“So when life makes you pull off the road or slow down, remember it is a part of life. Fix the flat tire, and get back on the road.”
Check out the interview with JQuots exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
JQuots: For me it all started at an old acquaintance’s house about 4 – 5 years ago. I had just moved back to LA and was living out in the Coachella Valley. One of the homies said, “Lets work on that song.” Me not having seeing them or having talked to them I was like, “what are they talking about?” They then jumped on the computer and opened up a program. Fruity Loops. So once I found out this program makes sounds and beats for music, I fell in love.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
The only promoting I do is social media only for the reason that the music that I have written or recorded is not professionally recorded and is not mastered. Once I record professionally and master to industry standards i will start promoting heavily and in different ways.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge I face in today’s entertainment business is getting that chance. Meeting that right person who knows the right people or just straight out getting heard.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in my hometown very raw and blunt. What I love about it is that a majority of the music comes from hustle, pain, and struggle. What I don’t like about it is there is a lot of hate, fakes, lies, and fronting. You can feel when someone is genuinely spitting raw from the heart. You can hear it in their voice. But you can also hear it when someone is fronting just to get an image or attention.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The future of music is unknown. I will tell you something that is known. The future of music lies in the hands of us, the artists. I feel that we as artists can be the game changer to a lot of the problems in this world.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Be you. Stay true to your style and your swag; that is what will set you apart from everyone else. Everyone is not going to like your music; that is a promise. Stay open minded. Last but not least, never give up on your dream. Life is full of speed bumps and potholes. So when life makes you pull off the road or slow down, remember it is a part of life. Fix the flat tire, and get back on the road.
What inspires you to write your next song?
My struggles and feelings.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
It all depends on how I am feeling. I always write to the beat. Once I hear the instrumental I start writing. Sometimes the hook is automatic or sometimes the verse might come out first, but like I said it all depends.
What do you think makes a great song?
I believe the hook and authenticity.