Word On The Street: JSPA

Written by on October 1, 2018

So where are you from?

I’m from Melbourne born and raised, more specifically south east Melbourne and
even more specifically, Springvale, thats my city. I’ve got a Vietnamese and Chinese
background ,so growing up here there was and still is large asian community.

Tell us about how you got your start?

I fell in love with hip-hop and r&b when I was about 11, this was like 2005..
An older family friend put me onto Tupac and Limewire..game over I then downloaded all of the Pac, BIG, Nas, Big Pun & L, Wu.. etc (& pretty much all of the 90s greats) albums and documentaries. I then stumbled onto Jin and the 106 & Park battles and i was so inspired to start writing raps at..11

At the same time I also loved  r&b. Usher was popping at the time.. he was the man,  I loved to listen to  alot of American 2000’s r&b at the time. but the thought at that time in music was that  you either rapped or you sang, there wasn’t many artist I could pull influence from that did both. I didn’t know if i could sing or not at 11.. so i decided to write raps I didn’t actually take it seriously as an artist and want to be public about it until i was 21.. but thats another story for another time.

How did you get your stage name?

Its a nickname/inside joke from one of the homies Ive had it since i was about 17-18. My close friends and family still call me “Japo” . I felt it wasn’t crisp enough for Music so I slightly adjusted it to Jasper…and then JSPA just cause it looked cool to me.

What is your Production/writing process?

I scour the internet for beats from producers all over the world, Im super sporadic with what I choose to write to, I won’t even know what to expect when I pick it. I surprise myself all the time with what I end up making. But the main thing is that the beat has to sort of speak to me, it will tell me what melodies i need to write and tell me what I need to say. It will also compliment and  bring out the ideas i want to try.

You have a very unique sound tells how you found that pocket?

As I grew up in love with both hip hop and r&b, but they were sort of seperate, I loved rhyming but I also loved melodies,

I was super insecure about singing. Initially when i started to record music I only rapped, but I couldn’t satisfy my hunger and love for melodies so i had to give them a try, I then really honed in on improving my vocals/melody and songwriting.

I’m super influenced and inspired by artist like drake, tory lanez, travis scott and the weeknd, who sort of blurred the lines between melody and rap.I feel that having a background as a rapper has really helped me with my flow and rhymes in terms on writing melodies, you can defiantly hear the hip-hop influence when i sing and write songs.

Can you tell us about how your new album came about?

I just really wanted to dive in and create a world, and that was sort of the vibe for Season 2.
The name and concept is inspired by a lot of different TV series, where in the second season you would see everyone come back cooler, slicker and better. I was also super inspired by a lot of different summer and party sounds, So the album sort of plays out episodically like a big party and night in summer, I just wanted to make a really fun album!

Any shows coming up?

Copycat FRY DAY, September 28!

When did you fall in love with Hip-Hop?
When i was 11! I go into into detail with that on the second question!

Who’s in your Top 5 MCs of all time?

Probably not the typical list, but these dudes MC wise
were and are waaaaaay too fresh stylistically..

Big Pun
Big L
Pusha T

What local artist are you currently listening to?

The homies RINI and Lordholani always with that fire,

Vic august fire too, Manu crooks had that hard as fuck song Fuego as well.. theres ALOT of heat coming out of AUS

Tell us about your first gig?

It was called Live fast die young, shout out the homies Cylo!
two years ago now! was a sick experience and Ill always appreciate ‘em for giving me my first gig.

What has been your favourite career moment?

Probably releasing my last album Season 2, and then getting the love , opportunities and moments

I’ve had because of this album. It’s been a sick year

What are you doing to help change the current Aussie Hip-Hop prospective/stigma?

To be honest, I just want to be the best me I can be and make the best music I can make.
if I succeed, then where I’m from will come up with me as a result. I love my city.

What more can we expect from you?

a WHOLE lotta features..
Ive also got a finished album ready to roll. thats all I will say

What do you want to be remembered for?

Them catchy ass lyrics you cant get out of your head.
haha I want you to remember my music!


Instagram: @JSPAMUSIC

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