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[Exclusive]: Interview with Hip Hop #AskJezDior

 

He’s got 2 birds and an album in a row

Jez Dior is an emerging hip hop artist signed to Epic Records, and is currently on the path of releasing what is his solo album.  Jez took the time to let me ask him questions about his musical endeavors and how it all started for the 25-year old man.

The artist began making music when he was 13, but this came from the inspiration of having a father around who was a rock musician. It wasn’t until he was 13, however, when Jez heard hip hop for the first time, and fell instantly in love with it.

“My first Eminem stuff is when I really fell in love with hip hop, [and] it led me to rap. I just really related to it.”

The rapper has now released plenty of content and has been climbing the Spotify streams ladder with each release. “It was just a hobby at first, but then I put out my first song “Candles”, probably 5 years ago, it went straight to number one on this thing called HypeMachine, and … that’s sort of when everything started. I was in Atlantic records two days later, and from there I put out a couple EPs and projects and now I’m working on my first solo album”.

He laughs because he definitely told this story many times before, but the confidence in his voice expresses a feeling of settlement and excitement on how his life took its course .

“It’s definitely been difficult. I’ve definitely gone through my ups and downs, especially in my career. There’s for sure been times when I’ve wanted to quit, and was just not into it anymore, but I always pushed through it. It’s always been a dream of mine, and I love doing it [music].” He sounds contemplative and reflective as he recalls moments of dark honesty.

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With weather of 117 degrees Fahrenheit and a big ‘ol truck in the middle of a desert, Jez’s team took off to create the visual for “Sober”. (Read about and watch the music video HERE.) The epic cinematic experience of this single is raw, intense, and chaotic. “The song is about  the first year that I moved out to Hollywood, and my life was sort of spiraling out of control. And when I say ‘you got me off track’ we kind of wanted to create a visual that portrayed the way that I felt. So we all got together and came up with the idea for that.”

Following the desert escape, Jez released “2 Birds”. ‘”2 Birds” is sort of a party song. It’s funny I didn’t ever think that song was gonna come out, especially when we were first making it.” The rapper explains how the genesis of the song came about, as he sat on the couch in the studio and heard the composition play through the speakers. It was then that in his mind he could picture the melody and the rest flowed with it.

Jez has a lot planned, and a lot to share, and with this new project on the way, he deems we’ll get a better understanding for him in a snapshot of tracks. “There’s definitely something for everybody on there and for most situations. There’s definitely the darker songs that tell my story, and more upbeat songs; it’s very eclectic,” he confesses. “I got songs on there that I think are going to be very important to a lot of the kids who listen to me. In particular, there’s this one song that I released a little snippet of on Twitter like almost a year ago, not thinking anything of it, and kids will still tweet me everyday about it. I think that’s going to be a special one.”

Devoted to and very much appreciative of his fans, he admits, “it’s just a special thing when I get messages from them from Instagram DMs or Twitter messages me, and it happens very frequently when a kid will just say ‘Jez, you saved me life’. It’s the craziest thing… it means so much!”

Our conversation took a diversion from the topic of his music and fans, and we discussed more of his interests. If the artist could collaborate with anyone, he said he would want it to be Leon Gallagher, Oasis’s lead singer. On another note, his social platform of choice used to be Twitter, but recently, he has made the switch over to Instagram more.

As an avid soccer fan, I had to ask him what would be his dream day agenda would look like, to which he replied, “probably to play soccer on Inter Milan’s field in Italy and then get in the studio with Eminem. Then get drunk on a beach in Brazil.”

Jez and I talked more about what fans should be looking for on this upcoming piece, or if there is anything in particular that he is feeling fans should know about him that they don’t already know. “I want to save a lot of that for the album, like I think they’re going to be very surprised in a  good way about what is on the record. I have a plethora of music that they haven’t heard yet and I’m really really excited about it.”

“I think it’s going to translate really well live.” Jez expresses his excitement to be finally playing some of these new tracks live, and thinks fans will be surprised to hear how much of his singing has gone into the project. So, stay tuned for when the album drops!

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Jez Dior Cruises in Symbolic Music Video for Single “Sober”

 

King of the Desert Roads

Epic Records hip hopper, Jez Dior, just released the music video for his first major record label single, “Sober.” In this balladic rap track, Dior designs a song that presses the boundaries of modern hip-hop with a hypnotic piano riff at the beginning and an addicting tune. Recently premiered on Complex, the music video shows a new side of the song to emphasize its simplicity of sound and complexity of meaning. The visual was directed by the talents of Shane Drake (Timbaland, Avril Lavigne,  Fall Out Boy).

During the progression of the visual, the Los Angeles-based artist is found in various scenarios of solitude facing himself and his delusions. At one point, he is singing from the back of a self-driving pickup truck in the middle of nowhere which then eventually transforms into the intensity of him breaking objects and items in a small, abandoned shack. The whole entirety of the story of “Sober” is about Dior’s experiences of moving into a new world as his music begins to take off and he would have to move from his SoCal life to the wild Los Angeles routine. The song is dark and ominous, yet it is directed very impressively in terms of lighting, especially during the scene when the tepee in the night of the desert is on fire and juxtaposes the light of the flames. The music video has thus far generated over 379K plays on Spotify and “Sober” was included on Spotify’s playlists New Music Friday and R&B Right Now.

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“We really tried to portray the meaning of the song through our visuals. Shane [Drake], whom I’ve known for many years did an amazing job showcasing the way I felt when my life was spiraling out of control when I first moved to Hollywood. The shoot was one of the tougher ones, as it was around 117 degrees the whole time, but I love how it turned out, so it was all worth it” says the 25-year old artist.

Watch the video above now!

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