We had the good fortune of connecting with Jazlyn Gold and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jazlyn, how do you define success?
My definition of success if linked to the impact that I can make through my creative endeavors. I measure my success through my customer feedback and moments where fans have relayed to me how my music has helped them. My most successful shows have been instances when I walk off stage and attendees have come up to me and explained how my songs moved them or directly related to a situation they are going through. I take pride in making relatable content that my audience can use to brighten their mood when in tough situations or a can use as a source of relief to pain they might be feeling.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Although I have been making music for a while, I still do not have a specific lane I would categorize myself in. My music tells a story about my life in each song, my friends like to call it mood music. I have a way of bringing a mood into a song and creating in a such a way that when it reaches the audience they are fully enveloped in how I was feeling when I wrote it. Learning how to do that was by no means an easy thing to do. When I first started I always thought my process was wrong, or the fact that I could only write certain songs when I was feeling certain ways was a problem. It wasn’t until I created my first tape that I realized what I was doing, it wasn’t so much about how long the song creation took, but about how accurate the mood I created was. Now, my biggest compliment I receive from new listeners is how no matter how they feel, they can find a song in my catalog that fits it. I take an immense amount of pride in that because it means people thing my music is real and they know that know matter how they feel, one of my songs can help them. I’ve learned now to just trust the process and that’s my brand. My brand is mood music.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Okay, if somebody was visiting me and they wanted a day in the life of Jazlyn Gold, we would start with my morning meditations. I like to clear my minds in the morning and it’s often the first thing I do followed up with my prayers. I’m a Christian so I pray to God, the Father, but I would encourage them to pray to whoever they believe in or take time to meditate longer. Next I would do some affirmations in the mirror and then we would really start the day. I love to eat and cook so we’d cook a meal. I’m a big veggies person so I like to make skillets with eggs, bacon, and hash browns. Next we’d probably link up with some friends and make some music, take a couple smokes and maybe a shot or two. If its the weekend we’d hit the studio and record a couple songs, a quick photoshoot, and maybe some video clips. Later, we’d hit downtown and go to dive bar. I prefer dive bars because people are usually pretty friendly and I network to see if I can gain some fans, which I usually do. We’d likely hit a friends house after and the possibility of going back to my house is slim. We pick a house we’re going to and we stay there the entire night, we usually eat breakfast together and then we go back to our respective homes.
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?
I want to give a shoutout to my to my music mentors. I want to start with Clinton Billz and Ace Rawr, they have been major assets to me as an artists and in my personal life. I have known them for years and there was never a moment when they did not encourage me, and never a moment where they would shy away from telling me the harsh truths. When you’re a creative, it is of upmost importance to have people in your corner that are honest and straight to the point, there is no other way to grow. I also owe my love for the artistry to them since they are the ones who introduced me to most of the hip-hop history that I know now. I probably would not be an artist without them. They helped me find my love for music, develop my flow, and be confident in my style. I also have to shoutout my engineer, Saint Eve of Saint Eve Records. I’ve always said an artist is only as good as their engineer and he’s amazing. He’s extremely humble and will allow me creative control over my songs versus pushing his desires unto it. He’s also amazing at connecting me with other creatives to boost my creativity and keeps my name circulating in opportunities that arise.
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