“This is a huge tip, be patient and don’t be afraid to get a little dirty. Getting your foot into the music industry is not glamorous and the hardest working people will succeed while the rest go on to sell insurance.”
Check out the interview with DJP exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
DJP: I first started taking piano lessons from my mom when I was six years old. I really enjoyed it, but I wanted to play drums because I think every kid that age wants to play drums. I started drums when I was 8 and I played in the school band at the age of 9. By the age of 10 I was playing alto sax and I’ve been continuing all these instruments ever since.
When I turned 13 I took singing lessons but only for a summer. I really wanted to record myself singing and playing all of my instruments at the same time. At the age of 14 I discovered Logic Pro. I stole my mom’s credit card and bought it off Amazon and it took them three weeks to find out. At first they were really mad, but then I showed them all these melodies and songs that I made in only a couple of weeks. So they let me keep it but I had to pay them back. Ever since then I’ve been creating songs and beats in Logic.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
For me I found that Soundcloud works the best to promote music. I’ve also realized that as an artist, music is only a small part of you and things like your overall image are just as important as the music. Apps like Instagram and Facebook are also huge. Over and over again I’ve heard from industry professionals and mentors that if your music is good, it well sell and it will be heard. If you’re still working on your craft, start targeting an audience and create music knowing the core group of people listening to your music.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
One of my biggest goals is to win a Grammy before I turn 25, for either a song that I made or a song that I recorded because I love both and both require an artist. Ultimately I want my music to inspire people for the better. Even if one person gets inspired by my music it will be worth it.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing in the music business is that it’s a very saturated market. There are so many people that are trying to get in and there’s only a select amount of spots. Everything is competitive and everything you do, someone somewhere is doing the same thing. It’s hard to get your foot in the door. I interned for free at a studio called Converse Rubber Tracks for over a year and I still don’t feel like I have my foot in the door.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I live 20 minutes outside of New York City and I’m always in the city. New York City has one of the most amazing music scenes in the world. The studios all blend in and there are so many of them. They could be in some building that you just walked past and you wouldn’t even know.
There is a huge underground scene which is awesome for people trying to get heard. I know of people that work as A&Rs at major labels and they will spend a lot of time visiting underground venues and shows, which is really awesome because in New York you could get noticed just about anywhere.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
This is a huge tip, be patient and don’t be afraid to get a little dirty. Getting your foot into the music industry is not glamorous and the hardest working people will succeed while the rest go on to sell insurance. Understand that it’s not easy to make it in the music industry, but it is possible.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I got a job as an audio engineer before the age of 21. I did the lights at a show for Mary J. Bilge. I got a job as CJ Fly’s personal recording engineer. One of my songs hit 7K plays. I also got recording credits on a single with Shirley Caesar and Anthony Hamilton.
What is your inspiration?
My biggest inspiration of all time is God. God gave me the ability to work hard and through that I am able to do all things through Christ who strengthens me. An artist that I love, and I have loved since a kid, is Owl City. He is also a Christian and his music is pure poetry. On the other hand I am huge fan of hip hop inspired by Mf Doom, Pro Era, J Dilla, Dr. Dre, and many more. I am inspired by everything around me.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Everyone thinks that anyone can be famous now because of social media and the internet; it’s kind of true. But I truly believe that if you end up being successful, you were always going to be successful. It’s all about your ambition and that’s something that always shines through even in the darkest situations.
Where can we find you on social media?
Official Website: www.Djpofficial.com