Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I would say writing music was more of something that I grew more into doing than just immediately start writing songs and creating music. It was about 5 years ago I started writing short lyrics straight from my head and made some chords out of it. I wish I could of recorded those ideas to look back how much I improved. It wasn't until 8th grade that I started writing full blown out songs. I had a girlfriend at that time and one of my friends in my class said I should write a song for her which I did. I named it "Forever More" to show that I love her with all of my heart. I would say that I could of and I can now do better at the recording and the editing process of the song. After that, I became inspired to write more songs and even albums.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Define crazy! There are a lot of crazy things that have happened in my music career performing and recording-wise, but I would say that the most one of all is when I performed "Free Bird" by Lyrrrnd Skyrrnd at a talent show in my sophomore year of high school with over 500 people watching, screaming, cheering, and shouting my name. I actually had to wait a bit for the crowd to quiet down because they were so loud.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Honestly, finishing my song "Away" and releasing it as well as being featured on AVA Live Radio, Amazing Radio, and even WNIR has been the highest point this year so far. This is the third year of my career as a music artist and I'm excited to see what this year has to offer. The song really took a while for me to finish because I was using an instrument I wouldn't usually play on.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
When I write songs, I prefer to go somewhere peaceful and quiet outside where I can breathe in fresh air and glance at the trees that are just going with the wind that's blowing through the air. That's where I can clear my mind and focus on the title, what I'm going to write, and the overall theme of the song. I ask myself basic questions like "is it going to be a sad song, a happy song, an angry song, a romantic song, or a cool song?". From there, I imagine the whole song being sung in my head as I'm writing and even coming up with chords and melodies. I often do chords then melodies because I find it easier that way since I can focus on that particular key. Sometimes melodies come up in my head then a chord progression. It's weird how my brain works half the time.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I believe that the biggest challenge would be that indie artists face today is how to get started with doing live shows again after almost 2 years of isolation from the pandemic. A lot of places have opened up again which some still have social distancing requirements due to cases going up and down and a new variant that might lead some problems. Getting started with the business side of things and promotion is what I hear a lot from indie artists today as well.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why? I would definitely share the stage with none other than Bruno Mars. I have at least 5 songs in the back of my head that I know well enough to sing along and jam out. Mars has been a huge part of my inspiration and musical taste. I could go on and on about how great his music and voice are. His latest album with Silk Sonic is just as classy as the good ol' R&B but with a touch of a modern feel.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show? Practice, practice, practice! Whenever I'm about to record something or perform live, I would practice the song line by line and focus on the parts that I stutter or mess up. I make sure I'm warmed up and well-rested to avoid any strain it phlegm that might build up while I'm singing. Also, water and taking a bite of an apple have been a great help in keeping my voice moist and clear. When playing guitar, piano, bass, and/or drums, I would start playing to get back the muscle memory or to keep it and play some exercises and backing tracks so when I'm ready to perform, there's less chance of me messing up on a certain chord or note. With stage fright, however, I pay attention to what and how I'm playing without actually seeing the audience. It helps me think that I'm performing by myself and not to hundreds of people.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it! I would say "I Want To Be" was the greatest challenge to write because I had to write, compose, arrange, edit, and publish the song in a few days. It was for a class project I did last year that explain what hopes and dreams I had for the future as well as the struggles I had in the past. Had to really put myself out there and be a little bit vulnerable. Luckily, it was worth it!
What's coming up in the future? Great question! I actually have four more songs I'm going to release. Then, I'm going to be releasing an album called "Life Beyond Everything". Live performances and some huge projects I'm working on for a movie and a game are also coming out this year as well!
Tell us where fans can access your music. Website
About Javiere Inniss
Javiere Inniss is a self-taught musician, producer, and singer/songwriter who creates music inspired by artists such as Coldplay, Jack Johnson, and Bruno Mars. In his songs, Javiere talks about his dreams, goals, struggles, and past experiences for his audience to relate to and share positive messages. Known for his energy, the majority of his releases are powered with exciting Rock, Indie, and R&B songs such as the funk-styled Train Wreck as well as some softer songs like I Want To Be that are calmer to listen to and vibe.