Jain | Today in Music | Amazon Music

Jain | Today in Music | Amazon Music


It’s Today In Music. I’m Adam. And I’m Alex. And we are super excited. We are here in Manhattan, and
we are sitting down with Jane. Thank you for being here. Thank you for the invitation. Absolutely. We’re excited. So you’re here for the Grammys. Yay. Fantastic. A Grammy nomination. So we got to know
when you found out. What was your reaction? It was quite awkward
because my producer had like this mail, and he– we were talking about another– a French award. And I thought he was talking
about the French award, and then he say, “Oh yeah! You know, we’re going
to be at the Grammys.” And he say this, like– Just kind of glossed over. Natural, you know? So I was like what? What’s happening? Yeah, replay. Like, what are– What are you saying? So it was a bit awkward that I
was jumping all around and just crying a good bit. Yeah, I bet. And who’s the first
person you told? I think it was my
parents, actually. Yeah. Yeah. What did they say? Well they didn’t realized it. [INTERPOSING VOICES] They go, what? Yeah. Yeah. But, uh, no no. They were so happy for
me, and they are here since the beginning. So it was a big, you
know, family moment. Yeah, I bet. I mean I’ve never gotten
a Grammy nomination, so. No. We’ll have to wait. Maybe it’s coming, yeah. [LAUGHS] Maybe one day. Yeah. Talk to us a little bit about
the song Makeba, and the video. And I know Miriam Makeba was
obviously a big influence on it Yeah. Kind of what she meant to you,
and how the song came about. Well, I used– my mother used to
make me listen to Miriam Makeba when I was really,
like, a small child. So it’s part of my
musical culture. Yeah. And when I grew up, when I
was a teenager in high school, I realized that none of my
friends didn’t know about her, and I found this quite
sad because for me she was an inspiration. She was like a strong
woman, you know? And so I really wanted
to make a song about her, but also to make a song
that kind of modernized her. So then, like, a teenager
can listen to it on YouTube or stuff, or on Amazon. Yeah? Yeah, I really wanted to mix
cultures, and to, I don’t know, say her name loud
so friends know her. Yeah, plus it’s just a
really fun song to dance to. (LAUGHING) Thank you. That doesn’t hurt. I’ve danced to it it many times. I know. We were this morning. Cool. [LAUGHS] So you’ve lived
all over the place. You’ve been in Dubai, in the
Congo, and obviously Paris too. How does that– I mean, are there
direct influences that find their way into the music? Kind of talk to me about how
all this different culture affects what you do. Well, I think I don’t know
if I would have done music if I haven’t, like, traveled
in these places, because it was so natural for me when
I was living in the Congo. It all just came together. My influences, like with the
reggae and pop and the hip hop– it was, like, very natural
for me to write songs because I had– I was living in so many
different countries that I had to express
myself in a way, and I couldn’t just speak. I had to make songs to do it. So are there any
countries, or maybe some musical styles
that really excite you that you haven’t explored yet? What’s the next new
culture you want to get– I don’t know. That’s a good question. I would love to mix,
like, classical music with Arabic music. I don’t know, make
something really weird. That’s what’s exciting me. [LAUGHS] So Grammy night. Yay. I know it’s an exciting caveat. Other than when you walk up
there to receive your Grammy, what are you most
looking forward to? To see Beyonce? [LAUGHS] Good answer. No, I don’t know. Just to be with my
team, who worked really hard on this music video also. And just, you
know, to celebrate, because we’re [INAUDIBLE]. We are French, and
it’s not, like, common for French to be on the Grammys. So I’m really
excited about this. We will share this
music with them. Cool. Wonderful. So what’s next for you in 2018? What are you looking
forward to doing? Right now I’m writing my second
album, so it’s very exciting. I’m trying to mix
other influences also, and to not stay in the same box. And, yeah, it’s really exciting. And I think it’s
going to be really– I hope it’s going
to be really soon. But we are– we are
working hard on it. Awesome, that’s great. We look forward to
new music from you. So we’ll have to talk
again when that’s ready. Yeah, I hope so. Well thank you so much
for taking a few minutes. Thank you very much. Yeah, thank you. This busy week to be
on Today in Music. We really appreciate it. Thank you very much
for the invitation.

10 thoughts on “Jain | Today in Music | Amazon Music”

  1. – Jain is an other-worldly magic hit-maker. Not even a track to bin in her first album (Zanaka), and not so good performance for her second, but still we have three hits on it : Alright, Star and Souldier, which is not too bad !

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