Jimmy Pham:

Jimmy Pham:

On Music, life, and Leaving the Band Life for a Solo Act

Jimmy Pham

Jimmy Pham is an Asian pop singer from Chicago, IL. When Jimmy isn’t working on music, he is a laidback guy that enjoys time with family to eating Twizzlers. With influences that span From Fall Out Boy to Drake, you can guarantee that one track is not going to sound quite like the other. Ever since he can remember he had always wanted a future in the music business, “I knew I wanted to a Pursue a music career when I played my first ever show. Being on a stage and singing songs I wrote is a great feeling. It's in my opinion, the same feeling as to venting to a best friend when you're going through something. You feel really good afterwards. I always want to feel that good feeling so I knew music would be a good career for me.” You can find Jimmy’s music at Apple Music Sound Cloud and Spotify, Happy Listening!


Okay , I guess we can start with the most common question, haha, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hey everyone, I'm Jimmy Pham. I'm an Asian pop singer from Chicago, IL. When I'm not singing, I enjoy spending time with family, eating Twizzlers, and watching the Fast and the Furious movies.

Family is a big thing for me as well, so I can understand where you are coming from in that regard. What genre do you consider your work to be?

I would consider my genre to be a mixture pop/rock/hip hop.

Ah, I see. That’s pretty cool. It’s a great mix for those that like those genres, you’re not limiting yourself in that sense, which makes what you can create have an endless amount of possibilities. Who are your major influences musically?

Growing up, I LOVED Fall Out Boy! I grew up in the pop/punk scene as a singer in a band! So Fall Out Boy and all time low are some that influences my music. But Lately I've been highly influenced by a rapper name Smino and also Drake. I love Drake's style of music, how he can make his listeners feel him, haha. And Smino is just an incredible artist. His approach on his songs are out of this world, its dope!

Ah, interesting. I happen to agree that Smino is a great. So every artist has that point where they decide that music is the path they want to pursue as a profession. What made you want to pursue a career in music?

I knew I wanted to pursue a music career when I played my first ever show. Being on a stage and singing songs I wrote is a great feeling. It's in my opinion, the same feeling as to venting to a best friend when you're going through something. You feel really good afterwards. I always want to feel that good feeling so I knew music would be a good career for me.

It’s nice to know that you connect with your fans on a personal level, I personally appreciate that when an artist sees me more than just a number or a dollar sign. Some artist get to that point where all they care about is the money and they lose focus on the people that made them get to that point in the first place. Okay, so one of my favorite questions I like to ask is where you have performed. Do you have a favorite place where you have performed?

I've performed at a couple places in Chicago. I've played Wire in Berwyn, SubT in downtown Chicago and also House Of Blues. My favorite place I've performed was House of Blues. Seeing my favorite artist perform on that stage and being able to be on the same stage is the coolest thing to me. Haha, I remember performing there and during sound check thinking "holy crap, Michael Jackson played this stage".

Oh wow! That’s really amazing. Michael Jackson is one of my favorite artist period. So I can share the same feelings with you in that regard. Being on stage or rather sharing the same stage where one of the world’s best talents has performed I imagine is an overwhelming but gratifying experience. What can fans expect from you this time as a solo artist that you have not done on previously in other projects?

You can expect something different, a more mature and honest me. In my previous band I didn't write much, it was all a team effort. You would see our four point of views on a song. But now having to write all of my music, it's me. It's my inner and most honest thoughts. Its very pop/rap driven also, compared to rock. It's different but me.

I see, that is a really big change, because now all of those duties that a band normally shares now rest in your hands, which can be quite hard at times I guess depending on how you look at it. But it seems to be working in your favor, haha. When it comes to writing music, what do you like to write about the most?

I like to write about what's going on around me. Majority of personal problems haha, but it's very honest. From love problems to fun nights.

Hey, sometimes the most personal problems are the most beautiful to write about, as a poet I can understand that as an artist. When it comes to making a new record or song, what is the process like for that?

Making something new is always fun. You never know how it's going to turn out. You try new things and hope it turns out great. The process is very exciting. I love being in the studio, just sitting in the vocal booth and trying different harmonies and melodies is fun! Then to hear the final product, you think "whoa! Is that me?!" Haha

Haha, it’s a beautiful thing when see the fruits of your labor come to it’s final stages, it kind of just shows “I made it, this is the mark I’m leaving in the music industry” you know? How has your music changed since you first started?

When I first started I was 15 and in a band, the music was very pop/rock. Going through high school and being around a lot of hip-hop and rap I grew out of the rock stage. I fell in love with the hip hop and rap music. I've changed a lot and musically I sound different than I did when I was 15.

Understandable haha, okay, now on to a harder question. Where do you see yourself musically within the next few years?

Oh man, talking about the future scares me haha, But In the next few years I see myself on tour and releasing a couple albums. I really want to connect with more people, have them hear my music.

What is the hardest challenge you had to face in your career? If resolved, how did you get past it?

The hardest challenge I'm going through now in my career is time. Time is not my friend, so it's like I have to take advantage of every. Single. Second. Because time moves so fast. It's a challenge but I'm trying to overcome it every day.

Time is a treasure, it always seems like it goes so fast, and by the blink of an eye days, months, even years go by and you sit back and think “ Well dang. Lol, it was only a few years ago I was in high school and now I’m in going to graduate college.” So I totally get where you are coming from. How can fans to be gain access to your music?

My music is on every platform, on Apple Music and Spotify. But for my newer music, you can access it through Sound Cloud! Just type in Jimmy Pham on the Sound Cloud page and new music that's not on my ITunes/Spotify will pop up!

Very cool, well it’s been a pleasure chatting with you Jimmy, great conversation. Before we go here, is there anyone you would personally like to thank for supporting your over the years in your musical endeavors?

I would like to thank my relatives, friends, and fans for the support. For them to continuously come out to shows and support me. It really means a lot. They keep me going, they keep me from giving up . Without them, I wouldn't be doing this right now. I wouldn't be working hard. The support means so much to me, thank you really.

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