Jasmine Jethwa discusses her journey from dance to music, the catharsis of songwriting and new single “Golden”.
Two years since the release of her debut EP, Jasmine Jethwa is back with a new single. A personal track in-line with the rising artist’s propensity towards intimate storytelling, “Golden” is another comfortingly gentle reminder of Jasmine’s bright future.
Influenced by personal stories of her South-East London upbringing, Jasmine grew up amongst a ‘melting pot’ of Western and Indian cultures. Not always set on being a musician, as a child she watched her grandfather’s career journey, from humble beginnings in North Shields to becoming a successful scenic painter creating backdrops and sets for countless theatre shows and Ballets across London and the world. Going on to study dance herself, it was hearing live rehearsals across school hallways that motivated her own songwriting journey.
Citing musical influences from Bon Iver and Fontaines D.C. to the Hindi songs from Bollywood films Jasmine watched growing up with her Gujarati grandmother, music became Jasmine’s emotional outlet. Reflected in her self-released her debut, ‘Hurricane’ EP, and in projects since signing with independent label, Akira Records, Jasmine’s unique perspective is one that was clearly always meant to be musically shared.
We caught up with Jasmine Jethwa to discuss her journey from dance to music, the catharsis of songwriting and new single “Golden”. Dive in!
“Don’t See You Around”, is one that I like performing, it’s close to my heart and melodically nice to sing. And also ‘If You Don’t Know By Now’, one of my favourite songs – it’s got a nice drive to it and I do the last part acapella, I always finish with it when I do smaller sets.
A peaceful and relaxed space. I want to hold the space for the moment that I have it. Like everything is suspended for a short period of time and then back to the ground again. Like a break from everything for a moment.
I hope more and more people find and love my music, that the show sells out and is amazing! and that this EP lives in people the way it lives in me! I’d also love to do some tour stuff, it sounds fun and i think it’d be great. Connecting with people through my songs more and more.