Artist Highlight: Get on this JYPSY TRAIN!

October 30, 2013 in Media, Music by Ali Wakil

I am super excited to bring to your attention an artist who excites me with her unique sound and fresh new video! Jeyfree has recently released the hot JYPSY TRAIN video. We were able to get an exclusive question and answer session with the genius herself. Enjoy :)

 

1. Tell us about yourself and your new project Jypsy Train
First I would like to say thank you for supporting my music. I appreciate you taking the time to interview me. My stage name is Jypsy Jey Free. I am a free-loving, spiritual and creative woman. My tone is that of a woman who has seen and experienced life,  so there is wisdom in my tone but, I am excited to take people on a journey with me.
My musical journey is the definition of a Jypsy. I am one inclined to a nomadic, unconventional way of life. My music, my fashion and my approach to life are unconventional therefore I am a Jypsy. 
 
2. You shot the whole video on an iPhone 4. Describe how that felt and the final outcome.
The video was about a journey through time. I drew inspiration from Harriet Tubman and our ancestors. I envisioned myself as a freedom fighter leading the Jypsettes to freedom.  A lot of people have asked me about why my Jypsettes are all curvy women. I am not a size 2,  and I believe people of all shapes and sizes are beautiful and it was important to me to display that in my Video. The video was about a journey through life exploring the different masks that each of us wear in society. When Semaj and I discussed the treatment of the video we set out to create an innovative yet non traditional visual  expression of the song.
 
I enjoyed the entire process of making Jypsy Train. My team and I went on a road trip from NYC to Atlanta. My amazing friend Semaj Lee produced and directed the video. We shot throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. We literally took the journey of our ancestors and it was so inspiring and moving. I know God was with us throughout this journey which made this video particularly special.
To be completely honest, and this is an exclusive tidbit, the unique attribute of the video is that Semaj  shot the Video through an IPhone 4 and edited it through IMovie and Final Cut. No one has executed and delivered such as high quality video using an IPhone. This is revolutionary!  Jypsy Train’s Video is artistically inspiring and visually stunning. The video has created a new lane for how artists fuse the visual and sonic aspects of their work. I am so proud of what we have created.  And I am humbled that it has been received so well because we really put our heart into it. 
 
3.  What inspires you? Tell us about your work in jewelry and art.
My musical muses span the gamut of genres. I honestly draw my inspirations from so many things. I have traveled around Europe on a dollar and a dream and those experiences play into my artistry. I had the chance to do a major art project in Kenya.  I was the first African American female artist to show her jewelry in a fine arts exhibition in Kenya so I draw inspiration from there as well. Musically I love jazz and blues. I draw inspiration from artists like Nina Simone, Amy Winehouse, Janice Joplin and current artists like Jhene Aiko. I am also inspired by my home town, H-Town artists. I love that trill heavy bass, chopped and screwed sound. 
 
4. Who is on your team? Who was responsible for what in the Jypsy video?
I have such a great team. I truly could not do anything without their support. All praises to God first because without His guidance and protection I would not be who and where I am today. My family, my management team ( Grizzle Management), my executive production team Denitia and Sene, my creative director Semaj Lee, my friends and supporters are all apart of the reason why I am encouraged everyday and why I am able to make the strides I have made. They are also the reason why I know there is no limit as to where I can go. 
 
5. Describe your sound and tell our readers why they should buy your music?
I am a natural born renaissance woman and a wild unicorn, inspired by imperfect things.
 

6.  Where is your music and art available? (Provide links to webpages and social media)

You can follow me on Instagram and Twitter @whoisjeyfree, that’s where I will be posting information about my music, my artistry and you’ll get a sneak peek into my Jypsy World.

You can follow my tumblr at http://jypsyjeyfree.tumblr.com/ and like my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/jypsyjeyfree there you will find upcoming appearance information, news and music updates.

For new music you can check my sound cloud at https://soundcloud.com/jypsyjeyfree. Also I will be posting behind the scenes videos and documentary style videos showcases the journey to Jypsy Land on my YouTube page. You can also subscribe to my YouTube and Vevo page at Jypsy Jey Free. 

 
In closing I want people to look deep when witnessing my art. I am not just dancing around on railroad tracks in Atlanta. Voyage with me through the story of self awareness, confidence, courage, passion, liberty and individuality! Thank you so much for interviewing me. 

 

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