Jane Chukwurah Aka JaneChuk’s voice is made with her own ingredients of a little bit of sweet and a little bit of soul. A beautiful recipe for someone who knows how important it is for artists to love their music. Jane Chuk’s music is a mood driven sound of soulful drums, 808s and Afrobeats with lyrics inspired by life experiences. A person’s voice is a gift to our ears and the music is just the compliment. Jane Chuks is 29, from Delta State, Nigeria and has been focusing on singing for almost four years. Her main focus is music, however she has many other talents, such as baking, web and graphic design. Lookout for a new 4 track EP that she will be dropping later on this year. Jane Chuks is definitely a positive influence and we got a chance to sit with Miss Chuks to talk about her experience being a woman in the music business and her take on Black Lives Matter.
Amplify Africa: How did you come up with your name?
Jane Chuks: I’ll tell you the story. [laughing] I remember when FB(Facebook) just started, we had this one computer in our house in the living room and everyone used the computer. One day I saw my dad snooping, you know when someone quickly closes out of something. I asked him what he was doing on my Facebook, so I quickly changed my name from Jane Chukwurah to Jane Chuks. That’s it. [laughing]
AA: What advice would you give to other artists on the same path as you?
JC: I think they should be themselves, because I came from a very, very religious family and I literally had to rebel in many cases. I wouldn’t have known I wanted to do music if I wasn’t true to myself. And to always put the listeners above yourself. I also feel a lot of musicians become stingy, they no longer connect with the listeners. Music is a gift to the world. Making sure you share that gift with people. Music is an experience. That’s what I give to people.
AA: What artist would you like to work with and why?
JC: I’d love to work with Drake. Doing just one song would take my career … everywhere [laughs]. I just want to be in the studio with him. Just to absorb that process with him.
AA: If you could open for any artist, who would it be?
JC: I never thought about that. Tory Lanez, J. Cole, Burna Boy, Wiz Kid. I would honestly open for anyone.
AA: If you didn’t become a Music Artist, what would you be doing right now?
JC: An entrepreneur. In fact, I have been an entrepreneur. I love starting businesses. I have an addiction to starting businesses [laughing]. I would most likely start an IT firm or something. I quit my job to focus on music.
AA: How do you balance your music with other obligations?
JC: Every day as it comes. I had a regular job working with a record label as a Marketing Executive. I had to quit that job because I started to feel my obligations to my job and music were going in opposite directions.
AA: What were your biggest challenges you have had to overcome so far?
JC: The financial bit of it. Being a woman alone isn’t cheap. I had to take a huge chunk of my money to put into my music. I am blessed and lucky to have people around me. Shoutout to my producer, shout out to my family.
AA: If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?
JC: I would love to change the way music is shared on TV and Radio. People don’t put music out. People in the industry no longer invest in music or let people know. Everybody cares about money, followers, etc. I’m sorry to say, but sometimes I don’t even think a song should be “poppin.” There are so many people out there to be heard, but nobody wants to discover them.
AA: Mr Romantic song with 6Floor…what inspired this song and how was it making this record with him? I really like it!
JC: Ah! Mr. Romantic song. I remember 6floor sent me a couple beats and that was the one I liked. I remember it not being what I was used to. I like 808s, things banging! But I said, let me try it and like I said I’m inspired by love, so I recorded it by myself. It’s just me, the mic, and the computer. It took a long time for me to send it back because I wanted to take my time. I wanted to make him proud.
AA: Getting more serious now, as you know we are in a Black Lives Matter movement that is shaping everything right now. How do you feel about Black women and how they are treated in the music industry?
JC: This is a sensitive topic and I am very fearful of sensitive topics. Out here we are all Black. I think that in the industry, I’ve heard people say it’s difficult to sign a woman because she’s more expensive. I don’t like the fact that women are exploited with sex because many of them can’t pay for their sessions. In fact, it’s just harder. But, I think we as women can change, we can work together. We need to have more female producers! I think we should collab with each other, also. As a woman we have to be extra unique. I think Black women can work together. We don’t need to be held down by stereotypes. Music is an experience, and we are all capable of making unique experiences. Many women are just caught in situations that are not favorable to them, because it’s just harder.
AA: Has the BLM movement affected you in any way?
JC: It did affect me, just knowing that we are still in an age where people think like that. I’m surprised. I can’t imagine what people out there are going through in a country where you are seen as a color. It’s deep for me, to be honest, it’s difficult for me to talk about things like this because it’s hard for me to express my true feelings. I’ll try to express them to you.[sighs]. I think it’s ridiculous! To treat people differently because of their color. We face it out here, too. People find reasons to hate themselves. If people aren’t hating you for your color, they are hating you for your tribe out here; having tribes hating each other. I am just really glad that people are speaking up now. I am glad that people are more enlightened. I am glad that even white people are fighting alongside Black people. It’s a great time to be alive to be honest. I’m sure Martin Luther King Jr. and everybody else is looking at us. People aren’t quiet anymore. I commend everyone who went out and protested. Keep it up. Black Lives Matter!
AA: What do you want to see happen for Black people everywhere? What do you want to see change?
JC: I hope that Black people will think differently and react differently. I am going to be honest, I am tired of the slave narrative. I am tired of it. I am tired of watching movies about it. We are in 2021! I know people are still affected by it, but I think that we as a people need to change the narrative. We need to stop reacting in the way they expect. And I am happy people are starting to do that. Police brutality is something we should keep talking about. Police are even hurting their own. People are hurting each other. We just need to change the narrative. We are no longer slaves. None of us. And if anyone says differently, correct them immediately.
AA: Agreed! Now, for something a little more fun! Perfume or Body Splash?!
AA: Do you have a celebrity crush?
JC: I won’t say I have a celebrity crush because I am scared of dating celebrities, but I really admire Banky Wellington. He is a great man.
AA: That’s awesome! Okay, last one for the road! Three songs in your playlist on
JC: Haha! Che Ecru- Phone me, PartyNextDoor – Savage Anthem and Diana Gordon- Wasted Youth.
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