Hi Jace, welcome to DMC! Congratulations on the release of your new single ‘Star Signs’, how does it feel to have it out in the world?
Hi DMC! Thank you very much! It feels amazing. Star Sign is one song I can say I enjoyed creating. We all know that horoscopes are a huge taboo and I’m happy that people enjoy the song we created about it. I’m excited to see what happens with it and the thoughts around it.
For readers that may not be familiar with you yet, can you tell us a bit about yourself and your sound?
I’m Jace Heyman and I’m an artist, singer, songwriter and dancer. I initially released my debut song just before the lockdown and worked on my debut album during 2020. I work with a producer and a bunch of amazing songwriters who mentor me and teach me the music ways as well as working on my own songwriting styles. I am still finding my own sound the more I write but I would deffinetely call if a fusion of Pop, R&B, Caribbean, Afro and worldwide sounds.
How did the track come together for you, and which artists have inspired your sound so far?
I was having a mental block for a few weeks but one day on the way to the gym, I found a chord progression and sat in the car to come up with some melodies and words. I wrote most of it driving around and listening to the track. I came up with the first line “so much confusion” because I was genuinely confused as to why I couldn’t think of anything, and then it all came out. I send the idea to my producer, DG, and he instantly loved it. I sent him the vocals, he mixed the track and the rest is history. We also got Maez301 to jump on the track too, his verse is amazing and makes the track what it is now.
I listen to a variety of music but my main inspiration comes from the early 2000’s, especially Ne-Yo, Usher, Chris Brown and of course, the King, Michael Jackson. Their styles are similar yet so unique and that’s how I want to mould my artistry.
What does a typical day look like for you? We’d love to get an insight into your creative process when in the studio?
It can be different depending on who I’m working with and what I’m working on. I work with a producer from LA so most of the time we will be on the phone writing. We will stop the call for me to demo in my home studio and then call back to see how it sounds. That can be tricky but also so fun because it’s a challenge. However, when I’m at my home studio I always like to find some new, cool sounding YouTube beats, which I either use or send to DG for inspiration. I have a list on my notes of song titles and ideas so if I can’t think of anything I use those concepts. Most of the time melodies and words come in the moment, almost like you already knew what you wanted to do. I love to experiment with creating and all the different ways to get to the end song.
Any up and coming artists that you recommend we check out?
I have a few! I’m currently listening to Latenightjiggy who is a guy from Trinidad who mixes Spanish and English, which I absolutely love. I’m also listening to Zakhar, who went viral on Tik Tok. His music is amazing. Another artist I can put you on is Kennyon Brown. His vocals and R&B tone is to die for.
What else can we expect from you in the coming months?
I currently already have some ideas for my next album but that will take some time. I’m working on a small project for the end of the year to get in the spirit, and a nice few collaborations in the next few months. I am also performing at Island Summer Splash in Croydon in August, my first ever performance which I’m very excited about!
Finally, what are the big 5 tunes you have on repeat at the moment?
I have my On Repeat playlist here right now so I can tell you the order.