This weekend I had the chance to catch up with rising star Jazz Cartier before his show with Post Malone at The Gothic Theater in Denver. Jazz’s latest project “Hotel Paranoia” has propelled him to the next level of international fandom and critical acclaim.
Jazz’s calm demeanor in our conversation off the stage was a stark contrast to the energy he delivered once he had a microphone in his hand. From climbing the balcony adjacent the stage to repeatedly dousing the crowd with water and at one point vodka, Jazz Cartier’s performance on stage was nothing short of captivating. Prior to his performance I had the chance to talk to Jazz about his style as well as his growing fan base and bank account.
Alright so tell me a little bit about yourself and how you first got started making music?
Jazz Cartier : Definitely, well my name’s Jazz Cartier A.K.A. Jacuzzi Lafleur. I started making music when I was around 16 and I actually was a florist before making music my passion. Shouts to you guys at GoodMusicAllDay because you were one of the first sites to feature my music back when this all started. Now I’m doing my first huge (40 city) tour with Post Malone and Larry June. So I appreciate the continued support.
I saw you recently were featured on the cover of “Toronto Life” and were featured as one of the best dressed people in the city. Is your style something you put a lot of thought into or does it just come naturally?
Jazz Cartier : Honestly I don’t worry about “fashion” in the least. I was just born to be jiggy nigga. I am the best dressed person in Toronto and I’m probably one of the best dressed people in the world. It’s all good though, definitely an honor for them to recognize me like that. I just don’t really put too much effort into fashion, it’s just something that comes effortlessly to me.
That same magazine went on to call you “The Next Drake”. What do you think about that comparison?
Jazz Cartier: I mean it’s usually old white people that write those articles, you know? So anybody that’s black, making rap music and from Toronto is automatically “The Next Drake”. That’s just an inevitable comparison. It’s a lazy comparison, but at the same time I’m being compared to the best in the world. So it doesn’t really phase me, Drake’s the homie and he’s paved the way for everyone doing their thing in Toronto. So even though we’re totally different artists, in a way he’s still a big reason why I’m where I am right now.
What’s changed the most for you since your notoriety has increased in the last year?
Jazz Cartier: My bank account. I’ve got a whole lot of commas these days. Before it was all decimals.
Jazz Cartier confidence in his abilities are not without warrant, few have seized the spotlight so effortlessly. If you’re one of the lucky cities to host the “Hollywood Dreams” tour then I encourage you to go get your tickets here to check out Jazz and his counterparts Larry June, Fki 1st and Post Malone. From Lil Wayne’s recent cosign to the magazine covers Jazz Cartier’s future seems even brighter than the golden rings that his knuckles bare.