Winter Sun is an electronic album by Jay that focuses on cultural and social themes, particularly in the United States. Most of the lyrics are based on street interviews that I conducted with random people in New York City. Winter Sun is a concept album that aims to provide a touchstone for conversation and further thought on a variety of aspects of society without providing a solution for any of the topics discussed. That solution is left for the listener to create.
The tone of the album is inspired by themes including racism, sexism, prejudice, classism, fear, and hopefulness. None of the themes are explicitly stated but are implied through lyrics.
The photos below (and throughout) represent my inspiration behind the album. They depict real life in America.
This album means a lot to me, as I've been working on it for a while now. I love it especially because it's a combination of songs that I've worked on in the past and more recently. That allows me to see how I've grown and what my preferences are now. The theme of the album is super cool and pretty deep. I prefer to be deep because making music that means something is really important to me. It doesn't always have to be about serious topics, but it should say something. That was the drive behind this album.
At first, I wasn't sure how to go about writing or composing, but I had some old drafts and scrap ideas that I had put on hold until now. Like my usual self, I played with ideas, tossed some, kept some, and tossed those. I finally arrived at something I felt comfortable with. The time I was composing these songs coincided with a very contentious political season after a tiresome election, the introduction of a new president, and a shift in not only America, but in the world as a whole. So, of course, the lyrics and my mindset was shifted to writing about politics. However, I didn't want to just throw trash at the listener, I wanted to specifically present situations and themes and allow the listener to formulate their own opinions. That was a must form the start. When everything is said and done, the album is complete, and I sit back and enjoy it, I'll know the journey it took to get there and where I see myself as an artist in the future, making the world's, including my own, voices heard.
Below are recent performances or workshops that I've done.