Jai!

With an in­ter­na­tional tour kick­ing off and new mu­sic drop­ping, things are hot­ting up for Jai Waetford.

Girlfriend - - GF UP FRONT -

HEY JAI! HOW DOES IT FEEL TO LAND YOUR FIRST GF COVER?

I’m su­per, su­per, SU­PER happy. This is my first cover shoot, so it’s kinda sur­real still be­ing in the game and do­ing stuff like this.

YOU’RE ABOUT TO DROP SOME NEW TUNES. HOW HAS YOUR MU­SIC EVOLVED SINCE YOUR 2016 AL­BUM HEART MILES?

My sound has changed so much since then, but re­leas­ing Heart Miles made it eas­ier for me to know where I wanted to go. The new mu­sic is more R&B slash pop, and there’s more mean­ing be­hind the lyrics. I just turned 18, so I’m ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a lot more now and try­ing to pull from that. I’m ex­cited to see how peo­ple re­act!

YOU’VE JUST AN­NOUNCED AN AUSSIE TOUR! WHAT CAN WE EX­PECT?

It’s my first head­line tour ever, which is ex­cit­ing! The shows will be at smaller venues coz the mu­sic has an easy lis­ten­ing vibe. I can’t wait to per­form the new ma­te­rial.

YOU’RE ALSO DO­ING SOME IN­TER­NA­TIONAL SHOWS THIS YEAR. TELL US MORE!

It’s a big global tour through Asia, Eu­rope and the US. I did it last year and it was men­tal. We did about 12 coun­tries through Asia, and at ev­ery show there were hun­dreds of peo­ple and crowds of girls – it was the cra­zi­est thing!

YOU SUP­PORTED LIT­TLE MIX IN 2015, WERE THE BAND FUN TO HANG WITH BACKSTAGE?

Our dress­ing rooms were next to each other, so we al­ways crossed paths in the hall. They’re the sweet­est girls – they would al­ways say “hello” and come in to chat. It was cool to talk to them in a re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment – I mean, th­ese girls are su­per­stars, but they were so down-to-earth.

WAS SELENA GOMEZ A TOTAL SWEETHEART WHEN YOU SUP­PORTED HER RE­VIVAL TOUR LAST YEAR?

Yeah, she’s so nice and wel­com­ing. We spent time hang­ing with her and tak­ing pho­tos, talk­ing about her time in Aus­tralia and how ex­cited she was for the rest of the shows. She spent so much time that she didn’t need to and I re­ally re­spected that.

WHAT WOULD WE FIND ON YOUR TOUR RIDER?

Nan­dos and Skit­tles are my two things. It has to be a half chicken and chips!

WE HEART YOUR YOUTUBE CHAN­NEL. WHAT KINDS OF VIDS CAN WE EX­PECT WHILE YOU’RE TOUR­ING?

Col­lab­o­ra­tions are gonna be a big part of it! I’ll try to be cre­ative with other peo­ple and vibe off them. I’ll see what peo­ple like – if you reach out to your fans and see what they want, that’s when YouTube is suc­cess­ful.

DO YOU GET THE CHANCE TO GO OVER TO THE US MUCH AND HANG OUT WITH YOUR BAE CARRINGTON?

Re­cently, I flew over for the week­end to try and be a good boyfriend. *Laughs* I think now we’re get­ting to the mu­sic side of things, it’s gonna be pretty in­tense. But we’ve done the long-dis­tance thing be­fore.

DO YOU EVER LOOK BACK ON YOUR FETUS VIDS AND CRINGE A BIT?

I filmed one re­cently re­act­ing to old videos and I was like: “What is this kid do­ing!” But I’ll ap­pre­ci­ate it in a cou­ple years time when I can see this is where it all started. I feel like mu­sic is prob­a­bly the only way I can truly ex­press my­self, but I can’t go re­leas­ing songs ev­ery day. Videos and so­cial me­dia help me keep in con­tact with peo­ple and let them know what I’m do­ing.

WHAT AD­VICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNG ARTISTS WHO WANT TO GET THEM­SELVES OUT THERE?

Be­lieve in your­self. A lot of what you do when you’re first start­ing off is build­ing up the will to ac­tu­ally trust what you do and that you’re good. There’s a dif­fer­ence be­tween be­ing cocky and con­fi­dent, and my tip is to back your­self and have a good sup­port base that you can fall back on if things aren’t go­ing the way they should.

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