Slidin’ Thru: Jayden Bartels

November 5, 2019

Read the full interview on YoungCalifornia.com!

At 14 years old, Jayden Bartels is already inspiring the young generation all across the world. Aside from her ability to act, sing, and dance, the triple-threat is your average girl who loves to have fun and hang out with her friends — just extremely talented. Already having a foot in the door through her acting endeavors on the small screen, she went on to unleash her first single ever Can’t Help Me Now” in July of last year. Read more…

Jayden’s biggest advice to anyone who wants to do what she does is to “stay genuine to yourself. Don’t let anyone else change who you really are.” In the music and entertainment industry as a whole, these words of advice go a long way. Most recently, she unleashed her new EP titled What Really Matters, reminding audiences to cherish the important things in life.

How would you describe your sound?
I would describe my sound as very emotional, but also with indie feels to it. Indie is almost chill, a little bit of pop vibes. The lyrics are very meaningful but also something you can just vibe to.

What does it mean to be from LA?
Being from Los Angeles, I’ve always grown up around the craziness of LA. The business of Hollywood Boulevard. I love being from LA, it’s my hometown. When people come out here from different states, its crazy because I live here.

Are you still in school?

How do you juggle this life?
It’s crazy. It’s hard to find a balance sometimes but I just try to do an equal amount of everything. I’m in 9th grade? I’m homeschooled this year so I barely know. [chuckles]

At what point did you realize this music thing was forreal?
When I first got into the industry, I did a musical theatre class so I started out doing all 3. But about 2 years ago I’m like, “I want to start training.” So I did a year of vocal lessons, then I released my first song. I just remember the response to my first song was so positive and everyone was so excited about it. I’m like “I love this feeling and I love writing, I want to keep doing it.”

Was it “Can’t Help Me Now”?
Yes. When I first did “Can’t Help Me Now,” everyone was very supportive and excited about it. When I was first teasing it, everyone was looking forward to it. I couldn’t believe people were looking forward to my music, it’s a crazy feeling.

That was back in July 2018, how have you evolved since?
I’ve been able to write my songs so much easier, the thoughts and lyrics just come so much more clear almost. Because when I first started, I didn’t know what to write about. I was so confused but now whenever I feel a certain way, I know what to write and I know what I want to say.

You just unleashed What Really Matters, how long did it take you to create?
I started writing most of the songs about a year ago, but I finished recording them a few months ago. It took a few months to finish them off. Fans have been really, really supportive, they love it so much. I’m so happy that they can connect with it.

What inspires you, ‘cause you’re only 14?
I write off real life experiences, things that have happened to me. So any time something happens to me and I feel a strong way about it, I just sit down and write how I feel.

What’s one thing you want fans to get from the project?
The reason I made the title What Really Matters is because I want them to ask themselves that question. I want them to think about the deeper meaning of all my songs, ask themselves and see if they can relate my songs to their own lives.

Talk about directing your own visual for “The Group.”
That was a crazy day, it was such an amazing experience. I really loved being able to be behind the camera and make things exactly how I wanted them and envisioned them. I had a very clear vision of how I wanted it to look, it was really really cool that I got to be a part of creating it.

Who do you look up to?
I look up to a lot of old artists like Stevie Wonder.

That was way before your time!
It was. She [points to mom] used to play me all the older music, which I’m really grateful for because they’re a lot of my inspiration. Like The Carpenters, etc.

What about newer artists?
I love Clairo. She’s so dope, her vibe and her lyrics are incredible. I really look up to her.

“The Group” talks about being alone in a toxic group, how was it making something so relatable?
It was really cool seeing how people who were like “I went through the same thing, you made me realize so much about my friend group,” or “you made me feel less alone.” That’s exactly what I wanted because when I was writing it, I was thinking a lot of people can probably relate to this. In many different friend groups I’ve been in, I’ve related too so it was really cool to see people say they felt the same way that I did.

Talk about your own friend group.
I’ve been in a couple of toxic friend groups. Even if it’s not clear to see, sometimes just the underlying feeling can make it toxic. I’m not right now thankfully, when I was writing this song is when I started to realize it. But I have a great group of friends now.

What do you do for fun?
For fun, I like to write music. I do it all the time in my free time but I also love to do makeup and photography. I like to hang out with friends. I like anything horror related, so Halloween Horror Nights I’ve been 9 times this year already. I’ve seen every horror movie, anything horror related. And escape rooms, I do escape rooms way too often.

You’re only 14, how do you have 3.1M followers on IG?
I definitely had to work for it. I’ve been doing this for about 3 years posting constantly, building a following, and keeping my supporters engaged.

Any life hacks for social media?
Just be genuine and always communicate with your followers. Really realize how important your supporters are because you wouldn’t be anywhere without them. Always keep them engaged and keep talking to them. I’m answering DMs, I’m commenting and reposting. It’s really important to talk with them.

How important is social media for your career?
It’s a really big thing nowadays. It’s a way to show yourself to the world. Without it, no one could really get big because it’s a way to post your music, post teasers, etc.

Favorite person to follow on IG?
Any animal accounts. I love looking at dog accounts. All of them: Ken the Corgi. I love animal accounts. I don’t have any pets actually which is so sad.

Talk about your acting endeavors as well.
I’ve been acting for about 6 years. I was on a Disney show called Coop & Cami Ask The World, so I’ve been auditioning for a while.

Which came first?
Acting came first, but music comes first now. Music is definitely something I’m focusing on. It’s what I do mainly but obviously I’m still auditioning and doing dancing.

What are some goals yourself as an artist at this point of your career?
I want to do a tour of my own in the near future, which would be really cool. I want to release an album, those are 2 of the main ones but obviously keep releasing music.

What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
Wake up, do school for a couple hours because I’m homeschooled. Usually go to a dance class or 2, a singing class, then do an escape room or go to Halloween Horror Nights with my friends. [chuckles]

3 things you need in the studio?
Honey! I always coat my throat with honey. It’s almost a tip for singers, a way to coat your throat. Food, I get so hungry in the studio. I eat 5 meals in the studio. Singing makes me so hungry, I don’t know why. And probably an instrument, either a ukulele or piano.

What do you eat in the studio?
I don’t eat the best foods, like pasta and pizza. It’s always gluten-free or vegan so it’s healthy, but I get so hungry when I’m in the studio.

Talk about being so musically-inclined.
I took piano lessons when I was younger but now I taught myself ukulele. I usually just teach myself.

What would you be doing if you weren’t doing music?
I’d probably still be playing soccer. Before I got into this, I was playing soccer for 4 years on a team. I’d probably still be doing that if I hadn’t started.

What’s the best encounter you had with a fan?
Some of the best are always when they tell me they started dance because of me, or they’re following their dreams because of me. That’s always inspiring and mind-blowing that I inspire someone to start up a hobby or a career, that’s so cool to me.

Who’s the most played artist on your phone?
Definitely Clairo. 100% Clairo. It’s on my playlist, on my recently searched. I love her, I listen to her new album all the time.

What’s your favorite Clairo song?
My favorite song off the new album is “Closer To You.” It’s so underrated, I love it.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself still doing music, hopefully I’ll be in a big movie. That’d be a dream. Hopefully I’ll have toured by then. Hopefully I’ll have a dog by then. [chuckles]


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