April 13, 2011

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 81, Issue 10

Q-and-A with Jay Sean

NUSGA members before the concert. Photo by Jeannine Alsous

NUSGA members before the concert. Photo by Jeannine Alsous

Jay Sean took a few minutes of his time after the concert to sit down with Jeannine Alsous to answer a few questions for readers to get to know him better.

Q:  How does it feel to be the first cross-over Asian British artist?
A:  It's a great feeling to reach a larger audience besides the U.K. and Canada. It is an amazing feeling to be the first at something, and I'm happy that my music is reaching everyone worldwide.

Q: Which British artists inspire a lot of your music?
A:  I've admired artists such as The Beatles, Elton John, Sting and Craig David for as long as I can remember. I just love their style of music and, along with the music from my culture, I look up to their music.

Q: This is a question I know everyone is curious to know as you seem so down to earth. Do you write your own music?
A: Yes, Jeannine, I do write my own music. I feel if you're going to make it in this business, you need to be unique with your writing and give the listeners something different and catchy to listen to. You need to believe in what you are writing and the listeners will believe it just as easy. I write R&B songs as well as pop songs. I want people to see who I am through my music and I hope people know I am the real deal.

Q: How do you feel your fourth album will be better than any of your other ones?
A: Well, it has not released yet, but when it does, I feel it is going to be the most successful yet. I feel I have made my mark in America as much as I have in the UK, so more people are going to be listening to my music and anticipating when my album releases.

Q: Do you like performing in the U.S. or in the U.K.?
A: It's not a matter of where do I like performing better. It's how different every place is. I was in Louisiana last week, but in NY today. It's a lot of fun! Every state is different and I love traveling! It's amazing how my music has spread. I'm not just performing in the U.K. or overseas now, I am performing in the U.S. and Canada and it's become a dream to spread my music throughout the world.

Q: How have you enjoyed your visit to Niagara Falls?
A: Well, because I spent the majority of my time today in an airport, I did not arrive here until late. I wish I could have explored this city, but it was out of my hands. But my experience at Niagara University has been a great experience and hope to visit again!

Q: Last question to end off the night: What is your favorite part of being an artist?
A:  That's simple: my fans. I could not be where I am without the support of my family and my fans. I gave up medical school to pursue my career as a singer/songwriter and do not regret it one bit. I love being able to meet my fans after a concert “ like I did tonight. I want people to know I am the real deal, and I hope from tonight I have developed more fans.

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