We had the good fortune of connecting with jasper and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi jasper, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Nothing in your life will move or change if you don’t take risks. I try to live in a way where I push the things that scare me most, because fearing it just means I care a lot about it. Pursuing a career in music has always been that for me; there was that daunting potential of dedicating my entire life to something that would never come to fruition. It used to seem so one in a million, so rare that it’d be delusional to continue on the path. But I’m obsessed with music and I really don’t think anything else would feel as fulfilling to me. The risk of crashing and burning or being criticized/judged as an artist is worth it because I get to experience the high highs of creating. Every day I get anxiety reaching out to producers or asking people for help, but I keep in mind why I started and what I’m in it for. Keep my mind on the music type thing.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
A professional life in the arts is not easy because art is so subjective. Especially in sharing your art, you have no idea what people will like or dislike, but your financial livelihood essentially depends on people liking it. As an artist you want to keep your ingenuity and personal taste involved but you also want to be sellable. That has been the toughest part for me, when singing and writing became a career rather than just how I process emotion. I used to get inspired and write a quick poem, but now it’s pushing the limits and writing an entire song out of it. I will say I’m grateful because my vision/what I see for myself and my music has always been so strong, however it’s sometimes tough to twist that slightly into a more relatable or understandable realm for people. I love visuals, so I take a lot of inspiration from nature (storms, the ocean, mountains, etc.), and when I feel removed from that younger hopeful mindset I go somewhere in nature to check back in. I’m probably most excited to reach people and touch hearts, the lost and lonely ones, because I think music is the most powerful connector.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
So I moved to LA a couple years ago and I have to admit I have so much more exploring to do. I end up at the same places to eat a lot of the time, I also have a weird obsession with grocery stores. But anyway, let’s say my best friend is visiting next week, the itinerary would for sure include a daytime hike and a sunset spent at a view of the city off lookout mountain. We love some deep talks over a bit of wine. We’d have to hit Blue Bottle and Go Get ‘Em Tiger for coffee and breakfast, roll down to Manhattan Beach for a beach day, Erewhon to enjoy the food and laugh at the prices, and probably a couple trips to Kreation. I should include Point Dume (Malibu in general) in my list because every time I’ve been there the air feels clean the sun comes out and the ocean looks so beautiful from the cliff edge. I also love EPLP for a going out vibe, or Fat Dog in North Hollywood. Recently went to Laurel Hardware too which was so yum.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout goes to my sisters, Emma and Brynn, and my close homies who have been keeping me up in the lows…the people who remind me of the sun when I’m dark. I also am forever grateful for my dad’s adventure spirit and my mom’s ability to become friends with anyone in the entire world, even when they don’t speak the same language, because they’ve kept my mind so open.
Other: Apple Music : https://music.apple.com/us/artist/jasper/1386252270