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“I feel like a singer, but in rap”

Jade released Weather report on April 15, 2022, a project that marked us and made us want to highlight his work. We invited her to our studios to talk about her music and its evolution, because it’s one of our favorites this year.

We spoke for a while with Jäde and, rather than keeping this long interview to ourselves, we decided to share it with you.

Konbini | In the track “Bonne nuit”, which you released on SoundCloud more than two years ago now, you say: “Another night where I won’t do R’n’B.” We agree that you are more than an R’n’B singer?

Jade| It’s hard to classify my music in general. Even me, sometimes, I don’t really know. Usually I say R’n’B because it’s simpler, but there are a lot of influences in my music. There is rap, trap, pop and songs that are close to French variety.

The rap influence, we also feel it on your featurings…

I invited many rappers on my previous projects and also on Weather report, because I love rap. I feel like a singer, but in rap. The trap productions on which I put my voice, my featurings, the producers with whom I work in the studio… I am not a rapper, I am a singer with a very rap universe.

The song “Parfaite” with DonMonique, don’t you consider it a rap song?

Ok, I’m a rapper after all, I don’t know anymore [rires]. Just kidding, but it’s something I don’t calculate too much. I don’t tell myself “I’m a rapper” or “I’m an R’n’B singer”, I just make the sound as I want to do. Sometimes the flow is a little accelerated and we can classify it as rap.

I started by singing and, in almost all my songs, I sing, but it’s more and more complicated to put yourself in a box. Especially for the music I make today. I like to test a lot of things, a lot of different styles, so it’s not easy to put a single label.

You talk a lot about love and sex in your songs, sometimes quite raw. You are not many female artists in France to talk about it in this way…

I talked a lot about sex, even in my previous projects. On Weather report, I did it a little less explicitly, even if we still understand very well what it’s about, it’s more colorful. I’m thinking of the song “Balançoire” or “#MenAreTrash”, where I say things without filter, but without being too frontal or vulgar. I talk about this because I tell my life in my songs and these are things that are part of love.

You said you wanted to meet people in music. Today, I have the feeling that you have made a lot of acquaintances. Do you still feel that desire you had before moving to Paris?

I don’t know if it’s meeting people I wanted, or meeting the right people. I come from Lyon, and when I arrived in Paris in 2016-2017, I met producers, other artists. Lyon is a big city, but I haven’t met artistic people or people who helped me tell myself “I’m not the only one who wants to do this”, or people as motivated as me with whom we will move forward. This is what boosted me when I arrived in Paris. These meetings with producers, rappers, artists.

If you had to remember one encounter you had, which one would it be?

It’s a difficult question, but I want to say Alpha Wann. We saw each other several times in the studio and his way of seeing and making music, that is to say everything for the art and always trying to make the best piece possible, that marked me. There is no headache in saying “we’re going to do this for the streams” or this kind of reasoning. There, it’s just “do the best text”.

I wanted to talk about your collaboration with Oxmo Puccino. It’s not the most obvious connection on paper, how did you integrate it into the project?

When I was working on Weather report, I was looking for a poet to write the text of my introduction. At first, I said to myself that I didn’t know a poet, but in fact I did, Oxmo. I proposed to him and we ended up actually doing a song together. It’s the best thing that could have happened in the end, because it’s on the first and the last title of the project. It gives consistency to the mixtape.

If you had to keep a piece of Weather reportwhich one would it be?

I think I would keep “J’boss”. I feel like it’s a piece that speaks to everyone. To women as well as to men. I say that in the sense that I generally talk a lot about love, and that this song is more unifying. It’s quite uplifting music.

What do you have in store for us next?

Don’t worry about what’s next, it’s gonna be dirty [rires]. In truth, I haven’t prepared anything yet, I haven’t thought about what’s next. But I know we’re going to do well, we’re going to do even better. That’s the plan.

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