“The best way to promote and advertise is playing shows. The easiest way to build a dedicated and organic fan-base is in person. Nothing beats human interaction.”
Check out the interview with John D. Contradiction exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business?
John D. Contradiction: I always heard stories about my grandfather playing the bongos in Haiti. I was always around Haitian music in the rugged era of hip hop. I also discovered in my opinion the purest form of music in New York Hardcore at a young age. I started my first band “Nut Up” when I was around 17 or 18 and I think we played a bunch in Long Island. After we broke up, I started my second band “We Can’t Win” which was more pure anger and emotion as opposed to the angst filled poetry of my first band. With this band I started to really incorporate my hip hop influences and develop my pen. After we broke up I decided to start rapping solo and haven’t looked back.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Don’t be afraid to express yourself. You will always find that super creative intuitive sound in any genre that always shines. No matter how over-saturated a music scene is, the original, creative, talented and fun will always shine.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Honestly the hardest challenges and tasks are developing your brand. The time and money that goes into it can really take away from the time you actually want to put in. It’s hard to balance everything.
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 and advertise is playing shows. The easiest way to build a dedicated and organic fan-base is in person. Nothing beats human interaction.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Long Island has always been a landmark of dope hip hop. That being said the scene out here is dying, we all have to travel etc. to get a decent turnout. It’s also hard to pull artists together, no sense of unity for the most part.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I see myself just building on my brand still loving music and hopefully incorporating my son into everything piece by piece.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My uncles inspire me for sure. I am inspired honestly by pure raw emotion, the good the bad the ugly. Humans fascinate me, I love the world and everything in it but no one makes complexity more complex than humans.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I am not opposed to music coming out today, I understand it. Nothing wrong with the image of fun and turning up etc.
Thanks! Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: johndwho.com