Jan George is a musician from Sweden who is located in Stockholm. He is skilled in the fields of pop, EDM, dance, and electronic music. Recently, George has come out with an original tune named “Let Go,” which also comes in an acoustic form. During our conversation with him, we exchanged a few questions and responses. The following are some exclusive insights about Jan George and his newest release.
What’s your official stage name (showbiz name)?
Both my real name and stage name is Jan George.
When did you decide to pursue music as a career?
I have always loved music as my dad used to be a professional drummer, so I had the chance to tag along on his shows every weekend and I quickly picked up an interest to stand on stage, entertain and do my thing. Compared to him I liked being in the front and singing. I’ve tried to play piano and drums but I am awful at it. I have been on the stage since I was like 10-13 years old in school and then I did my first big show on the big stage at the age of 15 and after that I started touring in Europe at the age of 19. 2011 I released my first official single so at that point I was 27 years old, and I quit my day job to focus only on my music career.
How would you describe the music you typically create?
I would describe my music as a mixture of Pop, EDM, Dance, Electronic. And of course an acoustic version to every single as well to treat my audience with. As this is what I personally like and listen to, and the same I want my own taste to flavour my records.
I used to do Hands Up music which was quite big back in the days if you listen to my earlier stuff, but that was the era of Cascada, Italobrothers, Jan Wayne and all the German dance acts. It still goes down well on stage as the audience loves it, but I’ve grown away from that when it comes to the new material.
What’s your creative process like?
I take inspiration from what I listen to personally and try to implement that and mix that into my songs. A lot of my lyrics are about love, heartache, emotions etc and that goes quite well into electronic pop music.. have we come with my own style EPM? haha 🙂 and same with the acoustic versions of my songs that I absolutely love. I have a handful of producers I work continuously with and without them it wouldn’t be the same. They bring out my thoughts, ideas and put it into WAV files.. literally.
Which song do you feel is the best music you’ve ever released and why?
Ohh does it sound cocky to say that my best song is not released yet? As I got singles ready to go for a full year ahead so I would say wait and see 😉 I Always try to make the next single better than the previous one.. so wait and see. This autumn I got a killer single coming out and I don’t think anyone has ever heard me in this style before, it’s dark, heavy and so so good.
What is it about music that makes you feel passionate?
Music is everything for me. I breathe and live music. I grew up in the MTV era when Mtv used to be a music channel so i was spoilt there, same with Viva TV (German channel). I think I got a few thousand CDs and a few Cassette tapes still at my parents house in boxes.. I used to spend every weekly penny on buying CDs and pop magazines such as Okej (Swedish), Bravo, Popcorn (German), Top of the pops (UK) and more.. I also remember that i used to sit in front of the tv and press record to VHS when my favourite music videos were on and same with the MTV award shows to be able to watch it over and over again, Also what makes me passionate about music is that it brings people together.. imagine a world without music how dull would that be? And the smiles on my audience faces when enjoying my shows and just having fun with me.
If you could have your fans remember one thing about you, what would it be?
One thing only.. hmm this is a hard one. I would imagine them remembering me as “Jan George was a great stage artist, who gave 150% when performing”
Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of music?
Of course, I used to be a hardcore gamer for 8 years (World of Warcraft) but i stopped as it took way too much of my time. I enjoy travelling, cinema, dining, electronics (yeah, my full home is smart and voice controlled). Other than that, I used to party a lot but I don’t have time for that unless I’m on tour these days. I do love meeting new people, seeing stuff from other perspectives and just growing and learning as a human.
What’s the best piece of advice another musician ever gave you?
“Just get out there (the stage), have fun and be yourself”. I always try to embrace every moment and really take my time.
Which qualities do you think make a great musician?
Dedication, determination, focus, passion and love. If you’re not passionate about what you do, dedicated to what your heart wants, love doing this.. then what’s the point at all? Putting yourself out there as an artist is like wearing your heart on your sleeve. There are very cruel parts about it with jealousy and many knock backs, but you need to stay focused and determined to achieve your dreams and goals.
Which musician would you like to collaborate with next?
I’ve actually never done an official collaboration yet. There might be a few coming 😉 If i got the chance to choose freely, I would say that I would like to do collabs with: Jax Jones, Jonas Blue, Calvin Harris, Clean Bandit, David Guetta to name a few as a vocalist on their tracks.
What is this new release about?
‘Let Go’ is my brand-new single that has been in the works for a year. It was actually finished late summer last year 2021, but I didn’t feel that it was ready just yet and it wasn’t the right time to release it either as I wanted ‘Dreams’ to be my comeback single first, as I haven’t released anything on the scene for many years. ‘Let Go’ is a love song about betrayal and moving on from a toxic relationship. I really like this track as it means a lot to me and I feel a lot of other people can probably connect with it. There is a slap house (dance) version of it and also an incredible acoustic version that I also love. It’s out now worldwide on all music platforms to stream, watch and download etc. And there might be a few remixes available soon too, we will see 🙂
Who and how many people worked on it?
I’ve had one of my producers in the Netherlands doing the production, one of my producers in Greece doing the mixing and mastering, my guitar guy in Scotland doing the guitars and one of my producers in Sweden on the vocals, where I also recorded them. Then I also have a few producer friends whom I send my songs too early to get some feedback on the early mix-downs to improve them and perfect them.
What are you working on next? Any future plans or projects in the pipeline that we should look out for?
Next single will be out at the end of July approx. which has been ready for a while now and waiting to be released. There are also 3 more tracks that’s ready to be released and forecast is later this year for them, and also 2 songs in the making right now in the studio to be out early next year. I suppose touring again will be on the agenda and performing, so we will see where and when, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it is in previous toured countries first such as Sweden, UK, Germany, Netherlands and Spain. Hopefully I also get to go to new places and meet new audiences too. That would be amazing!
If you had one message to give to your fans, what would it be?
I fucking love you guys! Thank you for the support and for staying by my side after all these years of absence. Thank you for sharing and helping me push my new material on your social media and thank you for the great feedback on the tracks and the love and support you show me! I could hug all of you, and I will when I’m back touring. Thank you!