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