Welcome to Summer Fridays! We know you work hard. So Teen Vogue is celebrating the end of each week — all summer long — with custom playlists created by artists you know and love.
Jean Deaux is on her grind. The 24-year-old artist, musician and filmmaker released her second EP, Empathy, in June and has no plans of slowing down. “I've just been, I don't know, getting prepared for the next season, really,” she tells Teen Vogue. “I feel like I'm always a little bit ahead of myself.”
Reflecting on her latest EP, she shares, “the project felt very ethereal...I wanted it to feel kind of fantasy-like.” It’s fitting that the concept for the cover imagery literally came to her in a dream: “I still don't really know what it was about, but I had a dream with a white horse in it.”
In the cover images, Jean wears a long blue wig, topped with wide-brim hat, a white prairie dress and black corset, and she both sits atop and stands beside a white horse (fully embracing The Yeehaw Agenda) in a lush clearing. As far as making that dream a reality, “everything kind of lined up on its own.” Originally, they had planned to use a brown horse for the shoot and in a serendipitous turn of events, there was only a white horse was available.
As she progresses as an artist, a new challenge is shaping the narrative around how she came to be. Jean Deaux is “known for her mastery of multiple genres and creative mediums,” according to Forbes. She’s spent the last five years doing a little bit of everything; it’s not as if she’s just arrived. “I never really pictured myself as separating myself as like, ‘Oh I'm an artist who does features. Oh, I'm an artist that writes songs. And now I'm a solo artist.’ Like I've kind of always have been a solo artist throughout.”
No new music for now as her latest project is, of course, “still kind of marinating.” But stay tuned: “there's a lot of exciting news to wrap up this summer.” Before the season is over, she’ll release two music videos along with “other content.” What type of content? She didn’t specify, but we’re keeping our eyes and ears ready. Ultimately, she says, the goal is to “spice it up a little bit; to do something different.”
She adds, “I'm going to shake the table honey.”
Jean reveals that her Summer Fridays playlist, originally titled ‘DA FREAKIN’ WEEKEND’ (mood) is “actually part of a playlist that I make for one of my best friends, like once a week.” Like Empathy, it’s a compilation of songs meant to take her to a different place. It includes otherworldly artists like sepentwithfeet. Songs like ‘Here We Go Again Pts. 1 & 2’ by the Isley Brothers bring the nostalgia, while ‘Vacation’ by drea the vibe dealer serves as pulsing inspiration to put in those time off requests and go off the grid.
Like many artists, Jean usually works weekends, so the vibe of this mix isn’t about the literal Friday-Sunday span. “It's just that feeling of like, ‘I'm about to take time to myself. I'm not about to worry about work or like doing anything,’” she explains. “Nobody can call me; put my phone on do not disturb.”
Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue