|The cover for JMSN's latest self-titled album, which fans call "THe Blue Album"|
When Christian Berishaj writes music, he disconnects. The iPhone is turned off, the e-mail and texts and phone calls reach an electronic dead end, and the Los Angeles-via-Detroit artist seeks out space.
For now, that space is the North Hollywood apartment he rents, yet another place of his own he's carved out during his six years in L.A., where he writes and tracks demos as JMSN. He can't afford a getaway in the mountains at the moment, but his sights are set on reclaiming some of that natural openness for his himself. He ponders the eventuality of it, a brief moment during our interview when he doesn't cap a statement with a laugh.
"When I get to that point, I'll have to figure out where I want that space," he says.
Berishaj has no time for bullshit, and he will tell you so. Having undergone a series of musical iterations -- first as multi-instrumentalist Love Arcade, which signed to Columbia Records, then later under the moniker Christian TV, which signed with Universal Motown -- he struck out on his own and formed his own independent record label, White Room Records. It's the venture through which Berishaj released his most recent and highly lauded self-titled LP, known to Berishaj and his fans as "The Blue Album." More »