Following a solid 8 years in the game grafting hard as a progressive MC and artist, the London born and raised Janset is here with her new EP 'Keep it Humble', which follows last year's release on Fatback Records. Check this revealing interview we held where she discusses her ethnic heritage and how it has influences her lyrics, her approach to spitting over bass heavy beats, and how she deals with people shocked to see she's a girl that can actually spit!
How would you describe the lane within the musical landscape which you're operating in?
I feel like you either create your own lane or the lane you’re in creates you. I’ve found that a lot of people find it difficult to classify the music I make, I think the process of doing that is pretty useless anyway.. Why must everyone fit into a designated category or a box? That’s just marketing tactics. I don't make music to be marketed, therefore, I'm trying to paint my own musical landscape where there is rawness and realness, where my observations and experiences can be understood through humorous flows and melodies.
Music that is sometimes full of bass, sometimes full of space. I make piano symphonies and rap over them with no beat sometimes, or dubstep, grime, hip hop, sometimes drum and bass, reggae (even more so with my live band now) and also make soundtrack music which is very spacey, unsettling/dark and ambient.. So I don’t know how to answer this really but what I do know is. Humans are layered souls and as an artist I like to focus on the layers. So I guess my musical landscape is vast, real and ever changing (Just like life.)
On 'dropping them bombs' you drop some foreign lyrics - what was the language you incorporated and were those significantly controversial to be translated?
That’s Turkish… my family were born and raised there however I'm originally half Chechnyan and half Circassion (which is basically in the same region, just different mountains) but speak Turkish rather than our own native language because my parents were raised there. So last year I was sitting around in my studio one day and writing bars (as you do) and, as I was writing for a producer/friend who lives in Istanbul, I thought it would be cool to include some Turkish words so the listeners could relate if they couldn’t understand anything else.
Then it dawned on me that If I wrote the whole sentence in one language and I could just keep rhyming the word at the end in another language (Turkish) and it would make sense to someone who is bilingual and also it changes the flow of the track so much. I love writing like this as it challenges and stimulates my mind so much. That’s how the bilingual rap came about.