After forcing me to miss my ex with the latest release entitled ‘If I Don’t Have You,’ J Line afforded me the opportunity to go beyond the track and get the story behind it along with getting into his business. LoL! Join me as I go Beyond the Music with J Line.
I’m from a small town in upstate NY and have been in Manhattan since college
I do feel a connection to nature and small-town living because that’s where I was brought up, but the lack of “thinking outside the box” and rigid social conforms were mainly the reason I felt I needed to leave and find my own path.
Around 10 years old was when I realized being a performer who made their own music, went on tour, etc was an actual job. From then on, I’ve been fixated by pop stars from the 90s/2000s who put on elaborate stage shows, made feel-good pop music, and created a mood with their music
Honestly, I don’t know if I’ve ever felt “in the industry” I’ve just always done my own thin, kept my eye on the goals I personally want to achieve, and if I ever get recognized for that by my peers, that’s just icing on the cake. I see myself as my own industry lol
The song is about being haunted by an ex-lover and how that affects your day-to-day life. What streets you walk on, what shops you go in, what bars you go to because you know you may run into that person. Your life completely changes when you have an ex like that and it can feel suffocating in a way.
I think it’s the best thing that has happened is indie artists like myself have such a great way of expressing ourselves and finding an audience all on our own. Without needing a major label, I’m free to be who I am and say what I want to say. It’s difficult without anyone helping me but I think artists now are able to be more genuine and show our flaws, so I like that.
Church girl. It just makes me move no matter where I am.
I always wanted to work with Stephen Sondheim. He’s a prolific Broadway composer but I always thought it would be amazing to see what his style would look like on a pop song like mine. That would have been epic for me.
I write music that makes me feel something and this song called for a big chorus and big instruments to accompany that. And what better era to pull influence from for big pop music than the 80s?
I think my first CD was either Janet or Britney. I am a huge fan of both still and will always love pop music that makes me move and smile. I was obsessed.
I have a great partner who understands my crazy life and allows me to be me. When he can come to shows with me he does and when we can’t, he understands because he knows I’ve gotta do what I gotta do to get my music out there and express myself.
The greatest prize can often lie at the end of the thorniest path (Sondheim)
I love sketching/ drawing and some of my work feels like a hobby to me, like editing my own music videos. I love doing that.
Definitely more new music and my Dirty Pop Party tour this Fall. We’re going to about 9 cities in the US and I’m so excited. Tickets can be purchased here: https://music2.jlinemusic.com/Dirtypoppartytour
It’s about expressing yourself, not receiving praise or adoration. If you’re in it for fame or wealth, you will be out so quickly. Do it because you must do it and find your little niche: what makes you different from everyone else and make that 10 times bigger.
All my socials are @jlinemusic