NHTE 181 Jerry Jean

New York-based singer, songwriter, producer, and musician whose debut full-length album was released in February after having previously released three EPs. The music video for the title track from his newest release got over one million views on Facebook and the new album was mixed and mastered by some of the biggest names in the business. Each of his three EPs had made news either on the iTunes chart or awards-wise.

Show Quotes: 

“If we are too immersed in technology, will we lose a part of ourselves as we go forward.”

“There’s something to be said about just looking out into the distance and letting your brain be at ease, ‘cause I think looking at something one foot away from your face all the time, it can’t be good for the brain.”

“There’s this irrational fear of mine that digital may one day, I don’t know, all these servers out there may crash, everything on YouTube may disappear.”

“It’s just so much fun to play music where you can actually flip a disc, hold it, smell it, and it’s more like an event.  It’s not like I’m turning my laptop on and having background music while I’m doing my dishes.”

“99 percent of musicians today don’t know what (releasing on vinyl is) all about.  It’s all new to them.  The old is all new.”

“Facebook is just so much more viral these days (than YouTube).  There’s a lot of videos where Facebook will have almost ten times more views than the YouTube version of the identical video.  And I think that’s because everyone is plugged into their phones and they’re opening up Facebook as the first app.”

“There’s something really honest about a one-take video.”

“The video is essentially a dance between the Steadicam operator and the dancer and myself.”

“There’s a whole slew of other (songwriting competitions) that I don’t even bother with because I think they’re just trying to grab money.  They’re just trying to take young songwriters’ application fees.”

“How did I chart; basically, it was like ninja guerilla marketing.  I just told everybody to buy my album on the day that it comes out – simple as that.”

“It’s very hard to be objective when you’re doing everything yourself.”

“I really like having control of everything.  That’s just my personality.  So, I think I will stay independent and leverage the tools that are out here for independent artists because the tools that a record label has are not that much different now in the digital age – they just have the money and the connections and clout.”

Songs on this episode: 

“Do We Reach Home”