Jae Franklin: Future Soul + World (Exclusive Interview)
Roughly 10 years ago (more or less), the internet knocked down the barriers of proximity and its influences in music. By this, I mean no longer did we live in a time when you’re making music that you hear only in front of you and your surroundings. The number of music blogs skyrocketed and it slowly became harder and harder to be a “tastemaker,” because information was accessible by just about everyone.
In the last five years or so (more or less), R&B music has been experiencing, in my opinion, a form of resurgence. R&B never went away but I definitely remember it not being the genre of choice by the general public. But then artists like Frank Ocean and The Weeknd started peaking their way up up the blog chains and starting gaining attention. They were re-inventing a classic sound that drew the attention of music lovers. At the same time, electronic music was already on the upswing.
Through a series of perfectly aligned events, future soul was born. As with many new genres, the name took a while to catch on but it’s now becoming a stronghold in the music scene. Amongst this growing number of future soul artists is Jae Franklin. Like many of her fellow future soul artists, she grew up with similar influences but Franklin’s influences go beyond what her upbringing and computer skills. Unlike most artists out there in any genre, Jae Franklin immersed herself in various cultures around the world, traveling from the States, to Africa, to Asia and currently residing in Dubai. She learned from each of these stops while going through the ups and downs that we all go through in life. Culminating it all, she produced the album, Cheers to Life (out now). We had a great opportunity to chat with Jae Franklin and learn a bit more about the artist and the person. Enjoy.
(photo credits: Nabeela Huda)
Buy the album here.