Conveying Honest Introspection With R&B Singer Jindai


Rising pop-R&B vocalist, Jindai has just released her first single 'Wait' off her debut album due to drop over the next few months. The track is an astounding insight into her creative artistry with heart-wrenching vocals and universal themes of love and loss that anyone can relate to. 

We chat to Jindai about the inspiration behind her recent single, what we can expect from her upcoming album and her opinion on the climate of R&B today. Ayla Dhyani writes. 


You just released your first single, 'Wait,' how has the response been so far?

The response has been gratifying. It’s been great to hear that people from New York to France are not only connecting to the music but also to the lyrics and some of the more nuanced ideas in the song. It really makes me feel like when I’m alone in my room writing I can make something that the rest of the world can feel.

Tell us a bit about the inspiration behind the track.

The inspiration was my own life. Straight forwardly, it’s about me actually feeling like an ex was leaving things sooner than even he wanted to because he feared my intensity. The subtext, as communicated by the line “in the dark it seems to me the weight is what imagine it be,” is that our minds colour our realities so that fear and misery are as real as we think they are. 

You're set to drop your debut record. What can we expect from the album?

You can expect variety in terms of the music, but a unity in terms of its function. All of it comes from a place inside me that is honest, curious, and exploratory. In terms of genre, the songs are probably somewhere along the spectrum from R&B to pop to electronic, always with an alternative tilt. 

Tell us how your musical journey began.

My musical journey began as soon as my ability to create memories did. I can remember loving to sing literally as long as I can remember anything at all. And the act of making music grew gradually out of that love. I was writing a novel as a pre-teen, and I remember my father convincing me that if I could write a novel, I could certainly write a few songs to have a vehicle through which to share my (metaphorical and literal) voice. I never did finish the novel, but clearly songwriting came easier to me. I had assumed for years that once I got to college I would find like-minded individuals to write the music surrounding my vocal melodies and lyrics, but when I could find no one whose taste fit with mine, I picked up a synthesiser and started doing everything myself. That’s largely how I still work.

Who has musically influenced you the most?

In terms of lyrics, I would say people like Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor. In terms of style, I would say The Knife, Cocorosie, and the entire 90’s pop/ R&B genres. In terms of my willingness to try experiment, I’d like to think Bjork inspired that.  

How do you find the climate of R&B today?

I think a lot of R&B maintains the catchiness that made me fall in love with it as a little girl. At the same time though, you have a lot more people bringing in all these different and sometimes downright inventive influences, which keeps it both relevant and interesting. And even in mainstream R&B you have artists like Future who at the same time as being catchy will often play around with synth melodies that are a little less structured - a little more adventurous and unexpected.

What moves you?

I am moved most by honest introspection and the sort of expression that it results in. I am a sucker for someone who searches deep inside the depths of his or her own mind before communicating because I am that person. The brain is a fascinating organ and the mind a fascinating concept, and I feel like almost everything I do is an attempt to learn more about the latter.