Check out the new song from Ja’Pan Nation – Make Love
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
My Name is Ja’Pan Nation, I was born in Dallas, TX, but I was raised in Arlington, TX. I started singing and dancing when I was 6 yrs old. My mom and dad noticed my passion for the stage at a very young age and helped me develop and sharpen my skills by entering me into talent competitions, enrolling me in different dance and vocal classes, adding me to singing groups, submitting me to model troupes and singing in church. In conjunction to that, just keeping God the head of my life and believing in the vision he has instilled in me to change and evolve music and performance was a great push that put me in the place I am in today.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
The song I am currently promoting is called “Make Love,” it’s an R&B sex jam with a 90′s appeal to it. I was a huge fan of the 90′s era and it inspired me to write something that had that magic to it with a modern twist. We are missing this type of real music and I felt in my heart this song would remind people of what R&B used to be and how it is still relevant even in today’s time. Sometimes getting back to the basics is what is necessary.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
The hardest challenge I as an artist have faced thus far is that I am very different. I’m not like your typical male entertainer. I have a variety when it comes to my choreography and showmanship, and I am fearless to be bold and unique. Some people didn’t agree with the direction I was going in, but more people loved and adored it. I understand that my artistry isn’t for everyone, but it is for my fans.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
One of the biggest set backs in my career was when I was first starting out. I was performing for a small crowd and in the middle of the performance I just stopped. It was the worst feeling I had ever felt, but it made me realize that there is so much more to entertaining than meets the eye. I practiced more and more, I built my confidence up higher and now I shut down any stage I am on. I give it infinite percent while I’m on set and I do what I do on a much higher level. If it wasn’t for that set back I wouldn’t have identified the emotion that I needed to put into my performances and how important it is to leave a great impression, especially being as unique as I am.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
Artists need to be careful of the team of people they recruit around them. Some people come into your circle with false intentions. In this industry people can believe in you and see a lot in your future, but still have the wrong intentions of why they want to be apart of your success or they might not share the same vision as you do for your career. Artists need to realize that you can have all the talent in the world, but if your team is not on the same page as you and there is a disconnect it can ultimately sabotage what you have worked so hard for. It’s very important that everyone is on one accord including your designers, promoters, stylist, photographers, managers, publicist, producers, song writers, etc. This will insure that your target audience and fans will always see the essence of the artist you truly are.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Always stay true to who you are. Never change! Faking to be an artist you are not will kill your career in the end because you are building a fan base built on someone you are not. Then when you finally show them who you really are it is a high risk that you will lose their loyalty. Be Yourself! Gain fans that love and adore you for who you really are. They will stick around and support you as an artist forever and ever.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
My favorite way to promote myself is actually performing. I am a visual artist. I paint vivid pictures for my fans. I give them something fresh to look at and listen to at the same time and it drives people to want more!