“Balance. I don’t spend much time with friends or mother; I’m always producing, recording, or writing. It devastates me but I’m so hungry that I have to live with these choices.”

Check out the interview with Abstract exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
In September of 2014 I went to my brother’s house to blaze (when I smoked). I showed up earlier then I was supposed to. He was in the middle of writing a rap, without hesitation I started writing a verse. It was horrible. Fast forward ten months I’ve written sixty five songs for a mixtape I dropped; nobody gave a fuck for it. I started working harder mastering my craft and I started producing everyday dedicating my life to be an emcee.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
The same thing I tell myself everyday: don’t give a fuck about what anyone has to say negatively, but notice the difference between hating and helpful criticism. Find a team of people who are just as passionate as yourself, give it your all, and don’t stop for anyone or anything.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Balance. I don’t spend much time with friends or mother; I’m always producing, recording, or writing. It devastates me but I’m so hungry that I have to live with these choices. Finding a new way to bring different energy is always a fun challenge, it forces me to think outside of the box when I write or produce instrumentals.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Get out knowing people, making organic relationships with people who understand the meaning and message you bring to music, finding random platforms to post music on so your name gets on the internet, getting in chat rooms and on social media.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
St. Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. We’ve had to huge break out band called Hey Rosetta which is alternative rock. There isn’t much of a music scene here so fan bases aren’t much of a thing. I could bitch how the whole city isn’t backing me or be grateful that I have the people who rock with me you know? We’ve all got to start somewhere.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I don’t have expectations or set things in stone because then you get down on yourself when it doesn’t happen. I got my visions, my plans. Slowly but surely they’re being executed. This stuff takes time and patience. I would like to be in college for music theory or touring Canada and The States.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
First and foremost my mother Heather, she is the strongest independent person I’ve ever met. Secondly it’s Neil Matthews, this man is fuckin Einstein. Whenever I’m buggin’ I hit him up, he drops the knowledge and wisdom I need. Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, and J.Cole inspire me with their movements.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Outside off drill music and mumble rap this is best time to be alive for music. It’s so fucking original and honest. It’s what we need. Anyone can rap or sing about cocaine, sluts, and sex, but to pour your heart into a song about your own issues or political issues is important.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UC2zBg1c1w-52_Lk_SJieV-A
Facebook: www.facebook.com/theabstractbastard
Twitter: www.twitter.com/jared_dodd
Instagram: www.instagram.com/jaredmahon1998