When Quincy Jones calls, you come running, and when he co-signs you as the next possible big thing in R&B you thank the heavens. That’s just what happened for up and coming R&B artist Jaiden awhile ago and if things go as planned for the young upstart he’ll soon be cashing in on that proclamation from one of music greatest contributors.
Why do they call you the cure?
The cure basically has two meanings. It intentionally came from when I performed at Quincy Jones’ house in LA and we had this long conversation about music and the state of the industry and what’s going to fix music to bring back timeless records and stuff like that and he was just saying that my formula would do that and it’s the cure. So, that’s basically where that came from. A conversation with Quincy Jones a few years back. It also came from the fact that I kind of have such a broad range of material that fits every time and every mood. It kind of starting being like anything that anybody wanted to listen to or any kind of song, I had a song for that. So, that’s the two part answer to the cure thing.
How did you get that connection with Quincy Jones?
Actually they were having this event at his house to honor all of his years in the music industry and a friend of mine called me and asked me if I wanted to come out and play the piano and do a couple of his songs and a few of my own too, so I said yes.
So what exactly would you say is the formula that you have that is going to help revitalize music?
With my stuff I kind of lean towards timeless types of writing and I lean towards more use of organic instruments that are real to try and create classic songs. I try to lean away from stuff that if it gets played next month, week, or year it sounds dated or old. I try to keep it pretty classic as far as the material I record. It’s also about getting back to basics and I just play keys and I sing, so that’s kind of like the root of all music.
You’re also performing with Shaggy this year. How were you able to land on that tour?
Actually I’ve toured with a little bit of everybody. Currently I’m touring with Chris Brown and Shaggy, but I’ve also toured with Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Diddy, and Jay-Z, so I’ve kind of been doing it for a long time it was kind of like one gig just led to the next gig and led to the next gig type of thing.
With a resume that includes working with so many huge acts what is your background story of how you got into music?
A lot of people always ask me that and I never really have an answer. I literally sang everywhere I could, played keys everywhere I could, wrote everywhere I could and it kind of just started to make a name for me and make a way for me. I never auditioned for anything. I basically just would get calls and I would come and that’s just how everything has been.
What are your plans as a solo artist?
I did one mixtape already and this one that is about to come out is my second mixtape called shades of grey: the cure sweep 2. I also have a couple of songs I’ll be putting out on iTunes and I just performed on BET’s 106 and Park live with my band. I’ll also be debuting the video for my current single on iTunes, “Man Enough”, and it’s kind of growing from there. I’m just keeping it moving basically.
So who did you work with on this latest mixtape?
I pretty much did most of it myself. I actually recorded a lot of it away on tour over the last few months. Some of it was even recorded over in Africa and Europe. I was able to do a record with Emilio Rojas. The cool thing about this mixtape was a lot of the producers who worked with me on it are people who I haven’t even met in person, we kind of just met via twitter and bonded over music that way and just started creating. That’s what’s cool about it because it’s kind of just this big mesh of music.
What are your big plans for yourself?
As an artist I would like to just basically get to the point where my music is in everybody’s iPod and everybody is rocking my music. I’d like to tour and see all the places that I’ve seen with everybody else on my own playing with my own band. Ultimately I also want to score films because that’s a really big goal of mine. I just want to push it as far as it can go.