“I know hundreds of unsigned artists are putting out music daily so making sure I stand out is key. I overcome this by being different and planning out each song I drop. I try to as stay consistent as possible with best quality around.”

Check out the interview with J.R. Laflame exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
J.R. Laflame:
I was able to start my journey when I was fooling around and made a song called “Gucci.” I released it just because and got a lot of good feedback. This all started with my older brother and I in our home Studio in Des Moines, Washington.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Some creative ways I use to promote my music is fan interaction. I get my fans involved. I usually try and submit my music to a lot of online radios and online magazines. I’m always trying to find new ways to get my music heard across the globe.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge that I face is being heard by big label reps and PRs. I know hundreds of unsigned artists are putting out music daily so making sure I stand out is key. I overcome this by being different and planning out each song I drop. I try to as stay consistent as possible with best quality around.

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 is honestly shaky. What I like most about it is that I have a solid fan base and my city really supports what I do and truly stand behind my music and what I say. What I don’t like about the music scene is that there are a lot of people out here that don’t want to see you succeed.

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 going to be for the younger generation for sure. It’s more upbeat to get you out of your seat. Artists can more a part of it by staying consistent and staying true. As long as we keep our roots as artists everything will be okay.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
The advice I could give any upcoming artist is focus on you and you only. Never worry about what another artists or producers are doing. Keep your head down work hard. Stay consistent, never give up, and don’t be afraid to take risks. Stay true to the game and to yourself, and all the rest will come. Always believe in the man above.

What inspires you to write your next song?
What inspires me the most to make new music is when my favorite artists make new music. When my producer makes a new beat I go off the vibe. When listening to a new beat the words just flow. Another thing that inspires me to make a new song is to hear all the hard work and passion I put into it. It’s a rush For sure.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
First, the beat has to be crazy. I love a solid bass line. The second step is coming up with a catchy chorus that I know will get people out of their seats and jumping around. The third step is the verse which I think is the easiest part because at this point all the words are just flowing out. The last step is recording it.

What do you think makes a great song?
What I think makes a great song is all the hard work and the passion that goes in to it. You can tell the difference between a song that was just put together and a song that took time. You can literally hear the difference. It’s what you put into the song that makes it great.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Instagram: @J.R_Laflame
Twitter: @J.R Laflame
Facebook: J.R Laflame:
Email: Monroejonesiv@yahoo.com

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