“I can honestly say that acquiring a manager has been the best thing to happen to my career so far. I’ve never been this motivated to continuously be productive every day.”
Check out the interview with Johnny Jr. exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Johnny Jr.: It all began at the age of 10. I used to write poems in class. As I got older I began to develop a love for music. By the age of 16 I spit my first freestyle at the skating rink in Dublin. My friends would tell me all the time that I needed to be rapping. I never took them seriously though until I met my friend Will. If it wasn’t for him I don’t think I’d be rapping today.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Start something that you know you’ll be consistent with, whether it’s recording and dropping a new song every week or dropping a new video every week. Consistency tends to build fans. At least for me anyway. I did the #SoGoneChallenge about a month ago via video on Facebook. In doing so, the video earned almost 10K views in a 3 day span.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
A world renowned artist. Someone that is known as the artist that changed the game for the better. I have a true passion for music and I’m very sensitive about my art. No one is as hard on me as I am. So to be recognized as one of the best artists, writers, and poets is what I want more than anything else.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Dealing with shady people. You never know what a person’s true intentions are or if a person is truly for the artist these days. So dealing with inconsistent or dishonest people.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Dublin, GA? I can’t call it fam. It’s a small city in the heart of Georgia. I’m currently living in Charleston, SC. The vibe of this city is great. It embraces you no matter what walk of life you come from. The plan is to take over this city musically and develop a substantial music scene here. But as for my hometown, the music scene is non-existent.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
That’s a tough one because I’m still trying to come up myself. If anything I’d say continue to grind. Believe in yourself, your team, and your game plan. Sacrifice as much as you can and never give up. Doing these things has my career on the right path.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I can honestly say that acquiring a manager has been the best thing to happen to my career so far. I’ve never been this motivated to continuously be productive every day. Each and every day my manager and I do something productive in reference to my music career that has us going in the right direction.
What is your inspiration?
I would have to say life. Living life and going through daily experiences is what inspires me to write. Of course I’m inspired by other artists and music in general, but my life inspires me to write about it. I have a story that the world needs to hear. That’s what keeps me going.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Most definitely. I feel that any and every artist can succeed and be successful in today’s industry. It’s all about how you promote yourself. How confident you are in your artistry as well as your game plan. How consistently persistent you are in your actions. How well you interact with the people. It’s beyond possible.
Where can we find you on social media?
Facebook: Johnny Jr.