John Michael Veiga, known professionally as JPOPD1, is an American Author, Producer, Singer, Songwriter, Recording Artist, Actor, Audio Engineer, and Entrepreneur from Miami, Florida. His 2016 single “Love in Miami” with group “NIGHTLYFE” was one of his first professional releases in the United States. It seems like JPOPD1 boasts so many different styles, as if it were second nature or language to him. The hunger for inspiration is admirable and refreshing for an artist in our time, telling relatable yet seemingly truthful stories in his heart pounding and emotionally driven music; serving as the ice breaker between his fans, supporters, and him. He humbles himself enough to be honest about where he comes from, and where he sees himself going. We are excited to see, listen, and experience where this artist will take us in his journey for self healing, peace, and clarity.
John Michael Veiga began his love for music way before the introduction of streaming services and even before YouTube ever existed. As he has stated in various interviews, he began his love for music by the simple and curious nature of sounds and colors affecting him physically and psychologically due to his unique and wonderful disorder, as he loves to call it; synesthesia. He began memorizing and rewriting lyrics to famous pop, rap and alternative artists, continually, day in day out, thus learning song and music structure.
His mother Olga always said he had a gift for the arts, because he was a character of a child growing up. Always a handful, John was not the easiest child to control and deal with. Always getting into trouble and causing mischief, he was placed in private school to further advance his education and discipline. Having been a social butterfly by nature, it was easy for John to make friends as well as enemies very quickly. But he never really talks about the negative aspects of his life in his interviews. His father Lazaro Miguel Veiga went to prison before he was born for murder charges against him, but not much else has been documented about his biological father. Having met him after being released from prison, John describes his relationship with his biological father as one resembling a distant friendship. He has also stated that he loved his father, but the man who raised him was Higinio Garcia, his step father and his role model in life as he states. Olga Mendez, his mother, was his main inspiration to continue to pursue his dreams. He states many times in several interviews, that the support of his mother is the reason for his confidence. He states family is the motivation behind his drive for success.
Working under the label Leap Over Demons Publishing, he derives the rest of his inspiration from a myriad of directions. He lists Lil Wayne, Kevin Gates, Tory Lanez, Drake, Jcole, Jbalvin and Maluma as some influences. The latter influence can particularly be heard in his highly-danceable 2019 album Hipnotizados alongside fellow artist Visous Eye.
His greatest inspiration, however, comes from a more introspective place: Life itself. JPOPD1 channels his day-to-day experiences and struggles into his tracks.
The relentless artist has shown no sign of slowing down anytime soon. To follow-up “Feisty,” JPOPD1 is currently working on future tracks which he regards to as “diamonds in the rough”
JPOPD1 has a willingness to learn and work with others, especially those he considers family, but says that one of his biggest obstacles as a musical artist has been finding authentic people in the industry to surround himself with. As much as he creates music for others, he credits his chosen path with keeping him off the streets and out of jail. Simply put, cliché and all, creating music keeps him alive.