It’s 3:30 pm on a sunlit California day when JLM meets with Indie-Pop artist, Jhameel, for a 21st century style interview via Skype. Jhameel keeps it casual, sitting in his bedroom (which doubles as his recording studio) dressed in a thrifted leather jacket that reflects his latest project, a new record which he hopes to be more explorative and emotionally packed than previous work. Our conversation kicks off with dialogue about his beginnings in music, which he traces back to his youth. There’s a clear indication that Jhameel imagines art as an outlet; his time in the military highlighted his necessity to create music as a means of self-expression. The singer-songwriter is emphatic on utilizing his lyrics as the primary vessel through which he is able to express himself. He cites that his words are the most important element on his work, as their basis in raw emotion allows him to produce a desired effect, the evocation of a positive emotional response from his listeners.
When attempting to convey his songwriting process, Jhameel says he is “loose within strict standards,” emphasizing that he wants to stay true to the aesthetic he has created. His music is crisp and emotionally diverse, yet relatable to every kind of listener. There’s something familiar about what Jhameel creates. As he describes, his music is a “hybrid of MGMT and Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ era of music.” The raw emotion, powerful beats, and strong lyrics run throughout Jhameel’s entire repertoire of tracks. What’s incredible about Jhameel though, is his ability to develop a variety of moods while staying true to his aesthetic. He explains that his inspirations are countless, but with his new release, he’s aiming to make original sounds by fusing influences from previous recordings. With a new album scheduled to release on May 15th, Jhameel remains composed about his career thus far as a singer-songwriter, and his upcoming release. The way he holds himself indicates his humility as an artist, and he further highlights this when he talks about his work ethic. His single most valuable piece of advice: “Never feel entitled to anything.” With this, the conversation comes to a close, and, logging out, we feel an overwhelming understanding of Jhameel’s sincerity as both an artist and individual. Photo Courtesy of Jhameel