We had the good fortune of connecting with Jay Gannon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jay, how do you think about risk?
I think risk plays a huge role in any creative endeavor. Showing someone your creative side is always a risk because you don’t know how people are going to perceive it once you put it out into the world. Personally, this has been one of my biggest hurdles in music and often I feel anxious about sharing a new idea – whether it be lyrics, a drum pattern, or a vocal melody. It’s easy to take chances when you are sitting in your room alone, but when you’re working on a project in a room full of other creatives you have to take that risk and let your ideas be known. If you don’t they are never going to see the light of day. Two things all creatives share are the love of creating and the desire to share their creations with as many people as possible. Without risk only one of those things is possible.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Since the beginning I’ve always been influenced by sample based hip hop and R&B and I think it’s an art form that’s going to be around for a very long time. I think what sets me apart is the time I spend with some of these samples – even when I don’t plan on using them. People complain about how a lot of today’s music sounds the same, so I get really excited about finding something new and trying to use it. However, using samples isn’t free and comes with a lot of challenges and criticisms. I’ve had to not worry so much about what people say, and the money aspect of it all. At the end of the day I’m just trying to make something that I would be excited to hear.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite part of LA is downtown so we would probably start there and grab drinks in the Arts District. Some of my favorite places over there are Pali Wine Co. and Far Bar – which is just across the street in Little Tokyo. After drinks, I would stay in Little Tokyo for food, grab some Ramen or Sushi, and ideally go to a Laker or Dodger Game. Saturday we would head to the westside and maybe start with a hike in Malibu if we are feeling up to it (most likely would not) and grab lunch at Cholada Thai before we go to the beach. After that, we’d head home and make some dinner at my apartment, and then hit the studio on Sunday.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My family and friends! From my mom and my sisters supporting me in everything I do and my friends helping me along the way. Shout out to the Big League, my mom & dad, my sisters Laura and Jess, the mates back home, and everyone else showing love. Love yall!
Photos by Ashley Harris and JeanCarlo Murillo