“Lack of support! Everyone can’t be the boss but wants to play the boss role. I have been learning a little of everything as far as graphic design, mixing and mastering, video production, etc … I will learn in these areas and teach them to someone who is willing to learn and we will build our team together.

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

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
J-Fuze: It all started in Baltimore. I remember the first rap/hip hop song I heard – “Same Song” by Digital Underground (Tupac verse). There was something about his flow that was intriguing.

From the age of 13 till now I continue to write daily and practice my art to become better. This is just the beginning of my long journey with more to come.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Social media sites, my modeling promo team, word of mouth, radio/interviews, hosting events, and shows.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Lack of support! Everyone can’t be the boss but wants to play the boss role. I have been learning a little of everything as far as graphic design, mixing and mastering, video production, etc.

I figured if I can’t build a team that is willing to work for the bigger goal, then I will learn in these areas and teach them to someone who is willing to learn and we will build our team together. Consistency and patience is how I overcome these odds.

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 Baltimore is progressively growing! I like the fact that we are really coming together in support of one another. It’s a slow start but we’re working.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I believe history will repeat as it is doing in the fashion world. Original hip hop will form and take over. Don’t get it wrong, the creativity and energy is great but I think there’s too many dance songs – sort of. I come from a time when it was about the delivery and lyrics, the songs that told stories. I miss that.

An artist can be more a part of it by being him or herself. Don’t try to copy. Be passionate about what you do and not do it just for the money.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Invest in yourself, make sure the quality of your music is on point. Be consistent and by all means have patience.

What inspires you to write your next song?
My passion and love for music. I want to always put out a body of work that will showcase who I am as an artist and individual.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I vibe with the beat (if there is one at the time). I let the beat pick me instead of me picking the beat. I take my time and absolutely never rush my music.

If there is no beat, I’m normally zoning out and letting the words form from the wall of my brain creating a piece of art.

What do you think makes a great song?
Passion, creativity, and talent.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Follow me on these social sites and thanks for all the support.

MTV: www.mtv.com/artists/j-fuze
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jfuze
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ijfuze
Instagram: www.instagram.com/ijfuze

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