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Seajay

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Beyond the Record: Welcome! Tell us a little bit about who you are, where you're from and where you're living nowadays.
As bonus points, share with us a memory from your childhood that relates to your music in some way.

Seajay: I’m Seajay from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Canada. The first book I’ve ever read all the way through was “The 50th Law” by 50 Cent and Robert Greene. 

BtR: And is Seajay your REAL name?

SJ: Uhh, well. yes and no. My real name is CJ, Seajay is just a play on that. 
The Reason why I chose to use a play on my real name as my stage moniker is because a year ago I changed my personal Facebook profile name to Seajay simply because someone had asked me how to spell my name at school earlier that day. Facebook wouldn’t let me change it back to CJ for about 6 months after that, although I never actually changed it back.

BtR: I loved the track Baby Blue. It sounds like you're talking about someone who may have hurt you. Can you elaborate on this?

SJ: Thats great, I’m glad you’re loving it! Baby Blue is about the most amazing girl I know. I’d probably do anything for her. She’s just always there when I need her and we have so much in common. Her and I used to have a somewhat intimate relationship about a year ago until she did something I would rather not speak on which ended up with us not talking for almost an entire year, every time she’d hit my phone after that I’d either ignore her or make it obvious I did not want to talk to or have anything to do with her at all. She broke my VERY sensitive heart. After a while I got over it and I decided to let her back in. I’ll admit that Baby Blue wasn’t a song I ever planned on making. If I’m being completely honest she hurt me a second time. I wrote the song within a half an hour out of spite because she wanted me to write her a song and moments JUST before she hurt me for that second time I told her I wasn’t going to. her and I are okay now I got over the second hurt almost as quickly as I made the song. It’s clear her and I will never work out. I fell too hard, and she cared too less. She’s got the most amazing eyes. Anyway, she wanted a song. She got one. 

BtR: And what exactly is your recording process like? How do you write such magnificent catchy songs?

SJ: I actually have my own recording studio within my house. I got into producing music at a very young age, I’d say I was probably around 13 when I began working on making my own music. I guess my writing process comes from my extensive history within multiple different genres. In my early teens I was in a few punk/pop punk bands and in my mid to late teens I was in a few metal/post-hardcore bands aswell, One of which had actually gotten signed to a small indie label from Florida. I just started getting into rap if thats what you can even call what I do about 2 months ago. Don’t get me wrong though, Rap/hip hop has always been a big part of my life. I just never thought I’d actually be doing it myself one day. It was always a childhood dream that I never really made public except to a few close friends. The way I go about writing my current music is a little unorthodox when it comes to music writing. I’ll sit there and record what comes to mind when I think about what or who I want the song to be about, then I’ll just keep deleting takes and re-recording until I think I have something that works, Once a melody/line begins to work its almost as if the songs write themselves from then on.  

BtR: What would you say the message in your music is. I'm sure with your level of depth, there must be vast topics you touch on.

SJ: There’s not exactly a message behind my music at all, I write from a personal place. Its not supposed to influence or speak to anyone other than those who can relate to the things I talk about. My music is much like a non physical form of myself as a person, open and honest. The topic my music mainly revolves around is heartbreak. I seem to have a problem with falling for people far too quickly and far too hard, I also seem to have problems with letting things hurt me far more than they should. 

BtR: As someone who considers himself to be a rapper, how do you stand out from being labeled as just such? What makes you unique?

SJ: I was actually just talking about this with a few friends of mine. I wouldn’t exactly consider myself a rapper, and thats not on some pretentious “I’m different” shit. It’s actually because I do FAR more musically than JUST rap. I play guitar, bass, piano, I can MIDI program, I produce, and I can also sing somewhat, Rapping was the very last thing I got into musically. I’d actually prefer to call myself a Recording Artist 

BtR: Give us some insight as to what is coming within this year. Touring and a release of a potential mix tape and such?

SJ: This year is gonna be so busy. I plan on releasing my first ever debut mixtape which I still don’t have a name for so theres definitely gonna be tons of writing and recording, I also have a few music videos planned that me and my producer Sleepy.G are gonna be directing and editing ourselves. I’m a very do it yourself type of person. As for touring theres no current plans for such at the moment but I will say I do want to play shows in the future.

BtR: One last bonus question for you before we close out the show; If you had the power to change the music industry. what would you change?

SJ: If I had the power to change the music industry I would change how much control Record Labels actually have over the creative process of their artists work. I would also change the way big music retailers pay their artists per streams. I don’t think its fair that all these big retailers make a lot of money selling music and collecting ad-revenue while the people gaining traffic to their websites make so little. 

BtR: And finally, where can people find your music?

People can find my music on Soundcloud:
www.soundcloud.com/cj-vandale


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