Jetpack Jones

Interview with JETPACK JONES pre-brokechella

April 18, 2015
590 S Santa Fe Avenue, Downtown Los Angeles
Produced by cARTel: Collaborative Arts LA
Interview by Harriet Kaplan

Drawing on everything around himself and experiencing as many new things as possible, Jetpack Jones b first started recording in 2010. At the time, he didn’t go under that name. A graduate of L.A. Recording School, Jetpack Jones got his degree and took charge of the sound he wanted to make himself and created that. In 2012, he met Don, his musical collaborator, whom he credits with pushing him to be better in a lot of ways, especially with production.

“Don challenged me to try different sounds that wouldn’t necessarily be comfortable with,” Jetpack Jones explained.

“I like to go to different places and meet different people. I like to take in different perspectives. I like to digest it all in and spit it out in my own creative way. Anything can turn into inspiration for a song or something. A lot things are open to interpretation, especially the music. I like to leave a lot of lyrics open ended. Concepts are open ended, too. One of the most important things to me is knowledge of self. It is translated differently for each person. It’s about trying to be the best version of yourself. I feel a lot of people, especially in hip hop, get caught up trying to be better than the next person.”

“I have a lot of projects. I have 12 total since 2012. They are all pretty much full-length projects. The shortest one had eight songs but it was a precursor to another project. I tend to not do EPs like shorter projects because I record a lot of content. I think it’s unfair to the creative process to not at least put a fair amount of it out. I don’t like to keep too much of it unreleased. Most of my projects have 12 to 15 songs each. They are cohesive. Going forward, I want to try different sounds. It’s rap music but I want to transcend that. I want to try instrumentation mixed with sampling. Multimedia type stuff. I want to experiment as much as I can and push the sound as much as I can.”

Jetpack Jones was contacted by Brownies and Lemonade about performing at BROKECHELLA.
This isn’t the biggest event I’ve ever performed at, but its different from the others,” he explained. “It’s the first festival I have done in L.A.  Being from the L.A. area, it’s pretty cool. I don’t live here anymore. It’s cool to come back home, though. It’s also cool that a lot of different genres of music are represented. I like not having to go that far for the diversity.”

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