s music inspires you? Who do you listen to most?
Yes, I do! I listen to different genres of music. But I mostly listen to Jay Z, B-Young, Usher and Lil Wayne as a few to mention.
Do you write your own music, or do you have musicians you work with?
Yes, I do ☺ however I wouldn’t mind collaborating with other artists.
Do you play any instruments?
I can play the Piano, clarinet and drums.
Do you like performing live, or does it scare you? Where can people watch you?
I haven’t had a chance to perform it live. But I think I would be excited to be given the chance to do that.
Is your music available online, and where can people listen to it?
Yes, it’s available on Spotify, Youtube, Apple Music and other major streaming platforms.
Are you able to make music full time, or do you have day job?
I have a day job and another side job. So, I juggle my day from attending business meetings, interviews, recording, and dance practice.
Are your friends and family supportive of your music career?
Yes! They are. I’m so grateful of how supportive they have been with my career in music.
What’s something you never expected about being a songwriter? What have you learned that surprised you?
I didn’t realize how passionate and creative I am when it comes to writing music. I realized I am very talented when it comes to creating metaphors, similes and punch lines.
Have you had any experiences that really stand out because of your songs?
Yes, I have great experiences with my fans due to my music. I enjoy interacting and engaging with them.
Do you have any important events coming up we should know about?
I have my new song dropping on Spotify and other music platforms on September 17, 2021. But the music video will come at a later time so that’s something to watch out for.
What is the first piece of advice you would give to anyone inspired to write songs?
Enjoying making your music. Enjoy being you. It’s amazing how everyday experiences could be your source of inspiration to write your next song.
And, finally, are you proud of your accomplishment? Was it worth the effort?
Definitely, yes! ☺ I’m very proud of my accomplishments because I know I’ve worked hard to reach every single one of them.
Pop all your music, website and social media links here so the readers can find you:
Spotify No Love : https://open.spotify.com/album/52e8e2CxjkUGK4hduelWFG Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jamasimusic/
Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/jamasi/1364001033
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTYy4oUXTLLOnojuF54PKdA No Love Presave Link: https://distrokid.com//hyperfollow/jamasi/no-love
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