Jay Isaiah’s art is all about emotion and feeling something. The way he sings over groovy beats through addicting harmonies showcase exactly why Jay Isaiah is gaining traction like he is. His most recent single, “Garden,” is a great resemblance of what he offers to the music community. Get to know more about Jay Isaiah below:
Honestly, we made that song six or seven months ago back in like November. I’m always a person who loves good weather and coming from Toronto, you don’t always get that. For me, it was making something that could transport me to that summer feeling.
This year has probably been the best year I’ve had in a little while because of the fact I’m finally getting to release music that I’ve been wanting to release without any outside influence. It’s just been a great response all around. It’s been a lot more personal and is slowly and slowly opening me up which is something I’ve always wanted to do. It’s been a great response.
I’m working on the project for this year and will hopefully drop an EP for around September or October. That should be a real indication to where I am heading sonically. It’s definitely a lot different than what I’ve done in the past, but it’s starting to feel fresh to me. There are definitely no outside influences. We are locked in making what we love to create.
It was a lot of change and self-reflection. There comes a point where you outgrow certain people in your life, and sometimes the hardest thing to do is let go of those people. In all reality it’s sometimes not those people, it’s also yourself. I changed my surroundings and my way of thinking and really reflected to get to a place where I needed to be?
Honestly, one thing I’ve always wanted people to gravitate toward is emotions and just feeling something whether it be happy, sad, or mad. I feel like we’ve kind of gone to a generation where feeling something makes you less of a person rather than the people who don’t feel. It’s the complete opposite. You are way stronger when you can actually be vulnerable with people and speak your emotions.
Stuff is starting to get bigger. For me, the R&B was never too large up until the past couple years with a big thanks to the R&B Radar and R&B Tommy for the culture that we do have here. For me, it was also to make music that would transcend Toronto. I never want to make music just for Toronto. I always want to be on a global level. The early years of the Toronto music scene was like dark melodic stuff. I was never that person.
I grew up in a musical family. My mom and my dad were both artists and songwriters. For me, as I was growing up, I spent all my time in the studio. Obviously, you grow more of a curiosity the more time you spend there. I started a more untraditional way. I didn’t really learn instruments or techniques. I kind of started out by writing. I started out as a rapper too. It wasn’t until like grade 11 in high school where I kind of got into singing. That is because I ran into one of the producers and engineers that I still consistently work with. He built my confidence. He understood I had a good voice, but it was about how to use it properly. For me, learning was singing more.
I haven’t gone through beats in awhile. We usually make stuff on the spot which creates the best vibe because we can come in with the intention of wanting one thing and leave with another. In terms of creating something like, “Garden.” It’s about how quickly it grasps me. How quickly it pulls me in. If it’s super sad, it’s about having that feeling translate through my vocal melodies and the melodies through the beat.
Just follow your path and don’t get caught up in watching other people’s success and how they did it because what they did might not work for you. It’s a process and you have to follow along with that.
Hopefully one of the biggest artists in the world. That’s what we plan to be.
Fun. Freaky as a term of endearment. Relatable.