Jon Batiste has said he doesn’t try to follow trends but will “always bank on his own work” following his success at the Grammys last week.
The 35-year-old musician received five Grammy Awards from 11 nominations, including the coveted Gong for Album of the Year for his 2021 album We Are.
His success at one of music’s biggest nights has helped push his work – which spans multiple genres including R&B, jazz, American roots music and classical – into the spotlight.
Speaking to People magazine about his music, Batiste said: “The performance and all the things that allowed people to really enjoy the music were there all the time.
“The music has always been as it was when it came out over a year ago. I just think people needed something to contextualize it.”
He added: “I’ve always backed myself. I’ve never really tried to follow trends.”
The multi-genre performer and recent Oscar winner believes this is just the beginning of a “journey” on which he will share his work with many more people.
Batiste was nominated in 11 categories – the most by any act – an achievement he was proud of as it was the most nominations since Michael Jackson’s classic 1982 album Thriller.
He said: “This album – Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, these are people, obviously, that I’ve studied and learned so much from, so that’s been a win for me.”
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That night he also won Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song for his song Cry, Best Music Video for his track Freedom, and Best Visual Media Score Soundtrack for the Disney Pixar film Soul of 2020.
The musician noted that his youngest and oldest family members, including his seven-year-old nephew and nearly 90-year-old grandfather, were also in the audience at the awards ceremony.
He explained, “My grandfather looked at me and said, ‘This is a unique moment for me.’
“He didn’t even talk about me winning, he talked about being there.
“And after all the life he’s lived to look at me and be like, ‘Wow, this is actually happening and this is my grandson and all these things that we’re risking and sacrificing, now he’s winning the biggest prize in of the music, and I am here to witness it.’ That was something special.”
Batiste said his ambitions for the future are “to do anything creative with good people who are dedicated to the craft”.
“I work all the time. I’m constantly creating, I’m constantly trying to find what’s the muse that drives me,” he added.
“I don’t want to limit any of the possibilities. I definitely want to do more music, but anything as long as it’s happening with the right people and it feels harmonious.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/jon-batiste-on-not-following-trends-and-betting-on-himself-after-grammy-success-41551471.html Jon Batiste on not following trends and banking on yourself after Grammy win