We caught up with Jehnniel to talk growing up in the Philippines, Cosmic space sound and the lush rhythms and dreamy vocals on her track ‘Sea Wolves’.

  • SALUTE: Where did you grow up Jehnniel?

I grew up in Southeast Asia in the archipelago of the Philippines. As you might have heard my country has 1,700 islands and to be exact I grew up in the Negros Island in the city of Bacolod.

  • SALUTE: What was it like growing up in the Philippines?

It is simple and yet very warm. The weather is humid and we love nature too much as we are enjoying some kind of a beach-life:) I grew up seeing tropical flowers and trees all around me such as coconut trees and palm trees etc. People are quite chill and most of them are quite content with a simple way of life.

  • SALUTE: How did you get started making music?

I use to write a lot of poems when I was in my teens, and then I decided to learn the guitar when I was 13 and so I turn those poems into something I can hum and sing to. Then I stepped up and decided to study music production where I studied at Islington Music Workshop for my HND and proceeded a degree at London College of Music University of West London and I just graduated this year.

  • SALUTE: What did you think of the degree at London College of Music? How has the degree helped you to develop musically?

Being surrounded with like-minded students and professionals that have the same interests as me has helped me realise my true full potential by getting involved in class activities and group module assignments.

  • SALUTE: What kind of music did you grow up with?

I grew up listening to all sorts of genres really knowing that I grew up in a compound composed of my grandparents, uncles and aunts and other cousins and with this includes my mom, dad, younger brother and younger sister. They all have their own tastes. But growing up I was drawn into alternative music and pop.

  • SALUTE: When did you write your first song?

When I was 13.

  • SALUTE: What gear do you use for recording and production?

I use Logic Pro X although I could play around pro tools a bit as well but with the tracks I am working at the moment I am more into Logic Pro x as my DAW. I am a Mac user and I use a Presonus Audio interface and a rodeNT1 mic. I recorded my track Sea Wolves in my room covering my self under a duvet cover to isolate the sound. I was pretty amateur at that time and made use of my knowledge in a very practical way. Recently I have been collaborating with another producer/engineer named Alberto Bianco for my EP and he is a Protools user so what we do is just transfer my logic audio files that I have started and run them on Protools. He has his own studio so it’s pretty handy as their studio has the outboard gears needed to make recording life easier.

  • SALUTE: Cool. what project are you working at the moment?

I am working on my EP and at the moment I have recorded the first track called Forever This Way. This song is set to be released next year with a one of a kind music video to match with. I will also be working on future events with the help of my manager Sumit Rehal.

  • SALUTE: What do you think of the SALUTE initiative and competition?

I think it’s very inspiring knowing that independent musicians like myself have an organisation like Salute who acknowledge the work of independent artists who are struggling to get their music out in the world. It is a very good opportunity for Music Makers, and for music aficionados for exploring new talents.

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