“I’m an independent artist who has no manager and no label, so all my funding is self-funded which means I don’t have a lot of capital to spend …”

Check out the interview with J. Carson exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
J. Carson:
Ever since I was a little boy the only thing I can ever remember wanting more than life itself was to do music. I wrote my first song at age 12 and recorded my first demo at 16. At 18 I almost had a record deal but it fell through because of differences. After taking of few years to figure out if I wanted to stay on the East Coast, I decided to move to Los Angeles and pursue music in a more serious and potentially beneficial city.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to become a pop star would be to never change your aesthetic for anyone. Stay true to who you are and stand by your art and love it no matter what anyone else thinks or says.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I’m an independent artist who has no manager and no label, so all my funding is self-funded which means I don’t have a lot of capital to spend on travel expenses, hotels, recording sessions, promotion, marketing, videos, etc. Some hard things can be as simple as finding a recording studio and producer who isn’t going to charge me an arm and a leg.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Even though the entertainment business is very hard to get into and to find success, the best ways that I find success in promoting and advertising myself and my music would be definitely social media. Make sure you reach out to your local magazines, newspapers, and also any blogger music sites that take submissions for new independent artists.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m originally from Philadelphia, PA but now reside in West Hollywood, CA. I think that a lot of the artists here are very much in it for themselves and don’t take the time to build something as simple as a business relationship with another artist. Once you get the attention of fans in LA they are truly dedicated.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Where I see myself any year would be touring the world with my music and gaining mass market success. This is all I’ve ever wanted and all I have ever known. I feel that this is truly written in the stars for me.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Some of my biggest influences in music growing up would be amazing vocalist like Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, Ne-Yo, Stevie Wonder, and my biggest inspiration was and still is to this day would have to be Mariah Carey. Now I definitely look up to songwriters like Sia, Lady Gaga, Jessie J, Katy Perry, BeBe Rexha, Jojo, and so many more artists.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I definitely love the music that is coming out today. I do feel that a lot of the music out today is not authentic or original. If you listen to top 40 radio many of the artists tend to sound very similar and I would attribute that to the lack of producers that are in the mass-market and people’s reluctance to explore different sounds in their music.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official ebsite: www.JCarsonmusic.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jcarsonmusic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/iamjcarson
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/iamjcarson
Instagram: www.instagram.com/iamjcarson

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