“I look to my heart to guide me where I need to be.”
Check out the interview with Jon Walker Supreme exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Jon Walker Supreme: I really started out with an interest in making beats. I had a laptop with a demo version of FL Studio and I would fuck around and make cool drum loops. I eventually bought the program and took making beats seriously. As I started progressing with that, I soon took an interest in audio post-production and recording.
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 would be to never lose faith. If you have faith you can do the impossible. You may be down today, but with faith you can rise up tomorrow. Don’t ever lose your faith.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I would say the hardest is being resilient to failures and shortcomings, all the while trying to keep faith and remain positive. Making music is like making life harmonious which is a hard thing to do. Shit happens, and it takes a strong person to go through the challenges every artist or producer faces.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I would say the best way right now for any artist to promote themselves is though social media and word of mouth. If you can get connected and get people talking, then you can bait them in. I hate to say it, but the internet pretty much rules the world. It’s a hell of an inconvenience to not have it in today’s world.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I love my city, Nashville, TN. All types of music exists here, as well as all types of people and I truly love that quality my city. The hip hop scene here is budding, it’s kind of small compared to most cities. I do feel like the scene could be much better though. I feel like artists and major players down here are not connected and are as not as accepting of others.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Still doing music with my team. Still spreading my message on a higher level. Still loving my wife. Hopefully have a baby.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
As an artist the rappers I feel like molded me the most were Nas, Common, Playa Fly, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, and Gangsta Boo. I don’t know, I just really love their style and were heavily influenced by them. I can’t say I look up to anyone in today’s world as I feel like today’s world and leaders are corrupt. I look to my heart to guide me where I need to be.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
No. Hip hop today is mostly commercialized bullshit.