Montreal basedRnB/Hip-Hop act JT Soul delivered his debut EP some months ago. The 6 track Ep titled “JT Soul – 372 ; Velvet Tears” is a dense, heartfelt look on love, pain and much more and it’s title pays homage to Jean Talon- a street in Montreal. Today we have the young man on deck to speak on his recent project, his life and future endeavours.
DEHH: What got you involved in music in the first place?
JTS: I grew up with an ear for music even when I didn’t realize it I guess I always had it in me, but what started it was my love for writing. I fell in love with stories, content, meaning, experiences, and just expressing myself, I was always that way, never scared to say how I feel! So when rap and music in general came in my life, I related to certain artists because I could hear their love in their music and a lot of artist also don’t have it. So when you say I put a lot of emotion in my music I agree with you of course but thats not what differentiates me from others. I think it’s the realness in it, the real life experiences. Ever since I realized my love for it I exercised my talent for writing and song making.
DEHH: Which emotion more than any other, currently dominates your music? Joy, sadness, anger or passion etc. , and why?
JTS – I think now is more some nostalgia memory type shit so it can be sad, anger and very passionate but I have yet to drop way more vibes so just wait on it.
DEHH: What role does the artist have in society from your perspective?
JTS – I feel as if right now in this point of my career (which really isn’t deep into it) I don’t have a role just yet, but if I would reach my goal I think I would have a big role more like a representative for my people. I think there’s a lot of things people don’t like talking about and just throw to the side, but I’m not like that as I said in the first question, I have things to say, things to stand up for, people to stand and fight for, stories to tell, money to make, kids to teach, inspire and motivate and most importantly promote positivity! Just like some of my favourite artists made me feel. When I heard Kendrick, Cudi, Joey Bada$$ and heard their stories and things they had to say on certain topics I felt inspired and I felt that I was made to do so as well.
DEHH: What has been a seminal experience for you?
JTS- Damn, once I saw Joey badass perform at this free show in my city when I was about 16 years old and just the way he performed and controlled the crowd with his energy and how we gave him back energy and the love people had for him was so crazy I couldn’t understand in the moment. This helped me realize I wanted to do this shit. I wanted to get that same reaction and feeling he was getting when he was performing!
DEHH: Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?
JTS – Joey bada$$ “Paper Trails” man, that’s the realest shit ever. Also Kendrick’s “Art of Peer Pressure”. Both of these songs I can relate to so much. I advise to go decipher these songs
DEHH: Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?
JTS – I think I have a lot of giving back to do, to a certain people that have helped me and gave me a lot , and MORE MORE MUSIC. That’s all this is, all I inhale.
DEHH: What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?
JTS – I would say keep doing you, don’t let any distractions hold you down and just keep on manifesting because if this music really means as much to you as is does for me and millions of other artists in the world, then nothing will stop you and you will eventually prosper…and stay positive haha.
DEHH: What is the importance of the connections you make? How can you utilize them?
JTS – Very important to me I try to stay around the right people and meet a lot of people bc that leads to opportunities so I like to take advantage of that and this his something I just learned this past year so I’m still really fresh at it.
DEHH: What were you thinking about when your songs are developed? Explain your process.
JTS – Well sometimes it’s frustrating and shit but it was all experimental till I got to the perfect version, the process is really being in the studio with the producers or not , then just premeditating to the beat and creating ideas and drafts then its writing & recording and thats stage 2 that can be the must frustrating honestly but it always goes through! Then me and my team take the stems and vocals
And hibernate in the studio till we got it popping and we also like smoking while creating not always tho
DEHH: What is the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in the music industry?
JTS – Honestly nothing yet I’m really not in the industry like that…well hope to be.
DEHH: What is the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in life?
JTS- The hardest thing I had to endure is something I know and wouldn’t wanna speak about it, especially if this isn’t face to face. One day I’ll make a song with the answer to this question and I guess you’ll know then.
DEHH: Name something you love, and why.
JTS – I love myself, no explanation needed for this one!
DEHH: What is your dream project? Name three artists you’d like to be compared to.
JTS- I don’t know if I have a dream project but I would like to be compared amongst all lyricist, but my 3 were mentioned before! Cudi, Kendrick, and Joey.
DEHH: What’s your strongest memory of your childhood in Montreal?
JTS- When I was young all I did was really imagine so I guess all the moments that I would be in that state are some of my strongest memories.
DEHH: Favourite or most inspirational place ?
JTS- I went to New York and really enjoyed knowing that I was in the city which Hip-Hop was created. I hope to get to work in New York one day for a project or 2. That would be really sick.
DEHH: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
JTS- I’ve done a lot of stupid stuff in my life and gotten in trouble so it was to keep my head straight and work on my craft and deliver and to not bother with things that don’t matter.
DEHH: In closing, tell us something about any projects and ideas you have in store or are already working on?
JTS – .WAV Tape Vol. 1……………that’s the next move. This is a statement, it isn’t your ordinary rap EP. I’m hyped to drop it because it’s something most people haven’t heard yet.
Listen to JT Soul‘s debut “372; Velvet Tears” below