Hey J4!! So excited to be chatting with you. You just released your new powerful single “Bigger”!! Can you tell us what this song means to you?
My music has always been about spreading love and positivity through the stories and lyrics I write.”Bigger” is by far the most personal and uplifting song I have ever released. It tells the story of my struggle with bullying through Middle and High school and how I persevered despite my bullying. I wrote it as a way to use my story so that other people who are, or have, gone through bullying know that they are NOT ALONE, and that there is something BIGGER out there for them.
How excited were you to get this single out into the world?
I was very excited to release this song! I felt lead to speak out against an issue that does not stop in the midst of a global pandemic and simply staying home. Cyber-bullying is still an extremely widespread issue, becoming even more relevant as we stay home all day. Bullies don’t just stop within the walls of the school. I was so excited to raise awareness for an issue that had been a huge part of my grade school life and hopefully help others who need this story.
Do you have any other release plans for 2020?
I plan on releasing new singles every two months, leading up to my debut EP Iridescent next spring! Follow me @j4sings on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok to keep up to date on new music coming out!
What do you hope your supporters will think of the new music?
I hope that my supporters view my music as a message that needs to be shared to those who need it. All my music is about spreading happiness and love. I really hope that “Bigger” reaches the people who need to hear it, who are going through what I did, and who need to hear this message: they are worthy, loved, and there will be a light at the end of the tunnel.
How do you want your relationship to be like with your supporters?
I honestly want a more direct relationship with my fans. I personally respond to EVERY comment I receive each day so that all my fans know that I’m not some inaccessible artist who lives in his ivory tower. After the release of “Bigger”, I had a ton of my fans reach out to me and tell me their personal stories and their personal struggles. Knowing that this song has the power to touch people in that way means more to me than any number of streams ever could.
What’s something your fans don’t know about you?
One thing my fans don’t know about me is that I LOVE to do origami. Not only do I adore Japanese culture in general, but I love the cool designs and the peace of mind origami provides me. It’s my favorite stress reliever and helps me clear my head.
What do you want your fans to know if they ever see you in public?
I want to hear ABOUT THEM. A lot of people who reach out to me want to compliment me or barrage me with excitement, but to be honest, I want to know about THEIR lives. Talking to each fan that reaches out means the world to me. Not only does it help me know what you need to hear, but it also lets me know that my music is beyond just a fun song; it has a personal meaning to you.
What do you want your message to be towards your fans? What do you want your fans to take away from your music and shows?
I want my fans to feel motivated and positive and takeaway something that lifts them up and makes them happy. My music has always been about love and positive messages, and spreading that love as far as I can is my goal with every song I release and every show I play.
What’s one word you would use to describe what your fans have allowed you to accomplish?
Why do you think social media is so important for artists like yourself?
Social media has become the largest platform for artists and individuals to express themselves. It gives us a way to communicate in a more direct and personal way to an audience that wants to be more than an email list. Social media allows me to interact with fans via comments and dm’s, and this interaction gives me that direct relationship I strive for in my music.
What would you say is your biggest dream/goal right now?
My biggest dream is to have my voice and lyrics touch millions of people who NEED the messages I write. A lot of artists care about fame or money, but I care more about how my music directly affects my fans. I wouldn’t ever want to be famous if I knew my music would never touch someone’s life.
Any last things you want to tell your supporters?
If you are out there and you are being bullied, whether emotionally, verbally, physically, or online, I want you to know that you are NOT ALONE, that you are WORTHY of so much greater, and there is something BIGGER out there for you. Please know that there is always someone who will listen to you, whether it’s a friend, a teacher, or a parent. If you ever need someone to talk to, message me @j4sings on instagram and you can always talk to me about it.