Looking for your next musical escape? JUICYPEAR’s new single “Keep Your Love On” is your ticket to a whimsical paradise where the symphonic vibes keep you sane- a notion lost in the chaos of 2020. Jacob and Jasmine Mayeda, signed by the incredible label AESTHETYK, are duet partners both in JUICYPEAR and in life. The couple has not only just released their newest single, but they’ve also blessed us with a lyric and music video. The music video provides a picturesque setting where the group performs on a stunning beach. But the magic doesn’t stop there. Shots of Emmy award winning actress Marci Miller rollerskating, accompanied with jovial animations, exude the care-free intentional atmosphere of the song. We had a chance to speak with JUICYPEAR and learn more about how this masterpiece of a song came to fruition.
BTS: Tell us about your relationship with music.
JUICYPEAR: How much time do you have? haha. I (Jasmine) loved music since the day I was born. Music was a part of my upbringing. My parents are music lovers and so they filled our house with it. My mom tells me that I could sing before I could talk. I would hum and mumble inaudible words to the radio playing and when I started to talk I would run around the house singing my favorite Disney songs or make up songs during bathtime. Music has always been a part of my life. But I would say I didn’t start getting serious about music till I was in high school. My sophomore year my dad taught me a few chords on the guitar and it was that year I wrote my first song. But I didn’t always feel good enough to take it to the next level. So I would say my relationship with music is a complicated one with many ups and downs but all I can say now is that I am so blessed to have been paired with someone like my husband Jacob who encourages me to keep going and learn all I can.
Jacob’s relationship with music is a bit more straightforward. His love of music started at a young age too his mom grew up playing guitar and singing and introduced Jacob to it. Being homeschooled before high school Jacob would hurry to finish his math work before noon so that he can sit and practice his gutiar before all his friends got home from school. When Jacob was 12 years old he heard Queen for the first time on the radio and later burst into his house and asked his mom frustrated “why the heck have you not showed me this music before?” Music was not as accessible back then to a child as it is now with streaming and Youtube. It was a love of classic rock from then on and in High School, Jacob would compete with his friends to see who could learn a Guns and Roses solo the quickest. He entered contests and joined the school jazz band and “wowed” the ladies with his charm and chops. Jacob went on falling in love with Jazz music and guitar and transferred to USC’s Thorton School of Music and received his Bachelor’s degree in studio jazz guitar. Jacob would, later on, join numerous bands, help friends write & record music projects and albums. When Jacob and I got together we knew we would have to start some kind of music project together given our passions and talents, hence JUICYPEAR was born.
BTS: What is the inspiration behind this song?
JUICYPEAR: What many songs are inspired by. Love and relationships. It’s not always about the butterflies and the extravagance but it’s about being honest and real and kind and trusting each other. Keeping your love on towards each other especially when you don’t feel like it. That love is what conquers all things. And it is that love that keeps you feeling connected and safe to keep growing and building your lives together.
BTS: What do you want viewers to know before listening to your music?
JUICYPEAR: We would want them to know that we are just a couple of people who love music, love to create, and love to keep things real. We feel honored that people would listen, watch, and connect with our music and our visuals.
BTS: What does your songwriting process look like?
JUICYPEAR: Our songwriting process looks different every time but mainly it starts with a concept, an idea, normally taken from what we are experiencing at the moment in our life or what we are currently learning. We sit down with our beautiful producers and we hash it all out. We really want to understand what we’re saying before we start to say it in lyric form. Jacob usually has a sick guitar lick or line he has been playing around with and we record that piece first and then we are off to the races. It is pretty much that simple. I think that is the beauty of working with open and creative people and allowing the collaboration to really release something new and fresh.
BTS: Who are some of your musical inspirations?
JUICYPEAR: We have answered this before and we usually say people like Emily King, Bruno Major, and Lianne La Havas. And those are all still very true. I think we have come to love more pop influences like Dua Lipa and Justin Bieber even people like The Weekend and Pharrell Williams.
BTS: How would you describe your signature sound?
JUICYPEAR: I think we came up with “Future Disco Pop” it is a little retro and familiar and yet it is fresh and unlike anything you’ve ever heard before. We like to think it’s sunny and lighthearted kinda like a sunset drive down the California coast.
It is evident through hearing this duo speak that the authenticity of their sound is palpable. “Keep Your Love On” needs to be on your next road trip playlist. We are so excited for the future of this group as they provide the bright energy we all need right now.
Make sure to check out their lyric and music videos on Youtube. Stream “Keep Your Love On” on your preferred streaming service here. As always, follow Beyond the Stage to keep up with the latest music news.
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