“My life is pretty incredible and I’m very, very fortunate. My friends, my family, my fans – all those people make my life so fun.” - Jay Sean, on being appreciative of every part of his journey.
“There’s a lot of dark stuff that you can focus on but there’s a lot of good too in this world, and in people, and there are good things to smile about,” - Jay Sean, on not being afraid to explore life's positives through his music.
“At the end of the day you’re only as hot as your last song or your last hottest album, and then you can easily be forgotten." - Jay Sean, on being modest and grounded because you never know what's around the corner.
April 17, 2010. By Jordana Borensztajn.
Jay Sean’s approach to music makes him one of a kind. Unlike thousands of artists who thrive off making music that feeds on the world’s negativity, anger and intensity, Jay Sean grabs hold of the memorable moments and shares them with the world.
Both of Sean’s recent chart-topping smash hit tracks “Down” and “Do You Remember” explore love, hope and other feel-good emotions that a lot of artists are too afraid, insecure or vulnerable, to sing about.
“There’s a lot of dark stuff that you can focus on but there’s a lot of good too in this world, and in people, and there are good things to smile about,” Sean tells Nova during his visit Down Under for Supafest. “It’s not hard to take the small things and appreciate them.”
While it’s difficult to imagine Sean doing anything other than music, being a worldwide urban pop sensation wasn’t always on his cards. Not too long ago, Jay Sean was 2.5 years through a medicine degree, which he gave up when his music career took off.
“I can’t imagine being in school, with books, revising for exams now, knowing the madness I’ve seen around the world. This is what fate had written for me,” he explains. “But being able to spread positive vibes and make the world a better place by just being able to be a good person in society is a role that a doctor plays, and a role that people like myself can play if given the opportunity.
“Music can heal people too. I know it can because a lot of people write to me and some of the letters are pretty heavy. And I’m like ‘Wow, one song got you through that?' That’s pretty incredible.”
Over the last 12 months, Jay Sean’s music has touched people (and climbed onto the charts) in more than 12 different countries. Despite being in demand in multiple countries, Sean is impressively – and surprisingly – modest. He tells Nova that he never takes his success for granted and doesn’t ever intend on resting on the laurels or accolades that have come his way.
“At the end of the day you’re only as hot as your last song or your last hottest album, and then you can easily be forgotten. And that’s something a lot of people need to understand when fame comes really quickly. It’s lucky, the fact that I’ve been doing this for a long time. I’ve been doing it for seven years and it’s my third album. You just have to take the good with the bad and just enjoy the ride,” he explains.
“My life is pretty incredible and I’m very, very fortunate. My friends, my family, my fans – all those people make my life so fun.”