An Interview with Jupiter Gray

All images courtesy of AMW Music Group

Recently, we caught up with artist Jupiter Gray. Among other things, we touch on what she’s been up to during the lockdown, her origins in music, her newest EP, Pressure, and a whole lot more.

If you would like to learn more about Jupiter Gray, you can follow her via Instagram here. Once you’ve checked those out, dig into this interview with Jupiter. Cheers.

Andrew:
Jupiter, I appreciate you taking the time today.
 How have you been holding up over the last year or so? What have you been up to?

Jupiter:
I’ve been busy! I left my record label and got right to work on music for the EP. Few breakups here and there. Spending less time with guys and more time with myself, and my peace.

Andrew:
Before we dive into your professional career, let’s go back a bit. What first got you hooked on music?

Jupiter:
I’ve always been super interested in the composition of music and formatting. I would try to guess what instrument was being used or where they pulled that sample from. So, it started early, around age seven. I got my first guitar when I was about ten — an electric one. Class of 3000 was a cartoon (Andre 3000 made it), and it really played a big part in why I’m so flexible with my musical taste.

Andrew:
Who were some of your early influences?

Jupiter:
My early influences were Foxy Brown, Nicki Minaj, Azealia Banks, Angel Haze, Lil Wayne, Notorious B.I.G, The Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, and More!

All images courtesy of AMW Music Group

Andrew:
Let’s talk about recent events. Tell us about your new EP, Pressure.

Jupiter:
Pressure is great. It’s a six-track EP that took me about eight months to make altogether. It was supposed to be released under the label I was signed to, but I didn’t renew my contract. Things went sour really fast with them, and I’ve had experiences with labels before, so I decided to cut ties before I got burned. Pressure is probably my favorite body of work I’ve done. Its production was handled mostly by a black trans woman in California named Melody The Ghost.

Andrew:
What themes are you exploring with your new music? How has your background brought you to this point in your musical journey?

Jupiter:
The themes I’ve been exploring these days are sex, overcoming my own obstacles, love, musical flexibility, and did I say sex already? [Laughs]. My background has helped me truly express myself in my lyrics in the most authentic way. Coming out as a trans woman was never going to be easy coming from a family that doesn’t have much LGBTQ representation. Doing that at like twenty-one, I knew I could express, and tell my story in a way that others could not only be enthralled by but learn from.

Andrew:
How about the production side of things? Do you self-produce, or do you bring in outside voices?

Jupiter:
Want to know a fun fact? I mixed, mastered, and recorded the entire Pressure EP remotely. I engineered the entire EP aside from the beats themselves. When I signed my deal in 2020, I had Teak, who handled all of that though. But again, I’ve since left them, so when it comes to beats, I bring in producers to work with. I also have a feature from Heather Hills on there, and she’s phenomenal. Check out “Bad Girls!”

Andrew:
Are you into vinyl? Cassettes? CDs? Or are you all digital now? What are a few of your favorite albums, and why?

Jupiter:
I love the richness and tone of vinyl, but I don’t own any personally. They aren’t easy to come around in my area. Do you want to send me some? [Laughs]. Some of my favorite albums are Melancholy And The Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins, Broke With Expensive Taste by Azealia Banks, Pink Friday by Nicki Minaj, and more. These are my favorites, mostly because of how innovative they all were sonically.

All images courtesy of AMW Music Group

Andrew:
What other passions do you have? How do those passions inform your music, if at all?

Jupiter:
I think that people should know that besides making music, I’m a nerd. I’m big into trivia, gaming, tech, documentaries, etc. I’m a huge horror movie buff too. My passions find their way in my music often whenever I’m setting up a punchline or reference. 

Andrew:
In your opinion, what is the state of the music business these days? Should artists be hopeful? Scared? Both?

Jupiter:
Artists should be terrified. The state of the world currently with the virus has made performances few and between, and now, there’s always guilt that I feel when asking people to come out, and see me perform. Don’t get me wrong, I miss the stage, and I’ve been getting a ton of love for Pressure. However, I want fans to be safe first and foremost, and it’s been interesting watching the music industry shift to try to accommodate. I mean…I signed my deal in 2020 and was flown to Brooklyn to work on music at the height of the pandemic. The label did enforce a type of quarantine, but we were still working face to face with some of the engineers, press, and more. I hope that things can be improved. I miss the stage, traveling, experiencing music live, and meeting the supporters.

Andrew:
Last one. What’s next on your docket? What are you looking forward to most in the post-COVID world?

Jupiter:
In a post-COVID world, I’m looking forward to hopefully performing again. I’m excited to have normal dates with guys again. [Laughs]. I have a lot still coming out. Music videos filmed for Pressure will be coming out as the year continues, so expect to see more of Jupiter Gray!

All images courtesy of AMW Music Group

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With an immense passion for music, a disposition for writing, and an eagerness to teach and share both, Andrew decided to found VWMusic in 2019 as a freelance column under the column Idle Chatter. Over time, the column grew into a website that now features contributors who further the cause of sharing both a love of music and the art of journalism with the world through articles and interviews. While Andrew enjoys running the website, his real passion lies in teaching and facilitating others to do what they do best, and giving them the opportunity to explore their passions in the process. Some of Andrew’s favorite artists include KISS, Oasis, ACϟDC, Elvis Presley, Ace Frehley, The Rolling Stones, Rush, The Pretenders, Led Zeppelin, The Gaslight Anthem, Iron Maiden, John Lennon, The Melvins, Noel Gallagher, Regina Spektor, Rory Gallagher, The Stone Roses, The Strokes, Thin Lizzy, Elvis Costello, Van Halen, Neil Young, Blur, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, and many more.
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