“Little did I know I had no sense of time and rapped so off beat that my friend took the sheet of paper my verse was on and threw it away.”
Check out the interview with Jahn Rome exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Jahn Rome: It all started in high school when a few of my friends wanted to make some music. Without any experience I asked to join in. Little did I know I had no sense of time and rapped so off beat that my friend took the sheet of paper my verse was on and threw it away. While that was kind of damaging in the moment, I knew that I had to work super hard to learn how to write.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I think the most important thing I do is try to make music and content that is worth sharing. When it comes down to it there are plenty of ways to pour time and resources into promotion, but I always want to rely on genuine interaction to get my content out. I definitely think it’s important to combine traditional promotion with truly genuine connections.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The biggest challenge is that it is really hard to feel like you see results from all of your hard work. It can be very tough and unforgiving. Ultimately I know what my goals are, and I know I have to achieve them. So in the meantime, I just keep working.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I’ve come up in a few different places, but most of my live shows have been in the Philly scene among college students and house shows. The Philly house show scene is super diverse and super energetic. I do wish there were more ways to break out and make it to bigger venues, but at the same time it is amazing to feel the grassroots culture that creates this scene.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
It’s hard to know. I think a lot of different models still work, but now it really depends where you are in your career. As of now, it seems like beginning artists will need to release often with a lot of promo to back it up so that they can break through the wall of bland internet art.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Being able to ask and answer questions like: What do I stand for? What does my content do for the listener? Why should they pay attention to me? What makes me unique, but accessible at the same time? It’s more than making a cool song or write a great verse. A lot of self-exploration goes into a music career.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Everyday life, what’s going on in the news, or what I worry could happen. Usually I’ll get a beat, work on its arrangement and just see what comes out.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Always have a beat first. I usually freestyle to it for a while coming up with melodies and possible hooks. Once I feel good about the beat, I actually sit down with a pen and pad to write verses.
What do you think makes a great song?
I could say the songwriting, the content, the beat. Ultimately it comes down to one question: does the song resonate? Does it move you?
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.jahnrome.com