“There’s nothing that inspires me more than getting positive feedback from people you don’t expect it to come from. When you get to see the positive progression in your business and music, you get inspired to want to do more.”
Check out the interview with JayTone exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
JayTone: At the age of 4 I started taking drums lessons and by 5 I was playing in church. My interest in music began to evolve from instrument to instrument. Self-taught, I began to play the bass, electric/acoustic guitar, and the piano. I started writing music in junior high where I also played in a band called God’s Flame. From there I started preforming, creating instrumentals, and producing for artists and special events.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Staying engaged with followers, always staying informed with events, and promoting your business/artist profiles on the social media platforms. Staying actively involved in the community and making new connections are just a few great ways to help build up a positive rapport in your town and it allows your name to get out more.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Becoming a full-time artist and/or producer is my ultimate goal and to be able to have a sustainable income doing so.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The lack of support and collaboration. People are self-focused and only want what’s best for them or their business. I believe that collaborating is a great way to help each other get to where each wants to be. Also collaborating with other artists or producers helps expand your knowledge on things musically or business wise.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
The city of Tucson has a laid back atmosphere. We do have a lot of talented musicians, producers, and artists here. There’s a wide variety of music styles here so you’re always finding something new.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Believing in yourself. Just know that not everyone’s going to see or understand your vision and that doesn’t mean it won’t happen. God has something for you and sometimes no one else can see it, you just have to trust and work hard. Another thing that has really helped me is execution. If you say that you’re going to do something, do it.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
When you hear people talking about your business and/or music around town. Exposure in a positive light is one of the biggest things that I consider a blessing. The more people hear about you the more they become interested and eventually they’ll see what the buzz is all about.
What is your inspiration?
There’s nothing that inspires me more than getting positive feedback from people you don’t expect it to come from. When you get to see the positive progression in your business and music, you get inspired to want to do more.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I believe that if you put God first and always push towards your goals you can do anything you set your mind to. Sometimes your biggest breakthroughs come after your biggest struggles.