Victoria artist combines songwriting and performance art in debut music video – Sooke News Mirror
Jeremy Sinclair’s first clip opens with him sitting in Carhartt, tousled hair in an empty tub. Clip by clip, he releases a new prop – a faux rose, a candle, three rubber ducks, a suction cup dart gun and a bottle of cheap chardonnay – as he showcases his wacky personality alongside lyrics from isolation, grief and self-acceptance as a queer artist.
We are far from the scraps of poetry that the 25-year-old scribbled in her notebooks at school and at university. Then words served as a creative outlet away from class time, and notebooks a space safe from homophobic language, according to Sinclair, often permeated his kinesiology degree and varsity wrestling team.
“The social environment was not very tolerant for everyone in the sports I played in. I felt I needed to be somewhat repressed.”
Around halfway through his studies, Sinclair suddenly realized that he was spending all of his free time – and also his class time, he admitted – writing songs. Why, he wondered, wasn’t he pursuing something he was so clearly passionate about?
An impromptu open mic party in Edmonton sealed the deal. Besides a 6th grade talent show Sinclair can’t even remember, it was his very first time and he loved every second of it.
Two years ago, Sinclair moved to Victoria and began his training at the Canadian College of the Performing Arts, devoting himself to singing, songwriting, acting and dancing full time. There he rediscovered the sense of community.
“It is nothing but openness and appreciation for the individual, whatever their history, wherever they come from and however they choose to express themselves. . “
Although his sports teams weren’t the most tolerant of the environment, Sinclair acknowledges that their demanding training schedule helped him prepare for the 10-hour days he now spends studying at the College of scenic arts. His hard work paid off when he landed the lead role of Bobby Strong in the Urinetown College production last spring.
Sinclair is able to thrive in a busy schedule, but it is in times of calm and loneliness that he is inspired to write songs. Each morning he begins his day with a writing session, jotting down everything he thinks just to put his ideas and thoughts on paper. When he has free time, he goes to a cafe or a public place to people watch and make up stories in his head. Later, he will often turn his notes and thoughts into lyrics, poem or rap.
The process of introspection is easily audible in Sinclair’s crisp, emotional music. While “Hey, how ya been” is her first music video, Sinclair has several other songs recorded. Lately he’s moved away from the indie-pop style and played with hard-rock, which he hopes to debut this winter as he becomes more integrated into Victoria’s music scene.
More of his material can be viewed at @jeremy_james_sings on TikTok and Instagram.
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