Interview with Rasha Jay
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Since I was a toddler, I was singing. I wrote my first song at 9. If not music, I’d be a forensic psychiatrist and an ice skater.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
I like to write songs, I love to try new recipes. I just keep it creative in my off-time as well.
How long has your band been together?
I’ve known a few members of my band for 8 years, the others are newer at 3 years
Where are you based and how did that influence your music?
I’ve been in New Jersey for some time now, so I am influenced by the blue collar feel of the pop and rock here.
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
Musikfest 2021! First time playing there, and it was the best experience coming out from the pandemic.
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
In my dreams, I’m playing Royal Albert Hall tomorrow.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Brittany Howard, Arctic Monkeys, and Jack White
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band?
Practice. Know your music inside and out.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
Stick with it, keep going with your gut
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
I think Backbone released in 2021 means the most to me because it was about grief and honor
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
All the songs from my new album, Muscle Memory, are my favorite to play right now!
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
All my music starts with me, I sit and and write and produce my music first. Then I share with my friend and collaborator, Katmaz. We get together and build more.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
Curiosity, insecurity, confidence, all the emotions that can occur. I like to explore what it means to be human and write about all of that.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
No disagreements with my band members. I’m the boss.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
My next show is this Friday, August 26th in NYC, for the Summer on the Hudson Friday Freshen Up Series. Last year I had to do a virtual concert but this year I am live and in person outside! Cannot wait.