Intense, exciting, and engaging, Jameel Patrick is one of those artists who stand out from the crowd thanks to his unique ability to reach the listeners genuinely and directly!
Jameel Patrick’s album “Crepuscular: The Prelude” is one of those releases everyone should listen to. Great tracks supported by excellent arrangements and production support the brilliant songwriting of this talented artist in a tracklist that convinces from the first song to the last!
Today, at Planet Singer, we have the great pleasure of listening to his album and discover more about his art with an exclusive interview!
Hi Jameel, it is such a pleasure having you with us today! We listened to your album, “Crepuscular: The Prelude,” and we would love to know more about you and your music, so let’s start from the beginning; When did you discover the passion for music?
I appreciate you having me. I discovered my passion for music very early as a kid. My parents were in their mid 30’s when I was born. My father at the time had a huge collection of vinyl records. At the same time my oldest sister is 13 years older than me. So I grew up with the oldies from my parents as well as the current music from my sister.
“Desiderium” is such a powerful track that reveals a lot about yourself. Can you tell us more about it?
Two factors went into making that record. During that time, I was having writer’s block and didn’t think that I would ever make music again. Also, for a couple of years, I had suspected that I may be undiagnosed on the autism spectrum, then last year, I met with someone who is the founder of a center in the field, and after an assessment over lunch, he agreed with me. However, dealing with it was harder than I thought. I work in the education field and worked with many autistic kids so that may play a factor in the fact that it’s hard for me to verbally say that I’m autistic. So the main reason for making desiderium was to give myself a chance to verbally say it.
Where do you find your inspiration?
God, pain of my past, certain people in my life such as someone who was once a youth group student who is not basically my adopted brother, I draw inspiration from many places.
In your album, we can also appreciate collaborations with other talented artists such as JORDY, Piano Jane, and Dylan Colon, to name a few. How important is it for you to share your art with other talented creatives?
To me the music is the most important thing, and doing whatever you can to make the song better. Sometimes a different artist brings a perspective and a different vibe that the record needs. I absolutely love collaborating with artists and allowing them to showcase themselves to my listeners. These talented artists helped breathe life into the record that I couldn’t have done on my own.
All the songs of “Crepuscular: The Prelude” flow smoothly, linked somehow to one another, supporting a very powerful narrative. Did you write the pieces in the same order of the tracklist or order them in a second time?
Major props to you for noticing! I remember in high school, specifically when albums were important. You and maybe a group of friends would go to the actual record store, buy a CD, maybe grab some food, then go and listen to the album. Also, in high school is when I discovered my love for rock and different subgenres, and people were making classic albums. Nowadays, the industry is mostly single-driven, which I don’t think is a bad thing, but I wanted to make an album that flowed together as smoothly as possible as an album vs. songs just thrown together. I now feel like I accomplished that because of your question haha.
If you could collaborate with one of the artists who inspired you the most, who would you like to share a song or the stage with?
Shawn Stockman from Boyz II Men, and I have to sneak in a second one and say The Ambassador from the Cross Movement.
Are you planning to do some gigs or live streams?
Gigs are still rough now because of covid, so I’m looking into some live stream options.
Another incredible and powerful track we find in the album is “Nightmare.” Can you tell us more about this song?
Thank you. So there are no metaphors on this record. As a kid, I literally saw a figure as a black cat bounce on me and vanish. As an adult, I saw a “man” sitting in a chair staring, and he slowly vanished. Both of these gave me a weird feeling that I can’t explain, and I got the same feeling when I had a dream about a black dog with red eyes that pounced at me and woke me up fast, haha. So the record is about literal demons.
What are your plans for the future?
I am working on my merch store as well as me website, jameelpatrick.com. In the fall I plan on releasing the second part of the record called “Crepuscular: The Symphony” as well as a Christmas EP. I am also writing a short story that will play a part in the second record.
Jameel, it was such a pleasure having you with us today; we can’t wait for your next release. Is there something you would like to say to our readers?
Thank you guys for having me! I would like to say thank you all who gave my record a chance. I encourage everyone to begin to look at mental health as important as physical health. Anxiety was high for many people in 2020, as, unfortunately, that leads to beautiful people taking their lives. Last but not least, if you believe that pineapple belongs on pizza, then happily live your life.
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