August 25, 2020
Category: Blog Posts
10 Questions with Jazz Nipp
Ahead of his Downtown LIve performance August 30 at The Common, we chatted with Jazz Nip and asked him a few questions about life during COVID and music.
DBA: Your first name is Jazz and you play jazz music. What’s up with that?
Jazz Nipp: It’s just a coincidence. There’s no big story to it. Jazz is my real first name. I was 14 when I started listening to jazz music.
DBA: Did you pick up any new hobbies during COVID?
JN: In April, I moved to BC for a bit to weather the craziness going on in the city and I started axe throwing in the yard. Our family friends came over to the cottage and they brought some throwing knives with them and we started playing around with them and it turned out to be a lot of fun!
DBA: Do you have a favourite Downtown restaurant?
JN: I’m a huge fan of Grandin Fish & Chips, which is conveniently located right next to The Common. Tres Carnales on Rice Howard Way. is another restaurant that I love too. And I enjoy going to The Marc as well.
DBA: Did you discover any new music or artists in the past the last six months?
JN: I haven’t listened to a whole lot of music besides what I usually listen to but there are a couple new artists that I didn’t think I’d be interested in but they surprised me. Noah Cyrus, Miley Cyrus’s younger sister. I started listening to her and really enjoyed her music. Before quarantine, I usually listen to CBC 2 in my car so that was how I ended up hearing new music. One night the station played this band called Allvvays, an indie band from Toronto. They’re pretty cool too.
DBA: Is there a venue you’ve always dreamed of playing in?
JN: The Village Vanguard in New York City would be really cool to play! I once saw a show there and it’s a beautiful historic venue. Lots of amazing musicians have played there. For the calibre of artists that they book at the Vanguard, it’s amazing to see big artists in a small and intimate venue.
DBA: What’s your fondest memory from a live performance?
JN: Honestly there’s too many to pick just one. Anytime I’m on stage it’s a great time so I try to just enjoy it all. I’ve had a lot of fun playing at the Yardbird, especially when I go for a jam session.
DBA: Do you have any pre-show rituals or superstitions you can share with us?
JN: None that I can think of, I’m not really superstitious at all.
DBA: If you could give your 16-year-old self one piece of advice about being a musician what would it be?
JN: This is a tough one but I think the most important would be to just enjoy it. Never forget to have fun with it and enjoy every performance.
DBA: Any predictions for the future of the music industry with the impact COVID has had?
JN: Well it’s not going to be good I think, things are only going to get harder from here for all of us. We have to find new ways to sustain ourselves and get creative.
DBA: Because of COVID, how many days have you gone without performing in front of a live audience?
JN: Well its been basically since March now. I had one gig with Jeff Hendrick last Saturday, also on a patio, just outside SABOR and that was a lot of fun. There were people out on the patio and on the street, and with the nice weather it was a good time.