For this week’s Saturday Spotlight, I had the honor of featuring Louisville, Kentucky’s James Lindsey (formerly known as Jalin Roze). I’m digging his sound, in that he doesn’t talk about the same ol’ same ol’ and also has a knack for selecting the chillest of instrumentals. Catch the interview below for his thoughts on doing what you love, the process behind his latest release, ‘Same Sky‘ and who he would want starring in a James Lindsey biopic.
Even though you’ve opened for Jeremih and Chance the Rapper, in addition to being featured in various publications, some readers still may not be familiar with James Lindsey. Give us a brief rundown of how you got your start and what you stand for as an artist.
I got my start as an artist rapping in high school with friends. I kind of took rap seriously after college and I started releasing music under the moniker ‘Jalin Roze. I changed the name back to my government about a year or so ago. I stand for truth and confidence which is something I feel individuals strive to get everyday.
When did you know that your gift was to become a musician? How did that make you feel?
I always knew that I had a gift. I know it sounds clichè but it’s true I have to admit that I realized that when I performed alongside my band at my city’s biggest music festival, Forecastle Fest. I had over a thousand fans at my set that day and it really made me proud. It was that moment I felt that things started to make sense and I wasn’t just doing music for fun.
If there were ever a biopic made on James Lindsey, who would you want to play your part?
I am picking this person not cuz he looks like me but how entertaining the movie would be if he appeared in it as me. Out of sheer amusement I would have to go with Cam’ron.
What kind of sound were you going for with your upcoming project, Same Sky?
Myself and my producer Josh were really just having fun and letting the music take us. Even the darkest spots on the record have some excitement to it. We really wanted to make a project that was constantly evolving to keep the listeners attention.
If listeners could only take away 1 message from the EP, what would you want it to be?
We might not all pray to the same god or have the same taste but we all have the Same Sky.
The grind can be relentless and sometimes seem endless. What gives you the motivation to keep going?
I think it’s easy to be motivated to do something you love. When it’s something you love you don’t even look at it like it’s a grind.
How will you know you’ve made it?
I’m not sure honestly. Maybe one day it will just hit me but for now I’m just creating and seeing where that leads me. I can’t control anything else.