YAYME: 16 Quick Q’s for Your New Musical Crush!

“When I’m feeling really lost or upset about something in my personal life, I sometimes find that this song is able to help me feel better because I’m literally reminding myself that everything will really be okay in the long run if I just stick the rough patch out.” – YAYME on her new single ‘Beautiful Little Mind’

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Cover art to YAYME's single, "Beautiful Little Mind", painted by her mother, Xiaolan He <3 / via IG @iamyayme

Your new favorite song or lifelong musical crush is always right around the corner, and it’s our job to keep bringing you amazing new tunes and artists with that very goal in mind. That’s why we got in touch with the one and only YAYME!

Under the moniker of YAYME, Chinese-American songstress/songwriter Amy Jiang professes her unapologetically elegant and avant-garde display of indie R&B, jazz and the pop of yesteryear through her impressive, larger-than-life vocal performance. The diversity of those that inspire her are characteristic of her upbringing, as her love of music was evident enough from her childhood. And now, with the release of her single “Beautiful Little Mind”, YAYME is poised to really leave a mark on the music scene – and you heard it here first!

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“I think this song can mean a different thing to every person who listens to it because everyone’s going through their unique story and struggles with themselves. I left the lyrics pretty vague for this reason. When I’m feeling really lost or upset about something in my personal life, I sometimes find that this song is able to help me feel better because I’m literally reminding myself that everything will really be okay in the long run if I just stick the rough patch out. No matter how catastrophic something seems in the moment, it is the dualism that it shares with the highs that make it really worth experiencing.” – YAYME

We sat down with the singer to pick her brain about a few of the basics to help you get to know your (and our!) newest musical crush. Check out her answers below, and feel free to stream her tunes as you do!

Hi, I’m Amy and I’ve been making music since I was 18. I grew up with a musical background, starting to learn piano at the age of 5 and always being involved in school bands/choirs. My parents also really loved to take me to Karaoke places as a kid in China, where I grew up, and I think that had a huge influence on developing my love for singing.

I started making music because honestly, I was bored and had a lot of time the summer after I graduated high school. I’ve always loved to sing jazz and covers of songs I like, but I always just kind of told myself that I didn’t have it in me to write original songs that would be “good enough” for people to listen to. I was definitely the one holding myself back the entire time, so I’m glad I got over that.

If I were to describe my music, I’d say it sounds kind of like this one video of a boiled corn on the cob cooling off in the sunlight. The sun hits the water vapors in a way where it produces rainbow colors, and you can just see this beautiful hazy rainbow smoke dancing around above the corn. I say my music sounds like this video because I think a lot of my inspiration comes from daily things in life and just trying to highlight the art/beauty in simplicity. In terms of sound, I’m heavily inspired by Jazz, R&B and indie music. 

I feel the most inspired when I’m not trying to be inspired. I usually get the best ideas when I’m stressed from school or doing mundane things like showering or driving. I find that when I really sit down to force myself to come up with things on the spot it tends to be a hit or miss.

Sometimes I’ll go through long dry spells where no worthy ideas will come to the point where it worries me that I will never come up with a melody/lyric that I like ever again. Fortunately, I always end up with something new eventually! 

I’m really proud of myself for even releasing music in the first place. When I graduated high school and decided to go to college to pursue a biology degree, I thought that that was it with singing and music – but here we are! I’m glad I no longer think about things so black-and-white anymore, because I love the balance I’ve created for myself between music and my other career goals.

The first time I heard “I Loves You Porgy” by Nina Simone, I felt heartbroken. Like, I started crying so hard because sometimes there’s just that one song that hits you in a way that you can’t explain. I wasn’t even going through anything at the time, but just the way the chords melted together with her voice, her expression and words just absolutely destroyed me. Because of songs like that, I always strive to create something that will impact somebody the way certain songs have completely touched my life.

An important lesson I’ve learned is to allow things to come and go as they are meant to. Actually, I’m still in the process of learning this, but I think I tend to get too attached to people, ideas, hopes and dreams and whatnot in life. Believing that fate will bring about what’s meant to be has helped me cope with many things and ideas that have already expired from their place in my life. 

When I hear the word YAYME it makes me really happy because there really is no deeper meaning to it. It’s just yay me, and it rhymes with my name. Yay, it’s me! Amy!

I feel the most empowered when I am creating. There’s never a limit to what you can make, and to me, that freedom is super empowering. Sometimes, there are moments when I make something I really love and am super proud to the point where I’m genuinely shocked by myself – the empowerment from truly feeling proud of yourself is unparalleled.

My latest release is “Beautiful Little Mind” by YAYME. I wrote most of this song during the middle of the pandemic in a time when I was really going through it, and it helped create a safe space for my mind in moments of need.

I wrote it from the point of view of a fairy godmother figure, essentially just trying to tell the listener that everything really will be okay no matter how bad things are, without trying to undermine at all what is being felt in the moment. I left the lyrics pretty ambiguous so that it can just be left to the listener to interpret it however it best fits in their own story and struggles. 

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When people listen to my music, I hope that they will feel heard and understood. Music has a way of touching people and enriching lives in certain ways that nothing else in the world can. The feeling it can give you in just the right moment, at the right time, in the right headspace is indescribable, and can literally change your life sometimes. I hope to be able to bring some form of positive change or to just enrich someone’s life with my music.

It’s important to empower women because we are literally so powerful and capable of so much more than we think if we just believe in ourselves. Cheesy, I know, but it’s not cheesy if I mean it. I mean, we’re literally half of the world’s population, so why wouldn’t we want to empower women? There is just so much potential in any person if they just try and believe in themselves, because mindset can make the world of a difference to what you accomplish.

As I mentioned above, I used to not believe I could ever create a song/melody/lyric that was “good enough”, but when I finally got over that mindset I was able to tap into much more of my creativity.

My biggest role model is my mom. Always has been, always will be. She is extremely patient, understanding and probably the most considerate person I know. I seriously strive to be as kind of a person as she is one day. Another quality I really value is her unwavering optimism. She’s like a warm sun consistently shining on everyone in our family. 

Looking back at this time of my life 10 years from now, I’ll probably remember it being a time of growth and self-discovery. I think there is a lot I have yet to learn about myself and the world, so I imagine I’ll be all wised up thinking back about what I was like when I was still in college. I hope I’ll still be making music.

If I met my 14-year-old self I’d tell her to stop being so pessimistic, chill out and not take things too seriously. Honestly, I’m still kind of pessimistic, but it’s okay, because we’re working on it! I used to spend too much time worrying about little things that I really shouldn’t have wasted so much of my mental energy on. I think music has been instrumental in helping me reevaluate what is truly important to me in life, but at the same time I feel like I still worry too much about the same things I’ve always worried about. 

I want you to know that I have so much music that I’m looking forward to sharing. I have about three years worth of music that I’ve been saving up, so it feels so good to say that I’ll finally be releasing them soon! 


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