Interview – Jay Moussa-Mann

Jay Moussa-Mann’s music crosses across the boundaries of pop and country in effortless style, as displayed in latest release, One Summer’s Day. If you’re been listening to her music and want to know more, read on below!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled One Summer’s Day, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the song?

It’s a breezy, upbeat pop song about a romance that never was, a posh car and one summer in Turkey. The song is based on a time in my life I have really fond memories of and it’s the fourth single I’ve released working with producer Patrick Jordan, who has brought an element to my songs I’ve always wanted.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

I think in many ways I benefited from having the time to hide away and just work on my music. I was incredibly fortunate to receive funding through Help Musicians to make an album. That album began formulating in October 2020 and since then I’ve really been able to focus on my sound and style. I’m not sure I would have been able to do that I if I hadn’t been alone. Normally, I would have been swayed by trying to make stuff I think people want to hear instead of what I like, and I needed that cutting off period. I’ve never been happier with the songs I’ve written. So although it was an incredibly stressful time, I’m really grateful for what came out of it.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

Yes! The album is due out soon but I plan to release another single before then. Keep your eye on my social media platforms for updates!

You have a filmmaking background. Is that something you’re still interested in, or are you focusing more on your music?

I still work as a freelance filmmaker, although I took a very long break after making a feature film which took a lot out of me and put me off filmmaking for a while. I actually just did a videography job, my first since the pandemic, and it was really nice to use those skills again. I don’t want to lose those skills and I utilise them a lot for my own music videos, but I am definitely focusing more on my music these days.

Does your filmmaking ever overlap with the music, or influence it?

It definitely influences me in songwriting, using what I learned about storytelling and applying it to my songs, and in the music videos I make. I also have a YouTube channel where I make behind the scenes videos and breakdown videos, so I try to use my skills there too. I’m a very visual person when it comes to music and songs mean a lot more to me when they are paired with a visual story.

Have you started writing for an EP or an album?

I am currently finishing an album. I have written the last few tracks, they’re in the recording stage and I can’t wait to release it! I don’t have an exact date yet, but keep your eyes on my socials or sign up to my email list for updates.

Your music contains a variety of sounds from different pop genres. What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

I listen to lots of different genres, I try and stay current and listen to what’s new and trending. I love the production side of music and am always trying to find new sounds or ideas to try in the arrangement. I recently discovered This Hell by Rina Sawayama and I can’t stop listening to it. Such an addictive song. And the other day when I was walking the dog, a huge red deer leapt across our path while I was listening to that song, so it’s now burned into my brain forever with a very special moment.

Am I right in thinking that you’re based in the North East? What is the music scene like in your part of the world?

Yes, we live in Ormesby, Middlesbrough. The music scene here is very vibrant, there is a lot of talent and quite a lot of support for developing artists.

Do you have any tour dates lined up in the UK?

There are no current plans for a tour, but do follow me on my social media and you’ll get notified when any tours or live shows are about to happen

Any last words for the fans?

I’m so excited to be sharing the new songs coming up and I can’t wait for everyone to hear them!