“I’ll do live videos on Facebook and do a bit of an interactive live stream with my supporters and talk to them about what I have coming out.”
Check out the interview with D.J.J. exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
D.J.J.: This whole journey all started for me on February 21, 2011. I was writing a lot of songs in my notebook and I was becoming serious about being a hip hop artist. I’ve been doing music now for 5 years, going on 6, and I’ve performed at countless shows in many different areas. I’ve participated and conducted my own workshops with younger artists, I’ve built up my name in my community as a person and as an artist who is doing everything he can to make a difference.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Sometimes I will create a promotional video, whether if it’s for a song or a project, and I upload it and see people’s reaction when they see it. Also, I’ll do live videos on Facebook and do a bit of an interactive live stream with my supporters and talk to them about what I have coming out.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Honestly, selling my music because there are so many outlets to get music for free. No one wants to buy the product you’re selling unless you’re giving it away for free. One way I found to overcome is making donations an option. I let people know that I’m open to whatever amount they want to pay for it and a lot of people have responded well.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in my hometown is very diverse in my opinion. The thing I like about it is that most of the artists are very accepting and supportive of one another. The thing I dislike about my hometown’s music scene is that not a lot of people cater to hip hop because of what is heard on the radio or simply because of the fact that hip hop isn’t the type of music they would listen to.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
To be honest, there has been a lot of change in the industry that it’s hard for me say where the future of music is going to be. Me personally, I want to live in a world where artists of all genres show love and support one another. If artists sucked up their pride, we all could make huge moves and make a difference in the music world.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Work hard, stay hungry, and be persistent. Show how serious you are about your artistry. Keep an open mind, expand your horizons and see what other possibilities there for you and your music. Don’t listen to anyone who is hating on you or doubting you. Don’t let their words exploit your weaknesses, but use it to help find your strength.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Any and/or everything. If I had to focus on what inspires me most it is the fact that my words have the ability to make someone feel a type of way or help someone through a certain situation they are going through. The fact that my music has the potential to impact someone’s life is what keeps me going.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
First, I think of a topic that I want to write about that resonates with me and with others. Second, I either find or produce a beat that matches the feeling of the topic. Third, I sit down and write to the beat. Fourth, once I’ve finished writing the song I’ll either take the time to memorize it and then record it; or if I’m really stoked about it and I want the people to hear it ASAP then I just go in and record it. Fifth, I take the time I need to mix and master the song. Lastly, I hone in on a release date and get it ready for the world to hear.
What do you think makes a great song?
For me, what makes a great song is when an artist tells a story that someone can relate to and connect with. It can be any kind of story; an emotional story, a happy story, a scary story, a love story, the list goes on. My favorite kind of artists are artists that I can relate and identify with which is the kind of artist that I strive to be.
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