Dance music front-runner Jonasu has made quite the impact on the music scene since his phenomenal breakthrough. The immensely talented multi-instrumentalist, producer and song-writer's music has amassed over two billion streams and four million monthly listens. He has no doubt become a very popular name within the dance music scene and his single 'Black Magic' has gained over four hundred million streams to date. After recently releasing his new single, 'Who Cares,' with the talented Alex Hosking, and an upcoming album release, he continues to go from strength to strength.
Here at The Lowdown, we had the opportunity to speak with Jonasu about his new single, how the track came together, how he initially got into music and much more. Keep reading to check out what he had to say!
You recently released your new single, 'Who Cares,' with Alex Hosking. How does it feel to get new music released?
"It is always super exciting to release new music! It's like letting your baby out in the open world. Of course I am happy, but at the same time, it's also exciting. I am nervous to see the feedback and response from people."
What was it like to work with Alex Hosking on the track?
"Alex and I have known each other for a couple of years. We've been writing a lot of music together. I love working with her. She is just so much fun and so creative. It's always a pleasure. She played me a sketch of the song. I loved the concept and idea of the song, so I started working on it. Everything then fell pretty quickly in its place, which we both really liked."
How long did the single take to come together, right from the initial writing stages?
"Good question! This song is quite old - I think around five years! It was done pretty quickly back then, but I was busy writing and producing for other artists and wasn't releasing my own music yet, so it took a while to start everything up. At the beginning of the year, I updated the production and gave it some finishing touches, which took a couple of days, and then it was finally ready to be released!"
Do you have a stand-out memory from the creative process of the formation of this track?
"I remember that my publisher loved the song when they heard the first demo and whenever someone asked something in the office, somebody would be like: 'Who cares?'"
With the immense success of your previous releases, most notably 'Black Magic,' do you feel an element of pressure when it comes to future releases?
"I'm not sure pressure is the right word, but there is definitely something like hope, that a new release has the same amount of success. I wouldn't even say expectation, but deep down, I hope to have a song as successful as 'Black Magic.' I do believe in all of the songs that I put out, but it depends on so many factors and timing for a song to become a big hit. I think nobody in the world understands how it really works!"
There have no doubt been some phenomenal career highlights for you to date, but if you were to pick one, what would it be?
"The BRIT Awards were a lot of fun. It was also very chaotic at times, but the red carpet and bumping into so many artists was just a lot of fun!"
Has music always been something that you have wanted to pursue from a young age?
"Yes - I still remember when I saw a drum kit for the first time. I was around five years old, and it just seemed so gigantic and impressive, that it could produce so many different sounds. From then on, I started banging kitchen pots until my Mum finally signed me up for drum lessons!"
Thinking ahead to 2023, are there any plans that you can tell us about? Can we expect more music releases?
"There is a lot of music coming, even this year. 'Who Cares' has been one single off my upcoming album that is set to come out on 9 December. Having my album come out is a big milestone for me and I can't wait! Right now, I am already working on new songs for 2023, so there will be plenty of new releases as well!"
Finally, do you have a message for everyone who supports you?
"Just a big THANK YOU! Honestly, it's the best reward to see fans resonate with my music. It's just so incredible to see that a song can travel so far and bring joy to people all over the world. Thank you so much for listening, coming to shows or sending me a nice message on socials. You're the best!"
Jonasu's single 'Who Cares' is out now and is available to purchase and stream through all major music purchasing and streaming outlets.
By Rachel Dempster