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In today’s “In the Spotlight” I have the pleasure to have a chat with Jeff from Jeff B Music.
Hi Jeff and welcome “In the Spotlight
Hi C, thank you for having me! This is my first interview so I’m excited, I appreciate it!
1, This is your second Album/Ep. How has the editing process differ from your first?
With the second EP, I really wanted to take a little more time to make it sound right, to where I was really happy with it. Not that I wasn’t happy after the first, I still like most of the songs on there lol, but it felt like I rushed to get it out because I was excited making music for the first time and wanted to share it. This time around I took a little more care with it and hopefully it shows. Still very new to making my own music and this whole process, but I’m glad I took the extra bit of time on it. To me it feels like I grew up a little bit and learned from the first EP. I hope people enjoy it because I really enjoyed making it. If not that’s ok too!
2, What was your inspiration for your first Album and where did you find the inspiration for this one?
Hmm, I played drums for many years for some really great and talented people and I loved every minute of it, but always kind of wanted to do my own thing. To be quite honest with you, the inspiration for the first EP was actually seeing other people doing what they’re good at and having fun with it. It was in the midst of the COVID pandemic when everyone was pretty much stuck in their homes, so I had a lot of time to listen to music or watch YouTube videos. It was like a slap in the face and I actually got fed up that I was spending so much time watching others do what they love and I wasn’t doing anything. So the combination of that and actually wanting to do my own stuff really got me going with the first EP, which lead to the second. After finally finishing up the first one, which was my very first pieces of music ever, I had fun just creating and kind of pouring out what was on the inside of me, and with a couple of the songs it was VERY therapeutic. I needed it. With the second EP, I just wanted to keep going, keep creating. I still very much need to learn and grow with other instruments besides the drums, but I wasn’t going to let it stop me from making music now, in these moments. Is it wrong to like your own music? Whether good or bad, I kind of liked what I made and just wanted to make more and to explore. It’s like maybe checking your Halloween bag after you’re done trick or treating. You go through the bag and you’re excited thinking, “Ooo, what else is in there!” Haha. So that was my inspiration, just wanting to make music and seeing what else was “in there”.
3, With the release just around the corner, what are you up to next?
Right now I’m just trying to get the word out, letting people know that new music is coming out soon, but what I really need to and want to do is learn the piano/keyboard to take the music to another level. I can play little melodies but feel there’s still an infinite amount to learn and I don’t want to limit myself. It’s a constant growing and learning experience. I’m also looking into getting some proper gear to have a little studio. Right now I literally sit on my bed with my iPad making music lol. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with that at all and I’ve had a blast. But it would be really cool to have a dedicated space just for music.
4, What would you like to tell your Fans?
To the 3 fans I have (haha) I just want to say thank you so much for taking the time to listen to the music and for supporting me on this musical journey! It honestly truly means a lot to me! It’s fun (most of the time) making the music, and when you make something that you enjoy and have others enjoy it too, it’s something really awesome and there’s a cool connection there. You’re sharing a part of yourself, a part of who you are, and to have people enjoy it with me, is a very cool feeling and I’m very thankful for that! It’s awesome. Did I mention the new EP comes out July 9th? Go get it! Lol I’m kidding, but I really am grateful for anyone who takes the time to listen to and enjoys the music! You guys are awesome! 🤘🏼I say awesome a lot don’t I? I need to fix that.
5, What is the one thing you would like to tell the Music Industry?
Let it be about the music. I understand it’s a business and the idea for business is to make money, but let it be about the music. Let the artists be themselves and don’t change them into something they’re not, or don’t want to be. And for artists who are making a name for themselves, surround yourself with a smart and grounded group of people to help you along the way. We all need that support system and sometimes that wisdom to make the smart decisions.
Oh, and look out for indie artists. There are extremely talented people out there making great music that need to be heard or should be heard. Don’t always look for the next “big” thing, but open your ears and listen for the next great thing. Some seriously talented indies making music right now.
Thank you so much for spending this time with us.. And Good luck with your release!
Thank you for the wishes and thank you very much for having me, I really enjoyed it and it’s greatly appreciated!