A new single release from JuJu Mad Scientist brings out an edgy array of pop undertone genre combinations that hit so many sweet spots and still manages to remain incredibly danceable and addictive with elements of post-punk, alternative pop, pop punk, and so much more all rolled into this character packed release.
"Wanted" hits the ground running with this almost mysterious and elusive vocal approach but that is a big part of what gets you to pay attention to the lyrics so much.
You also have a sense of realness like the song was written from an actual experience and came from someplace genuine which in turn is something that feels like it may be driving the song itself.
This track has a really cool way of wrapping itself around you and keeping you right where it wants to.
There's also something slightly nostalgic about it and I think that comes from those combinations of genres and the way that the song is produced also gives it this feeling of early 2000s or even late 90s alt-pop radio singles.
You have this great guitar that's drenched in chorus and a bopping bass line that gives the song momentum along with all that character and very unique energy that everything gives off.
So, the song ends up giving this atmosphere that once you step into, you don't really want to leave.
It's almost like a little bit of escapism because you were able to step into this different place and also feel that little hint of nostalgia along with it, so it becomes something that you get attached to really quickly especially if you're of a certain age.
I think one of my favorite things about this is that you can hear clear love for his craft throughout the entire track because this is definitely a song that has heart behind it and although there's a lot of attention to detail going on there's still this sort of loose undertone that lets the song breathe and feel alive.
Again, this is a song you can definitely dance to and something that delivers a hook that definitely ends up floating around in your head for hours after the song has ended.
A lot of times the only way to satiate that is to listen to the song again and that to me is just really good songwriting.
I love songs that make me feel like they could have been part of the soundtrack of my own life in my youth and this song really delivers that.
With such a well-woven single we wanted to have a sit-down with JuJu Mad Scientist to find out where this track actually did come from and what might be coming up next for the artist.
Here's what went down.
Buzz Slayers: Okay, let's start with "Wanted"! This track was super fun and took this combination of genres and made them work together! How did this release come about?
“So the song wanted, came about pretty organic, I guess. Usually, I just scroll through beats and, I'll just start humming, trying to find a melody. One day, I was sitting at my girlfriend's house and I was scrolling through a producer named IOF. And, uh, yeah, I just started writing to it and that's how it came about. Pretty simple. Lol.”
Buzz Slayers: How did this all start for you as an artist?
“Um…At a young age, I realized that I really needed music. I started writing when I was 10. I started recording when I was 15. So I've been doing this for about almost 17, 18 years, I guess you could say. Um Yeah, man, I just do it because I love music, it’s my passion without music, I'd be going fucking crazy. “
Buzz Slayers: This single has some interesting approaches to it! Can you give us some of your biggest influences musically?
“Uh some of my biggest influences musically… Um you know, it's gonna sound cliche to say this, but it's gonna be Blink 1 82. I get a lot of inspiration from a Machine gun Kelly and I obviously grew up listening to Eminem and Backstreet Boys… I’m kind of all over the place. I love every genre. Love is a strong word but I can handle just about anything, I like everything. I'm not picky”
Buzz Slayers: What kind of things really inspire songs for you?
“I would say is real life lessons, lessons learned, Honesty, truth, vulnerability, influences musically, heart break, ect….”
Buzz Slayers: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?
“I'm at work or hiking”
Buzz Slayers: Are you doing any live performances right now?
Right now, my manager is adding some to the schedule for the end of the year.
Buzz Slayers: Do you record these at a big studio or do you have a home studio set-up?
“I record at Home not professional studio “
Buzz Slayers: Who's in your headphones right now?
“Halsey I'm not mad. Is the last song that was played on Apple Music”
Buzz Slayers: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?
“I would say fans can expect consistency from me. I have to make music.. so,I'm going to make it. Either you love it or you don't. But regardless, I appreciate you. That’s what you can expect from me.”