Jay Aura

If there's a Mr. Ke$ha out there, we've found him. Jay Aura parties just as hard as the Cannibal Animal, bringing a passion to the club you'd be hard-pressed to match. Take "iParty" for example, the latest release from Aura - Jay says "'iParty' is just a taste of what I'm like as a person. Just a taste of what's happening right now in my life. I only had a handful of sessions in the studio to get that done, but at the same time I didn't do much writing before I got in there. I actually tried to create a club in the studio by bringing in lights, lasers, and a ton of people so I could get in the zone and just make music naturally without forcing it."
The 21- year old traveler is ushering in a new breed of electro party music - Aura says "What you hear aren't major label's paying world class writers and producers to make hits, but rather me working my ass off and recording my real life. When I record a song about partying, I'm actually partying hard in the studio." Jay will releasing some singles this month and next, so look him up. There's more you gotta get into, so read on for all the answers to the XXQ's.

XXQs: Jay Aura

PEV: At only 21 but with a world of musical knowledge, stemming from your travels and experiences ushering in a new era filling an indie void in electro party dance/pop music, how would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others in your genre?

Jay Aura (JA): I really don't try to compare myself to other artists because I already know I'm different. What you hear aren't major label's paying world class writers and producers to make hits, but rather me working my ass off and recording my real life. When I record a song about partying, I'm actually partying hard in the studio. When I'm talking about girls in songs, I bring them in to the studio as well. Whatever I record is actually happening or has happened to me at some point. That’s what I think makes me stand out, my authenticity and originality.

PEV: Raised in Kansas City but calling LA home, what kind of music where you into growing up? Was anyone your main influence?

JA: Growing up I was into almost everything. To me music is a blessing, and it can take you afnywhere you want to go emotionally. So when I wanted to feel happy, or sad, or mad, or whatever music would let me do that.

 



PEV: What can fans expect from a live Jay Aura show?

JA: Live shows to me are all about giving people a one of a kind experience. Giving them more than what they ask for. My shows are parties, and you already know that. When I'm on stage I'm out of control and I might even be threatening the safety of the first few rows with my ridiculousness.

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?

JA: When I'm on stage I'm already in the zone.. I've already been partying. But when I step on stage and see my fans, that's when I know I still have a job to do.

PEV: Any pre-show rituals before going on stage or do you just wing it?

JA: I never get nervous or anything like that, so I never have to psych myself into it. The one, and most important thing I do is make sure I'm raging a bit backstage. Theres no way I can move the crowd without the right state of mind. So it's more like I'm continuing a party, rather than starting one.

PEV: Tell us about your latest release, "I-Party"?

JA: iParty is just a taste of what I'm like as a person. Just a taste of what's happening right now in my life. I only had a handful of sessions in the studio to get that done, but at the same time I didn't do much writing before I got in there. I actually tried to create a club in the studio by bringing in lights, lasers, and a ton of people so I could get in the zone and just make music naturally without forcing it. What you'll notice when you listen to my music over time, is that each song gets better! Im always working on improving my technique, my voice, and my lyrics. So what you hear this summer is only going to be better.

PEV: Do you ever find yourself getting writer’s block and if so, how do you get over that?

JA: Writers block has almost never been an issue for me since I'm still just entering the music scene. Real inspiration is easy to come by with the crazy life I live.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about Jay Aura?

JA: I got kicked out of my fraternity in college for partying too hard, but maybe you expect that. I have started a couple small businesses that did fairly well. I'm very business minded, which everyone tells me is one of the most important skills of a successful artist.

PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

JA: I hit the gym, I take a couple girls out each week, AND I party. Story of my life.

PEV:  Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

JA: Jay Aura? haha um I have to give a shout out to two people here. Tech N9ne, the KC rapper who's blowing up right now (and who I see in the studio all the time) and secondly, Ke$ha because I'm in love with her and need to get her attention somehow!

PEV: If you weren’t playing music now what do you think you would be doing as your career?

JA: I'd be an entrepreneur without a doubt. It's in my blood to start businesses, and that's what I'd be doing.

PEV: So, what is next for Jay Aura?

JA: I'm putting out 2-3 singles this April, at least 1-2 more in May, and I'll be releasing new ish all summer long. I'm just trying to get myself out there right now, but its so early on that the only thing I focus on is getting better and recording more new music as much as possible.

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