We’re super thrilled to be able to get to know Jas. from Melbourne and premiere her debut single ‘Wish You Well’.
To be released tomorrow, ‘Wish You Well’ is a powerful, emotional account of a relationship breakdown and, subsequently, the parts of us within it that we choose to leave behind.
Not only is the single devastatingly beautiful and honest, but it’s also wonderfully produced (big props to YAAK here).
We’re excited to be able to premiere the single today (press play below), while simultaneously getting to know the incredible debut artist behind it.
Join us as we get to know Jas. and premiere her first ever single.
01. Name : My name is Jasmine, but I go by Jas.
02. Where are you based? Melbourne, Australia.
03. How did you get your start in music? I grew up with my manager George and as with all things, life kind of got in the way and we lost touch. I ran into him at university years later and he asked if I was still dabbling in music.
He told me about Hy-Lo Creative, the label that he was building with local producer and artist, YAAK. After a few collaborations with YAAK, here we are, releasing my debut single ‘Wish You Well’.
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Versatile, empathetic, dedicated, experimental and collaborative.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. Growing up, I spent countless hours exploring music through the guitar and keys – my sound is still very much influenced by these experiences, leaning heavily on an acoustic sound and my love for songwriting.
As I developed and spent more time in the studio, I realised there are endless possibilities; diving into production helped me evolve further, allowing me to add layers and detail without taking away from the acoustic core of an idea.
06. What’s your earliest musical memory? I won’t ever forget singing Whitney Houston, Madonna and Cyndi Lauper at the top of my lungs in the kitchen with my mum.
07. Who have been your musical influences? A lot came from what my family listened to when I was younger. Everything from Whitney Houston, Madonna, Tupac and The Jackson 5. As I got older and started to find my own interests and sound, I was drawn toward artists such as Billie Eilish, J. Cole and Kehlani.
08. What are your favourite songs of all time? An almost impossible question to answer, but if I had to choose, I’d say ‘I’ll Be Missing You’ by Puff Daddy. It’s a song that’s always been really important to my family and I. Plus Faith Evans kills that hook. RIP Biggie.
09. Where’s your favourite place to listen to music? Definitely in the car. Nothing is better than turning the volume up to a deafening level with just me, myself and I.
10. Who are your go-to artists when you’re feeling : Happy? Sad? Introspective? Exhausted? I can’t say that I go to a specific artist when I feel a certain type of way. There are so many incredibly talented artists out there and I think my feelings carry best at a ‘song’ level. Definitely a job for the mood playlists on Spotify or Apple.
11. What was the first album you ever bought? It was Jessie J’s album, ‘Who You Are’. I played it on repeat and I just remember being so enamoured by her tone, range and vibrato.
12. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. Funnily enough I’m actually a scientist and was planning to start my PhD in cancer research. Ultimately I decided that I wanted to follow an even bigger dream of mine and make music instead.
13. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? I’d definitely get back into cancer research if music wasn’t on the cards.
14. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? ‘Don’t overthink it’. I think it’s easy to make the mistake of being ‘safe’ when it comes to creating, and I definitely find myself overthinking sometimes. I think that to be the best artist you can be, you just need to go with the flow and let your instincts guide you.
15. What’s been the highlight of your musical journey so far? As someone who spent years studying, being able to get into the studio and turn five minutes of inspiration into a full fledged track has definitely been the best part of my musical journey so far. Oh, and obviously the fact I’m about to release my debut single.
16. What’s been the strangest experience you’ve had in the business? Emerging as an artist during COVID has definitely been a strange experience in itself. Everything is changing, the way we collaborate, the way we create, having to move sessions to online platforms.
Luckily, the team at Hy-Lo have made the process feel seamless, helping me adapt to the challenges of releasing music in the COVID era.
17. If you could trade places with any artist in the world right now, who would it be? It’d definitely be Billie Eilish. She’s established such an incredible brand for herself and her music is so versatile, yet so true to her sound.
To achieve the level of success that she has is one thing, but to continue to evolve in the face of that success, and not get comfortable is something that definitely inspires my process.
18. Tell us about your debut release. When I wrote the lyrics for ‘Wish You Well’, I never really anticipated it turning into a song, let alone my debut single. The entire process was really personal for me, but I sent a little riff to YAAK and before I knew it, it had transformed into the track that it is today.
‘Wish You Well’ is a bittersweet take on heartbreak that draws on the triumph of leaving behind the parts of ourselves that no longer serve a purpose. It reminds us to live and learn but most importantly, to let go.
19. What do your future plans involve? Honestly so much. I have a few singles lined up that I’m finalising and that I’m really excited to share. Other than that, I’m looking to create as much as I can with as many people as I can and am looking forward to expanding my craft with other creatives as soon as we’re allowed to.
20. Where can our audience catch you live? It’s obviously a little difficult to catch anyone live at the moment – but me and the team at Hy-Lo are working hard on a couple of experiences that will help bring a more performative element to fans. So be sure to stay in tune with my socials for further updates as that situation develops.
INSTAGRAM : https://www.instagram.com/jas.hylo/
FACEBOOK : https://www.facebook.com/jasofficialmusic
TIKTOK : https://www.tiktok.com/@ZSJ7s88Hq/
TWITTER : https://twitter.com/jas_hylo
SOUNDCLOUD : https://soundcloud.com/jas-music-849872772