Jodi Summer Unbridles A Synth-Pop Trilogy EP Dubbed ‘Seasons of Summer’

Jodi Summer is a Brighton-based drag queen, singer, and dancer.

Jodi’s preferred musical style is electro- and synthpop, with a few additional acoustic instruments thrown in for good measure. To do this, they use synthesisers, acoustic instruments like pianos, guitars and strings, and voices that range from whispered to full-fledged belting, all while maintaining a balance between soft and loud.

Initially, Jodi was inspired to pursue a career in music after learning about Lady Gaga and the influence her music and talent had on her audience. They eventually enrolled in the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford.

During our chat, they shared a lot of information about their music career and their most recent EP, “Seasons of Summer.”

Seasons of Summer is a synth-pop trilogy about a sad love tale between an LGBT youngster and their best friend, a tragic love story. Seasons of Summer’s enticing lyrics, gorgeous synthesisers, and subtle acoustics are likely to move even the most hardened of hearts.

What is your real name?
Honey, for that sort of information I usually require at least 3 dates and a written application.

Official showbiz name?
Jodi Summer, honey, which also happens to be my social media handle, @jodisummerhoney! When performing I always like to put my socials as J-O-D-I, Summer like the season, and honey because I’m very sweet (and if someone doesn’t agree, we can take it outside!)

How long have you been making music and what attracted you to it?
It’s gonna sound cliche but I always loved music and dancing and just expressing myself in a creative way through music somehow.

My family signed me up for dancing classes when I was seven and I was known for always humming or singing along to any song. Sadly when you’re flamboyant and expressive like me, you’re prone to get bullied at school, which is exactly what happened to me.

All the teasing and calling me the f-word quickly made me drop out of dancing and become very reserved about everything I do. It wasn’t until I moved to the UK in 2015 that I started taking music seriously, eventually ending up at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, finding myself more as an artist and starting to make my music.

What were your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
Back when I got to university, focusing my studies on vocals, I tried to make some music with a few fellow students.

After a few less than satisfactory experiences and a realization that my knowledge of music production and overall music-making wasn’t good enough to even communicate my ideas with others, I started to do my research online as well as take extra classes filling the gaps in those fields.

Eventually, I got so into it that I started making my songs all by myself, just like with Seasons of Summer. Of course, my first projects weren’t anywhere good enough to even entertain the idea of releasing them on Spotify etc. but they did give me room for practice in being a bedroom producer.

Eventually, I got to my last term of uni, which happened to be taking place during the first national lockdown in 2020, so suddenly I had much more free time. After all, apart from assignments and working part-time, there wasn’t much else happening at that time anywhere.

With that opportunity, I decided to give it my best and make my first song I eventually released online, called Nobody, in May of that year. Still definitely not my best work, the way I look at it now, but that just shows growth really.

Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
For one, it’s my passion for music and the way it allows people to express themselves, no matter the emotion or topic they’re trying to portray. It’s truly an amazing art form that I consider myself lucky enough to get lost in.

Another reason is probably more shallow, that’s why I’m putting it second haha. Back when I was 13 there was a traumatic thing that happened that changed the way I saw the world and some of the closest people in my life. During that time I started listening to music, and I mean listening, as in paying attention to musicians in the pop genre.

I got instantly drawn to Lady Gaga, who was in the middle of promoting her Born This Way album and couldn’t get enough of her. Her art, her creativity, hard work and dedication, and the way she moved on stage and inspired people, including myself, were simply magical.

She was the first person to tell me it’s okay to be who I am, she was there for me even if she has no idea I exist. She inspired me to be the best I can be and still inspires me to be a hardworking performer, and I want to have the same impact on people that she had on me. To be able to inspire people to be their fabulous selves and to live their truth just by being your unapologetic self, there’s no price for being able to feel that way.

Jodi Summer Unbridles A Synth-Pop Trilogy EP Dubbed 'Seasons of Summer'
Jodi Summer Unbridles A Synth-Pop Trilogy EP Dubbed ‘Seasons of Summer’

What are your friend’s and parents’ thoughts on your career in singing?
My friends are very supportive. I mean it would be weird if they weren’t, lots of them I met back at uni studying music with me or while gigging in Brighton where I currently reside. But yes, they’re all lovely people and they support me a lot, which is great when you have a lot of self-doubts haha.

To be honest there never were a lot of people sceptical about my singing. Might be my narcissism but I think I’m just decent enough and have enough passion for my work that believe in what I’m doing haha. With my family, it’s more tricky of course! My grandma originally wanted me to be in the field of maths and/or physics, which I did study until turning 17.

Needless to say, moving out to another country and completely switching my field of study from that to music, she wasn’t very pleased. Add me starting doing a drag act to all of that and you’ve got a recipe for trouble.

Thankfully recently things have been looking a bit better since she seems to be liking my content online, no matter the amount of makeup I have on my face, only complaining about how skinny I am. Some things you can’t change in a grandma, am I right?

What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
The biggest one is definitely myself. When you make art, there’s always this personal connection between you and your creation, and with that connection comes a whole lot of self-doubt and pressure.

With people like me, it’s even worse cause I don’t just sing. With Seasons of Summer, I was responsible for writing the lyrics, making the music, producing, mixing and mastering it all and making sure I’ve got enough promotional material, among many other things. It can be nerve-wracking, putting so much effort into something so personal and displaying it for the public to see and critique.

How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
Well, it definitely made it harder to make money off of music alone with streaming, so there’s that. More seriously, for independent artists, it definitely opened a whole new avenue of possibilities.

You don’t need to be a world-famous singer with a whole team behind you to have your song played all across the world. You’re able to share your work online on social media and anyone can listen to it.

Although let’s be fair, this sounds much easier than it is. At the end of the day, because sharing your music has become so easy, the internet is oversaturated with the music of various quality, so it’s up to you to make it good enough and interesting enough for people to like it, and to find a way to get as many people to listen to it as possible.

What I’m trying to say is, that the internet has given us new opportunities and new challenges, and we are the ones who need to face them and find the right solutions.

Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
Save every single idea you’ve got. Record it, write it down, notate it, and just have it saved somehow so you can remember it for later. You won’t know how great an idea could be until it’s put into the project no matter if it’s a lyric, a hook melody or a drum pattern.

I came up with a lot of stuff for Seasons of Summer while at my day job and recorded it for later because I don’t trust myself to remember it. I didn’t like all of my ideas, but some of them I was able to transform into parts of the finished product, like the vocoded hook melody of Curtain Call.

And even if you don’t use those ideas, it’s better to have too many of them than not enough. SO just save the darn thing

What is your current project about?
During my last year in middle school, I got a huge crush on one of my friends. Because he was straight, it was not meant to be but a heart wants what it wants so I ended up obsessing over him until eventually confessing and getting rejected by him.

I’d say Seasons of Summer is a play in three acts depicting that part of my life. Describing different aspects of that situation, like our friendship, my true feelings towards him and the rejection, I can finally fully express this quite depressing time of my life and give myself a long-needed closure.

What does this song mean to you?
Lap in particular holds a very special place in my heart. It’s one of those songs you write in 10 minutes, the feelings you have for the subject matter are so strong that the lyrics just write themselves really.

During the whole fiasco that was my crush for the guy, I was somewhat aware that he wouldn’t reciprocate my feelings. Sadly it was overpowered by the delusion of being young and believing in fairy tales, so I spent months daydreaming about the life we could have together.

That’s all the song is really about, me imagining the life that was never meant to be, the young innocent love I felt for this boy.

What are your hobbies?
Apart from doing music, makeup and dancing, I also love video games. Not the ones where you go online and get wrecked by 12-year-olds with much more free time on their hands to train, I mean single-player games where I can enjoy the story and feel like boss honey! I just find it very relaxing being able to chill once in a while with a controller in your hands kicking some cyber ass.

I actually tried to operate a gaming channel on YouTube a few times (I just love the idea of being famous somehow, even as a let’s player haha) but in the end, I figured out I would rather have one thing in my life I can do purely for fun and stress-free.

What do you do aside from this profession?
That’s slightly embarrassing but for my day job, I am actually a janitor! Guess being barely 2 years out of music uni doesn’t give you many options! But yeah, it’s just a job that pays the bills for me at the moment, I’m trying to balance that and my music endeavours hoping that one day I can switch to the latter more full time.

What is one message you would give to your fans?
First of all, down with capitalism. Second of all, keep following your passions! Even if you don’t end up getting to it, by having a direction you can still learn skills and meet people that can lead you to something else you will enjoy, maybe something better even!

MrrrDaisy is the Owner of Music Arena Gh.  As a graphic designer, blogger and social media expert, he is a confident and creative designer who is self-motivated, self-sufficient and comes to you with a strong background in both print and digital media. He currently lives and studies Digital Media at Nottingham College, United Kingdom.

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