[Interview]:@Jackie_Scott talks about her sound, her biggest influence, her fav song to perform on stage with Relate Mag!
Continue to read on and learn more about Jackie and about her music.
R: Tell us a little bit about yourself?
J: I’m a cat loving, glitter wearing, booty-shaking pop singer/songwriter based in New York City.
R: How did you get into the music business and how old were you?
J: My first real recording session was when I was sixteen. It was in my hometown, Cinnaminson, N.J., with songwriter/producer Andy DiTaranto. I was on the same swim team as his daughter and told him I wanted to sing. After listening to me, he gave me a chance. I was in the studio for several months for hours and hours after school. It was a great experience. He really believed in me and encouraged my songwriting. When the demo was done we went to Philadelphia and New York and tried to shop it.
R: Tell us a little bit about your journey to getting signed by a record company?
J: The demo I made in high school was fun, but never went anywhere. We didn’t record my original songs and I always regretted it. So about a year and a half ago I decided it was time to do it my way. At the time Lady Gaga was getting really popular for her songwriting and I thought, “I can do that too!”
I started by researching a ton of producers online. Honestly, I didn’t know how I would pay for it or where to start so I did a lot of Google searches, browsed MySpace and looked on Craigslist. When I found producers who seemed good, I emailed them and tried to set up meetings. When I met my producer, Lior Magal, I knew he was the right guy.
We just clicked. And it didn’t hurt that he’s a fan of Britney Spears! (She’s been a favorite of mine since I was a teenager.) So the first time we sat down, I sang him a bunch of songs I just had in my head. One of them was “Superstars” and that’s how we started.
Trying to get signed by a record company is tough business though. I’m just working on building my fan base, booking shows and trying to put myself out there. I also try to network with other musicians. Hopefully my music will fall into the right hands sooner or later and things will really take off. Already I’ve made a lot of progress. Independent artists can make a lot of things happen without record companies these days though, so I’m not too worried about it. Where there’s a will there’s a way. Heart really counts.
R: For those who have not yet heard your music, how would you describe it to them?
J: My music is very current sounding. It’s radio-friendly electro-pop ─ not so different from Britney Spears, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga or even Pink. Some songs are pretty vampy and push some limits. I just try to keep it honest and I happen to be pretty bold person. Also, from an instrumental standpoint, I want it to be fun and stimulating. My music is pop but I draw a lot of inspiration from electronic stuff like dubstep and moombahton. You’ll hear more of that influence on my upcoming tracks.
R: I read that you are currently working on an album. Is that true and if so, when is the estimated release date?
J: I want to release an album, but it’s taking so long! Right now I’m undecided. I might just release some of the new tracks as singles. We’ll see. If that’s the case, I could have a new song out by next week! Decisions. Decisions.
R: Tell us about your singles “Superstars”, “Love Sick” and “Train Wreck.”
J: What is there to tell? To me, songs are like paintings. There’s no point in describing them. It’s all there.
R: You are also a writer. What is your wiring process? Do you start with the words? How did you come up with the ideas for “Superstars”, “Love Sick” and “Train Wreck.?
J: Usually words and melody just come to me together. A lot of times I think of them when I’m driving or in the shower. Sometimes I record ideas on my phone. Then I take these ideas to the studio and Lior adds some guitar or synth to start. We’ll record rough vocals and overtime, we add layers of instruments and perfect the vocals. Some of my new stuff we did the other way around though. Lior wrote the tracks first, then I came up with the rest. It’s good to do it both ways. It challenges me as a writer.
My friends were my inspiration for “Superstars.” I don’t even know how I came up with “Love Sick.” I was on the New Jersey Turnpike. I’m sure it’s a collection of experiences and fantasies. “Train Wreck” was the result of a daydream I had after I met a perverted guy.
R: What is your favorite song to perform on stage and why?
J: That’s a tough question! My favorite song to perform is probably “Train Wreck.” I have also been singing two new songs (meant for my upcoming record) at some shows in New York. They are edgier and people’s reactions are priceless. Cover songs can be a fun too. They give me a chance to do something either unexpected or very heartfelt. For my first show I sang Lil Jon and the Eastside Boys “Get Low” and Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory.” The audience was really into both!
R: Where can people get your music?
J: iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, Rhapsody. It’s also on www.facebook.com/JackieScottMusic.
R: Who has been your biggest influence and why?
J: In some ways, I have to say my dad. He was always singing when I grew up. Because of him, just belting my lungs out around the house seemed very natural to me. My mom also sang me lullabies, encouraged me to be really creative and taught me discipline and tenacity.
R: It is not easy growing up. What advice would you give teenage girls?
J: That is really hard. Some of those years were tough for me. I think girls should be true to themselves, honest with others and they should know that life will get easier! When you’re a teenager you’re going through all this weird stuff like getting your period for the first time, growing boobs (even if they are tiny!), sweating too much, zits, figuring out stuff like shaving and make up, falling in love, dealing with gossip, dealing with friendships. It’s overwhelming. First of all, go easy on yourself and joke about that stuff if you can. Number two, go easy on others. Be compassionate. Be open-minded. Try to give other people the benefit of the doubt because it’s a confusing time for a lot of people.
R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?
J: A friend asked me if they could borrow my cat.
R: Are you on any social networking sites? Do you have an official websites?
R: What is the nicest thing a fan has said or done for you?
J: I get really excited when people come to my shows, “like” me on Facebook, comment on YouTube or rate/comment on iTunes. I know those sound like small things, but they are a big deal to me! Every single comment means a lot!
R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?
J: Thanks for getting to know me and my music. I really appreciate when people take the time to discover new pop and support up-and-coming artists.
R: Jackie, thank you for the interview. Have a great day.
J: Thank you!
Source: Relate Magazine