Chatterbox: Jahn Rome

Hey, tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Jahn Rome, and I’m a rapper and songwriter from Maryland. I define myself as having an honest and vulnerable voice in my music. And while making music is certainly cathartic for myself, it’s also really important to me that the music can help me make substantial connections with people who listen. We all have very different stories and backgrounds, but everyone has moments when they feel anxious, insecure or lonely. I hope I can add to the conversation around vulnerability in my own way.

Where did the new single come from?

When I sat down with my producer to hear the beat for “Pillowcase,” I immediately felt like it should be about love. But to be honest, I’ve mostly avoided talking about love and relationships in my music. Because I was worried about providing a fresh take on it, I got discouraged from writing about it. But after some time trying to brainstorm ideas, I realized that I should feel open to talk about what I’ve dealt with. Rather than trying to avoid cliches or common themes, I should first focus on writing authentically about myself. Even if it might not feel “fresh” to someone else listening, it was important to me to talk about my experiences in this way.

“Pillowcase” tells the story of a relationship lost but not forgotten. The lyrics don’t imply regret that the relationship ended, but instead it’s regret that the relationship went on too long. Sometimes, the best thing we can do is be honest about the fact that things aren’t working out. Even when I’ve known a relationship isn’t working out, I have a hard time being honest. Profound dishonesty in any relationship never ends well.

I was also very fortunate to have syl, an awesome singer and artist in her own right, feature on the track. She sings the chorus with me, contributing to the vibe I was going for.

Is there more content in the pipeline?

Definitely. I’m always working on music, whether it be writing, searching for beats, recording or creating cover art. There’s a lot I have ready to release, but all in due time.

What’s on the horizon for you?

While I definitely see myself as more of a conceptual, project-oriented artist, I recognize the power of releasing quality material often and consistently. For now, I want to share myself with my audience as often as I can. That being said, I plan to release a lot of new music on a consistent basis for the rest of the summer.

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Magdalena Papaioannou

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