Growing up surrounded by musical genius can influence the young mind of a child whose ear is tuned and ready to absorb and process the melodies. At a young age Michael Jasper learned from his father, one of R&B's legends just how to create and produce music. As a young man, he is now paving his own way with his debut album, 'Addictive'. SayWhatNews went one on one with the rising talent:
SayWhatNews: Hey Michael, thanks so much for speaking with
SayWhatNews. Tell us in 3 words who is Michael Jasper?
Michael: That’s kind of hard, but I would describe myself as creative, innovative and determined.
SayWhatNews: Michael, you are just 17 years old and have already
released your first album, “Addictive”. Tell us what fans can
expect from the album?
Michael: They can expect an up-tempo dance music that mixes R&B and techno into one sound, with pop vocals.
SayWhatNews: Speaking of the sound. How did you decide to fuse those sounds (dance, pop and electronica)together to create your own blend of music?
Michael: Well, I have always grown up loving R&B and techno. I love both genres. When I started composing my own music, my comfort zone fell within those two genres. So, I decided to create a new sound by combining both sounds. I'm still experimenting with the sounds.
SayWhatNews: Well, keep doing your thing because it sounds really cool. Now, Michael your father is Chris Jasper, a music legend in his own right(former member of The Isley Brothers/own solo career). How has he influenced you musically?
Michael: I grew up watching him write and record his own music and that definitely rubbed off on me and made me want to pursue my own musical career.
SayWhatNews: Did you write and produce all of the songs on your album?
Michael: Yes, I wrote all of the songs and my dad co-produced the album with me.
SayWhatNews: What was your inspiration?
Michael: First and foremost, my love and music, my father, and I was also inspired by other artists, like Daft Punk, who also combine different genres of music into techno.
SayWhatNews: I have to ask, do you feel any pressure looking at all your Dad’s platinum albums hanging up in studio or does it inspire you?
Michael: It 100% inspires me because he has always been supportive and never pushed me to do this. I have always been self-driven and he has been an inspiration to me to pursue my own career, whatever that may be.
SayWhatNews: Wow, you are very talented young man - you produce, compose and write your own music. Do you play any instruments?
Michael: Yes, I started studying piano when I was 4, so mainly keyboards and synthesizers and some drums.
SayWhatNews: What are your plans after High School? College? Will you continue with your music career?
Michael: I am graduating in a few weeks and will be attending Fairfield University in Connecticut. I am going to major in pre-law studies and minor in music and of course I want to continue to write and produce music.
SayWhatNews: Who would you like to collaborate with and why?
Michael: If I had the chance, I would love to collaborate with Daft Punk, Dead Mau 5 and other innovative artists that complement my sound.
SayWhatNews: If you could open for any artist on tour who would it be and why?
Michael: There are so many, but definitely the artists I just mentioned and I would also like to open for top DJs, like DJ Tiesto.
SayWhatNews: So, whose CD are you listening to that you just can’t get enough of?
Michael: I really like listening to Jay Sean’s new record “Hit The Lights.” I really like the sound he achieved on that song.
SayWhatNews: Besides making hot club hits, what do you like to do for fun?
Michael: Playing sports, like baseball and basketball. I also like to write and play a little video games.
SayWhatNews: Tell us something that people don’t know about you.
Michael: Well, I think there are a lot of things that people don’t know about me yet, but hopefully they will soon.
SayWhatNews: I hear you trained in martial arts and you are recognized in China as a black belt.
Michael: I have been training in the martial arts since I was 3 years old. I recently earned my second degree black belt in kung fu at Shaolin Studios, which is recognized by the Shaolin Temple in China. The students are also invited to train with the Shaolin monks, which is a great opportunity that I hope to participate in some day.
SayWhatNews" Are you like a Bruce Lee or something? Tell us how lethal you are?
Michael: Bruce Lee was one of the greatest kung fu masters, so I would never compare myself to him, but I intend to keep training. Kung fu is more about self-defense instead of aggression, but yes, if an unfortunate situation arose, I would most definitely be able to handle myself.
SayWhatNews: What’s next for Michael Jasper?
Michael: I am going to keep working on music and continue with my education. I plan on releasing more music over the summer and if things work out, there will be a great tour.
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