“Before releasing a song, I’ll usually allow myself 3-5 days to get the word out.”
Check out the interview with JayKub exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
JayKub: It was 6th grade when I had just joined band. As time went on, I met a friend in band whom would basically become my manager. Fast forward to the summer of 2016, my manager was able to get the equipment we needed to begin our journey. I dropped a remix to EOM’s “Zoog Cypher” and it was making noise in the Salem, OR area. I’ve been dropping an average of 4 songs per month.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Before releasing a song, I’ll usually allow myself 3-5 days to get the word out. This could mean posting some random lyrics from the song with a picture along with it to catch more eyes, or if I’m releasing a project I’ll usually release short snippets a few weeks before.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Business is my greatest challenge. Being an independent artist on a budget means I need to learn things on my own. Throughout the past 7 months of recording music, I have been able to adapt as a recording artist. Instead of paying others to mix and master my tracks, I’ve took the time to learn the process of how to make a track sound appealing to the ear.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Believe me when I say there’s so much talent in Salem, OR but no one really recognizes some of these people because they’re from Salem. It isn’t a big city like Portland, but it isn’t a small community like Aumsville. There are, however, a handful of artists whom have made their music heard.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Hopefully back to what it was. I’m getting tired of these mumble rappers. Music needs competition. By competing, I feel as though it formulates a wider space of creation. I don’t necessarily mean beef though; it could mean competing for plays, downloads, and/or who has the most juice.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
At the end of the day, you’re the only one going in your casket. Don’t ever let anybody try to change you. Build your music and have patience.
What inspires you to write your next song?
I’ve been asked this many times before. Before I give them an answer, I ask them how they would write a song. Almost every time they said they’d write out what they want to say and then find a beat. I’m completely opposite. I find a beat, feel the vibe, freestyle, and try to find a subject with words which match the instrumental.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Find a beat. Feel the vibe. Freestyle. Subject. Write hook (if so). Verses. Revise and recite. Record.
What do you think makes a great song?
Depth. I feel as though giving a song a sense of perspective to the instruments is the best thing a song could have.
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