“So bottom line, you just have to be sure to continuously lead the pack. Make sure your goals are being met and that the team is intact and everyone sees the bigger picture. The better your surroundings, the easier your challenges will become.”
Check out the interview with Jon Writer exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Jon Writer: I basically got tired of sitting around and waiting for record deals to fall on my lap, so I just went out and did what I had to do. I started asking myself what I needed and what my next stepping stone was. Then found a way to leap onto that motherfucker and seize the moment. Everything I’ve done to this point was planned and took a lot of hard work. Like the homie Gerald (G-Eazy) would say, “None of this is happening by accident!”
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
I’d probably tell them to learn to be business-oriented and find a way to invest into their craft. If you don’t support you, then who will. Know what I mean? You need to be keeping that in mind and cutting back from anything that doesn’t help you get to your end goal. This has to be life for you. You need that mindset because once you do have it, you become limitless.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
There’s a few. It’s never easy being a recording artist because you function differently than how society does and society may not always understand that. One of the worst things is working with someone that doesn’t move at your pace or see things the way you do. Don’t get me wrong, that can be good at times but when it’s bad it can prevent you from getting the things you need done.
So bottom line, you just have to be sure to continuously lead the pack. Make sure your goals are being met and that the team is intact and everyone sees the bigger picture. The better your surroundings, the easier your challenges will become.
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 think Twitter’s the shit, so I’m on that often letting people know what I’m doing. I think you just need to engage with people and just be a fan of other people before you let them hear how dope you are and show them all of your cool shit. You should be a fan for your fans. You do that enough times and people will dig you for not only being a recording artist, but also a cool ass person too.
I also think getting onto major distribution platforms like Spotify and Pandora Radio help, but their payouts are a joke. I know BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) has been going after Spotify and Pandora to work on fixing these rates, but they need to hurry the up because I’m actually hopeful for the future of streaming services as time goes on.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Gurnee, IL really isn’t all that buzzing yet with its music scene, unless you’re a DJ or you like EDM. Often times these dope artists are forced to take their talents elsewhere like north to Milwaukee or South to Chicago which is a lot more supportive of dope shit. That’s pretty much where you need to be.
But the artist are always good. And the fans are always tight when we do shows. I’m trying to be the one that really puts us on the map though
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Being that the 58th Grammy Awards just aired and Kendrick Lamar threw down the best set anyone has ever seen before in their life, I’m going to aim for being at the 59th Grammy Awards a year from today; hopefully winning Best Rap Album. A lot can change in a year so might as well dream big, right?
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Drake, Logic, Mac Miller, Wiz Khalifa, G-Eazy, Dizzy Wright, Hopsin, Mike Stud, MGK, Tory Lanez, and Change The Rapper. The list goes on and on with who I look up to musically nowadays. I think there’s a lot of really dope artists out.
But inspiration, I get that through life and the shit I’ve been through. That’s usually what keeps me driven, it’s achieving those goals. That and a really dope beat a Producer just sent me.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
The stuff with substance, not the whole “bang bang” trap stuff. I’m a fan of just really good music with substance. So right now I’m rocking with Skizzy Mars, Mike Studd, Steff Marvin, and even some Tory Lanez. They’re killing it right now. I think nowadays we’re starting to hear a lot more quality music, so I’m excited for it to keep coming out.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official Website: www.JonWriterMusic.com
Twitter | Instagram: @Jon_Writer
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