FUZZ Spotlight: Jolina Michelle
Representing FUZZ's home-base, Jolina from San Diego joins us to give a glimpse into her musical background, academic prow·ess, and 'gaze'-y aspirations.
"i loved singing karaoke and always wanted to be on a stage."
F: When did you know that music was more than just a thing to listen to for you? J: i think i've always known! even when i was a kid i loved singing karaoke and always wanted to be on a stage. F: Karaoke, the 8th Wonder of the World. What’s your go-to song?
J: i don't really know if i have one; i kinda just cycle through all the songs i know because my family only has the karaoke book with old songs haha F: Ahhh, which might explain the ‘Here Comes the Sun’ cover. Cool take on it, I feel like I’m waking up in the Milky Way galaxy. How’d that come together? J: thank you! it was actually an assignment i submitted as a final for a music history class (i'm a music major). my concept was creating this song and relating it to the pandemic, kind of reflecting on the bad days we've had but still watching with hope as things got better this year with the vaccine rollouts, just like people had used music in the past during similar situations (like the aids epidemic).
"i would love to be able to continue making my own music and performing as a profession, but i am planning on getting my teaching credentials so that i can always rely on that too."
F: Very cool. Ya it’ll be interesting to look back at this time and see how the general music tone will reflect the weirdness that has been the past 1.5 years. Think you did a great job reflecting that in your rendition. Teacher better have given you an A+!😠
So congrats on actually going to school for music. Do you enjoy it? Do you have an idea of what you’d like to do after?
J: haha thank you! and i do think i enjoy it a lot more than if i had forced myself into some other major/are of study i didn't really care about. i would love to be able to continue making my own music and performing as a profession, but i am planning on getting my teaching credentials so that i can always rely on that too.
F: Smart. So what brings you to FUZZ what are you looking for? Any thing in particular? And What’s been your experience up to now finding people to collab with during all this? J: i initially joined trying to find people to start a band with or a band to join in my area! i haven't had much luck with that yet, but i have had the chance to meet a lot of musicians from wherever - some of whom i will potentially be collaborating with!
F: Come on San Diego! Where you at!!?
I noticed you’re looking for a shoe gaze band. How would you describe that sound for readers who are unfamiliar? And who are some artists that you look up to in that genre? J: i actually only learned the term shoegaze recently, but from the songs i listened to that people recommended it sounded like exactly what i've wanted that i just never knew how to describe! i love the alt rock/indie genre, but i feel like i enjoy singing softer vocals with that kinda dreamy vibe in the music. my favorite shoegaze artist right now would probably be mazzy star. i also love "heaven or las vegas" by cocteau twins specifically, but i need to listen to more of their music!!!
F: Both great bands! Yes I can definitely see you rockin’ those out. My Bloody Valentine is another staple if you haven’t checked them out yet. And then Beabadoobee is a contemporary artist kinda giving it a revival.
That’s awesome though that it just clicked for you right off the bat. Sounds like you have a good handle on your sound and direction. What do you picture the ultimate goal being for music? It seems like the world has completely changed over the past year and half interns of what success looks like. What’s it look like to you?
"it sounded like exactly what i've wanted that i just never knew how to describe!"
J: for music in general, i'd really love live music to come back. it's been cool that artists have been finding so many things to do virtually & that's probably also made things more accessible to a wider group, but nothing really compares to live music. especially now that so many people have had the chance to explore their own creativity with making music, i think there could be a lot more new musicians in the scene!
F: Oh 100%, that's a good take. With the rush of creators on TikTok, I bet there's a bunch of people who never would have thought to take it seriously until now, and haven't even dipped their toes in the Live scene yet! Also eager to play live myself, so right there with you. I think we needed to step back though and appreciate it instead of the feeling of obligation it was posing before, the whole 'gotta keep playing shows' thing was draining and kinda lost it's magic. Now surely it will come back in a much more magical dynamic with all the digital spaces that have popped up. Do you have any shows lined up or still just focusing on the band search phase?
J: still just the band search phase! i'd love to do shows eventually though; i haven't performed non-ensemble since high school haha F: Well we'll be sure to keep tabs on you as you continue your journey, sensing big things ahead.... Thanks for chatting with us!
J: of course! thanks for having me :)