His latest single, New Life is currently charting on all Cape Town radio stations, and he is one of the finalists in ESP young legends competition, which, if selected, would see him perform at the 2018 edition of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.
I caught up with Ricketts last week in his studio to find out what music means to him and more…
I am at my happiest when I am creating. Whether it is songwriting, composing, designing or sketching. I enjoy the process of conceptualising and then seeing those ideas into materialisation.
Music is an arena and space where I can fully express myself, a place where I can exist without considering if I am being understood. Music is my escape, but also the core of everything I do.
I was performing a show in Sweden, and upon my entrance onto the stage, I slipped on a piece of plastic that got stuck to my shoe and ended up sliding on my knees between my dancers. Quite a dramatic start to a ballad I was about to sing.
Pharrell Williams is one of my biggest heroes. I admire how he is able to apply himself creatively across various mediums, I aspire to utilise my creative capabilities in a similar sense.
Robbie Willliams is one of the most captivating stage performers. I admire how engaging he is, and his unapologetic approach to his sense of self.
Michael Jackson, for not only being one of the best male performers of all time, but for his deep understanding of music and vocal delivery is still such a massive reference point for my creative process.
I'm a sucker for lime milkshake :)
I've been told that my sense of humor makes me an engaging performer as people feel instantly connected to me.
Because of my surname being Ricketts, I’ve been called Ricky J, Cricketts, but for the most part I’ve just been called Jay.
I would still be in some kind of creative field, and because I love design so much, I would have probably been a fashion designer.
Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill
Jamiroquai - Dynamite
Queen - Greatest Hits
Lianne La Havas - Is Your Love Big Enough
The Cranberries - No Need To Argue
“Kap ’n baard”(Afrikaans), which means to share a meal.
Having my artwork exhibited at an exhibition and having my music play on national and international radio.
Watching someone dance and sing along to your music on radio. To see that level of interaction with your music makes it so worth while.
Don’t allow others to determine how far you can go. People will always project their fears onto you. Instead, trust yourself and your vision.
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