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J.Allen : Profile + Interview

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J.Allen: Interview


The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength

All of these are to define, and also hard to sustain

Who are you? (Answer how you interpret this question)

I think my songs provide more of an answer than I can give on that one

Why do you do what you do?

If I didn’t do it, I would have no idea what else to do with myself

When did you know this is what you wanted to do, and what events led you to choose it?

I think it chose me … I started to pick out songs on a piano when I was pretty young.

Toughest thing you had to overcome to do what you do? And what/who helped you?

I’m not sure I’ve overcome it, but the business end of music can be pretty tough to deal with

Has anyone/anything ever inspired you to become who you are (to follow your dreams)? Have you ever inspired anyone directly?

I think it’s a cumulative thing … seeing people do good work, interesting work, and getting energy and maybe ideas from what they’ve done that spur you on.

One mistake that you made in your journey? How have you learnt from them?

I tend to remake the same mistakes. The good thing about touring is that the same mistakes feel different in every new town.

Upcoming projects? Plans/goal? (about anything, if you have any)

I’m working on songs for a record right now in collaboration with a good friend and great producer, Alan Weatherhead. I’ve just released a single. Two of those songs on 7 inch vinyl called, “Bring Her Back Home/ “L.B.C.” And I’ll be touring behind that soon.

What advice would you give to other people? (Just about life in general - It could be about anything)

As Waynce Coyne said, “you have to sleep late when you can…”

Say anything you want, about anything (Last words)

I’ve also just released a series of live videos, shot in Brooklyn, NY… each of them in one take, for a series called Record, NY. You can check them out here:



J.Allen: Profile


Full name




Place of Birth? (city, country)

New York, US

Where you live now? (city, country)

Brooklyn, NY

Origins (where parents are from)? (city, country)


First Language?


What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)

Songwriter, Singer, Musician

How long have you been doing it?

My whole life in one way or another

Fav Song

That’s impossible to say … right now I only want to hear Bill Fay

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

Also impossible … can I say Bill Fay again?

Fav Movie

Way too many to mention, Jim Jarmusch is always great.

Fav Actor/Actress

Same thing, can I say Werner Herzog’s voice overs?

Fav Clothing brand

Usually I just find things in thrift stores

Fav Artist (in any art form)

My girlfriend is actually a painter and she recently showed  me the work of Stanley Lewis, his is the best visual art I’ve seen in a long time.

Fav Sport to watch

I don’t really follow sports

Fav Sport to play

Is ping pong a sport? If not, bowling … let’s go with bowling





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