“People are trying new things and people are sticking to the same things. Who am I to tell them to do something different?”
Check out the interview with John Also exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
John Also: My start in music was when I heard Eminem’s Encore album. I’ve always had the rhythm I guess, but when I got put on to people like Pac, Master P, Wu Tang, and Wayne I just started writing stuff down. All these ideas started coming, different flows and new melodies. I’m only now starting my venture into r&b. I don’t wanna just rap and I feel like I can provide that vibe.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest piece of advice for kids getting into music would be to believe in yourself and commit to yourself no matter what.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
As an up and coming artist funding myself and trying to put myself into a light a lot of challenges arise. I have a daughter so money is tight. I’m not in the studio 24/7. I’m working, trying to see if I have that extra couple of dollars to go lay a track or two down.
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 to promote my music is face to face. When I performed “On My Way” for the first time it wasn’t even recorded. The energy was so live I thought I was gonna go through the floor. It’s crazy because that song isn’t a club banger. I just bring an energy that talks to people you know? I would say I assert myself.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
The music wave in Minneapolis has been thriving, there’s so much love for the artists coming out. I’ve had the chance to be on the same cards as the some of the best of them. MycDazzle, Mntality, Destiny Roberts, my cousin Rxmedy; these are some of the people my city loves the most and I got the chance to show them why I got the mic.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Where do I see myself a year from today? I see myself evolving into something else. Maintaining my home and embracing the r&b a little more. I like the way it feels. I’m always honing my craft and defining my artistry. I think of music like a martial art. Some have power and some are fluid. I want to be both powerful and fluid in my life and in my music.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
When it comes to my biggest inspirations I would say people like Kanye, Sade, PND, Curren$y, Wayne, The Weeknd, Drake, James Blake, and T pain of course. Those people are music at its best to me. There’s a lot more names to that list, but I wanna be outside of the box. I wanna be able to throw the box away and then create.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
How do I feel about music today? I have an open mind about it I guess. People are trying new things and people are sticking to the same things. Who am I to tell them to do something different? I listen to a lot of old school though. Other than the artists I find myself keeping up with, I just focus on my next single.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.lyricalxoverdose.wixsite.com/johnalsomusic
Facebook: John Also Music Page