International UK Recording Artist Jahna Sebastian Interview

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B.Rich Brinson had the honor to interview the multi - talented Jahna Sebastian who's a singer, songwriter, model, actress, musician,producer, and engineer, She talks about everything from where she from originally,her perspective on the current state of the music industry, and more.

 Check Out The FULL Interview Below

Introduce yourself

I am a singer, songwriter, producer, engineer, actress and model. I have a studio Multivizion Music, where I record my own music, produce, make beat for myself and other artists. I am a visionary. 

Where are you from originally?

I was born in former USSR in Moscow, where my Indian dad, who was a scientist in genetics and my Russian mother, who was working for the government, have met and fell in love at first sight. It was a very passionate relationship, like in Bollywood movies, of course like in Bollywood with family secrets and surprises. I was raised in Central Moscow, walking distance from White House and graduated from school and university there. I moved to London at the age of twenty by myself and that has also influenced me a lot. 

How did you get started in the music industry? 

My first paid job was playing in a children’s orchestra for Christmas shows and then the second paid job was acting in a music video by a Russian rock star at the age of thirteen. I was also interviewed on MTV during the music video shoot and that was my first TV appearance. So at the age of eleven I decided to make music my career. I entered Russian Academy of Music at the age of sixteen, the same age I started performing with various bands professionally, recording, and writing original material. I graduated from Academy of Music just before I turned twenty and then I moved to London, where I established my studio and started producing for other people and myself as I did one year course in Music Production at Point Blank College. 

How would you describe your music style?

My music has evolved over time as I have been working on so many projects all my life. I am making mostly pop, R&B, hip hop, house, trap and I have done a lot of reggae. I love to have heavy bass and drums in my tunes a lot, a nice melody, I have also done dubstep in that respect as living in Croydon, London, really had that effect on me. I am a music junkie, I live and breath music, it also depends whether it’s my own project or for another artist. Either way, I like to make music that can be pop as in popular, have lyrics with some meaning and go down well in the club at the same time, hit the walls and make you move. 

What do you like most and least about your profession?

The best thing for me personally is that the journey of my music is the same as the journey of my life and these two are inseparable on all levels, from practical to spiritual. For me my work and what my personal discovery and experiences are interlinked so much, places I get to visit, people I get to meet and friends and meaningful connections I get to make have all been a part of my work in music. I love the freedom it offers and this is when saying ‘I am my work’ can have a positive meaning, because music has literally saved my life at some point too, it has been my therapist and helped me find important solutions in life when it seemed there wasn’t any at all. What I don’t like and try to avoid in my profession is encountering situations and people based on shallow interests, this is a field where it’s very easy for some to look at it as a getting rich and famous quick scheme for selfish interests, instead of making a positive change or doing it for the love of it in the first place. Money is good, but if it's at the top of the list of importance in career as a musician, it will not make one happy, it should be a tool. There are a lot of hungry snakes in the business side of it, and because in order to enhance your experience and career you get to move between projects with various people, along the way you have to be very aware of manipulative personalities who are only in it for the quick buck trying to rip you off. It’s an unpredictable business, there are people who are untrustworthy, and because I get to change teams and projects frequently due to the nature of my profession, the chances of meeting these kinds of people are extremely high. 

What song of yours are you most proud of and why? 

‘Love Over Hate’, the whole beat, lyrics and melody came about really quickly and I felt like it was one of those moment of true inspiration, it was a very spiritual experience writing it. It represents what I stand for. 

When did you know you wanted music to be your career? 

The revelation point for me was at the age of eleven. I just knew inside me, that it was what I wanted to do. It wasn’t something that my family suggested to me, in fact I faced some resistance at first being told to pursue a ‘proper’ job instead, however, I worked hard and proved that I can find balance in doing music as a career and now my parents understand my choice. 

What are some special characteristics about you that most don’t know? 

I am very disciplined, once I set my mind on something, I work through it to master it to perfection. Some people who don’t know me well enough, see me as super sweet and soft and are surprised to also see the tough side of me later on, that I am fierce and will fight till the end for what I believe in if confronted, so there is no point in opposing me. Although I find ways to get along with most people, I am not easily manipulated and I will be prompted to get to the deepest end of it until all the pain dies out. There is no point in lying to me, I will find out the truth no matter what. I have very deep emotions and I love with my whole heart, I dive in to the point of no return. I have had my ego nearly destroyed a few times by massive changes in my life, however I have an ability to pull myself out of it without much external motivation and rebuild everything from scratch. I rely on inner strength rather than pills or addictions to hide away from finding the solution. 

What are you listening to lately? 

Love latest albums by Jessie Ware, Mark Ronson, Partynextdoor, Banks, Ed Sheeran, Example, Rudemental, also listen to the Weeknd, Jack U, RL Grime currently listen to a lot of trap music and a lot of deep house, some underground names from around the world. 

What is your favorite quote?

‘That which does not kill us makes us stronger.’ Friedrich Nietsche. It’s a very handy self-affirmation especially when applied towards hardcore situations, haters, unsolicited critics and anonymous Internet pseudo-gangsters. 

 Give us a WTF was I thinking moment? 

When I was in high school, at the age of fifteen, I got nearly expelled from school after my classmate asked me for expert advice on trying to get on the path of psychedelic discovery. At the time I was very into finding alternative reality and one of my favorite movies was ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ with Johnny Depp. He was a good boy, never found drinking vodka in the street like many others in my area, never smoked and never did anything against the rules. A certain type of painkillers available at a local chemist was especially powerful, after taking five pills, it would send you on the most hilarious trip during boring physics lesson. After my recommendation, he ended up eating about fifteen of those pills the following day, running around school like crazy and crashing into the headmaster’s cabinet with some outrageous confessions. He ended up in the hospital with the head master forever suspecting the nicest boy in class in drug abuse. Since that time I don’t give advice to good boys or girls as WTF was I thinking because when everyone else will go unnoticed, they could do something one time and everyone will know. Lol. In fact since then I am very suspicious of any kind of mind or body altering pills from over the counter at the high street chemist.

 How does music effect your mood?

Tremendously. It in fact has saved me from depression a few times. I recommend it as therapy for the worst life crisis. It always lifts me up or helps me process events in my life. It is definitely the soundtrack to my life and I have many songs both my own and by other artists that I strongly associate key events and people in my life with. From baby-making music to let's cry over that ten year old issue for a thousandth time to let's get up and make this happen type of mood creating music. 

What’s the first song you ever remember hearing? 

I used to sleep next to a stereo with big speakers as a baby all the time with everything from Michael Jackson and Bob Marley to Bach and Mozart. I just remember it as a continue mix of music in my head from those times and I was a massive Michael Jackson fan.  

What is your perspective on the current state of the industry?

Music industry will never be the same as it was throughout majority of twentieth century. The streaming might be the point of gaining strength again however in a slightly different way. I believe success lies in a friendly merge between the tech and the music worlds. The future is in music being a part of all other digital experiences. Right now a lot of emphasize is on mobile and considering how people listen to it on the go, the convenience of it too. Live music has always been and will be strong because people are willing to pay for a great live music experience which also becomes an event in their own personal lives like that date night with your sweetheart. This has been part of musical experience since day one. The traditional record industry is just not there anymore. It also requires approach towards global market and musicians developing themselves as a brand as relying on just making music was relevant in the times of relying on record sales. For some time now who you are, what you represent, why you do it, is a major part of your music. It is a major transition point in the music industry, however, I am excited about it as something amazing can be pioneered in times like this. If you are fearless. 

If you could go back in time, what would you do differently?

I have been proven time and time again that much of what I have experienced has a fated element to it, even though I still had the freedom of choice to begin with. One thing I would change is possibly being less stubborn about a couple of things in the past and not listened to the wrong advice. Other than that I wouldn’t change much as everything has had it’s meaning and reason to happen and lead to where I am now. I have definitely re-invented myself more than once, so I know the power of conscious change. 

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do? 

I like to watch a movie, go to art galleries, museums, on a short trip to somewhere different, exploring something new while meeting new people, they always tell me the story of their life upon the first meeting and I love it, read a book, also go shopping and trying out a new restaurant. I like to be on the move, go for an adventure, or just be by myself somewhere quiet. 

What awards have you been nominated for/won?

I have worked on an album by Oxxxymiron which was rated Best Rap Album of 2011 in Russia. I recorded Oxxxymiron in my studio, all of the tracks on the album and sang in the chorus in the single Russky Cockney, which was part of music history in Russia after London riots of 2011 happened. 

What are you currently working on? 

I am working on my next EP called ‘Love Over Hate’, which is a follow up to the previous two EP’s ‘The Edge of Love’ and ‘I Am Free’. I am also working on a mixtape and lots of new beats for projects with other artists. Getting ready for the tour. 

Where can fans check out more of you at ? 

My website
Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @JahnaSebastian,
My blog also get my music on iTunes, and  

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