Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
I’m from Morayfield which is about an hour away from Brisbane. The Brisbane scene has a lot of unique artists and everyone is very supportive of each other. It’s been really cool to meet some of artists as I definitely look up to all of them.
How did you first get into music?
I was asked to do a speech for a family friends 21st party. I’ve always enjoyed writing so I decided to do a surprise and wrote a rap song. I used Drake’s track ‘Jumpman’, got the instrumental and just changed all the words so it was about the birthday person. Having never performed a rap before, I literally went up in front of over 100 people (most of them were family so double embarrassing!). It was super funny but I also found it very fulfilling being up there. After that I started to really look into writing my own songs. Not too long after I released one of my own tracks and I haven’t stopped since.
What’s been happening recently?
I’m always in planning mode. If I’m not recording I’m organising a video. If I’m not organising a video I’m writing. I always want to make sure everyday I go to bed knowing I’ve done one thing today that has got me closer to my goals.
Your new single ‘Miss’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting for this track?
Miss has more of a pop vibe. This definitely has Missy Elliot influence written all over it. I want to be able to write a wide range of songs whether it be motivational to something that could be there for fun entertainment. This was something that I wanted people to watch and relate in terms of when you get mocked but also to be able watch the video and be entertained.
How did you go about writing ‘Miss’?
It actually changed quite a few times. It was meant to be a bit more serious but as the instrumental changed I turned it to something more lighthearted and fun. I wrote of a lot of lines from different influences. From things I’ve heard being said about others to more direct experiences.
Where and when did you record/produce?
The music was produced in London by a producer called Vittorio Franco. We met when he visited Brisbane last year and I have been working with him on a few tracks since. I recorded back home and had James Angus mix/master.
Who did you work with during the production process?
I had Vittorio listen to my vocal recordings and assist with ideas on where to place things.
What do you have planned for ‘Miss’?
I already have a music video out! Maybe some live performances in the future…
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of old school R&B so Lauryn Hill, Aaliyah, Missy E (of course).
You also have a music video for ‘Miss’, how did the concept for the video come about?
The more I wrote Miss the more I would think how this is the stuff we go through in school. So I knew straight away the music video had to be based around a school concept.
Who did you work with?
I worked with David Fischer from Que Film Collective. He is super talented at what he does and I can always trust him to film and put together what I am visioning. I also worked with the dancers from Pink Matter. They are all amazing dancers and inspiring to work with.
Where did you film?
We filmed in Southbank, Brisbane.
What did you find most challenging and rewarding during the production of the film clip?
It was quite a long day so I think towards the end some of us got a bit tired but we powered through! We also had to be time conscious as we filmed. The most rewarding part was the bridge scene. We did this cool hand choreography which I only learned the day before by watching a video Wanida sent to me to follow. Seeing that on film was really cool.
What do you like to do away from music?
I’m a big adventure/travel person so whenever I get the chance I like do outdoor things such as going to beach, hiking, exploring etc. I play a lot of tennis, enjoy going to different food places, and spending as much time as I can with my family.
Any secret that you care to share?
I have danced so many times in my room growing up only for my mum to open the door and look at me shocked. Needless to say she no longer is shocked when she opens the door.
What’s planned for the remainder of 2019?
You can expect a few more tracks to be released before the year is out.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
Seafood! Especially salmon, crayfish and prawns. Also big fan of pancakes, chicken dumplings, mums chicken curry and my dad’s lamb curry (lol can you tell I come from an Indian family?)
My favourite place to hang out is the beach. Or somewhere where the ocean is. I love the water. If I could be any animal in the world it’d have to be a sea animal.
Miss Music Video 👧🏽Lyrics: https://genius.com/Jacinta-lal-miss-lyricsConnect with Jacinta:Twitter: https://twitter.com/JacintaLalMusicInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/jacinta.lal/Website: https://jacintalal.com/Directed by Que Film CollectiveChoreographed by Pink Matter – Brisbane
Posted by JACINTA LAL on Monday, 13 May 2019