JAIN's Souldier of Peace
Grammy nominated & triple-platinum French popstar, JAIN is taking the world by storm.
She’s currently on a North American tour in support of her second album titled Souldier and gaining great momentum as she spreads her soulful tunes. In our exclusive interview, Jain opens up about the beautiful meaning behind her music and what we can expect from her next.
Hi, Jain! Tell us a little about your story.
I’m from France and I’m a composer. I was living in the South of France in the beginning and then I had to move due to my father’s work. I moved to Dubai for 3 years and then the Congo for 4 years. I started my music when I was in the Congo when I was 16 years old.
What inspired you to become a musician?
I’m a big fan of music in general. I started to listen to soul music like Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin. I loved the feeling that it made me feel so I really want to give some peace to people and also myself and try to heal myself and heal other people with my music so that’s why I wanted to write my own songs.
Do you write your own songs?
Yes I write my own songs. From the beginning I started to write in english even though I’m French because I really wanted to get people to understand me wherever they are in the world. For me english is the language of travel so that’s why its really important for me to write with my own words.
Can you share with us the story behind your recent album “Souldier”?
The name is a play of word with the word “soul” and “soldier.” I was watching the news and heard the story about the gay nightclub and saw those men in the news with the big flowers in their arms so I decided that I really wanted to create a fictional character and create this soldier who fights for love and flowers. So it’s a really peaceful album and a utopia.
Your music videos are so fun and visually stunning. Are you involved in the creative process and story behind them?
Since the very beginning I worked with Greg and Lio. They are two French directors. We did all the music videos with them so we are growing a family now and everybody just gives ideas and stories and we all mix the ideas together and make a music video with it. I try to be involved in every artistic aspect of this album so it’s really important for me to be a part of the discussion when it comes to the music videos.
What keeps you inspired?
Everyday life. What inspires me is to try to make people feel better because I think these times are hard to live in and I want everybody to feel some peace in music and I think that’s why music is so beautiful because it can give you some really good feelings.
What can we expect next from you?
I don’t want to do the same thing that I already did with my previous albums like Zanaka and Souldier. I just want to try stuff and experiment a little bit and maybe why not try to sing in French a little bit one time.
What’s your dream project?
To write songs for other big artists like Beyonce for example. I would love to stop the tour someday and write songs for other people.
Top 3 songs in your playlist.
Try A Little Tenderness - Otis Redding
This Is America - Childish Gambino
If you were a book, what type of book would you be and why?
I think I would be a fiction book because I love Science Fiction and you know you can really create a world from scratch. You are free to do whatever you want and you can give power to people.
If you had the chance to help any specific charity / organization, which one would it be and why?
There’s a lot of specific charities and organizations that I would love to be a part of. I think in Europe and even in the States, there is more and more problem about refugees and how to welcome them and for me it’s a big social problem that we have so I hope one day I can help in this big problem.
Check out Jain’s recent collaboration with VEVO!