Jay Bird

FRESH: ‘Hold On’ – Jay Bird feat. Clay Agnew

California-based producer Jay Bird teams with NJ singer Clay Agnew for “Hold On”.

by Christopher Smith

Californian producer Jay Bird has recently released his latest track “Hold On” and has brought in New Jersey singer Clay Agnew to perform vocals to provide a mix of emotive and melodic electronic music for listeners to immerse themselves in.

After years of pushing a Folk Rock project, The Jay Birds, that received support from well known acts such as Fleet Foxes, Jay Bird converted electronic with the intention of making dance music that held true to the organic feel of his folk roots. In addition to producing Jay Bird has taken his music across the Golden State performing in cities including San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego, Oakland, and more. “Hold On” is his thirteenth single release since his debut “What Goes Around” in 2017.

Jay says of the song: “It is very common for romantic relationships to create certain pressures for one or both partners that usually revolve around a race towards a deeper commitment. Conflict arises when one half of the couple is pumping the gas while the other is slamming the breaks. No matter how strong the love and the bond is between the two, this type of situation can quickly lead to things spinning out of control. “Hold On” is a song that tells this story from the perspective of the lover who is expressing their desire to slow things down and take it easy. No one can decide for any couple what the right pace to move forward in a relationship is, but the message here is that peace and enjoyment can exist in the moment if you let go of your agenda and learn to appreciate what you already have in front of you”.

Jay offers a mix of emotive and melodic electronic music to move both the minds and bodies of listeners. With a diverse background in music spanning between folk, indie rock, and electronic music, his work has formed into his own unique, Indie Electronic style. After experiencing a Bassnectar festival a few years back, Jay produced his first electronic song the next day and has continued to experiment with fusing his musical influences together ever since. The vision for his project is to make uplifting dance music that holds true to the organic feel of his folk roots. Beyond producing, Jay Bird has taken his music across the Golden State, performing in cities such as San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego, Oakland and more.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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