The end of a relationship is the beginning of something new in "Heal" from Jakk Fynn, a "transmasculine Latinx pop artist with pop-punk and post-hardcore musical roots!" And The Advocate has the exclusive video premiere of the "Heal" video off of Fynn's EP, Cancelled.
Fynn, whose work seeks to redefine masculinity, chats about his song and video in a statement to The Advocate.
"Prior to this particular relationship that I wrote about in the song, I hadn't been single and out as trans. When the relationship ended, it felt like I was stepping into a version of myself that I wasn't fully acquainted with," Fynn says. "In effect, 'Heal' not only helped me to process the immediate emotions of my breakup, but it also gave me a safe space to start to assert my masculinity individually. This was clearly healing in a much more profound way."
A Los Angeles native, Fynn's music is entirely self-funded. He says that although he's faced challenges along the way, he's committed to empowering people, particularly queer people, through his art.
"Throughout my musical journey I've met a lot of obstacles: opposition from my family, pressures from labels, the idea that I had to present myself in any way other than who I actually am," Fynn says. "These things never stopped me though; they just pushed me harder to find new ways to fight for my vision 100 percent on my terms."
"Giving visibility to those who're fighting and thriving within the queer community is one of the quickest ways to inspire others to pursue the same for themselves in whatever realm they desire," Fynn adds. "I want to be able to include my voice in the conversation so whomever it may resonate with can hear it."
"Heal" was borne out of Fynn's experience with a break-up, but the message of self-love is universal and particularly important for queer people.
"We all need to improve on the practice of self-love and kindness. When we let the world isolate us from the reality of who we truly are, it creates a fundamental discord that leads to a lot of pain and internalized shame," Fynn says. "So the closer we can get to wholly loving and accepting ourselves, the closer we can get to loving and accepting others."