“I started paying more attention to the details outside of the audio, such as cover art and what I say when sharing on social media.”
Check out the interview with Derion Jai exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Derion Jai: I used to play Wiz every day at school and one of my favorite tracks off of his Prince of the City 2 mixtape titled “Buss Down” always made me picture myself on my own tour. I decided to give it a shot before my senior year of high school ended and never looked back. I booked my first show in DC at the Treehouse Lounge near the end of the 2014 summer and have been progressing since.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I started paying more attention to the details outside of the audio, such as cover art and what I say when sharing on social media.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Knowing who and what to trust is very important. I’m a nice guy, but I’m no chump.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The DMV is diverse and has been talented forever.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Not sure, I just plan to have a place in it.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Work hard and don’t hesitate to test your limits.
What inspires you to write your next song?
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I just search for beats online and write to the ones I like.
What do you think makes a great song?
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.derionjai.com