Jay Jammer is the stage name of multi-instrumentalist Jakob Jammer. Interested in music and instruments since childhood, it was only at the beginning of the pandemic that he really started to think about writing something. Jay doesn’t say he is inspired by a singer or a genre in particular, because he draws inspiration from the world and the people around him. Surrealism and real-life stories blend into his songs and today he presents his debut EP entitled “REMINISCING ON A RANDOM SUNDAY” recorded in Berlin. The EP stems from the frustration caused by Jay’s loss of work due to the covid, but the thought that this could also be an opportunity. The singer then tells us about himself and lays bare through the music… Let’s see what this new musical discovery has in store for us!
YMX: Hey JAY JAMMER, how is it going? some of our readers might not be familiar with your project, how would you describe yourself, in a few words?
JAY JAMMER: Hey YMX, it’s going pretty good, thanks! That is probably the hardest question there is. I do not really like to put the perception I have of myself on others. My perception of myself is just for me and everybody is free to perceive me as they like. But to answer your question I would say I am someone who is drawn to all the things visually, sonically and personally beautiful.
YMX: Your current work is the result of a long journey; What first drew you to making music?
JAY JAMMER: I think I probably had the urge to make music for a pretty long time. There was always this thought I had, which was that something special had to happen to me first in order to make some meaningful music. Ironically, with the start of this special situation for each and all of us, I kind of realised that was flawed thinking. As long as you have feelings, which every one of us most likely has, you are allowed to express them in musical form. Or whatever artform you are drawn to the most.
YMX: What would be your dream collaboration?
JAY JAMMER: For me, the visual aspect of my music always goes hand in hand with the musical part. So for visual collaboration, my dream would be to work together with French Photographer Sebastién Zanella. His style of visual poetry is something I have been drawn to for years. A dream musical collaboration for me at the moment would be BROCKHAMPTON or Florence + the Machine. Both are in genres that drastically differ from mine, yet I feel like something really interesting could come from these crossovers.
YMX: You recently released REMINISCING ON A RANDOM SUNDAY’. Can you tell us how that project came about?
JAY JAMMER: In March 2020, when the pandemic started, the job I was working at sadly had to let me go since I was at the bottom of the food chain. Naturally, I felt disappointed, almost a little bit out of spite I started doing only things I wanted to do, instead of trying to start all over again. After a little while, I finally felt enough inspiration to turn the random little music ideas I had into real songs.
YMX: What inspires your songwriting work?
JAY JAMMER: As previously mentioned, the photography and videography of Seb Zanella are one of the biggest inspirations. The feelings he evokes in me heavily resonate with the feelings I want to express most. A feeling of wonder, indistinct illusions of human feelings and a general state of melancholia. Conversations with all different kinds of people is another big one. When someone tells me how they feel about or react to certain situations or topics, it usually makes me think about how I perceive those same situations. This then gets me to self reflect and from that the topics I want to write about slowly start to form.
YMX: We are all missing live music at the moment. Once on the other side, which music venue would you choose for your first gig?
JAY JAMMER: Avenue I would really like to play at is the “silent green” here in Berlin. It used to be a crematorium, now it’s a place where a lot of concerts and other art happens. The acoustics and the atmosphere there are stunning.
YMX: What’s your band strategy in terms of music promotion? Direct-2-fans or via the “big dogs”?
JAY JAMMER: Everything I have done yet to promote my music has been by myself over social media. I am not opposed to the idea of a bigger production but it is nothing I am actively searching for either.
YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future?
JAY JAMMER: To keep searching for inspiration wherever I can and make as many friends along the way as possible. Also obviously to be in a position where I can keep making as much music as I can.