At the Bar with Jasmine Nichol
Patrons will recognize Miss Jasmine Nichol as the spitfire guest rapper from Tia Ferrera's single "Keep it Movin'". Miss Nichol is actually a chanteuse and songwriter in her own right, with a distinctive musical and visual style. It was a great opportunity to have her at the Bar.
Miz Jasmine…it is such a pleasure to have you at the Bar. What are you sippin’ on?
Yes, thank you for having me. This bar is pretty dope, let me add :). I’m sipping’ on jamey x ginger. The perfect combo for a great evening. My alter ego Gypsy J comes alive in the night time.
I discovered your work while interviewing the beautiful Tia Ferrera. Once I heard you rap, I Googled you. From there I went to your site and from there your YouTube channel, where I sat in awe and watched one video after the other. How long have you been professional involved in music?
Wow, I love how you found me. Tia Ferrera and I are sisters at this point so I know her telling you guys about me was going to end in a dope experience. I’ve technically been in the industry since 2012, it’s 2014 now so it hasn’t been very long but I’ve been singing since I was 10 In high school I was in my school choir, Story & Song. We would singing an array of joints from broadway tunes to traditional latin music. It was amazing, this is when I started to learn my voice more and play with it in different ways.
Your voice is flawless. Do you have formal training?
Awwww, thank you. Yes, when I was 12 I started taking vocal lessons until I was like 16. after that it was sporadic, up until now even. My last vocal coach was Margo Leduc out in Fremont, CA. But all throughout high school I was formally trained by Marcus Klinger during my time in Story & Song. Now I just take everything I’ve learned and practice on my own everyday.
I also enjoy your lyricism. It’s so fluid and moving. What inspires your writing?
I get inspiration from anything and everything, everywhere really haha. I love to pull from not only own experiences but the experiences of others. I’ve always had a love for writing. I’m still in college right now attending Sacramento State, GRADUATING SENIOR might I say, i’m sure that has a lot to do with it as well lol. I just like to see how far I can go with it and how deep I can get into it, it’s an art all its own.
I kept trying to figure out your style. It’s like I hear jazz, soul, blues, and this almost trippy rock overtone, all in your voice. Who are your influences?
Yeaaaah, I now realize that I’ve created a genre for my self that I titled "Hippie Soul". It’s a combination of my soulful influences such as Aretha Franklin, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and Ella Fitzgerald, mixed with my “hippie” influences like The Beatles, Bob Marley, and Jimi Hendrix. My music has a hip-hopish sound as well and that stems from my love for 2pac, Biggie and The Roots. I can go all day about all the music and artists that influence me, LOL.
By the way, you are a gorgeous, voluptuous goddess—straight up. I love, love, love your style. How do you describe your fashion?
*blush face* Why thank you. The only way to describe that is boho chic. I genuinely just wake up and put on whatever the hell I want and run with it, and if people like it cool, if they don’t…who fxckin’ cares. I was working with Keia Mae out her win Sacramento for a while and she styled me for everything but I like to just wake up and pick a G-ass outfit to put on you know. It’s easier that way.
If you were describing “Hippie Soul” to a complete newbie, how would you explain it to them?
I simply would say that I embody it, from my attire, to the way that I speak (futuristically, geared towards change, peace and freedom), to the way that my music sounds and what my lyrical content is based on. I huge on LOVE and SELF-LOVE at that. Hippie Soul is what I harbor inside of me. I’m just a free, soulful spirit looking to share my craziness with the world, LOL.
How often do you get to perform live?
I get to perform live quite often. I post all my show info on my website.
What’s it like performing live? How do you book gigs? How does the audience response?
Performing live is a different experience every time. It’s riveting, electrifying, nerve calming, euphoric, all those adjectives that are used to describe something amazing! I’m big on energy, so the vibe of the crowd has a lot to do with each individual experience as well. No matter what, I feel like I’m home. As far as booking gigs goes, I have an amazing manager Chaez Boswell that does all the dirty work for me. Thus far with my performances the audiences have been very receptive of the music and love it just as much as I do.
You coming to Houston anytime soon?
Eyyyy, H Town. Nothing planned as of yet, but I definitely plan to be all up in the South!
Let’s talk some tracks. I love “The Fantasy”. I love the vocals and the visuals. What was the driving inspiration behind that song?
Honestly, that song came out so randomly. I was in my living room and I was listening to “Dream To Me” by Dom Kennedy and I just kept thinking I should remix this beat because it was too ill. So I did. The whole time I was writing it I was thinking of 90’s Mariah Carey, as in Dream Lover, Fantasy, etc. I just channeled that emotion to the track both lyrically and melodically in certain ways. That will forever be one of my favorite tracks.
So, Miss “Hippie Soul” (love that term!!!), I noticed the debut video on your Vevo channel is for “hippie turnUP”. What inspired that track?
"hippie turnUP" was inspired by my friends and I and how we party. I hang around a lot of eclectic individuals that stand for something and have values and different outlooks on life, however when we do get together, we turn up. So this joint is literally based on one night at a friend’s kickback. Real organic like, LOL.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently just working on promoting the music I’ve already created and released. My two projects, Ain’t Nothin’ Like Ya First Time and #NoE still haven’t been heard by so many so I’m working on making that happen by doing more shows outside of Sacramento such as The Bay (where I’m PROUD to call my home) and L.A. I’m also working closely with Tia Ferrera; she is finishing up her project. No release date yet but I can tell you it’s going be EPIC. I’m also doing features here and there so be on the lookout for those on my social media sites.
When you were featured on Tia Ferrera’s track, you spit a little rhyme. Have you considered doing an all hip hop album (a la Jasmine, of course)?
Yeah, actually my next project is definitely going to showcase my other talent as well. When I do spit, it’s always on a more eclectic or conscious side if you will, so I’ve been working hard and figuring out how to best incorporate that in my brand.
If you could collab with anyone, who would it be and why?
This is one of the most asked questions I’d have to say, LOL. My answer always changes each interview because I go through waves of inspiration when I listen to certain artists and their work. Right now I’d have to say I’ve been hooked on Kid Cudi, John Legend and Isaiah Rashad. I’d love to work with anyone of these artists.
What’s in store for the great and beautiful Jasmine Nichol?
What is in store for me is big move to LA with Tia Ferrera actually during the summer. Also I’ll be going on a promo run to promote my music because so many people that not been blessed with my words. I have 2 major shows coming up that I’m excited for, IamSu! on March 23 and Travis Garland on March 29th. The world shall expect new new music from me by the end of the year.
Miss Nichol, thank you again for doing this.