“Lastly, as long as you’re putting the hours in, then there will be an outcome.”
Check out the interview with JaCqUeS exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
JaCqUeS: My passion for hip hop began at 8 years old when I heard my first Eminem album and I fell in love with telling stories with rhymes to connect them. Ever since then I’ve been writing and recording in my bedroom to express myself. Rap has always been what keeps my heart beating. I have released 4 mixtapes in the underground and one studio album through a label that fell through; therefore, I am still looking for my chance to be heard.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I think the best way to promote your music is on social media, it’s pretty much the only way to get heard these days. Facebook is a big promoter, YouTube, and I use Soundcloud but you gotta promote yourself on it through social media to get plays.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
My goal with rap is to get to a point where I can speak to my fans and use my talent to convey the truth to them. Everything I’ve been through I put in my music, the good times and the bad. I really just want to become a motivational speaker through rap music for people around the world and make good music. Rap is a powerful genre and I’m aiming to be a leader, not somebody’s idol.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing about being in the music business is staying motivated. Not because of the money, but because people want to hear less and less of real rap and more of the ignorant mumble rappers these days. It’s a struggle to still make conscious music and write music from god when your more ought to get heard by making club music.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I live in Cambridge, Vermont and it is absolutely not a music scene. I am stuck in the boonies and there’s is nothing here for rap music or any music for that matter. It’s a very rural area and it’s almost impossible to be heard without the internet. It’s awful living here and honestly hate it here.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
You just gotta keep trying and continue to do your thing no matter who is listening. Never give up on your dreams because there is someone out there that will see your vision. Practice every day and set new goals so that way when it does come someday you will be ready. Lastly, as long as you’re putting the hours in, then there will be an outcome – I promise.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Hmm, the best thing that’s happened in my career is probably getting a personal message from the producer of the instrumental I used saying he loved what I did on the beat and that I’m on my way.
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration is knowing that it is my destiny and that I will make it someday if I keep striving. Additionally, I stay inspired by listening to my favorite rappers like J. Cole, Drake, Lil Wayne, and B.O.B.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Again, like I said before, yes I really think anyone can make it as long as they’re passionate and dedicated. Hard work is key and that’s how every human being can accomplish their goals.
Where can we find you on social media?