Artist Development Student

Jui Paithane is a senior at Maggie Walker Governor’s School. While she is passionate about civil rights and activism, her first love has always been music. Being influenced by her mom and uncle ever since she was little, Jui has grown up in an environment that helped her music flourish. As a child she learned Indian classical music, which sparked her interest in Western classical music as well. In second grade she started learning piano, and is now well versed in Bach, Beethoven, and many other notable composers. As she started learning guitar in sixth grade, her love for music increased ten fold. She now uses her knowledge of theory and feel for music to write songs that convey everything she wants to say.

What Passion Academy means to Jui…

I started my journey into writing music in a band called Changing Tracks. Once our band became a part of Passion Academy’s Band Development Program, I really started to find myself as an artist. At Passion Academy, although it sounds cheesy, literally anything is possible. While Changing Tracks was really helpful in me becoming comfortable on stage while performing, it didn’t do much to help me find my voice. Playing Paramore and Journey wasn’t what I wanted to do with my musical abilities. With the help of the Artist Development Program at Passion Academy, I was able to find my true voice as an artist and write songs that mean something to me. From rock to acoustic, my music has completely changed and I can honestly say I couldn’t have done it with out the mentors I’ve met at Passion Academy.

Who are some of your favorite artists?

If I had to pick a couple favorites out of all the artists that I listen to, Ed Sheeran and James Bay would be at the top of my list. While I don’t really have one all time favorite artist, their music always seems to calm me down and put me in a good mood no matter the circumstance. The way that their music is so simple, with usually only a couple guitars and their voice, yet so complex in terms of lyrics and their meanings is probably what draws me into their music the most.

Who are some of your biggest inspirations, musical, and non-musical?

I think my biggest inspiration for my love for music would have to be my uncle. My mom’s side of the family is very musical, so ever since I was little my grandma, mom, and uncle would all help teach me how to sing, which is where my interest in music began. As I grew up my interest shifted from Indian music to American music very quickly, so it was harder for my family to be as involved in my music as they didn’t understand American music as much. But despite our differing interests, my uncle still managed to connect with me by showing me American songs that used to be popular when he was younger, which furthered my love for music even more. By not only being a successful businessman, but also continuing to pursue music on the side, my uncle has been a huge inspiration to me, making me believe that if he can do it then so can I.

If you could follow in any musician’s footsteps, who would it be?

While I don’t really know too much about how Ed Sheeran got famous, I just know that one minute, I had never heard that name before and the next, his music was on every radio station around the world. He’s at a point in his career that even people who don’t know his name, know his music. I want to be at that point. I want that many people to hear my music not for the fame and the money, but for the message. I remember the first time someone told me that my music had made them cry and it really stuck with me. Not everyone likes Ed Sheehan’s music, but he has such a huge presence in the world that most people have had the opportunity to listen to him and have his music affect them in some way, whether good or bad. I want my music to have that same opportunity.

If you had the ability to pick anybody to collaborate with musically, who would it be?

If I could pick anyone to collab with, it would probably either be The Lumineers or Adele. With The Lumineers, I feel like their music is so diverse in and of itself that if we did write a song together it wouldn’t be like any of the other songs I’ve written. Just their way with words is something so fascinating to me. They’re able to take a simple feeling and turn it into something so poetic. While both of us do write acoustic music, I feel like they’re so different that hearing the two mesh would be create something really unique. With Adele, I think it’s an established fact that she’s unbelievably talented. More than write with her, I would kill just to learn from her and better myself as an artist. That said, writing a song with her would be a dream come true.

What are your plans for the future of your music?

Music has always been a part of my life, and I don’t see that changing in the future. While I can’t say with all certainty that I’ll be able to pursue music when I’m an adult, I know that I’m never going to stop writing and making it. I’m planning on going to college after high school, and if I’m lucky enough I want to end up in a city that not only has a college that I can get a great education at, but also an environment that can help my music flourish. So who knows, maybe while I’m studying to get my degree, someone will hear me playing at a coffee shop and I’ll finally get my big break.

~ Jui

Purchase/Listen to Jui’s new EP About Love here
(Released July 28, 2017)


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