EDM ALL DAY GETS UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH JAY LAWSON OF DESPERADO ORCHESTRA WHERE HE SHARES ALL ABOUT HIS DEBUT TRACK “OUTER SPACE”
Sometimes it feels utterly arbitrary to talk about love. In the wake of ruthless hypocrites lying their way to the top, ruminating about love seems simultaneously false and escapist. Luckily, we have artists similar to Desperado Orchestra that are using the power of music is to help us heal, and bring positive vibrations back into our lives. The singer dropped his debut singe ”Outer Space” not too long ago, and he’s already gaining all the recognition his talent deserves. After a remarkable debut and a successful tour across the States, Desperado Orchestra is finally opening up to EDM All Day about the new record, and the journey that led him into becoming the talented musician that he is today.
– What inspired this recent project
My love for funk and soul music in the early 70’s inspired me to modernize the sound. Using solid music technique with a new age studio gave me the opportunity to realize this project. I wrote this song close to 5 years ago, and rewrote it many times, but finally gathered a team with my wife, Megan, and a producer, Shane “ZigZag” Wright. We worked on it for several months and it came together beautifully.
– Top 5 Musical Inspirations
James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, Jimi Hendrix, Thelonious Monk and Omar Lyfook (the UK artist) are my top inspirations. I can always listen to their music and pick up on something new; a technique, a rhythm, a song structure or content material. These elements the artists use skillfully and I admire their work. Since the creation of YouTube and other online streaming sites, I’ve learned so much from watching their live performances and interviews. I feel that I’ve been able to connect with them.
– How does he balance his life as an educator/musician
It’s not much of a balance for me, it’s all part of a greater goal. Giving back to my community as an educator and mentor, while pursuing and sharing my love of music. Getting to know the up and coming generations of youth helps keep me hip to the world experiences they are living. I also like to think that for them to see me holding down my job, pursuing my dreams, and finding small successes in the projects I create will inspire them to keep at school, find something they like to do and continue to pursue their own personal dreams.
– Where Did His Love for Music Stem From
I can’t remember a time in my life that I felt music wasn’t around. I’ve always been engaged with it starting at an early age in my childhood and continuing on into adulthood. The idea that music is part of our lives and isn’t something separate from our own personal identity is also something that I would like to pass on to my own children as well. Choosing to be a musician and to write my own music stems from a compulsive urge. I need to create work, I need to get my ideas out into a physical manifestation to analyze and work on and when encouraged, to share with my friends and family. Maybe because of the integral role music has played in my life, it is the preferred medium through which I feel compelled to share my inner thoughts.
– Any upcoming project
I have a new song, “Ride” that I’m working on right now. It’s a fun song inspired by the modern Afro-Beat sounds of West Africa. It is filling a new space in my Afro-Beat works, alongside my previous Afro-Beat release “Tell the Youth the Truth”. Keep your ears open, as it won’t be too much longer before I take into the public domain this new work.