Lying somewhere between Shayne Ward and Brian McFadden with a modern Scandinavian twist, we have Kuba Jasiecki. We had a chance to catch up with this unique artist and speak about his new single ‘Ray of Light’, future plans and discovering new music.
Why did you decide to enter the music industry?
I have always found the stage to be a comfortable surrounding for me. Perhaps it allows for a different kind of expression than everyday life. Also, there’s always music playing in my head so composing and performing feels natural to me.
Can you tell us about your latest release ‘Ray of Light’?
I like to think that ‘Ray of Light’ is an airy, bright, uplifting piece of elegant uptempo pop with a touch of Scandinavian modern schlager to it. It’s out and available on your favourite streaming platforms and the official music video is on YouTube.
What was the recording and writing process like?
I composed this song in a heartbeat. I literally woke up one day with the whole melody in my head. I recorded it from start to finish on my phone, describe the feeling and sound of it with four words – space, air, light and tempo. I sent it to Przemek Grzelak who produced the arrangement. When I got it, it was just as I’d imagined it in my head. No amendments, nothing of that sort was further needed.
I then started working on the lyrics and together with my great friend Michael Casey, we polished the final result. Vocals were recorded at my friend Marcin Grzella’s studio who also sings some of the backing vocals with me. I usually do my own backing vocals, but this time I thought it would be cool to have a friend do some.
Does the single have a significant meaning for you?
I think it’s one of my best pieces so far. It feels very much “me”, my style. It is that type of pop that I long for and love to listen to myself. Light, airy, elegant, uplifting, melodic and well-produced with a juicy sound. ‘Ray of Light’ is also the Official Borås Pride Song 2020 in Sweden which makes me very happy as I’m all for equality in all fields.
What do you hope people take from your music?
My philosophy in making music is to take away some of the weight life puts on our shoulders. Sometimes we dive too deep into matters that just take the wind away from under our wings. My aim, especially with this song, is to lighten up your day with its captivating, airy refrain and the message of self-believe being key regardless of circumstances. Be your own ray of light every day.
What is more challenging for you – melody or lyrics?
Well, it depends on the song, I think. I usually start with the melody or the sound and lyrics come in a bit later once I know and feel what the song is about. I’d say it’s not a question of challenge, but rather one about balancing the whole song in all of its aspects.
How do you keep yourself motivated?
When it comes to music, I just listen to a lot of music and I love watching music videos. My imagination goes wild. It also depends on the day. Sometimes there are days when you just have to admit to yourself that your motivation has gone for a walk outside and you are waiting for it to come back home to you. *laughs*
How would you describe your sound?
I hope I can say it is a well-polished sound. A lot of time and effort goes into each release. I aim to make music that is juicy and elegant with memorable melodies that evolve through the course of the song.
I like my music to have many layers so often there is a lot going on within the arrangement. I also like to incorporate rich vocal harmonies with overlapping parts. I love high-quality pop, dance, disco and synth sounds which you can hopefully hear in what I do.
What do you think is the best way to discover new music?
I ask friends to send me their favourites! I always say to them, “send me what you are listening to, I want to hear it!” In such a way I not only discover new things but also make memories connected to people.
What does the future hold for you?
I only hope for a lot of music-making, a lot of Swedish schlager vibes and that the Eurovision Song Contest comes back next year. I’d love to be a part of it in some way in the future as an artist or songwriter.
Do you have a message for our readers?
Make sure you don’t take life too seriously. It’s a process to come to that realisation, but it’s just too short to be wasted on dwellings and worries. Put the time and energy into dancing and listening to your favourite music and the rest will follow.