One of the first records that truly inspired me was Plans by Death Cab for Cutie. I remember this girl I had a crush on in high school told me about them, so I went online and pirated the album. That one illegal download changed my life.
The lyrics on that record are so masterful, it really gave me perspective on how you can have intricate literature in pop music. They had such diverse instrumentation as well, and used electronic sounds in a surprisingly organic way intertwining perfectly with their classic indie rock setup. I remember listening to that album on my high school campus, being so immersed in their special brand of loneliness. It really spoke to me back then, and helped me grow into the artist I am today. One of my career goals is to have the opportunity to write music with Ben Gibbard :)
Jhameel is a pop musician based in Oakland, CA. He was once set on the path to officer-ship in the United States Army. Although his linguistic skills in Arabic, Spanish, Korean, and Russian would have been highly rewarded in the military, Jhameel quit the program before signing an irrevocable contract due to personal beliefs about U.S. presence in the Middle East. He then earned a degree in Arabic from UC Berkeley within just two years, graduating summa cum laude. Immediately after, he began his career in music.
Jhameel creates explosively funky music comprised of soul-stirring guitar, immersive synthesizers, triumphant brass, and athletic, melodic vocals inspired equally by Prince and Michael Jackson. He plays each and every instrument on his records himself, creating catchy melodies that settle easily into your mind with human lyrical themes that continue to challenge the heart. Jhameel’s skills extend to the mixing board too, as he produces his own music.You can download his music and watch his videos at http://www.jhameel.com