The lyrics are all about the sacrifices you make in order to do what do. Is that something you’ve had to come to terms with?
Yeah. I’m noticing more and more every day. I feel like it’s also me trying to convince myself that the path I’m on is the right path. I’m almost trying to justify my actions in a way, because I am sacrificing a lot of what normal people have: be it relationships or whatever else. I feel like it’s for the greater good. I would hate to say that I have a bigger purpose because everyone’s got his or her own purpose, but I have more of a purpose than just being valuable to one person. I want to be valuable to a lot of people. I feel like one day somebody will come along and understand that, then I can do both, but until then I have to pick one and stick to it. So that’s what that’s about.
Are you quite vocal about your emotions in real life?
Yeah I’d like to think I am, for sure. In my music I try to be as transparent as possible, and I’m working on that every day. Some of my favourite artists were the most transparent ones. As I get more confident I think that comes out more and more. I’m working on that every day. That’s the only place I feel I can be really honest.
Is it quite therapeutic?
Yeah I think it is. It’s a lot of stuff that I don’t even talk to anybody about. I try to talk to some people about some stuff, but there are certain people that you don’t want to be vulnerable with. I try to put it all out there in the music, and I feel like I’m still working on getting it all out and feeling truly open enough to get it all out.
How do you feel your music and image have evolved since Priscilla?
It’s all evolved into something that gets more and more genuine, and becomes more of an explanation of who I am. Whether that’s more confusing to people compare to when I originally started – maybe they thought they had it all figured out. There are so many different layers to me as a person, I’m not always one way. I’m finding that I need to just go with that. Nobody’s always one way and never this way, we’re all always all over the place, I am at least. I’m hoping everybody else is, otherwise they can just enjoy the show!
How’s the tour been going? What have the reactions been like?
It’s been great, unexpectedly good. We went out in the US and I didn’t know what to expect, but shows started selling out over there. I was wondering if anybody was even going to come to the show. I’m dead serious. It’s a headline tour so there’s no safety net. You’re just going for it. To come out here and sell out this spot and be able to do a thing like Boiler Room, which I’ve always been a big fan of… It’s an awesome feeling to get love back from what you love to do.
Just rolling with the punches. Riding the wave.
JMSN (The Blue Album) is out now. Find out more about him on his website: iamjmsn.com. Click here to visit JMSN’s SoundCloud page.