Interview – Jadius

By: Heather Young

Jadius is an up and coming Canadian pop sensation who has recently released his debut single as a solo artist entitled “Give you Love”. A formal member for Regina based quartet Fur Eel, Jadius has been compared to a modern day David Bowie and Justin Timberlake. Here at Canadian Beats we had the chance to catch up to Jadius to talk life and music and what’s next for this budding new artist.

Your new single was recorded and produced in your own studio, tell me about your writing process, where do you get your inspiration for song writing? 

Every song seems to be a bit different, but lately this is how it goes. I start by jamming some of my favorite covers with my trusty Godin guitar, usually a medley of obscure David Bowie songs. I get lost in the enjoyment of playing those songs, and usually that is when a song starts coming out. Once all expectation and desire to write disappears is usually when the good ones pop out. Sometimes a whole song writes itself in one sitting, some I finish after a day or two, and some come out with co-writes. So many ways!

How does it feel to have your sound compared to the likes of David Bowie and Justin Timberlake? 

Honestly…it’s definitely taking some getting used to! I look up to these artists and have a huge respect for what they have done!

What is the biggest challenge you have faced breaking out as a solo artist? 

Hmmm, tough question! Releasing music comes with a certain amount of vulnerability. You are putting yourself out there for others to judge and critique, so you have to love yourself and be ready for that. The biggest challenge so far has been navigating the minefield of the mind, and coming to place where I’m ok with putting myself out there in such a vulnerable way.

What made you decide to pursue music as a career? 

It’s been a series of events that lead me dedicating my entire life to music. When I wrote my first song, that was a pretty big rush for me. Then taking those new songs to the stage was a whole new world that brought with it an incredible feeling to me, which only intensified as I discovered the art of recording. I’ve seen so many people pursue careers that don’t have anything to do with what they love, and I see them with big piggy banks but with empty souls. Dedicating my life to creating songs is to me the best thing I can do for myself and other people.

If you weren’t doing music what would you be doing? 

I’m a health nut. So I’d likely get into personal training, or nutrition and lifestyle coaching. It would be great to help people live more healthy lifestyles.

Now that you have released your first single, what is next for you? 

Lots! It seems every day is a new email or phone call moving this thing along. I’m releasing an EP on July 21st, some gigs in the UK are in the works, recording music videos, recording and writing more music, planning for a 2016 tour. Super busy.

Here at Canadian Beats we like to include a “just for fun” portion to help your fans get to know you better, ready?.. 

If you were stranded on an island and only had three things (non music related) what would they be? 

No Music?! What kind of island is this? Haha – gonna have to think hard here. First thing I’d hope to have with me is someone that knows how to hunt and gather or hunting equipment to hunt with so that I don’t die. Second, a telescope to gaze at the stars, I’d imagine the night sky is quite impressive on a deserted island. Lastly, if I’m deserted on this island alone, the third thing would be a volleyball that I could eventually transform into my best friend as I lose my mind….WILLLSOOOOOOON! 😉

If you could tour with any other Canadian artist or group, who would you choose and why? 

Bryan Adams. I’ve seen him live twice.  He is THE MAN and it would truly be an honor to share the stage with such a legendary Canadian artist.

What is one thing your fans would be surprised to learn about you?

I don’t have a girlfriend. Some people may find that surprising 😉

What was the last album you purchased? 

Seeds by TV on The Radio.

What kinds of things can we find you doing on your days off? 

I love reading, so you could definitely find me doing that. Walking has lately become one of my favorite things, I really enjoy looking far into the distance (I spend a lot of time looking at screens, so its a big relief). Otherwise I go to the gym and lift, hit the sauna, hang out with my amazing pug Missy, chill with my family and friends. If I have a day off I usually just like to chill!

And last but not least, do you have anything you would like to say to your fans? 

I LOVE YOU!

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