We’re delighted that Jenk Oz has joined our Young Ambassadors Board! Jenk is an entrepreneur, speaker, actor, musician, DJ and founder of Thred Media. Jenk talks to us about how he got started as a musician, his advice for young people interested in songwriting and so much more.
What got you into music? I started taking piano lessons at school once a week when I was 5 years old, it seemed like everyone was picking up an instrument, so I thought why not give it a go. Over time, I started picking up other instruments so I could play a certain type of instrument based on the songs I was interested in learning. Alto sax suited more jazz type songs, guitar was well suited to pop and the drums was my rock outlet!
What is your favourite part of the songwriting process? To date, I have not written that many songs but when I started, it was all about the rhymes and the rap. I wanted to be the Fresh Prince of Belair!
What achievement are you most proud of? Grade 8 Piano and professional DJ gigs
Who would be your dream artist/writer/band to collaborate with? Drake and Calvin Harris
Do you feel like you’ve mastered your craft or are you still learning? If you’re still learning, what’s your next milestone? Piano Diploma
What would you say to someone aged 8-18 who is thinking about writing songs but hasn’t started yet? Or do you have any tips for 8-18 year old songwriters who are already writing? The faster you take the words/melodies out of your head and write them down, the faster you can free up space for the next round of creative thoughts!
Favourites round! Don’t think about it, just say what first comes to mind. Who/what is your favourite:
Artist? Queen and Loyle Carner
Song? Hell N Back and Death Bed
Chord? B flat 11 chord in Bohemian Rhapsody- best song ever written
Gig you’ve been to? As crazy as it sounds, I’ve been to 100+ shows, nothing beats LIVE
Lyric? Anything in the song Gold Digger- Kanye
Genre? Hip Hop
What’s your instrument of choice? Is there an instrument you would like to learn? Piano
Do you have any hidden talents or party tricks? Whip cream catch
What are your non-musical hobbies? DJing, acting and Rugby
What do you think matters most to 8-18 year olds? Their phones
What do you like about Song Academy? Gives young people a chance to express their feelings through song, it’s an outlet 24/7 no matter what is happening around them.
Aged 8-18? Written your own original songs?
Then enter The Young Songwriter 2020 competition before the 31st March 2020!