“I wanna be the type of artist that was able to bring together other artists in a collective effort to spread love through our musical gifts …”
Check out the interview with J.Dot exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
J.Dot: It all started with a group me and my cousins started called Dynasty Boyz. It was 3 of us and it was really just a hobby for all of us. As I got older it turned into a way to express stories in my life. My history in the music scene is a simple one that stems from a passion to bring the art to life through collaboration, love, and talent.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I find the best way to promote yourself is with an open mind, willing to try new things, and a hands on face to face attitude. I promoted my music at various shows I’ve been lucky enough to play. Also creditable website’s like Skilly are very helpful. As far as media goes Soundcloud has been a plus and Spinrilla has also helped as well as YouTube and VeVo.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to be able to say that at the end of my career I did it my way. Whether that be as a signed artist or an independent artist. I wanna be the type of artist that was able to bring together other artists in a collective effort to spread love through our musical gifts across all genres of music and all types of arts and cultural movements.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I would say the hardest thing would be trying to be something or someone you’re not to obtain success in the business. Most artists that made this art form a career did it through originality and love for the craft. It takes a special person to move another group of people and it takes love for your craft to sustain the type of success.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Trenton, NJ is 7 square miles of uncertainty. The music scene here I feel that can rival New York and Atlanta. Living here is nothing more than staying to yourself and you will be found. Stories may make it seem like a war zone, but you get out of this city what you put in.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
I can safely say to every artist still coming up to keep striving for exactly what you want and don’t get caught up in the things that come with the music business. They say never mix business with pleasure, and it is as true now as it was when they made the saying.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I would say being able to meet so many great indie artist while traveling to different shows last year. 2016 was my first in 12 yeast that I was able to hit a stage and perform my music live. My first show was at a small venue in Philly. I was nervous and it was a set I shared with one of my brothers from Trenton, Fetti Castro.
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from a lot of people, but for the sake of this interview I’ll cut it down to 3. First is my right hand man KD who has been here rocking with me since me and my cousins started. Second would have to be J.Cole. And last but most important, my kids Saniya and Jay.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
That would depend on what success is to the individual. If money is success to you the average 9 – 5 worker is successful. If notoriety is success the cool high school kid has it all figured out. But if success to you is being able to determine your worth and getting that by any means then yeah I feel like anyone can be successful with the right attitude.
Where can we find you on social media?
Facebook: Jonathan Jdot Keel
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