Hi, I’m Jarrod Gipson. I write songs and like playing them.
1) What brought you to Denver from Miami? Was it for music purposes?
We came out here when I was really young and would go back for summers. Miami is one of my favorite places in the world, but I think Colorado is home to me.
2) What is your favorite part about creating music?
I think for me it’s that moment when something flows out of you that you know is something if that makes sense!! When I sing a melody that I feel and go, “oh that’s the chorus” and it just makes sense. Everything starts flowing together and naturally. That rush is really exciting to me and something I chase and constantly look to as a compass creatively. When I’m not thinking about it, that’s how I know it’s going to be a great one, whatever that means for me in that moment. It grounds me and helps me become present.
3) How do you want listeners to feel when they listen to your music? Does it depend on the song or is there a general goal you try to get across?
I would hope the number one feeling across the board would be a sense of connection and a chip in the armor of someone’s loneliness. Loneliness is hard as hell, so if someone listens to something I wrote and feels like someone else out there understands them and gets them, then I think I’ve done my job. Certain songs invoke certain specific emotions, but that’s why I write a wide range of different emotions, because im kind of a crazy person and feel a lot of different shit. So I’d just hope people could connect to my humanity and in turn connect to their own.
4) Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Haha hard question! That question all makes me feel this impending sense of dread I run from. I want to see myself not as anxious and have more peace first, but as far as outside of that, I’d love to be creating music full time and touring, and would really love to be CO writing or writing for other artists besides myself. Song writing is what I live for and I love the story telling process, so that would be really cool to me. I also wanna live somewhere else!
5) COVID has presented us with endless challenges, have you used your music to get you through it or has it helped in any way?
In ways it helped light a fire under my ass to work harder than ever since everything was so backwards for so long, and in another way it was crippling. It was hard not to think, “is this ever going to go back to how it was?“ and not get afraid it wasn’t. But it was a whole free year to just write and create as many songs as possible and I really tried to take advantage of that. Music definitely helped me get through it because it helped me escape it, and it’s been doing that for me my whole life.
6) How would you describe your sound?
Ahhhh this question is always so hard! Haha. One of my friends once said it’s gritty, anxsty, pop. I liked that. I always want a pop sound vocally, and songwriting wise, but everything else I try to let it be what it is. The goal for me is to write something that makes you move like pop does, and have fun, but when you listen to the lyrics, I’m talking about real shit that maybe alternative or soul would speak in. Bringing authentic to pop. It’s one thing I love about what I’ve been making lately, is it’s all over the place and kind of fits into multiple genres. I think I’m always going to want it that way, and to want to pay homage to artists that helped make me and grow me, so I think it should be genre less in one sense.
7) What is one thing you would change about your music career if you could make it happen right now?
I’d like to “make it” solely to have someone run social media everything because I hate it haha. But in all seriousness, I think I wish at times I’d of found my voice vocally when I was younger so I could have more control of it as an instrument. But i genuinely don’t think I’d change much because it’s brought me to right now, and as much as I don’t like myself and love myself in ways, im proud of who I’ve become, and this whole music journey has been probably the biggest player in that road. So if anything I try to just be more and more grateful for all that’s happened thus far.
8) Who has been the most influential in your music career?
So many to name, but my dad first and foremost. He got me into music and exposed me to so many genres and artists, so him no doubt. Creatively and as an artist, I’d say Kevin Garrett, Justin Timberlake, Ray Charles, The Band Camino, Julia Michaels, Coldplay, Daniel Caesar. There’s a ton more but I’ll never stop naming people if I start haha.
9) What is a goal you hope to achieve by the end of the year?
I’d like to release one of the new singles I’ve been working on it and get it on a Spotify playlist! That’d be huge. And I think I’m going to try my hand at the hometown for the holidays competition again, so winning that would be really dope!
10) Anything else you'd like to add?
Follow me on Spotify and Instagram, and come out to a show and hang! I really appreciate you for coming out and giving me some time to share
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