Special Interview: Jedekaih Wilson

Welcome Jedekaih Wilson – How and where did it all begin for you? What drew your interest in the music industry? I was very big into music as a kid, lead singing in bands, and participating in drumming groups, and choir. I kind of lost my passion for it during my youth and I was heavily into athletics and sport. I ended up re-finding my passion and love for it all around 2017. Where I knew it was what I wanted to go for. I started singing covers at home and then started finding places to record. 

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? Purpose, imagination, passion, love, relationships, vulnerability. 

What are some of the biggest goals you hope to accomplish? I look at music and my career as a journey. Growing as much as I can along the way, learning lessons, meeting amazing people and much more. In terms of some goals, I would love to be signed to a major, get charted songs on Billboard, have successful albums, grow a good fanbase that loves my music and believes in my direction, and become an all-around better performer including learning to dance better. Most importantly enjoy every second of it all. 

What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour? I don’t have any plans to tour really in the next coming months. But looking ahead I do. For the next coming close months, I am focused on getting out more singles, getting a new live show ready, and doing single launches. 

Tell us a bit about your latest release and how would you best describe your music? My latest release Don’t You Forget is a modern take on a bit of an 80s sound. During writing this record I was listening heavily to 80s pop including Fleetwood Mac who I love. The lyrics and mood, hints at nostalgia but instead of a sad theme the sounds give it an upbeat and hopeful feel. The lyrics tell a story of how I am fighting for love that I believe is not over. In general, my music I would describe as modern commercial pop, with shades of R&B. 

Give us an insight into your creative process. What gets you writing songs? I take inspiration from lots of things around me. Relationships, love, life, the moment, the past, the future. I guess I just do whatever I feel in the moment and what feels right. I am lucky I have a great producer who understands me as a person, and we are getting better at what works. 

Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music?  No, not a hidden meaning. Just whatever feels right. 

Success, what is the secret to it? I don’t think there is any one secret to it. I think everyone has their own path and their own journey, and different things work for different people. I do think working from an honest place and an honest heart can’t be a fault. Traits like perseverance, courage, belief, and humility etc will always serve you well, I think. 

What has been your biggest career highlight so far? Making a catalogue of music, playing around Melbourne, and finding a sound. 

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring? Justin Bieber, Post Malone, Chris Brown, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, THE KID LAROI many more. 

Are there any new projects in the pipeline? Yes, been working for a while on a few. 

The music industry is constantly changing, where do you see yourself a few years? I see myself as a more established artist. Hopefully with listeners, enjoying the ride and the journey. 

What is your favourite and least favourite part about this line of work and why? Meeting people, learning from others, and just the authentic creation of music would be some of my favourites. Don’t think I could choose one. Don’t have a least favourite. 

Name a few of your favourite Australian artists. Ruel, THE KID LAROI, Amy Shark.

The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye? It has, I feel like the music industry is a great industry. And yes, I do believe it’s always changing, and transforming. I think it’s full of amazing things to discover while walking this path. There are a few things I should be doing better from here on out at getting my music heard and discovered. 

How will you continue appealing to the international market? Trust the team around me, keep learning from others, do more research, work harder through social media, and enjoy wherever it takes me. 

Do you collaborate with others? Who is on your wish list? I haven’t had much opportunity yet in collaborating with people. But I would love to work with a lot of people, and I see it in the future. It would be so crazy and amazing to get any opportunity to create with some of the names I mentioned above and even support them on tours or any shows. I’m constantly trying to look at ways to take inspiration from other artists. 

What advice do you give to other artists wanting to follow in your footsteps? Trust the journey, trust your vision, listen to others, trust your heart, enjoy the ride, and persevere.

A message for your fans. How do you best interact and respond with your followers and fans? I don’t really like calling people fans, just never have thought that way about listeners. But anyone who taps into my music I am extremely appreciative of. I guess I just feel a connection to anyone who believes in my stuff, it’s more of a comforting and family thing. 

Any last words? I think I’ve laid a good foundation for a lot of my music. And I’m so excited and full of love to see where it takes me. I really feel like it’s the start for me. But I always just like to keep a thought of staying in the moment, enjoying the moment, and most importantly enjoying the music you’re making and not thinking too far ahead. 

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