“I’ve moved to many places since starting this music thing that I don’t really rep one city. I can say though, that there are a lot of similarities between all the urban cities no matter where you are.”

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

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
J. Gillie: I’ve been experimenting with songwriting and music in general for years prior to my official start in music. It wouldn’t be until around 2011 before I actually laid anything on wax. I guess you can say that I was waiting until I got the right people around me before I could really start my career off the way I wanted to. Once I made a firm decision to embark on this journey I never looked back.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Best promotion is just to be yourself. I try not to get caught up in telling a person how to market and brand themselves because everyone’s vision is different. Some visions need time to really pan out, while some others can only be seen by certain perspectives. Be yourself, work hard, and hit all the marks that you feel are necessary.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Ultimately I’m not sure what I want to be because honestly, when you’re dead and gone the world is going to say what they want about you. The world and the media is going to be the one that tells your story, remix your tracks, and interpret (almost always wrongly) your way of thinking. I eternally know what and who I’m striving to be, but the question is will I be able to spread my truth before the false pretenses spread to the masses.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing about being in the music business is trying to get people to take a chance on you. People don’t realize that this business is driven highly off branding, hype, and money. If you’re not an artist that can bring a platform money revenue or value, they will pass on you. Talent, unfortunately, rarely matters in this business.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I’ve moved to many places since starting this music thing that I don’t really rep one city. I can say though, that there are a lot of similarities between all the urban cities no matter where you are. I was in Wichita, KS a couple months ago. Even though the hip hop temperature there is different from let’s say a New York, the artists there still have the same ambitious fire that east coast artists champion. I got a lot of flavors from so many cities and I use that to my advantage.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
My only advice: stay true to your spirit.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The best thing to happen in my career is reaching the point of having a firm belief in myself.

What is your inspiration?
My inspiration is just seeing the people around me see things in themselves that they never saw before. So many of my friends and people who are helping me achieve this goal are now seeing that they too can reach a higher level of greatness using the skills they have. When I see this, I know this thing is bigger than me

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Only the strong survive.

Where can we find you on social media?
Official Website: www.jgilliemusic.com
Twitter: @jgillie302
Instagram: @jgillie302
YouTube: @CoolGangTelevision
Facebook: @OfficialJGillie

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