Singer/songwriter Lexi Jayde can credit the success of her newest release “drunk text me” to TikTok. The somber, acoustic-driven ballad is carried by her soothing vocals that truly tap into a devastating breakup. Heartbreak is tough but with a little TLC, you’ll be OK. Jayde’s introspective songwriting captivates listeners from the start and we cannot wait to see her career blow up even more. EUPHORIA. caught up with Jayde to chat about the new single and much more.
How did your journey start? What made you fall in love with music?
Music has always been a huge part of my life. I started writing songs when I was 6 or 7 years old in my notebook. I remember performing them for my parents all the time. I then grew up doing musical theater, which made me fall in love with singing and performing. And in general, my parents were always playing music around the house, so it was always around me. As I got older, I started going through more serious things and wrote about them. It became my therapy!
Your latest release is the stunningly vulnerable single “drunk text me,” co-produced by Alexander23. What was the experience like working with him? Can you dive into what inspired the song?
I’ve been friends with Alexander over the internet for a little and have always been a huge fan! He actually commented on my TikTok telling me to send it to him. So I did, and when he heard the song he responded with so much love and asked if he could be a part of it and I was like “DUHHH are you kidding?!” I’m so happy he reached out and he is so kind and talented. I feel lucky he’s a part of the project
What are some of your favorite lyrics from the track and why?
Oh wow, this is the first time this question is hard for me. I really truly love every single lyric in this song. I think “tell me I’m not like her, I made you happier” is definitely a favorite! Every time I hear that line, I want to bawl my eyes out and it always hits different. I think another line I love is “do you taste me on her mouth, or do you taste whiskey?” I was so proud of that line for so many reasons. One, I think the way it’s worded is so sick and it says a lot without saying much! And two, there’s a little personal connection in there that I don’t think a lot of people will see.
What was your initial reaction when you heard “drunk text me” blew up on TikTok? Did you expect people to have this type of reaction to it?
Genuinely didn’t think it was real at first, if I’m being completely honest. I definitely stared at it for a good day just looking at the comments and I had tears in my eyes. I had never seen so many people want/relate to something that was mine. When I posted it more than once and started seeing people using the sound, that’s when it hit me. I always knew this song was special, but I didn’t really know. I have been posting my songs on TikTok for over a year, you know, so I was in shock! Seeing the response to this song has just made me realize even more why I do music. To see how many people that are affected by this song is so surreal. I’m so insanely grateful for every part of this process. It was such a beautiful moment for me that I’ll never forget!
How would you describe your sound and who are some of your biggest musical influences?
My songs are intimate and sound timeless while having a classic feel to them. Very nostalgic and similar to Kacey Musgraves, Fleetwood Mac, Clairo, Lennon Stella, Tame Impala, who are also some of my musical influences. And of course Taylor Swift; I love my queen.
What advice outside of this track would you give to someone going through a breakup?
The pain I had experienced was something I had never felt before and never want to feel again, and to know that so many girls feel that feeling every day is mind blowing. Just know that it always gets better and that pain is temporary. We are all in this together! And it might feel like the end in the moment but it’s just the beginning. Whoever the person is, they don’t deserve you. And one day you will find someone who loves you more than you’ve ever expected to be loved. But for now, focus on yourself and don’t let that person drag you into a hole. Surround yourself with your passions and people you love and keep going. Don’t be afraid to feel the way you feel! Cry when you want to cry, scream when you want to scream. That’s a part of the healing process. The emotions will come in waves but take it day by day and one moment you’ll wake up and be okay. A quote I love that someone told me when I was going through it was “if you could love the wrong person so much, imagine how much you could love the right person.” Stay strong! You got this.
What would your dream collaboration be?
Gosh, there are so many people that come to mind! John Mayer would be a DREAM. I know he’s not alive, but I would do anything to have a song with Frank Sinatra! I think I’d cry if I did a collab with Taylor Swift as well.
Do you have any specific career goals you want to achieve in the years to come?
I have tons of goals! I want to headline my own tour, get under top 10 on the charts (manifesting a No. 1 song), hear my song on the radio, release at least two albums, play big shows, perform at festivals, do collabs with some other artists, grow as a songwriter, learn how to produce, master the guitar and the piano, I mean I have so many I could go on! I can’t wait to see what happens in the next few years.
What are three things that inspire you outside of your music?
First thing that inspires me are my friends and family! Probably the biggest inspiration in my life. They are what keep me going every day and play such a big role in my life. They inspire me to be the best version of myself. I’m so lucky. Another thing that inspires me is nature. I love going on walks and doing things outside and working out keeping my body and heart healthy. Lastly I think self-love and learning to love being OK alone. And doing things alone. I find myself really enjoying being by myself whether that’s cleaning my room, baking, organizing my closet, going to a thrift store, it gives me a sense of happiness I can’t get anywhere else.
What’s next for you?
So many things are next! 2022 is going to be the best year yet, I can feel it. So much music is coming, so much content, hopefully a lot more performances, I’m just so excited and can’t wait to start this new chapter. Definitely a lot to stay tuned for.