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Interviews: Jasmine Cain

In this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Rock band Jasmine Cain from the USA. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that? 

When I decided to pursue music professionally, my family asked me to go under a different name. They are quiet, country ranchers and didn’t want to be bothered with it. When I performed under my real name back home in South Dakota, I had a lot of weird people that would visit my high school or call my grandmother and they didn’t want that happening on a mass level. So… When I was in high school, my boyfriend and I were watching home economics “couples” carry their flour sack “babies” around. They had a class called child development and these couples would be paired together and have to raise their flour sack baby. It was super strange to us and we used to laugh about what we would name our flour sack baby. We decided on Jasmine because it meant good luck. Fast forward to the summer between my Junior and Senior year and I got a phone call about 2 weeks before school was set to begin that my boyfriend had shot and killed himself. We had plans of graduating together and joining the Marine Corps together. Now I had one school year to decide what I was going to do with the rest of my life. When I decided to focus on music as a career, I took the name Jasmine as a way of carrying him with me and because of what the name meant. Over the years of being involved with music at a professional level, I learned that nobody is your friend or brother as I was always raised to believe. The sweet country girl that I was born had to die….which is why I took on the last name Cain. 

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

I didn’t start in this genre. I was a country girl. But even when I played country music, people would complain that I had too much energy onstage. It made them uncomfortable. Country was such a lazy, laid back feel and I was way too high energy for it. When I heard rock music for the first time I knew that is what I needed to do. The artist that made me want to make the changeover was Joan Jett. 

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed? 

Nope. Nashville is the weirdest place ever. Everyone here is talented. You could be having a beer somewhere and find out your waitress is an award winning songwriter or singer on Broadway and they’re ten times better than you. It’s quite humbling. You have to be really determined to make it here in this town. I’ve had several transitions in this band over the years. Members got married and had children and didn’t want to tour that hard. Most members I’ve had lasted at least 2 years and many up to 7 years, so it wasn’t like seeing a new band every time we went out. Our fans connect with them just as much as they do with me, so every time something changes, they are heartbroken for a period of time. 

4. Each band member favorite band? 

Kevin’s: Currently Opeth

PK: Karnivool

Jordan: Dream Theater

Jasmine: Tool

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs? 

I’ve met a lot of really fascinating people while touring. The stories of their struggles and what they’ve had to overcome are really inspiring. The fact that many of my songs helped them in their darkest times to find the strength they needed to pull out of it makes me feel like I’m necessary. That’s why I keep writing and recording music. And that is why I refuse to use my voice for anything less than this. I realize I only have a short time here on this planet and I will write songs that inspire and send positivity. 

6. Where was your last gig? 

Galveston, Texas. I was at Lone Star Campground during the Lone Star Rally. 

7. Where would you like to act? 

I’ve always dreamed of acting, although I have absolutely zero experience with it. I have always felt like I was better in motion. I know that movies can be so difficult, but I’ve always just thought it would be so much fun. Although, I think I would be better in commercials. I have a short attention span (Thanks ADHD). 

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

I’m assuming you mean musically, because I haven’t done any acting as the previous question asked. be able to feature with on a song, I would say Shinedown. I love Brent’s voice so much. He has always just been my favorite voice out there. 

However, if you did mean movies...can you arrange a hangout with Jason Mamoa? He seems like he would be a blast to hang out with. We can drink dark beers and throw axes. I’m totally down with that. 

9. Whom not? 

Hey man, I’ll try anything once. I ain’t scared. 

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

OMG, I did. My very first experience on a major stage I was supposed to sing Tennessee Flat Top Box from Rosanne Cash with a band called the Wilt Brothers Band back in South Dakota as a child. My older brother had helped me practice and I thought I was ready, but when I stepped on that stage and they handed me a microphone and I heard all of those instruments playing around me, it was a lot different than the single guitar sound my brother practiced with me on and I FROZE. I couldn’t sing. I couldn’t move. They played the intro over and over again. Nothing would come out of my mouth. I couldn’t remember the words. They finally gave up and tried to take the microphone out of my hands. I had a death grip on it. They eventually unplugged it and dragged me off the stage with the microphone still in my hands. 

My advice for people who have trouble with stage fright would be to do videos first. YouTube wasn’t around then, so I didn’t have a buffer. But being able to release videos of your performance can give you a lot of confidence that you might not possess just yet. Hopefully with that, you can gain confidence and eventually start performing smaller venues until you feel comfortable on a large stage. 

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Soundgarden. Aerosmith. Led Zeppelin. Heart. Joan Jett. Wynonna Judd. Brandi Carlisle. Porcupine Tree. Opeth. Karnivool. Pat Benatar. Willie Nelson. Tool. Should I keep going?

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for? 

My underwear. But they did offer to pay, so…. 

13. What do you think of your fans?

I couldn’t have made it to where I am without them. I can’t make it anywhere beyond here without them. They know how important they are to me and they know that their relentless support of our music is what will ultimately get us to a higher level. Honestly, I owe them everything. I will never forget that. 

14. What do you think of our site?

I love that you give insight to alternative music and what drives them. Great questions and interesting interviews. Very well done. 

15. Something add?

Never stop trying to achieve your dream. Everyone has a dream and your purpose in this life is constantly pursue that. Be kind to one another.  If you want to follow us, you can find all of our links on our website at . We would love to have you join us on our social media. We have lots of contests and give away lots of free stuff! Come on over and say hello. Thank you!

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