Van Bobbi, f.k.a. Collaj, f.k.a. 8th Grader, a.k.a. I have so much talent I can have 3 different monikers and sounds is Jayson Martinovich, a singer/songwriter/producer who embodies his hometown of LA with an affinity for coffee, progressive style, a love of the arts and time spent in the void.
Van Bobbi’s first single is titled, “Amelia Earhart”, a clever play on the historic female pilot who disappeared in the late 1930s, doubles as a recounting of a former relationship: “Somewhere out there we never fell apart…Somewhere out there we never felt the pressure, somewhere out there we never closed the door…somewhere out there like Amelia Earhart”. But perhaps, with lyrics like, “We will never come down”, the song is about doing drugs.
Anyway, in typical Jayson fashion, we have tom-fills for days, a by-product of his musical influences from the ’70s and ’80s. Van Bobbi backs up his drum rhythm with a rocking bass line, a light piano in the distance and claps on the outro to give a more filling and more uplifting chorus as the song comes to a conclusion. With production and lyrical skill like this, I look forward to more of what Van Bobbi is and does.