21st October 2022
Interview: Amy Bell
A pioneer in the Boston dance music scene, Dr. Jaymz has just released his new single, ‘All To You.’ Dr. Jaymz is inspired by artists including Tiesto, David Guetta and Calvin Harris, and he has been played on radio stations across the UK, US and Europe. ‘All To You’ draws inspiration from Dr. Jaymz’s philanthropic experiences, including providing education for young people in India and relief work in Pakistan. I interviewed Dr. Jaymz to learn more about ‘All To You’ and what music means to him.
‘All To You’ draws inspiration from your philanthropic work - how have these experiences changed you and shaped you as a person?
Having been involved in Christian ministry and philanthropy for over 20 years, I have come to realise the plight of people’s struggles, brokenness and depression. Hence, I wanted to produce a song with a strong message of hope that can refocus the listener from their situation to a saviour - Jesus.
What do you hope that your listeners will take from this song?
I hope this song teaches people how to pray. The music video conveys the story of people going through different problems, i.e., financial debt, broken relationships, alcoholism and depression. But as they call upon Jesus in prayer, the message of the song is that God can turn their problem into praise.
‘All To You’ has a very upbeat, positive sound which complements its uplifting message perfectly. How did you craft this sound?
The sound designs were chosen to take people on a journey from despair to hope. For example, the rumbling sub bass in the verses are quite dark, depicting a depressive mood. But in the build/pre-chorus, the bass disappears, conveying the idea of breakthrough, leaving just the silky guitar licks. Finally, the chorus/drop introduces a danceable beat with immersive synths, creating a mood of praise and hope.
Following on from that, what came first - the lyrics or the beat/production?
With this song, the beat/production came first. Once we got this right with all the mood changes, the lyrics followed.
Music is such a powerful force for bringing people hope and connection. What songs have helped you get through a tough time in your life?
In my downtime, I listen to a lot of contemporary Christian Music. The lyrics are focused on Jesus and worship. The reason I like worship music so much is because it takes my eyes from the problem to the solution.
What do you think is the most rewarding part of being a musician?
My reward is not in entertaining people, or creating fame or fortune. It’s about transforming lives. If I can change the eternal destiny of just one soul, I would be happy.