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Slidin’ Thru: Jazz Cartier

September 24, 2018

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The first time I saw Jazz Cartier perform at The Roxy on Sunset,, I was blown away. I can recall the moments he climbed on top of the crowd, the ledge, the stage, which serves as a great example of the type of energy he brings into the room. Read more…

Hailing from the 6, real name Jahmarie Adam labels himself the “prince of Toronto,” delivering music that lives in a space somewhere underground and mainstream. With no concerns about what the next man is doing (in this case, Drake), Jazz took the time to not only grow as an artist, but as a human being.

While his standout mixtapes, Marauding in Paradise and Hotel Paranoia, allowed him to tour all across the globe, it’s his current single “Right Now” that has streaming platforms on lock. Now, he celebrates his highly-anticipated project titled Fleurever.

Where do you fit in the realm of hip-hop and R&B?
I’m in my own little world. My own little pocket in a stratosphere of everything that’s going on.

How would you describe your sound?
Driving around at midnight. Cruising around, anywhere you are.

You’re from Toronto, how does that play into your life and career?
It’s a big part of it — content-wise and just the overall texture of the records. I think it all fits in the sonic atmosphere coming out of Toronto.

How important is it to come to LA as an up and coming artist?
It’s super important to take it to the next level. Just to take your career seriously. Here is where dreams come true.

How long have you been here and where do you stay?
Since April, so it’s still fresh. I stay in Silverlake.

You like those hipster vibes?
Yeah, it’s similar to my vibes back home. Plus it’s close to everything.

You just dropped your album Fleurever. Asides from the theme of duality, what is it you want fans to get from your story?
The story is still yet to unfold. This is just a chapter in it. This is just a chance for people to catch up on what they missed. Then they can go back to the other two projects I have and wait for the next one coming out very soon.

Did you purposely choose to have no features?
It was a conscious decision just because I wanted the focus to be on me. All my flaws and all my good parts, everything.

“Tempted” is at over 1.2 million on YouTube. Did you foresee it blowing up like this?
Not really. Actually, every song, I have the hopes that it’ll do what “Tempted” did. But I just put it out randomly and it took off. It went crazy. I’m not sure how much it’s streaming on Spotify, but I think it has like 17 million views. It’s cool.

Can you talk about your relationship with the ladies?
I have a good relationship with the ladies. I was raised by all women. I have a lot of female friends. I’m not sure how much you want me to say on that. [laughs]

You mention going through some personal things preparing for the album. How has music been a form of therapy for you?
It’s such a good release, just to escape what’s happening in the now and create a whole other escape for your mind. Sometimes, shit gets overbearing and people don’t have outlets to release that energy. We can go in the booth at any time and focus on something that’s more positive than negative.

You were part of Capitol and now UMG. What is your take on the music industry?
It’s like a game that never stops playing. Like you know the rules, but it always changes. People always change. I just like to focus on the music, but there comes a point where you have to focus on the other things as well. That’s why you have a team. That’s why you have a good team, so they can focus on that stuff and you don’t get caught up in the bullshit.

What are your goals?
My goal is to take care of my fanbase, like the core ones that I have right now, and just grow on it. At the end of the day, my goals, my aspirations, and my dreams are nothing without my fans. I just want to make sure they’re taken care of at all times. Hopefully, we get Grammys, we get stadium tours. we get bigger spotlights. But that all comes with due time. I’m in no rush because I know it’s all going to happen eventually.

What did you do with your first advance?
I went to the dentist. Then saved the rest of it and invested it.

What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
A normal with Jazz? It really depends. Waking up, you’re either hungover or not. More times hungover.

Damn, you party?
Too much.

You go out or in the studio?
I party everywhere. Wherever there’s fun, I’m there.

Do you smoke too?
I only smoke at night, when I’m about to KO. Usually, if I smoke when i’m out, I become a vegetable. And I’m not trying to do that. So I wake up, do a couple devotions, do a couple plays, do something fun. Go to the studio usually. My days are very random, because I’m in a new city every other day.

3 things you need in the studio?
1) I need something to drink. That’s a fact.

What are you drinking?
I’m been on crazy Tequila vibes. Like the Henny or Remy, I still love it, but too many dark nights. I’m keeping it light right now. 2) I need good vibes. Good vibes are crucial. 3) And food. Food is crucial.

The energy of your shows are unmatched. What keeps you going?
Fans. I just feed off the energy, wherever I go. That’s how I go about it.

What’s the best encounter you had with a fan?
A couple fans got my signatures tattooed on them, which was a little weird. But to each his own.

That’s love!
It’s definitely love, but a little too much love. Also, I haven’t really perfected my signature yet. [laughs] I’ve gotten letters. I’ve had people drive miles to see me. I like interacting with all my fans online. I like to respond to as many DMs as I can, as many emails as I can. When they meet me and say, “Oh, I said this and that,” I can kind of gauge it.

Favorite song to perform in a set?
Probably “Dead or Alive.”

Who’s the most played artist on your phone?
Right now, probably Tierra Whack.

Dream collab?
There’s so many. I’d put Andre 3000. I’d put Kaytranada. Actually, that’s going to happen very soon. Who else? I’d put Rihanna. Most definitely.

Anything else you want to let us know?
My mind’s in two places right now. [laughs] But I’ve got more music coming out. My arsenal is full.

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