“You never know when the right song will find the right ears and you will gain a connection that could be very important to your career.”
Check out the interview with Jetes exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Jetes: I started writing rhymes my freshman year of college at U of O in my dorm inspired by friends of mine freestyling whole songs in the car. Now I have made 5 mixtapes and an EP I recently dropped titled On Track. I have made a lot of connections this past year and have loved my experience making music in the northwest. I released my first music video in January and have another one coming out soon.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
The best ways I can think of are promoting my music videos, one which will be out shortly, as well as my song in four languages. I have much more new music coming out soon and hopefully another video shot in Eugene very soon.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to be in the music industry. Whether that be on the microphone rapping, singing, producing beats, as a sound engineer, ghostwriter, promoter, or all the above. I am very passionate about hip hop music and have loved the genre since I was a kid.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing is promoting yourself. It is hard to maintain a balance between not spamming people but still showing the world you are working and progressing in your field.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
The music scene is growing in Portland big time. There are many up and coming artists that are coming out of Portland. I have a lot of talented artists/producers I work with myself and there is plenty of other talent. I love living in the northwest, I’ve lived here my whole life. That being said, I want to move to a larger city at some point; maybe LA.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
I would say just keep grinding and keep working on your craft. You never know when the right song will find the right ears and you will gain a connection that could be very important to your career. And keep your craft genuine, be yourself.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I’d say just working with other talented artists and making songs my friends, family, and fans appreciate.
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from many different people and things such as my family and those that are part of my life. That being said, I won’t ever use a ghostwriter nor will I ever be a pop rapper. My inspiration to rap comes from myself because I feel like I can write rhymes on many kinds of beats and do it at a very high level.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I feel like anyone with enough passion, talent, and dedication has a chance to become successful. Successful is a relative term though, my definition of success may be very different from most other people. Success to me depends on whether I keep making progress in my own music and keep working with artists who push me to be the best I can be.