Jin Jin is a lady you’ll have been listening to but realising it.
Artist of the day 05/07: William.
She’s the songwriter behind Jess Glynne’s Hold My Hand, Little Mix’s manuscript lane Grown, Tinie Tempah’s Girls Like. She’s worked with Craig David, Sean Paul and David Guetta.
The music attention is a tough place for women, nonetheless Jin Jin is behind some outrageous hits and now wants to find the women songwriters of the future.
She got into songwriting almost by collision – as a child she’d hang out in her granddad’s reggae music shop.
Then one day she was given a tiny keyboard and ‘sort of fell into it’, duplicating the reggae greats by holding a cocktail strain and making it reggae, before starting to write her own stuff.
She complicated music tech. ‘I didn’t realize there was some-more than just being a singer. With music there are so many other careers,’ she says.
She’s teamed up with First Direct’s social media channels asking people to share their own strange lyrics (and the story behind them) to win a two day masterclass at a veteran London recording studio, with Jin Jin.
This seminar will take place over Saturday 29 Jul and Sunday 30 July, and all entries will be judged by Mobo.
What was the first strain you ever wrote?
There was one called What Do You Like About Me. It was super poppy.
When we was at college there was a speak and a man called Simon Aldridge came and he now works with PRS, before that he was with BMI, he came and told us about all the artists he works with. we asked if we could send him some stuff. Then we kept in hold and had a use event where we wrote that song.
How did you get noticed?
One of my good friends was doing work knowledge with Roll Deep’s manager at the time, so she pronounced she’d deliver me.
I went down to the studio in Cable Street in easterly London and there was about 15 guys on laptops, it was utterly intimidating. But they were so friendly, Wiley was there. They would have the kick personification and then one by one they would go up and separate like 16 bars and we was like ‘wow.’
Then they asked me to write a hook. The strain is called Do Me Wrong , that was my first release.
Do you write alone?
It’s very collaborative. we get really dreaming at home so we prefer to collaborate. we tend to always go in with artists and then we can take their stories and what they’re feeling and appreciate that and put it into songs. Then we can make it into a theme that can capture a wider audience.
They competence be like ‘my cat died last night’ and I’ll be like that’s really unhappy but maybe let’s not make that about the cat, let#s take the theme and make it a bit wider. It’s like being a counsellor!
You have to build a attribute as well. So maybe the first event isn’t about essay a large strain it’s about getting to know them.
What was it like operative with Little Mix?
I wrote Grow on Get Weird. They don’t always go into every session, but we always feed off the artist’s appetite and it was good having them in the room.
Then we could speak like ‘would the Mixers contend that’ ‘oh no they wouldn’t describe to that’ or ‘the Mixers would adore that’. They were so enterprising and fun and chaotic, and the vibe and the appetite was so good to have them there. we adore to have their celebrity in the room.
How does it feel being a lady behind some of these outrageous songs?
It’s so surreal. It’s something you could only dream of. It’s like it’s not really happening.
It’s one thing having an thought in your conduct and amatory what you do, then to demonstrate your thought and have someone adore it, and have listeners joining with it. It’s crazy. we haven’t got my conduct around it, like ‘are you sure?’
How can someone else get into it?
You have to live and breathe it, practice, file your craft. we sent Diplo a couple to something we did, and one day he followed me. we was so excited, this was the opportunity.
So we sent him a summary and we didn’t get a response. Then all we did we sent to him then one time we got a response it was like two years later.
Persistence works! Put yourself out there. Ask people to jam on Souncloud, Twitter, Facebook, collaborate.
You never know what you’ll come out with. Go to open mic nights. Reach out to other musicians. Network and be in the attention and set yourself goals. Put your singles out there. How will people know about you if you don’t?