Jin Jin boasts a more interesting catalogue than the average early twenty something starlet. Whether she’s perfecting a melody on one of her own productions or creating a master piece for one of the many co-writes to land in her inbox, she has worked with some of music’s brightest stars.
Having discovered double number one artist Jess Glynne whilst at college, the pair, alongside producer Bless Beats set to work on the singers debut album. Working on Jess’s first single release ‘Home’ before she successfully signed to Atlantic Records, their relationship in the studio has left them in demand across the world of music.
Co-writing with Gorgon City, Fraser T Smith, Redlight and Switch recently as well as writing for Melissa Steele and Krishane, her growing success this year has put Jin Jin on the map on an international scale. Known previously for her work with Wiley and Roll Deep, Rascals and Dominique Young Unique, she finds her voice in the heart of the matter.
The late nights and early mornings have also seen Jin Jin write with the Picard Bros (Mad Decent), legendary disco producer Cerrone as well as collaborating with Stylo G. Working closely with French label and publishing company ‘Because Music’, home to London Grammar, she has helped to create musical magic with French RnB group ‘Adict’.
Previously Published by Jazz Summers at Biglife (London Grammar, Boy George, Scissor Sisters, Chloe Howl). She has recently set up her own publishing company Raggamuffin Music. A joint venture with Bucks Music Publishing (Rolling Stones, Professor green, Dj Fresh, Mikill Pane) and production company Asbo Music with Bless Beats, signing breaking artist Dom McAllister.
With her solo career, she has stoked the sonic fires with material taken from her forthcoming album. With tracks like ‘Broken’, ‘Fire Me Up’ and ‘Cashpoint Drama’ that offers a quirky take on the electro-rap mash-ups of 2013 featuring the lyrical genius of Mikill Pane.
But this isn’t a new dream. As a child, hanging out in her Granddad’s reggae music record shop was the perfect introduction to a wealth of mellifluous glory that would inspire her lifetime’s work. Drawn to the ancestral sounds of Jamaica and Antigua, the works of Isaac Hayes and Chaka Demus & Pliers sowed the singers dream within the young Jin Jin. “It was hearing the reggae re-workings of pop songs that really got me into songwriting,” she explains. Nowadays, Oasis, Prince, Robyn, classic Britney Spears, David Bowie, The Marbles, and current favourite Buraka Som Sistema rock the playlist.
Having also tried her hand at musicals as a youngster, she soon embraced anything to do with the business; stints in theatre, commercials and even a film ensued. Working her way through a BA Honours Degree in Music Industry Management saw Jin Jin taking to the catwalk as opposed to the stage, walking the catwalk for DKNY in Milan. She can also add Vivienne Westwood and Agent Provocateur to her CV.
“I just used to wing it,” she nonchalantly shrugs. “Watch a bit of Fashion TV and copy that. You’ll get the walk, the swagger and then you’re gone. It was an easy way to make money and it was important for me to learn about the industry too.”
And while she may have left the catwalk behind, her love of all things style related remains strong. With style icons like Marilyn Monroe, Dita Von Teese and Grace Jones, it’s vintage and classic Chanel filling Jin Jin’s over-sized tote bag. Spending many-a-weekend roaming the markets of Camden and east London, anything that allows for a bit of experimentation gets the nod of approval.
“It’s a similar principal to what I do in the studio. It’s needs to be showy. That’s why I’ve already decided I’m calling my album Rhythm Homicide. It means killing every track so every one feels hyped and excited by it. It wasn’t and never has been about trying to follow trends… There’s no point doing music if it doesn’t arouse excitement and leave you on a high once you’ve left the studio. It’s my first album so I want to create something I’d actually listen to myself.”
Time to go get ‘em.