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Jay James Presents The First Single Out Of His Studio Album, “GLORY”
The Los Angeles based instrumentalist and producer releases a hypnotic track drawing inspiration from life’s yin/yang.

It is not often you hear about a 23-year-old producer scoring a feature on a major HBO show, even rarer when the series is one of the most coveted of our times. Los Angeles based, Ghanaian composer Jay James managed to do that and remain humble after getting the news the track he crafted for B.K. Habermehl was selected to be part of Issa Rae’s Insecure. Born in Ghana and raised in sunny Southern California, James first encountered music as a child growing up surrounded by a lifestyle strictly intertwined with instrumental culture.

The church was his foundation. The lively, celebratory environment is where he first experienced live instruments. Later on, inspired by the former exposure and triggered by the lack of like-minded musicians around him, he acquainted himself with 17 different instruments, which eventually shaped his genre-bending composition style. His self-sufficient and perfectionist nature drove him to become a well-rounded producer able to symphonize, manipulate, and engineer a track all by himself without external support.

jay james

His roots covertly play a role in his sound. His Ghanaian heritage seeps through his craft through percussions and rhythmic sequences rather than the sonority itself. Jazz, soul, and hip hop influences can be detected when carefully lending an ear to James’ melodies despite his ability to customize and harmonize the various tuneful layers to his liking, providing an innovative result. Jay James has a mature approach to music. He’s aware of the hard work one must put in to generate one good track, and he’s committed to his craft.

Motivated and encouraged by the remarkable TV placement, the young musician went on to create a full body of work titled “GLORY” set to release in 2020. The first single out of the album is a metaphorical eponymous track inspired by the glory of life once we push through its harsh realities and see the light. A brief, somber violin incipit yields the dreamy melody. The muffled sounds are reminiscent of the loud yet padded silence you experience underwater. The visuals accompanying the song feature natural elements like water and light but are trapped by human-made infrastructure such as the bathtub in which James is sitting. The setting feeds into the symbolic essence of the project.

jay james glory

Jay James has a mature approach to music. He’s aware of the hard work one must put in to generate one good track, and he’s committed to his craft. Motivated and encouraged by the remarkable TV placement, the young musician went on to create a full body of work titled “GLORY” set to release in 2020. The first single out of the album is a metaphorical eponymous track inspired by the glory of life once we push through its harsh realities and see the light.

A brief, somber violin incipit yields the dreamy melody. The muffled sounds are reminiscent of the loud yet padded silence you experience underwater. The visuals accompanying the song feature natural elements like water and light but are trapped by human-made infrastructure such as the bathtub in which James is sitting. The setting feeds into the symbolic essence of the project. Synchronized, soft dance moves are choreographed by a masked character and follow the musical development throughout the film, shaping the narrative informing the track.

Deep interludes disrupting the mind-numbing sound come in clutch to wake us out of the hypnotic daydream “Glory” set to put us in. This daze is perpetuated by the sequential management of the visual experience, including photos and collage animation throughout the video. Specifically, the butterfly serves a significant purpose in the roll-out of the story. Its ability to flourish out of a cocoon proposes a positive outlook on life and symbolizes the birth of something beautiful after the struggle of breaking free from its shell. The whole ensemble works to harmoniously merge two concepts that would typically be in opposition, light vs. darkness, as a metaphor of life.

CREDITS

Director: Noah Kentis

Producer: Theo Buckwald

Cinematographer: Jacob “Kuba” Bojzsa

Animation: Noah Kentis

SteadiCam: Zac Stanke

Assistant Camera: Darren Kho

Dancer: Kyle Lester

Underwater Dancer: Khephra Lord

Colorist: Jack Tashdjian

Mask/Wardrobe: Louis Licata and Noah Kentis

Vehicle provided by Matt Whitmire

Jay James Presents The First Single Out Of His Studio Album, “GLORY”
The Los Angeles based instrumentalist and producer releases a hypnotic track drawing inspiration from life’s yin/yang.

It is not often you hear about a 23-year-old producer scoring a feature on a major HBO show, even rarer when the series is one of the most coveted of our times. Los Angeles based, Ghanaian composer Jay James managed to do that and remain humble after getting the news the track he crafted for B.K. Habermehl was selected to be part of Issa Rae’s Insecure. Born in Ghana and raised in sunny Southern California, James first encountered music as a child growing up surrounded by a lifestyle strictly intertwined with instrumental culture.

The church was his foundation. The lively, celebratory environment is where he first experienced live instruments. Later on, inspired by the former exposure and triggered by the lack of like-minded musicians around him, he acquainted himself with 17 different instruments, which eventually shaped his genre-bending composition style. His self-sufficient and perfectionist nature drove him to become a well-rounded producer able to symphonize, manipulate, and engineer a track all by himself without external support.

jay james

His roots covertly play a role in his sound. His Ghanaian heritage seeps through his craft through percussions and rhythmic sequences rather than the sonority itself. Jazz, soul, and hip hop influences can be detected when carefully lending an ear to James’ melodies despite his ability to customize and harmonize the various tuneful layers to his liking, providing an innovative result. Jay James has a mature approach to music. He’s aware of the hard work one must put in to generate one good track, and he’s committed to his craft.

Motivated and encouraged by the remarkable TV placement, the young musician went on to create a full body of work titled “GLORY” set to release in 2020. The first single out of the album is a metaphorical eponymous track inspired by the glory of life once we push through its harsh realities and see the light. A brief, somber violin incipit yields the dreamy melody. The muffled sounds are reminiscent of the loud yet padded silence you experience underwater. The visuals accompanying the song feature natural elements like water and light but are trapped by human-made infrastructure such as the bathtub in which James is sitting. The setting feeds into the symbolic essence of the project.

jay james glory

Jay James has a mature approach to music. He’s aware of the hard work one must put in to generate one good track, and he’s committed to his craft. Motivated and encouraged by the remarkable TV placement, the young musician went on to create a full body of work titled “GLORY” set to release in 2020. The first single out of the album is a metaphorical eponymous track inspired by the glory of life once we push through its harsh realities and see the light.

A brief, somber violin incipit yields the dreamy melody. The muffled sounds are reminiscent of the loud yet padded silence you experience underwater. The visuals accompanying the song feature natural elements like water and light but are trapped by human-made infrastructure such as the bathtub in which James is sitting. The setting feeds into the symbolic essence of the project. Synchronized, soft dance moves are choreographed by a masked character and follow the musical development throughout the film, shaping the narrative informing the track.

Deep interludes disrupting the mind-numbing sound come in clutch to wake us out of the hypnotic daydream “Glory” set to put us in. This daze is perpetuated by the sequential management of the visual experience, including photos and collage animation throughout the video. Specifically, the butterfly serves a significant purpose in the roll-out of the story. Its ability to flourish out of a cocoon proposes a positive outlook on life and symbolizes the birth of something beautiful after the struggle of breaking free from its shell. The whole ensemble works to harmoniously merge two concepts that would typically be in opposition, light vs. darkness, as a metaphor of life.

CREDITS

Director: Noah Kentis

Producer: Theo Buckwald

Cinematographer: Jacob “Kuba” Bojzsa

Animation: Noah Kentis

SteadiCam: Zac Stanke

Assistant Camera: Darren Kho

Dancer: Kyle Lester

Underwater Dancer: Khephra Lord

Colorist: Jack Tashdjian

Mask/Wardrobe: Louis Licata and Noah Kentis

Vehicle provided by Matt Whitmire

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