“Surround yourself with people that are willing to tell you no. Honest people that love you of course, but you need an honest opinion at all times and not people who are just agreeing in hopes to receive the golden ticket for themselves.”

Check out the interview with Jimmy Lee exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Jimmy Lee: I lost myself. Personal situations and losses made me seem as if I was going crazy and just finding ways to find my true identity. I started off with poetry. Now it’s just poetry with a beat to it. It all started being lost though, breaking down and then wanting to get the message out of what I was thinking and how I was feeling. That turned into what I do today.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Mostly Twitter and Facebook with hopes someone likes it enough to push it forward. The old word of mouth method, old fashion I suppose, but it’s working on my behalf thus far

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Being heard, that’s everyone challenge if you ask me. There’s such an abundance of music and almost everyone is a part of it. Being heard is the greatest challenge. Once they hear you, you got their attention. And you can make of it what you will, but then the next challenge will be to seize the opportunity.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Joliet, Illinois is a suburb outside of Chicago. With that in mind, Chicago is like a big brother to us and just like every big brother, little brother shows similar ways. People rap about what they do and what they see, a lot of trap/drill but not all. There’s an abundance of music as of late, but it’s better than none at all. I like it because it gives the city life. I don’t like that my particular sound of music isn’t the majority but that’s fine as well.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The future of music is going to expand extremely. More people are pouring their emotions and thoughts into this game, not to mention the fact music is the greatest art form in history. In my opinion, music is the most therapeutic thing someone can experience. That type of feeling doesn’t fade away.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Surround yourself with people that are willing to tell you no. Honest people that love you of course, but you need an honest opinion at all times and not people who are just agreeing in hopes to receive the golden ticket for themselves. Once you’ve done that your music will be critiqued better and you will put out better music.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Conversations, I have conversations with people about everything under the sun. Things I’ve done and vice versa, certain topics we discuss become stuck in my head and that gets the ball rolling.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I start with the beat. The beat is the most important thing to me, it has to engulf me in a certain way. Once I have that friendship with the beat, I wander around and think about memories that I have stored over the years – conversations importantly. Then I freestyle that moment until I make something out of it and I speak on it as if that memory was yesterday or the main characters are in the room with me.

What do you think makes a great song?
The feeling, the most important thing a song should have is a feeling you can’t describe whether it’s trap, r&b, etc. The listener should be able to feel what you’re saying and wrapped up in their own world.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Twitter: @__JimmyLee
Instagram: @_jimmy_lee
Soundcloud: harrell