What has been the most challenging part of pursuing music as a career?
Oh wow. Pursuing music is full of so many challenges and opportunities to grow. I’d say the biggest would be learning how to get out of my own way. Here’s what I mean by that: I spent years needing to rationalize and justify (to myself) WHY I wanted to be a musician, why I thought I was good enough and why I thought I actually had a chance. I was actively pursing my passion, yes, but all-the-while I found myself getting so wrapped up in my own self-defeating thoughts and self-hatred. I’d have a few strong days where I was full of passion and hope and then weeks of insecurity, doubt and self-defeating thoughts around my music. This slowed me down. If I had broken through that self-created barrier years sooner, I could have eliminated a lot of the “challenge” that came along with being an artist. At a certain point, I had to stop trying to justify to myself and others why I was pursuing a path with no guaranteed outcome of success and come to terms with the fact that music is what I wanted to do. Simple as that. So I’m doing it! Someday when I look back on my life, regardless of how it all played out, I will be able to take comfort in knowing I threw my whole heart and soul into doing what I loved and with that, I’l have no regrets.
. . . haha, I just went DEEP.
How would you define yourself as a person? Is it important to know yourself apart from your music?
While music is clearly a huge part of what I was put on earth to do, it does not define me. I think that takes alot of pressure off my music and allows me to truly enjoy it. What defines me is my heart, my good intentions, my strong will, my passion, my love for connecting people to others and reminding each person I meet of how special they are. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve also come to realize that as a creative, we are never just one thing. I am not just a musician. I am a creator anytime and anywhere I want to be. Sometimes that looks like watercolor painting (skills of a 4 year old, btw), or taking photos with a camera I don’t know how to use or going for walks around my neighborhood and admiring the colors and the way the world shows up for me.
What would you like for your songs to communicate?
I hope my music gives others permission to truly feel something. Whatever that feeling may be.
What does the song-writing process look like for you?
The songwriting process is always different. One things always stays the same though. When it’s time to write a song, I experience this feeling of restlessness within that cannot be ignored. I’ve tried to ignore it for days on end at times; haha, it’s a stubborn thing. Most of the time I know that there is something that needs to be expressed creatively but I have no idea where that restlessness is coming from, what the song should be about or what I’m even feeling. I’ll sit down with pen/paper and a musical instrument. Sometimes I’ll sit silently while I wait for the music and the message to move through me. Other times I’ll stumble through writing a song only to realize at the very end what message was trying to come through the entire time. It’s a beautiful thing. The muse. It’s real and it exists and the way to access it is to physically show up for it by paying attention to when the restlessness shows itself, then seating myself in front of a musical instrument and most importantly, being silent and doing the listening. That’s what some versions of meditation are. Songwriting seems to be my form of meditation.
Where can you find more of Jaden LaRue?
Jaden also hosts secret pop-up shows which occur every month all over Los Angeles. They are called the Silverlake Sessions and they are her way of sharing her favorite artists from all over LA and the rest of the world, with local angelinos in an intimate space that invites strangers to becomes friends, artists to connect and collaborate with each other and all-in-all it’s a very special evening to be shared with very special people.
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