Backstage Pass: Raycee Jones

Backstage Pass: Raycee Jones
Backstage PassMarch 9, 2018

Sofar Sounds is a global community of music lovers. Not only do our artists perform in cities all over the world, but they also hail from those cities, specialize in distinct genres, and perform on stages unlike any you’ve seen before. Giving our musicians a unique platform to share their music with others breaks down the barriers between the bands and our guests that once existed in live music. In turn, what is created is the special connection between artist and listener that is the basis of our community.

We’ll keep getting you up close and personal with artists from our community in our new interview series, Backstage Pass.

Meet Raycee Jones! A crowd favorite at Sofar NYC shows, Jones is a skilled vocalist and versatile writer. She is above all else an artist who commands attention.

Describe your music in 5 words or less: Emotional, Playful, Female, Connected, Melodic.

What’s your weirdest show experience?: One time a guy I briefly talked to on Tinder was in the back of the room at a Sofar show. We both pretended we didn’t know each other. He introduced himself and I turned into the awkward thing I become in those types of situations, and went along with it. It was a very weird feeling - dating apps are the strangest thing to me. I had this vision of walking into a Sofar room and it being full of Tinder matches! So, then I was like “oh hell naw!!!!”, and I went home and deleted the app.

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote: When I was in 3rd grade I used to take songs that I liked on the radio, and change the lyrics. In my mind, it felt like I was writing my own song. My first one was to the melody of “My Boo” by Ghost Town DJs. It’s wild that that song had a resurgence in 2016, I was writing to it when I was a baby! From there I filled a notebook of lyrics over the years, not really paying any mind to it because it came so naturally. I’d write lyrics and draw lines (think patterns on a heart monitor) to remember the melody since I had no clue what musical notes even were! I never stopped writing, and I always loved that I drew what looked like heart beats all over my notebooks.

What can we expect from you in the future?: New music, and surprises! I’ve got a lot up my sleeve. There’s so much exploration of myself to do, and I feel like my journey is just beginning. I’m trying to take my time and execute my music so that it has meaning and resonates more. I think that’s where I’m at in life. I just want to wake up and go to sleep and say “what I’m doing means something and is special”. So please stay tuned for the future thingz!

What is your favorite thing about Sofar Sounds?: The connection. It’s unbelievable how lost you can become in a crowded music venue. Both the listener and the artist. You sing, people enjoy it, they say “great job!” and walk out. And that connection is over. Sofar Sounds has so much more of an ability to reach each other with a lasting effect. You know, have a real conversation with someone who was just inspired by my music - there’s power there! That’s equally as inspiring to me. Say thank you, ask where they’re from. Talk about each other. It becomes the partnership that it should be. Listener & Artist are both equally important to the other, and Sofar not only allows that relationship to flourish, but encourages it to.