Today we’d like to introduce you to Jasper Typical.
Hi Jasper, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, I was always surrounded by music. My parents are both musicians themselves and were heavily involved in the local music scene throughout my childhood. They opened the legendary all-ages venue, The Meow Meow the year I was born and from then on I was exposed to so many incredibly creative and talented musicians. There was no going back. Although, like any kid, I didn’t really want to do what everyone expected me to do. Hell, for the first 15 years of my life, I was dead set on being either a character designer or voice actor and spent most of my time developing my craft in both of those areas (I can do a mad Stan Lee, drawing and impression.) But, all that being said, there was absolutely no escaping the music. My parents got us the opportunity to tour England twice with our family band consisting of myself, my parents, and sister. So, before ten, I was getting to play in front of 15,000 people at a time at the Greenbelt Festival in Cheltenham Race Course.
First the venue, then the crowds, all that just instilled a dream in me of an audience for my creations. It was really MF DOOM that pushed me over the edge. My best friend in high school, Elliot, recommended I pick up Mm..Food as a start to my record collecting. She knew something because, like many of us, DOOM changed my whole perspective on music. That would be the exposure I needed to get me sampling and eventually making whole songs (on Audacity of all software.) Once I started writing, then rapping, then doing cyphers, then singing… It started to add up y’know? It happened naturally and through a myriad of insane circumstances, I would meet Jelani Aryeh and join the since defunct music collective, Raised By The Internet. This, a successful GoFundMe campaign and having the full support of my parents were what led me to the wonderful city of Los Angeles in 2018.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Absolutely not. Starting off my solo adult life in LA was certainly a bit flustering but on the same token, it was helpful for developing boundaries. Out here, people are either genuine or they’re not and I can definitely say, I learned that the hard way. After everything, the moral of the story was plain and simple, trust your gut! I keep that as one of my top 5 daily mantras.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Having the roots I do in music; I grew up singing both in the car and in church. From all those years of belting out, I have a vocal range that I feel accents my production style in the same way an instrument might and I really pride myself in that. I produce everything I make first and if there’s any additional instruments I can’t figure out, I get my talented and lovely friends to give their two cents. Honestly, thus far, I’ve focused primarily on making songs that make me feel something. Maybe I make a track that strikes a really emotional and vulnerable chord in me, that’ll be the moment I lean into the songwriting to better capture the specific feeling I’m having. I think vulnerability is really important in music as it can give us the permission to feel things we never thought we could.
Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
My bold imagination. Ask anyone I know and they’ll tell you, I’m hardworking, devoted and probably a little obsessively creative.
- Website: www.jaspertypical.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jaspertypical/?hl=en
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/jaspertypical
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUskXiyViYwIj7kEraSiyUw
- SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/jaspertypical
All Photos by Julia Cushing, Rob Midnight, Johnny Gerard & Sebastian Arnes.