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Daily Inspiration: Meet Jazz Robertson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jazz Robertson. 

Hi Jazz, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I’ve loved music since I was a baby! I was trying to hum along to the radio before I could talk, and my earliest memories are sitting with my dad looking at vinyl covers. The violin was my first instrument from 5th grade into high school, and I self-taught basic guitar and piano in my late teens. I also always loved writing. Around middle school, I started writing poetry. I still have entire notebooks filled with poems and scribbled free verse! I didn’t join the two passions until I was around 19, though, when I wrote my first song. I used it as my application submission into Berklee College of Music and studied music in their online degree program for a few years. 

I never saw myself doing anything truly professional with music until my husband pushed me to search for work in a studio. I called every recording studio I could possibly find in the Denver metro, offering to work for free. Cleaning, coffee runs… Anything I could do to be around other artists and recording sessions. Every studio I called told me to call back when I’d finished school and had a little experience under my belt. All but one- a space called StudioStars, which at the time was located downtown Denver. 

I was invited to meet with the owner, Steve Wiest. He admitted that he wasn’t sure why, but he felt like he should give me a chance. I started cleaning the studio, picking up lunch orders, and occasionally assisting the head videographer with film-related projects. That experience led me to a visiting producer, looking for talent on a couple tracks. I hadn’t been invited into an official session yet, but I had found ways to work near the control room to overhear their work. One day when prepping for a session, I asked Steve if I could share a harmony idea with him for the track they’d be working on. He ended up loving the part, pitched it to the producer, and the next thing I knew I was in the vocal booth recording the demos. Steve passed away in 2017, and I wish I could thank him for giving me the opportunity. I don’t believe I would be where I am today if he hadn’t have invited me into his studio. It was the launchpad into writing, recording, and eventually producing my own music. 

I spent a handful of years more focused on video work with the tools I’d learned, only dabbling in music. I’d written a handful of songs on piano and had been sitting on them for a while. The pandemic was the push I needed to get moving. When the shutdown happened, I had all the time in the world. I became progressively more stuck in my head, which forced me to start facing memories and relationships that I had never properly dealt with. At the same time, I was introduced to some online crash courses that taught basic music production. I decided to use the time to start learning, pouring my creative energy into producing and healing past hurts through the music I was creating. This journey eventually led me back into studio, where I started work on my first two singles. I felt like I was on the right path and received total confirmation during one of our sessions. As it turns out, the producers I connected with used to perform with Steve Wiest in Paris back in the day. I couldn’t believe it! It felt like confirmation that I am exactly where I am supposed to be. 

The process has been so healing for me. I love producing my own demos from home. It gives me so much more creative control, and a clearer vision to present when I take the tracks in studio. I have several more projects in the works for Spring of 2022! 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Aside from breaking into the production scene in general, I was the biggest obstacle that stood in my own way. I struggled a great deal with mental health issues. Accepting help was challenging. I just wanted to feel “normal,” and getting help felt like I was admitting to being “crazy.” Not so, and I realize that now. I spent a number of years in what felt like constant turmoil, battling my own mind and heart, which led to countless other struggles in my personal life and marriage. It took a long time for me to get out of my own way and start accepting professional help, which is what gave me the capacity to start pursuing my dreams. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I consider myself a pop artist. My sound combines elements from alternative pop and adult contemporary. My tracks are very orchestra-driven, which I consider an important component to my DNA as an artist. I am very proud to say that I do write and co-produce my own tracks. My demos are put together at home. From writing the song itself to producing drum loops and orchestra compositions… My music starts at home, before heading into studio to put together a final polished version. 

To be clear- my songs would not be what they are today without the amazing creative minds that help bring them to life in studio. It’s an amazing feeling, though, to stream the finished tracks and hear the original structure of my home demo bulked up into an incredible final track. 

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
Of course, I love my music, but I especially love the people in my life who support it. From my husband to the friendships, I’ve developed with my producers, I keep a small circle but I love them all dearly. 

A second close passion would definitely be dogs! I have 2 at home, a Border Collie mix and a long-coated Shiba Inu. They are my babies. We love to hike and I spoil them every chance I get! 

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