Living On The 510HOME With Jay Doce

Jay Doce is a 23-year-old artist from San Francisco, California. He discovered his passion for music at a very early In his life, but it was when he turned 21 that he started recording professionally. He spent most of his life living in the east bay 510 area code.

The bay area made Jay see life differently and this shaped him in soo many ways, altering his pen game. He drew lots of inspiration from his daily interactions living there. Living in the Bay Area exposed him to a lot of different cultures and influences, and in turn, it helped influence his music for this project.

The EP is titled “51HOME” after living in the 510 area code in the East Bay. He  found his identity through those years, and his musical journey wouldn’t have begun if it wasn’t for living there

When asked about the 6 tracks EP this is what Jay Doce had to say about 510HOME

The tape begins with Ego, which is an introductory track about me and how I approach making music, when I’m on the mic I have a big ego. It’s my sound, I own it, and nobody can tell me different. Ridin’ plays off that, where it’s me riding through the city knowing nobody can check me and I’m always feeling on top. Seeing Double and Grey Goose are my personal favorites, where you let loose of the 9-5 lifestyle and get the group together to focus on one thing; letting loose and having a good time. Pacifist features a true Bay Area flow and cadence and is a warning to stay on the good side. Finally, OMENTOWN ends with my story of growing up. No hook, all bars about how I came up from a hand of cards I should have folded and turned that into an outlet for my emotions and how I was influenced by my extended family growing up. It’s far and away the most emotional on the project.

In a recent interview with Mister Styx of musicarenagh, Jay Doce delves deeper into his life and musical career. get the full story below

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What is your stage name:
My stage name is Jay Doce

Is there a story behind your stage name?

My stage name was originally going to be flashbangg, because I wanted to make music that’ll stun you and the extra G was just added on for flair. But when I started seriously recording, I took inspiration from my favorite number 12, since i always used to wear it playing sports. I made the connection that Doce rhymes with Jay and the rest is history.

Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration from my past experiences either in the Bay Area or just being out on the town in a night out. My lyrics are either about things I do, or manifestations of things I want to achieve and be known for doing. It’s kind of a speak it into existence mindset.

What was the role of music in the early years of your life?

Growing up my dad was always listening to music. He would go from country to Nickelback to some west coast rap like Dre and Pac. I didn’t realize how much it influenced me back then, but I would always write songs in my head and I feel I really learned how to convey emotion through each genre. I would always write these songs off the top of my head and perform them to my sister, it was pretty funny looking back.

Are you from a musical or artistic family?

Funny enough not really. I know I have a great uncle who made music and was known locally but as far as I know I never met him. I knew I was always creative but I would mostly just write. I guess just growing up and hearing music on the radio and with my friends influenced the creative process of music. But my family is actually super supportive of the music and clothing I do and that’s a huge plus for me.

growing up and hearing music on the radio and with my friends influenced the creative process of music

Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?

It was actually Vanni, one of my producers, friends, and collaborator on Number Nine. One day he just posted a beat he made, we started recording, and next thing you know I’m taking this music thing seriously.

How did you learn to sing/write/to play?

It’s actually pretty funny, I was always a detail oriented kid and would analyze beats, melodies and lyrics long before I ever recorded my first song. Once I was on the mic there was still the learning curve, but I settled in pretty quickly.

What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?

My first concert I can remember attending was Logic down at Shoreline Amphitheater in 2018. I’m 99% sure I saw Wiggles on Ice when I was maybe four years old. obviously don’t remember it but I’m sure they killed it, they always do. Shoutout Jeff.

How could you describe your music?

My music is a west coast influence with a modernized spin personal to me. More monotone flow and cocky lyrics.

Describe your creative process.

My creative process usually involves just sitting with a beat about three or four full loops. I love to feel it out, see what kind of mood I want to set and what kind of message I want to deliver. After that the hook usually comes pretty easy and it’s a matter of how to switch it up for the verses. I know people like to freestyle a lot to beats and see what sticks, I give it the more analytical approach.

What is your main inspiration?

My main inspiration to keep going is the potential to be something great. Performing shows is my favorite thing to do, and I’m too hungry to not always chase the bigger stages. I love making the music and I love how it sounds, I keep working for the potential for more people to realize the same.

What musician do you admire most and why?

There’s a few but the biggest one I can think of is actually Anderson .paak. Dude’s backstory is crazy and the guy showed major perseverance to get to where he’s at, not to mention his insane versatility. Hard work beats talent if the talent don’t work hard, but when you got both you get yourself a pretty inspirational career. One of my dream collabs too.

Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?

My style definitely evolved since I started recording. I used to play around with influx on my voice a lot, before I embraced the Bay Area music scene that inspired me and went more west coast. I’m not opposed to running it back to that and actually have plans to do so, but for now, I found my lane and I’m driving it down for as long as it’ll take me.

Who do you see as your main competitor?

My main competitor is easily myself. It’s pretty funny because, me outside music and me on the mic are two completely different people. You’ll always be second-guessing yourself, but the second I’m on the mic I remember why I’m doing this and how the other me has to stop worrying. It’s like a real-life Jekyll and Hyde situation.

What are your interests outside of music?

Biggest interest outside music is 100% fashion. I have my own clothing brand I opened up in 2020 called Jaxsoul. I love streetwear and wanted to make my own since I had all these ideas but nobody to feed them to, so I said let me do it myself.

If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?

Probably some boring 9-5 job to be honest. I’m already working on now just to support the music, so probably the same with a lot less passion involved

Probably some boring 9-5 job to be honest

What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?

I think the biggest problem so far has just been being able to commit to finishing projects and getting content out. You have to be active and out there if you’re creating, the more eyes the better. I finally started to get a grasp on that and have seen some pretty substantial momentum, so I just have to remind myself to keep it coming and get people the music and content in front of them.

If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?

I think a lot of artists try to make what’s popular versus what actually is true to them. you have to remember you’re delivering a message and the people who love it most are the people who relate to it. I also think if we had more resources for artists coming up that would really change the game. If I had a mentor when I first started that would have been super beneficial, this isn’t for the faint of heart either. You’re either active or you’re getting buried with the thousands of people trying to do the same thing you do.

What are your plans for the coming months?

I’ve got a lot more videos dropping. Pacifist and Grey Goose have videos lined up to come out soon and I can’t wait to share them with y’all. I have a new single titled “Vulnerable” which drops next month too, as well as another EP in the works, to come out early 2023 and a lot of shows in the Bay Area in the next few months.

Do you have any artistic collaboration plans:

Currently, I’m actually looking for some more collaborations, but I got some features I delivered for a few homies that may be seeing the light of day soon. Anyone who wants to collab I’m open to, just hit that email flashbangg… and send some of your work, if it’s a good fit we’ll get something special made.

What message would you like to give to your fans?

I just want to say thank you to everyone who has listened and to everyone who has shown love. My music is a personal reflection of who I am and when people reach out it means the world. Also make sure y’all hit me on the socials so you don’t miss any updates, @jaydoce on all platforms! There’s so much more on the way for everyone.


Mister Styx
Mister Styx
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