Jillian Nadeau- Interview 40
1. Tell us your name and where are you from?
Hey! My name is Jillian Nadeau and I’m from Pembroke Pines, Florida (954), but I currently reside in Orlando.
2. What made you start making music?
Music has always made sense to me. During childhood, it was a way of bringing myself happiness. As I became older, music became an outlet, sort of like therapy. I’ve been through a lot of emotional life experiences, so music has been able to ease some of that pain.
3. Who are your influences in rap or beyond?
Let’s keep in mind that I’m not really a rapper but here are some people I’ve been influenced by!
Travis Scott - I like him for the way he uses autotune. He usually has some sick beats too.
Besides rap influences, Ariana Grande and Imogen Heap. Both creators influenced me in the ways that I try to experiment with harmonies and building songs in general.
4. What is your take on the underground rap scene right now?
I only jumped into the underground scene recently, so I don’t have too much thoughts on it, other than I hear a lot of the same… types? Of sounds from rappers. I think a lot of people are looking to sound like Lil Peep or $uicideboy$. It’s nice to be influenced by others, but at the same time you should be trying to create a sound of your own. And that’s the difficult part of artistry and music. Other than that, I find the underground rap scene to be extremely supportive of one another.
5. What are your goals for 2019 regarding music?
My goals for 2019 are to keep creating, continue to improve my sound, and to eventually do live performances!
6. You have 1 person to thank who would it be?
Shoutout to my mom. Mama has been supporting my music since I started taking voice lessons, which I think I was around seven years old at the time. She always loves to hear me sing. She took me to voice lessons, even though we were having money issues. She’d take me to karaoke, which has helped me with performing in public. She’s taken me to recording studios so I can record my original stuff (which I’ve been holding onto for the right moment!), and she’s always had motivational words for me. She is my light in the darkness, and I can’t thank her enough. I think I’ll finally be satisfied when I blow up and buy her a house or a bigass truck, you know?
7. What is your process for recording music?
It usually starts with me writing lyrics in the notepad on my phone. Either I hear something that someone says, or I have a thought of what I would say to someone else, and then I usually think, “Hmm, that’d be a pretty good lyric lol.” Then, I move forward to either thinking of a melody, or finding a beat that would fit the lyrics I have. Producers have been providing beats to me, but my most popular song right now, “Heart to Heart”, is actually a free beat from Soundcloud. (Don’t sleep on the free beats - I know there’s a stigma around them, but some of ‘em should NOT be slept on!). Once I find a beat or a melody, I hit the studio…. Which is my closet. You do with what you got! I sit in there until I’m absolutely satisfied with what I’ve recorded, and then all the technical stuff comes after that. This process can take me a few hours up to however long, depending on what I’m feeling.
8. Any upcoming projects or singles fans should be getting ready for?
I’m thinking about dropping a song called “Thief In The Night” soon! I was sitting in my car today and thought about some harmonies, so I’m gonna have to get back into the studio/closet and record those. Other than that, I’m always thinking, always writing. I need to drop a sad bop too for all my sad kiddos out there. Maybe on Valentine’s Day? You never know with me haha!
9. What is your favorite part about being an artist/musician/rapper?
I think what I love the most is the flexibility you’re allowed to have as an artist. You can literally create whatever the hell you want. Not everyone has to like it either! Just being able to create something and impact someone somewhere is pretty cool to me.
10. What impact do you want to have on the world?
I just want people to be able to relate to something within my music. When I was younger, I would enjoy music, but it felt like singers weren’t saying the things I needed to hear; that, or I just didn’t relate in the right way. With my music, I hope I can make people feel what they need to feel. I hope they can find answers or relation within my music.
11. What are your ambitions with music is this just a hobby or is this a full blown 24/7 lifestyle your embodying?
I want music to be my life. Music is something that has always been comfortable, yet challenging in the right ways. I’m always striving to improve myself and to make others feel something. If I could do this for the rest of my life, then I will. Simple!
12. Who is your favorite artist in the rap game right now and why?
My roommate (Hi Pia!) showed me this rapper named Rico Nasty a few months ago, and I haven’t stopped listening to her since. She has such a feisty attitude that is impossible to ignore. I wish she would gain more attention!
13. What does the music you create make you feel?
This question doesn’t have one particular answer for me. I usually write sad songs or songs that go along the lines of “I really am that bitch.” So, probably either one of those two moods. Of course, there’s more to it than that. The end result is always a moment of peace, because what I can’t say regularly (as in normal conversation) is being sent out into the world in a way where everyone will understand what I’m trying to put out. I think music is such a great form of communication.
14. Why is music so important and dear to your heart?
Again, music is my form of communication for a lot of subjects and people. There have been a couple of songs built off of experiences with people because I can’t ever find the right words to say unless it’s through songs. That’s especially why music is so important to me - it allows me to speak my mind!
15. Taking this as a passion, what works best with you for endeavors you may face (regarding to music)?
I think just experiencing life and putting those experiences into my music works best for me.
16. What’s your best collaboration experience with another artist or producer?
My favorite and first ever producer is Ozzy Carmona. I worked with him back in Miami and we made my first two songs together (these are the songs I’m waiting to drop. Noooot really sure if they’ll be dropped on Soundcloud though!) Ozzy was one of the first people to really shake up my thoughts on music, and made me try to experiment and have different approaches to vocals.
ynd fuego was my first collab, and he’s been super supportive and kind to me. He has so much talent and a unique voice! We’ve already collabed on two pieces (“drown” and “DEVIL”), so ya’ll should check those out. I hope one day we can release a project together as that’s been requested from a few people.
17. Who does all of your cover art or do you make your own?
ynd fuego & Yilo Mars made my last couple of covers. Before them, I just edited a few selfies and posted ‘em because I felt like it.
18. Who makes most of your beats or production?
I just go with anyone that wishes to collaborate with me! Producers usually send me beats and I work with them, or I sometimes find really nice free beats.
19. Who is one artist you wish to work on music with and why?
Mainstream: Either Imogen Heap or Grimes
Underground: B. Fisher or Colossus
20. Who is one producer you wish to work with and why?
I’m gonna be honest and tell ya’ll that I don’t know who the big producers are when it comes to underground LOL… But hey, if you wanna work with me, slide in my DMs on Twitter! @eternaljill
21 Do you have any upcoming shows in the next couple months?
I’m working on it ;) If you got places in Orlando/Broward that I can perform at, feel free to slide in the DMs as well. Better yet, anyone that wants to work with me in any way should hit me up. I’m rlly nice I promise <3
22 For people who haven’t heard of you, what sets you apart from other artists?
I think the most obvious thing is my voice. Not in the skill type of way, but the actual sound of it. I’ve never heard anyone that sounds like me, so that’s kinda cool. Another way would be the way I write my lyrics. It always has to do with something that’s happening in my life. Honestly, you could go without talking to me in months, but you’d know how I’m doing and what I’m experiencing through my music. Lastly, what sets me apart from other artists is my reasoning for why I’m even doing music. I want to help people communicate their feelings, and for them to understand. I’m not doing this for money or for fame, but for you!
23 At the end of the day, what does music mean to you?
Music is a means of releasing emotions and letting others in. I’ve always been one to be closed off emotionally, so this is a way for me to open up in a healthy manner. It’s been so therapeutic for me and I will never stop.
24 Does your family support you with music?
For the most part, yeah! Mom supported me from day one. My brother and sister-in-law are always throwing me compliments in our group chat whenever I send sneak peeks. I think the hardest support to gain was from my father. Yeah, he likes when I sing, though I think he’s just worried about the career aspect. I know he’s just looking out for me as a father, and that’s fine! I know he’ll always be worried about me, no matter what I do.
A lot of times, people don’t view being an artist as a valid career choice. I’m here to tell you that it definitely is, it’s just an extremely difficult field to become successful in. If you’re not thinking about your art when you wake up and before you fall asleep, and mostly in-between, then you’re not going to make it. You have to crave your art and your success!
25 At the end of the day when it comes to music, we are in your world when listening to music by you...what type of vibe does your music bring?
I don’t think I should set a certain vibe before one listens to my music. Whatever you feel in the moment when listening to my music, that is what you’re supposed to feel. Hell, if you feel happy when listening to something like “Heart to Heart”, then great! You decide what you get from me and my music.