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jame minogue: Rising Pop/R&B Star Talks New Music, Career, Growing Up in North Jersey, & More

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Meet Rising Latin Pop/R&B Star

Coming a long way from small town Perth Amboy in North Jersey, a city with no considerable outlets, opportunities, or platforms for one to artistically to express themselves, jame minogue’s longtime determination has given him the strength to overcome every obstacle that has stood in his way from becoming an artist.

After dropping out of college to fully pursue a career in music, jame minogue has since been crafting his sound, a blend of indie, synth-pop, funk, and R&B, and carving out his piece in today’s music scene. Since entering music professionally, jame minogue has gained popularity through songs like “Hace Mucho,” “If It Hurts, Then Let it Go,” and a collaboration with KORDELYA on “Hear Me Out”, among others. Now, the Los Angeles based artist has just released the second single from his upcoming sophomore EP Príncipe Azul (Prince Charming), called “Tu Me Ha Cambiado”.

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Photo Credit: Camila Noriega

“Tu Me Ha Cambiado” [You’ve Changed Me]

Today, genre-defying Dominican-Irish artist jame minogue continues to redefine global pop with the release of his first ever Spanish love ballad “Tu Me Ha Cambiado” [translates to You’ve Changed Me). The Bossa Nova inspired offering, according to the artist, “explores the transformation that happens when you accept what love is and all of the beautiful delicacies that come with it.”

The innovative production by frequent collaborators Omar Tavarez (Pitbull), Mark Pelli (MAGIC!) and jame himself evokes the feeling of falling in love for the very first time, combining elements of soft samba and smooth Spanish guitar as he sets the scene for a youthful celebration of romance.

The theme of nature throughout his lyricism speaks to jame’s idea that love is not only universal, but a part of nature. With clever lyrics like “Nos conocimos bajo una roca / Y que gran belleza, nunca la nota(we met under a rock / you’re so beautiful and yet you fail to notice it), jame is describing the experience of falling for someone. “[Falling in love] feels like you’re in your own little world isolated from everyone and everything else,” he explains.

The single is accompanied by a visualizer directed by Camila Noriega and shot by Paula Crichton, which sees jame and his lover at the beach, sharing a cake on a picnic blanket under the setting sun. This narrative is the antithesis of his highly praised single “Hate Being In Love,” the lead track from his forthcoming sophomore EP Príncipe Azul (Prince Charming). “Hate Being In Love” saw a playful jame sitting alone on a picnic blanket with a cake, wondering if his lover would ever arrive.

According to the artist, this is symbolic of his experience grappling with what he thought love looked like from a young, naive perspective, whereas in “Tu Me Ha Cambiado,” he has learned that love is something to be nurtured as he comes to terms with his raw emotions.

jame minogue – Tu Me Ha Cambiado (Visualizer)

Meet and Get To Know jame minogue

Kulture Vulturez: Breakdown what was it like growing up in Perth Amboy and how do you feel it impacted you into becoming the person and artist you are today?

jame minogue: Growing up in Perth Amboy was unique. The town is made up of mostly families from various Spanish speaking countries. We were ridiculed by neighboring towns and not given the same opportunities. However, getting by in a town with limited resources to the arts allowed me to find new and creative ways to devote myself to music. The constant budget cuts to the arts programs were never enough to kill the resilience of our music community. I’ve learned to push no matter what.

Kulture Vulturez: Growing up, was music or anything artistic and creative part of your life? Any signs during your childhood and adolescent years that would indicate you becoming an artist as you got older?

jame minogue: There was constantly a mix of Dominican music and Irish music playing in the house at all times when I was a kid. My sisters were also creative and liked to sing. When I was 6 years old, after watching some street performers play drums in NYC, I decided to give my life to music. I found some tree branches later that day and would constantly bang on pots and pans.

jame minogue – Hace Mucho ft. Chicocurlyhead (Visualizer)

Kulture Vulturez: What led and motivated you to pursue music on a professional level?

jame minogue: I was obsessed with MTV as a kid and so amazed to see artists performing for a living. I also loved how impactful music and culture could be for the soul. This solidified my desire to do the same and try to help others.

Kulture Vulturez: Explain your overall style of your music, and where does the inspirations in your music come from?

jame minogue: I’d say my music can sometimes be chill/sad and other times festive and rambunctious. I always try to blend in elements from traditional Latin music too. I’ve listened to so much Earth, Wind, and Fire, Julio Iglesias, Juan Gabriel, and Bee Gees lately.

Kulture Vulturez: Getting to this point as an artist, what have been some of your biggest obstacles since you began your career? With the ups and downs how do you persevere?

jame minogue: Some of my biggest obstacles have been entering this industry with zero connections and having under 20 bucks in my bank account way too many times. I’ve made it a priority to keep some amazing friends around me and to make better choices every day. I’ve worked a ton of crazy part time jobs but I’m finally starting to see some of the work pay off for sure. I just remember that if I want something great, it’s not gonna come easy.

jame minogue – Hate Being In Love (Official Video)

Kulture Vulturez: Breakdown your upcoming single “Tu Me Ha Cambiado”?

jame minogue:“Tu Me Ha Cambiado” is the finale of my upcoming EP, Principe Azul. It’s a song about meeting someone who changes you and the way you see love and the world. It’s also about accepting love and realizing that it’s a lot deeper than anything materialistic.

Kulture Vulturez: Your upcoming EP, Príncipe Azul, what is the concept or theme of the project?

jame minogue: Principe Azul is about deconstructing the myth of “Prince Charming”. It’s a journey that starts with a cocky/materialistic idea of love and transforms into a down to earth and emotional idea of love. The point is that there is no such thing as prince charming or principe azul.

Kulture Vulturez: What is next from you as an artist or anything else you would like to share?

jame minogue: Hopefully, I get to play these songs live and create a whole new experience with them. I’m also stoked for the visuals we’re cooking up and hope to be a soundtrack for somebody’s summer.

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