“You face a lot of hate from other artists and people who hear that your music is better than theirs. They criticize it and say that it is garbage when they know and you know that it is real good.”
Check out the interview with Jay Clef exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Jay Clef: I started writing songs when I was 14 years old as I was in the church and sang in the choir. I recorded my first demo in year 2000 called “Praise Him” that was a Christian rap song that got played on a local radio show in Montclair, New Jersey. I was gaining people and ears but I eventually stopped.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I have promoted my music on internet radio that has been in the top 10 of the radio top 10 songs of the week.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
You face a lot of hate from other artists and people who hear that your music is better than theirs. They criticize it and say that it is garbage when they know and you know that it is real good.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
My hometown in New Jersey the music scene is really, really good. I now a lot of people from Naughty by Nature to Queen Latifah who made it in the music industry because all the labels are across the Hudson in New York City.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Future music is going to succeed, but you do not have an artist whose whole CD can just make you vibe on every song. That was in the late 90’s and 2000. My music from 1 to 9 will keep you jamming with creative writing and God’s inspiration.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Be yourself and put out songs the people can feel. It does not matter if it is r&b or Country. Put your heart and soul in it and create that good music.
What inspires you to write your next song?
My inspiration comes from up above and I can say that. I can get inspiration from everyday life experiences. I put together some good music with writing songs about life. My life and listening to people’s experiences.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
1. Having a good title for the song.
- Write lyrics to your title.
- Example “Down wit tha King:” Your lyrics should tell about the king and why you are down with him.
- Produce an awesome beat to go with that song.
- If you need a vocalist put an ad in the paper to make your song phenomenon.
What do you think makes a great song?
What makes a great song to me is being creative and writing from your heart. Not about money. If you’re just coming into the business and saying that, you are a liar. Write truthful.