“Align yourself with people who are just as motivated as you.”
Check out the interview with Jibba The Gent exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Jibba The Gent: I’ve always had a passion for creating my own music. I remember writing to songs on the radio in the style of whoever the artist was and just making my own words up. I’ve always had a sense of humor, so they were just parodies. I believe that helped me in the long run with how to craft a song. I have no musical training what-so-ever, I only have a love for music. I realized I needed to make music around 16 years old.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Don’t listen to the old heads trying to tell you that you can’t do something simply because they never did or didn’t know anyone who did. Keep your dreams alive, try to accomplish a goal every day, and start every day new. Align yourself with people who are just as motivated as you. The friends who just want to smoke, drink, and party all of the time are wasting your time.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I’m from Vermont. We’re not exactly known for our hip hop culture, though I feel like that’s changing and I’d like to say I played a role in it. I never had a music mentor or anybody that knew anything at all about the business. It’s so important to know this business, how to promote your music, and set yourself up with artist representation.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The best way for me is to advertise myself live on stage at shows. Connecting with my fans and talking to them, getting feedback. I really think that’s the way to go. You have to stand out though because there are so many people doing this. The work has to be quality and evoke feelings from people. Thinking outside of the box is a good way to go about it.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Fans around here are awesome; they are super loyal, supportive, and welcoming of out of town talent. I love bringing in acts from different areas. The artists are becoming more and more talented every day, it’s so great to see. We’ve come a long way in Vermont hip hop. The scene is fresh, it’s fun, and I rarely experience negative energy at shows.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself in a position to support my family off of music alone. It’s taken a lot of time, patience, and investing in myself but I can see this hard work starting to pay off. I’ve had a clear vision these past couple of years, and I’ve learned something new every step of the way. In fact, I’m still learning.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
When I was a kid it was Michael Jordan, nobody had a will to win like him. He is a true champion. Today I feel more connected than ever to society and the world around me. I’m inspired by random acts of kindness. I’m inspired by genuine good people who work tirelessly to better those around them. I’m inspired by my kids and my family to be good man.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
You know this is a great question because a lot of the focus today is on bashing the mainstream artists for their music. I choose to seek out what I really love though, not just what’s on the radio and television. I don’t hate that stuff, but a lot of the time it’s just not what I want to hear. If you love hip hop, I mean truly love it, there is no time to complain about rappers you hate. The music today is great.
Where can we contact you and find you online?