She is the boss, from writing the songs down to the directing of the videos and marketing visuals! We are happy to introduce you to the rising and amazingly talented American rapper, singer-songwriter – Jzadé Forté !
[Blaster] Thank you for your time Jzadé! What music did you grow up listening to?
Jzadé Forté: I grew up listening to all types of stuff. Being the youngest of a music loving family, I was exposed to R&B, Hip Hop, Gospel, Rock, and Jazz at a young age. When I started studying music in school I grew a love for classical music. So, I really had every genre woven into childhood.
[Blaster] How did you become involved in music production?
Jzadé Forté: My Family! My family not only loves music, as I mentioned before, but also many are artists/musicians themselves. My mother is my manager. She’s been in the music game a long time; long before I was even thought of. Mimicking my older cousins, I told her I wanted to be a rapper when I was about 5 years old. She was more on the gospel side early on, but she used that knowledge and music industry experience to help me develop my artistry. I’d watched her and my dad (who’s also a producer) at their concerts and studio sessions and I’ve always had music around me. I honestly don’t know life without it. If I somehow became involved with music I’m not sure how.. I think I was born into it.
[Blaster] How would you describe your musical style?
Jzadé Forté: People have called it Smooth R&B, some have said it’s hip hop, others might name it pop or even soul. Personally, I’ve never been able to describe my musical style. I literally like and make any and all music. It’s whatever I feel. I would describe it something more vague aesthetically like new wave or new age.
[Blaster] Who writes your songs?
Jzadé Forté: I write and produce pretty much all of my own material. I’m an engineer as well so I sometimes mix and master, I’m very hands on in all aspects of my projects from the writing of the song down to the directing of the video and marketing visuals. Now I do have a crazy creative team; probably the best in the country! When we’re in the studio, great ideas are coming from everyone but ultimately I’m using those moments for inspiration to expand on a chorus, beat or verse. Still, I can proudly say I write and make the music to at least 90% of the music I put out.
[Blaster] Is there a hidden meaning in your music?
Jzadé Forté: Always! I was taught that the best songs are metaphors so my fans can always look for a double meaning. Most of the hidden messages in my songs are about loving yourself and others, justice, and peace. Even songs where you know my listeners might think “Oh it’s just a turn up song” or whatever, they’re right and wrong at the same time! I’m constantly trying to incorporate a piece of knowledge that I’ve learned in my music so if you listen close you’ll hear it.
[Blaster] Do you collaborate with other musicians? What is that process?
Jzadé Forté: Not much, but definitely! That process is like I have to really like not just the artists’ work but their work ethic too. At an early stage in any career your first moves are crucial, so I’ve been very tactical when it comes to who I associate or affiliate with because the next thing should be bigger than the last. Not all songs can do justice because I don’t curse or promote violence, and I’m not going to get on a track that I can’t give my 100% all to. Once I know the collab is a good fit though, it’s as simple as vibing to the beat a few times in the studio together and recording it the same day.
[Blaster] Where do you find your artistic inspiration?
Jzadé Forté: Life and love. Since I was little anything I saw and felt I was trying to put it into words. I’m most inspired by moments in time, history, things that make us realize our place in time and space and relationships with family, friends, other cultures.
[Blaster] What skills have you learned that will help you in your music career?
Jzadé Forté: Unfortunately we’ve had a lot of unpleasant experiences working within the music industry. When receiving services like photography, videography, marketing, engineering, graphic design, etc, we were having a lot of trouble with people overcharging, missing deadlines, or just not having what we asked and paid for. That stuff just makes you more and more self-dependent when you have to get things done. I’ve had to learn marketing, media, audio engineering, videography, photography, production, distribution, and even graphic design. It takes more time but I’m thankful for it because it has saved me a lot of money and headaches plus I’m even that much more emotionally invested in all of my projects.
[Blaster] Do you have a record label? Are you a member of any music organization?
Jzadé Forté: 3D Management LLC is my management team. I’ve been with them my entire career. Unprocessed Media is my official marketing and publishing team. I’m actually in the process of creating my own independent label and signing myself as well as few of my favorite childhood artists. That’s in the works though. I don’t think I’ll be signing to a record label anytime soon we’re good right now. I’m just looking forward to hearing what some of the distribution companies we’ve talked to can come up with for us. Hopefully that will change a little soon.
[Blaster] Who are you inspired by?
Jzadé Forté: I’m inspired most by the people whose voices are often not heard. The youth, the poverty stricken, the lower class, the up and coming, the underdogs. I guess people and art with potential. My favorite artists are my favorite because I rooted for them in the pre-stardom days like Drake, Kanye, J Cole, I guess I’m inspired by people who relate to raw and real life experiences.
[Blaster] What are the main topics for most of your songs? Do you think topics will change overtime?
Jzadé Forté: I would say it’s staying true to yourself and appreciating life and the people around you. I definitely hope that doesn’t change!
[Blaster] What are you working on right now? Did you release something in the past?
Jzadé Forté: Right now I’m taking it one song at a time and pushing some videos we have in the back stock. I’m working on other things outside of music as well like my fashion line and some family businesses but eventually I hope to put out an album. I released my last mixtape Dear Country, This is Country in 2015 and my new EP, Treasure: A 3 Part Trilogy in October 2020, but I’ve yet to do a studio album so Me and my team are looking forward to that being the next thing.
[Blaster] What do you feel is the best song you ever released and why?
Jzadé Forté: Before this year, I would’ve Original but the Best Song I ever released is Treasure. This one is my most treasured song as it is dedicated to my grandmother who passed away in 2017. After she passed I just hated anything to do with my past or being happy and music was all of that. I was just mad at the world and nothing inspired me anymore. I had a writers block for about a year and a half and after 1 week of just channeling my grandmothers spirit and asking for her guidance I was able to produce the beat; 2 hours later I had the song. Also you wouldn’t believe, the whole making of the song from the audio to the visual was magical. Things were just happening perfectly and by coincidence even how we got the engineer, film crew, and all of the volunteer cast and location sponsors last minute. It was like my granny wanted her song to come to life. Her name was Queen, she lived her life in a Royal fashion and this tribute was definitely one fit for a queen.
[Blaster] What would be your dream collaboration, with any musician or producer?
Jzadé Forté: Quincy Jones is my producing idol but also Timbaland and Missy and Kanye for production. My favorite musicians have passed away like Michael Jackson and Prince but if I had to say some people living I would like to one day collage with them would be Lauryn Hill, Any one of the Marley boys, Alicia Keys, and Kendrick Lamar.
[Blaster] At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?
Jzadé Forté: I hope kids can have a role model. I hope people My age and older wake up and realize we have a lot more work to do than edit our social media profiles. Our community needs us and I’m trying to get as many people as I can on board so that we can advance the human race.
[Blaster] How do you balance your music with other obligations – school, hobby, job?
Jzadé Forté: Luckily, I’ve spent a lot of my time off aligning my life with my music career. I’m in school for my bachelors but I’m studying things that help me become a better musician. My hobbies are Yoga, mediation, hiking, and exercising all of which keep me focused and grounded enough to create and stay balanced. The last thing is that I now own a media company that markets and brands artists and influencers so much of that market knowledge you can imagine helps me strategize my own goals as an artist. So I’ve definitely tried to condense my life to be as manageable as possible.
[Blaster] Would you like to give any message to your fans?
Jzadé Forté: Thank you for always supporting me! I hate that I’ve been away so long but It’s up and up from here!
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