“I’m a beat hound. I’m constantly listening to beats. I look for beats that make me feel something. And as soon as I find that beat I run with that feeling. I grab my phone, open up my notes app, and start typing.”
Check out the interview with DJ GinJar exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
DJ GinJar: This all started in high school. I got caught by a friend of mine writing poetry in a class. After school we would get together and have writing sessions. We would take instrumental tracks from singles and write our own stuff. It naturally progressed from there. I started deejaying and making beats. Got a great opportunity to join JaHMa Records as part of a duo and now I’m stepping out on my own as a solo artist.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I think the one way of promoting that will never go out of style is being in front of people. Performing, being at another show, just having a conversation with someone. You can take five minutes and have a conversation. You can make a connection with someone that will turn them into a fan. People appreciate that.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
It seems that the majority of people I meet are trying to pursue a music career which means that potential fans are just constantly bombarded with artists trying to get them to listen to their product. All that means is that I have to work extra hard on my product to make it stand out. I need to make sure the quality is on par for everything I do.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The scene in Las Vegas is awesome. No matter what type of music you’re looking for you can find it. We have it all. With that being said we also have the struggle of competing with major shows from the strip, but that competition is what makes it fun. As an indie artist I focus on making my stage show as unique as I can.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
This is a tough one. Albums aren’t really selling unless you’re an established artist and even sometimes they have trouble selling. It seems that we are headed back to the days that you release singles not albums. I think you have to consistently hit them with new product. Keep your name in their mind.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
The only advice I can give is to not quit. There are going to be a lot of ups and downs. And it may seem that there are more downs than ups, but if you keep your head down and keep working you’ll make it through those times. And you’ll be a better artist and better person for it.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Life. I always write about what I’ve been through or the things I’ve seen. Living and deejaying in Las Vegas you are witness to a lot of different people letting their hair down and going crazy while they are here. It’s pretty awesome. You can watch a situation and ask yourself how you would handle that or you can create a back story.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I’m a beat hound. I’m constantly listening to beats. I look for beats that make me feel something. And as soon as I find that beat I run with that feeling. I grab my phone, open up my notes app, and start typing. The first thing I try to nail down is the chorus. I want something that people will remember. After the chorus is done I move on to the verses.
What do you think makes a great song?
This is probably the hardest question you asked. And to be totally honest I’m not sure. If I had to guess I would say it’s a combination of things. The arrangement, the words, the feeling behind it, and the timing. Every step an artist takes to create that song is important. I don’t know if you can just focus on one or two of the steps.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official Site: www.djginjar.com