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“This song is about a summer fling that I had as a sophomore with a senior guy. It’s the closest I’ve ever come to writing a happy song about a relationship because I was really into this guy, but super nervous because I knew it was probably a bad idea. ‘ – @ibbysings

Live Interview May 4 – 6:40pm et
Episode #320 : A.V.A Live Radio Behind The Music with Jacqueline Jax :

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/avaliveradio/2016/05/04/episode-320-behind-the-music-with-jacqueline-jax

Jacqueline Jax logo photoGETTING TO KNOW IBBY HAUSMAN
by Jacqueline Jax host of A.V.A Live Radio

I officially started music in…
8th grade when I bought my first guitar. I had been singing forever and writing various fragments of stories, so when I got my first guitar, I learned 3 chords and hit the ground running with songwriting. All of the ingredients had been there, but it took my guitar to really tie it all together for me.


11:11…
This song is about a summer fling that I had as a sophomore with a senior guy. It’s the closest I’ve ever come to writing a happy song about a relationship because I was really into this guy, but super nervous because I knew it was probably a bad idea. I wrote this song while on a road trip to Nashville with my Dad, so the references to Nashville came from those moments. I actually ended up getting sort of cheated on, so the ‘sequel’ song is “88 Keys” which is on the same album, to come out hopefully in August!

After writing this song…
I took it to the studio and played it for my producer who fell in love with it. Recording it was so much fun, because the song was initially just guitar vocal but it took such a cool shape in the studio and we created this whole vibe around the chorus. The harmonies in this song were probably my favorite addition, especially because my producers were trying to give me a harmony idea, so every time that specific lyric came around, he would stand up and sing it, which was always really funny. (Buy the song: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/11-11-single/id1073398199?ign-mpt=uo%3D4)

IBBY indie artist
My music is definitely very rounded…
in the sense that the styles vary from song to song. All of my songs tell stories (usually mine) but they all take on a different vibe. I think that can be attributed to the fact that I’m in love with country music, but my friends and I listen to Pop, I run to alternative music, and my grandfather introduced me to rock and roll when I was born.

As far as this album…
it’s a play-by-play of sorts for high school from the beginning of sophomore year to the end of junior year. I’m really lucky that the writing period spanned those years, because it’s super cool to hear my life told in sequence and how my perspectives changed on things. I’m going to try to keep all of the songs on the record in order of when they were written, so that my listeners can get a more realistic depiction of how it all went down, because I think that the most important thing about this album is that it’s all the truth, even it some of it’s a bit bitter.

I live just outside of Boston…
so the music scene is pretty good. Our local pub that usually has nightly music actually just closed, but I can always find live music in the city. I love to go to our local park and play music, and I also spend a lot of time running because I’m on my high school’s track team. If I’m not running or singing, I’m probably painting.

I think the music business is…
honestly luck of the draw. There are so many beautiful artists that aren’t as successful as they potentially could be. I’ve been reasonably lucky so far, and for that I’m very grateful. Success or not, I have complete faith in my music, so I’m just proud of what it’s becoming as is.

My favorite part of social media is…
that it allows me to connect with people from all over the world. I’ve had various conversations with people from China, Italy, Argentina, and Brazil, and I would never have been able to do that without social media.

I think releasing singles is…
a more exciting way to release an album for artists that are up and coming. Personally, I liked releasing singles because I got to talk with my fans about each song individually, rather than all 14 songs at once. I do plan on releasing the completed album by late summer, so that way I will have kind of done both!

I would absolutely love to have five minutes with…
either Ben Howard. He’s a lesser known artist from the UK, but I love his songwriting and his guitar style . I think his creativity is unmatchable and, if I could manage to not freak out, those 5 minutes would be so valuable to me.

I honestly don’t even pay much attention to what is “trendy” in music…
When I write, I’m choosing melodies and lyrics that match what I feel and the story I’m trying to tell, and I think the honesty and emotion that comes from that kind of songwriting will always have a home in popular music.

I am most afraid of the dark…
I don’t like not being able to see my surroundings and the dark does just that. It’s a pretty immature fear, but if you think about it, almost every scary situation that you’ve been in or have seen in a movie is either a) in the dark or b) 200000 times scarier in the dark!!!

My personal definition of success is…
accomplishing a goal that I’ve set. For example, my goal freshman year of highschool was to record an album, which I did. A lot of people confuse success with making money. I think that the two are only connected if the goal you set is to make money. Otherwise, it’s not necessarily an indication of success.

My number one goal overall for my whole life is…
to headline Gillette Stadium. It’s pretty steep, but I completely believe in it, and I can only imagine how rewarding the journey to Gillette would be, even if I didn’t make it that far.

I challenge myself in…
-guitar skills. I’m always looking for new ideas and patterns in chords, which overall improves the catchiness and quality of my songs.

-singing national anthems. The only instance that I get nervous before a performance is when I have to sing the anthem, so I do it as often as I can so I can push myself out of my comfort zone and become a better artist because of it.

-Auditioning for TV shows. I have been to a bunch of auditions, some successful and unsuccessful, where I basically have to put myself out there and take the criticisms and praises as they come. It makes me a stronger and more confident artist, and I firmly believe that everyone should do at least one big thing that subjects themselves to criticism every year because you grow so much from those experiences.

Social Media-
Instagram: @ibbysings
Twitter: @ibbysings

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