Prepare to fall in love if you’ve never heard of Pell’s music. Jared Thomas Pellerin, whose real name is Jared Thomas Pellerin, is a recording artist, musician, producer, engineer, and clothing designer who takes great pride in being a master of all trades. “Whatever you need, I probably got it” is the overall message of the creative.
Pell is the only person who can bring all the vibrations. He is a true rapper at heart, and what draws listeners in is his distinctive blend of all genres, from rap to R&B to funk. His sharp lyricism is also accentuated by the experiences that we all go through every day. Pell reminds audiences that we are all human and that music can help us heal, regardless of the stresses of society or relationships.
Fans have been patiently waiting for his next body of work since the release of his critically acclaimed mixtape Floating While Dreaming in 2014. Five years later, he returned with his reflective debut album Gravity. Floating While Dreaming II, which was just made available for streaming on all of them. The lead singles “Flight,” featuring Dave B, and “So Cold,” featuring PJ Morton, highlight Pell’s progress in both his personal life and music career on the 11-track album.
The 28-year-old still finds time to make music with his NOLA-based musical group GLBL WRMG, which recently released their first joint album, glbl wrmg vol. 1 in the past year.
Flaunt met Pell in downtown Los Angeles, who was upbeat just days before the release of his album. Read on as we talk about his move back to New Orleans, his roots in the city, the turning point in his music career, the making of “Flight” with Dave B., his new album “Floating While Dreaming II,” shooting the cover art, working with PJ Morton and Tony Williams on “So Cold,” his self-care routines, his fashion sense, selling out his trucker hats, and more!
How long have you been in Los Angeles since you moved back to New Orleans?
I served my time for five years. [Laughs] Now I’m back home in New Orleans. It’s odd because I thought I’d get the urge to “oh, I gotta move back to LA” when I moved back to New Orleans. However, the relationships I’ve built throughout my life provide a very solid foundation for the way I’m moving right now and the things I can do in New Orleans.
How was it like for a young Pell to grow up in New Orleans?
I participated in numerous sports, Pell. The sports were very important to my family. My brother ran track and played basketball and football. I played soccer, a little basketball, and football. I played baseball when I was a kid, and that was my main activity. I was a great baseball player.
You’re playing baseball, I can see.
Really? Okay. What do you think is funny? Only in that one sport can you tell. Because everyone who plays baseball is of varying sizes, heights, and shapes, no one looks like a baseball player, but thank you.
Did you want to play professional baseball?
Never, no. I initially desired to participate in it so that I could play with my brother. Based on my age, I was good enough. My brother is older and we are separated by three years. I was pretty good at playing with him, and it was fun.
When you first realized that you could make a living playing music, what was the turning point?
When I started going on tour, I went on tour with my then-manager and a friend who did a lot of production work. We were making our way to the Northeast from the Southeast: from Starkville, Mississippi, to Washington, D.C., and back down again. We came to the conclusion that Lyor Cohen, who was starting 300 at the time, contacted me. Crazy. He is removing his label as they discuss this concept with me. That was the moment I realized I could actually earn money from this nonsense. I wasn’t sure if I should have gone to school at that point in my life. I declined the offer after receiving that call and being flown to Los Angeles.
What’s going on?
because I believed I could do more on my own. Not only that, but also because that is a daring assessment; I don’t believe I thought of it as being linear. Oh no! I’m doing it perfectly. No, during that tour, I had to sleep in my car. I don’t think it was that much because I didn’t know the power and possibilities of what else was available to me. Even though I didn’t know or have any personal relationships with this person, I wanted to see if he was paying attention. Who else has been paying attention? Who else is a fan of my music that I don’t know about? In that way, I bet on myself, and I believe it paid off.
How did it feel to sleep in your car?
Since it was a Walmart parking lot, it was excellent. It only occurred twice, both times in a Walmart parking lot.
Do you recall the initial few dollars you made from music?
The first few dollars I made from music are a joke, but I suppose the statue of limitation. laughs] I’m having an affair with you. When I was in high school, I sold $10 mixed CDs of music that my friends were rapping on and my beats. I would bake bread, mix CDs, and sometimes burn CDs with music from other people. Technically, from music, but probably not until my senior year of high school. I was asked to perform for someone else.
Today, you released “Flight,” featuring Dave B. The song has such a vibe; how did you come up with it?
I was about to fly to Australia at the end of that year to tour with Young Franco right before the pandemic. I was excited about the kind of music I had made with him, like the record we made together called “Juice.” It has a beach house vibe and is also very active. I thought about how my music is typically a lot more laid-back, upbeat, and upbeat, and this one also has a lot of those things.
However, as I planned to tour internationally, I wanted to do something dance-related, something that would make me move, and something that could get people moving. attempting to go insane In a lyrical sense, that is why I specifically discussed that: where I’ve been and where I’m going with my music in the future. I’m talking about Paris, Amsterdam, and New Orleans because that’s where I live, but traveling the world was where my thoughts were. Clearly, there is a metaphor there. Enjoy the flight on your weed trip.
Why is having fun on the flight so important?
Wow, given that you are aware that anything could alter tomorrow. We are currently discussing New Orleans, which recently experienced a hurricane. During my first time living in New Orleans, I frequently took for granted the number of people I worked with and my homies who were in good situations. We had to move several times because we were from New Orleans and lived in New Orleans. That memory is always in the back of my mind. I’m enjoying it right now because a tornado could destroy your house tomorrow. Or, your house might be flooded, and the things you used to care about might no longer be there. This kind of thing happens every year, so it’s not as old as the Katrina reference. It keeps getting worse.
Do you also possess that New Orleans bounce?
Yes, absolutely. In a different way, I incorporate the New Orleans bounce into my music. I absolutely adore the album’s “Tew Much” song. Despite the fact that it feels very rap and very current in terms of the flows I’m doing, it almost has the impression of moving to a second line. I always try to play and juxtapose based on what you might have imagined New Orleans music to sound like. Put a little bit of that bounce into my music, but do it in a different way. That is my practice.
How did Dave B. land where he did? He is flame.
I just reached out, he’s fire! We had discussed wanting to work on something a while ago, and I know we wanted to, but this was the right time. I had already written a second verse for “Flight,” and I loved it. That song is amazing, but I was nervous. I wanted a different kind of energy to approach it so that it could be bigger than just me because I wanted it to be the single. That was what I liked about the connection between the South and the Pacific Northwest with Dave B. Loving While Dreaming II (FWD II) is out now; what are you most excited about?
To be touched by this record, if you ever felt anything. This will undoubtedly be your favorite record if you have been a fan of mine. It’s the most expensive and laborious work I’ve ever done on a body of work that is very similar to what I’m going through right now. It is very true to who I am as a person and not rapper talk or shit.
Since the first Floating While Dreaming, how have you grown or improved?
I believe that overall, my songwriting has improved. Even though nobody could tell, I used to be lazy when I wrote. On the lyrical side, I always did one verse that was very good, the worst thing I’ve ever said. I took a break to smoke because the second verse would always be acceptable. I’m chillin’, and I’m not thinking as much about it. This is ADD. I feel more focused now. When I’m inspired, I only write. I only write if the words have meaning to me, as if I were actually experiencing the experience. It’s not that I didn’t do it before, just with more purpose now.
How did PJ Morton’s performance on “So Cold” come about?
I met Biako and Akeel Henry, two incredible and amazing producers, at Revival Studio, the former Earth Wind & Fire studio. They produced “So Cold,” which features PJ Morton. That day, I had two separate sessions, a back-to-back schedule, and I was late. I apologized, stating, “I’m not professional.” I enjoy being on time because it confuses people. People have the thought, “Oh rapper, he’ll be two hours later.” I’m on time, not that.
That is an excellent reputation!
Hey, I’m doing my best to keep up. When I arrived at the session, I commented, “Yeah, I hope y’all started on something.” They replied, “Yes, we have already begun.” When they played the instrumental for “So Cold,” I said, “Let’s get a mic, I’m going to freestyle some shit.” right away. The melody was freestyled by me, and the words came later. I was certain that I wanted to involve Tony and PJ that night. Fortunately, both of them responded quickly to my request to include a R&B vocalist. snaps] Tony, The WRLDFMS Tony Williams, set down his belongings. Tony is responsible for everything Kanye-related, including Sunday Service and late registration. I was able to collaborate with him because that meant a lot to me.
I was able to attend the Sunday Service after we worked while he was flying into Los Angeles. It was at that Hollywood movie studio, which on the inside resembled a barn. PJ laid in this manner the following week and played his keys on his verse. The way it came together was crazy. The actual meaning of “So Cold” is the push and pull that every serious relationship goes through. I was thinking back on a time when I was in a serious relationship. There are times when you go back and forth, and one person feels like they are left out: So Cold” from the inside out. It takes some time, but the first step is to identify it. From there, proceed further.
What gave rise to the cover art? You’re half submerged… It’s awesome.
To be honest, the cover art is haphazard. I’m also wearing this shirt because I was attempting to shoot underwater while experimenting with the concept of floating. I didn’t think it would work. Those pictures were taken by me and my friend Paige; thanks to Paige, who also shot the cover. Although it is cool, it is not what I expected. We looked at a lot of the photos, including this one before she edited it. I thought, “Oh my god, that happened that day?” when she sent me that one. That became the cover right away. It became a symbol for the various ways in which one moves through life. The ones where I’m constantly floating in the air are different because I always pose, but on this one, I looked content. I like it because it looks very calm.
How do you take care of yourself?
I actually do not sleep. I attempt the biggest lie. I work very hard. Call of Duty is my favorite video game to play on occasion. I love making beats without a plan or trying to do anything—just relax—while watching movies with the sound off. I get new ideas and it’s therapeutic this way. I’m relaxing and observing where my creative thoughts take me. Finally, reading. I read more editorials and magazines. I’m currently experiencing a New Yorker phase. I’ve signed up for the New Yorker because I like to be informed in a way that doesn’t require me to look at a screen. Naturally, the newspaper; I am not purchasing one. The way it looks, the graphics, and the words all appeal to me. Casamigo is my final choice. That is all.
How would you characterize your sense of style?
Overall, it’s a very comfortable idea for everyday work clothes with a little more flair. I now adore trucker hats, just like the turtleneck. something that is rooted in the fashion of the South. Outside of this one, trucker shirts and hats are already commonly worn. The ones I have are shirts that are thicker, which is more common in the South. Simply make it appear elegant and nice.
How did it feel to sell out of your hats?
That was fantastic! It’s unexpectedly expected because I didn’t expect it. Before we sold them, people had been playing with them, and I was frequently asked, “Can I cop that?” I mean, seriously, they sold out in 30 minutes. We only made 60, but it’s still insane that it happened so quickly. For a New Orleans market, that’s two hats per minute.
Do you currently have any objectives?
I currently do not. I ran out of ideas for goals for the remainder of the year. My current objective is to ensure that this album achieves its full potential. I must concentrate on this. I want to build this project into everything else I do in my life. Every year, I do this thing where I set a lot of goals. I had accomplished most of my goals by this point: started a label, formed a group, released a project under that group, and worked on a feature film titled Tom & Jerry. Because my music video is in there, not only was my image and presence there, but so was my music.
I was in the Eric Andre movie Bad Trip. The film was hilarious and amazing. During the GrammyMusic Awards, Denzel Curry and Young Franco appeared in my commercial for Apple. That commercial has been nominated for an Emmy, so technically I was eligible for one. I’m not technically, but I’m going to say it. laughs] I loathe that crap. Because I’ve done so much wrong, I don’t want to set goals; I want to be able to accomplish things over time. When you set too many goals for yourself, you may close doors that could lead to opportunities you want or that are extremely lucrative that you don’t need to look in.
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