“You just got to work hard and prove them wrong because it already starting to happen for me.”

Check out the interview with GST Twin exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.­­­­

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
GST Twin:
My mom and dad love old school music, so I was introduced to music for as long as I can remember. I fell in love with hip hop when I was at my partner’s house and I think I was in the 6th or 8th grade. He played “6 foot 7,” but it wasn’t by Lil Wayne – it was by Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q. I looked them up and I fell in love with TDE, but Schoolboy Q is my favorite rapper even though Kendrick was my favorite.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
We are living in the computer age, so you got to start with promoting yourself. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and stuff like that, but the key to that is you need a support team. If you can get enough people to repost it, it makes your job easier. You also got to be willing to invest in yourself because if you don’t nobody else will neither.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to be an artist, an icon. I want people to remember me when I die. I want to stand for something positive. I want to have my own legacy and hopefully the next generation can learn from me and do better and carry the torch. Also, I’m starting a duo, we want to be the best duo to do it but make our own music at the same time.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
It’s hard to elevate to the next level these days by talent because a lot of people can rap and some people make it with no talent. Nowadays it’s about who you know and people these days are so stuck up and aren’t willing to help each other out. I think people on that higher pedestal forget that once upon of time there were where I was at.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I’m from Houston, TX and the music scene is big down here. There’s a lot of artists and superstars who love to come down here. Our strip clubs and our barbeque is live down here. You will see old school whips with twenty foes and candy paint bangin’ chopped and screwed music. I love where I’m from.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Keep working and grinding because people are going to hate and try to stop you from doing what you are trying to accomplish, and they are going to tell you that you should quit or hate on you. You just got to work hard and prove them wrong because it already starting to happen for me. People I didn’t mess with are hitting my line now.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I think opening up for big artists and performing on a big stage. Meeting new artists and hear them brag on your music. I love every moment of it. The best moment was going to the mall and a group of people stopped me and told me how dope my music was and telling me to keep doing what I’m doing. It made me proud and made me realize I’m on the right track.

What is your inspiration?
My family of course, but my biggest is twin brother Jaron Hartley. We’re fraternal twins, he’s older by 33 seconds. He got a full ride scholarship to Kansas and he is doing well for himself. He is like the golden child right now and I love what he is doing; I’m his biggest supporter. With that being said, it pushes me to become successful with this music.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes, very much so. Look at the artists that made it and that are successful. I laugh at it, but I would kinda be a hypocrite because I listen to the music. These days you don’t have to have talent. You can either know someone or do something dumb on social media. I don’t want to knock those rappers too much because they did what they had to do to survive and provide for their family.

Where can we find you on social media?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/jarod-hartley
YouTube: Jay reed or J reed
Twitter: @jarodhartley
Instagram: @GST_groovy_Twin