Jeffrey Auguste Exclusive Interview with Muzique Magazine
How did you come by your stage name?
Well! I wanted to stay true to myself, act like myself at all times so my stage name is my actual name, Jeffrey Auguste. This gives me clarity, reminds me of who I am, where I am from, my values, and my goals.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
I started singing a long time ago! I was surely under the 10 years old mark. I would always sing at night with my cousins and little brother, getting some good harmonies going. I then got into a choir at a church in the neighborhood. I hated it because I couldn’t hear myself! I remember screaming my lungs out and still couldn’t hear my own voice so I stopped. As I grew older, I kept getting shyer about my voice to the point where I wouldn’t even sing with my cousins and brothers. I would only sing when I’m alone at home.
Two years ago, I got caught singing in a room I thought was empty at a place I was volunteering in. This amazing woman went on to report it to the executive director who was retiring. Somehow I performed at his retirement ceremony. I accepted to sing then right after I said yes, that voice in my head was like “what the hell did you just do”. Fast forward to this year, my goal was to release at least five songs. So I challenged myself to start recording. Missing you is my first single.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
My sense of style is definitely from me knowing what makes me feel good. It also reflects my personality.
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
Missing you is a song about love, romance, melancholy, and fantasy. This song is a personal one. It describes the way I felt towards that special someone. It was a late-night song, written in the dark missing that someone that I couldn’t communicate with at the time. So it all went to the song. The beat was already there, the melody was in my head but I was missing the lyrics. It took this night to finally get me the right lyrics that fit my melody and beat and that’s how missing you came about.
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What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
One of my greatest challenges was actually recording missing you. Going to the studio, I put my jacket on, a bandana, and have that Chris brown look so I could boost my confidence. Getting to the studio, I was just being upfront. I talk to the engineer and was like “Listen! This is my first time ever and I’m not really good at singing, don’t be too harsh on me” I went into that room with all the light, I was like “huh sir, can I turn all the lights off?” I recorded the whole song in the dark.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
I’m definitely not the best at what I do but I think with time I might be among the best!
What are your plans for the near future?
I plan to release at least 5 songs this year but I know after getting used to it all. I will get a lot more songs out.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
I would like to thank God for giving me the strength to get out of my comfort zone, my family and friends for supporting me, and Max from Azmyth Recording for believing in me.
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What suggestions do you have for other artist like yourself?
I would suggest you guys take that leap of faith you’ve been wanting to take! Being uncomfortable is okay as it helps you learn and grow.