“Do something every day to fuel you career …”
Check out the interview with J.Ovanni exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
J.Ovanni: I started at a very young age. I played saxophone in elementary and eventually adapted drumline and choir into the mix within those years. After some time I began to write a lot and with the help of my dad we formed a band that would accompany my live shows. I did a lot of performing and recording including collaborations with local talent to further the process and create my sound.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest advice to the kids would be to work hardest in what you want to do and remember to have fun with it too. Do something every day to fuel you career, whether it be a bit songwriting, vocal warm ups, even getting in front of the mirror to work on your presence. Just like a professional athlete, you have to hone your craft and stay ready.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
To do things even when you don’t feel like it. It takes practice and patience, but the goal is always worth it. Then it becomes a regular routine and the good days become great days.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I find it a lot easier nowadays to connect with fans and promote my music online through my website or through other social media avenues. Social has allowed the artist/fan relationship to flourish, it has never been easier to reach out and connect to fans real time.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
There is a lot of talent in the Los Angeles area and some even more rare in the Inland Empire of southern California. Artists and fans alike seem to have a culture of freedom, fun, love, and positive energy. Music can connect and bring individuals from all walks of life together for one incredible celebration.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself working consistently in the music industry and other media markets and expanding my knowledge in the industry and creating more music.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I’ve been influenced by a lot of artists and performers growing up from Michael Jackson and Usher to Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. So much musical inspiration to name a few. I look up to my family the most. My mom and dad who are the strongest, driven, and most intelligent people; I’ve been blessed to have them as my parents in this world.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I love the music of today. Some people will say that music is better back in the day. I agree to an extent because of the grassroots when some of this great music was created, but the evolution of music itself into the present is incredible.