“Maintaining a good attitude towards a positive outlook has been very challenging. At times I’ve had doubts about wanting to move forward but always kept telling myself, ‘The next one could be the one.’”
Check out the interview with JSapp MadStak exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
JSapp MadStak: I was in fact born in San Diego, CA; however, my career in music didn’t actually begin until 1997 while attending Centreville High School in Centreville, VA. It was then, in the 10th grade, that I wrote my first rap. I also realized at that point that this is something I’m pretty good at and love to do. My parents were in the military so I moved a lot as a child. In turn that has to one of my greatest assets as it’s allowed me to become very versatile as an artist.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Any which way possible. In today’s music industry, now more than ever, there is no specific one road to take. The one key is to try and stay consistent. With all the social media platforms now available to artists all over the world, consistency is much easier to achieve.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Oh that’s easy. For JSapp MadStak to become a “household name.” I just think about how cool it would be if people in China or even Australia knew who JSapp was and love hearing his music.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
It’s maintaining a positive attitude. As a relatively unknown unsigned artist it’s easy to get down on yourself when things seem to be moving slow. Maintaining a good attitude towards a positive outlook has been very challenging. At times I’ve had doubts about wanting to move forward but always kept telling myself, “The next one could be the one.”
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
To be completely honest, Pensacola isn’t a “hip hop” town. I wouldn’t recommend moving here in order to start a career in music. Don’t get me wrong because the people and weather are great, but as far as the music scene goes for my specific genre there’s much to be desired.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Keep grinding. Keep pushing. I know it’s like the biggest cliché, but it’s the truth. Make music that you want to make and also love. A lot of artists nowadays think they have to stick to specific sound or type of music. I blame commercial radio for that.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I’d have to say meeting Silkk The Shocker. I was afforded the opportunity to open for Silkk in Ogden, UT which was the jump off for his Shock Da World Tour. Being able to fly out of state and stay in another city as a co-headliner is a surreal experience, especially when you get to open for someone you used to listen to while in high school.
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration comes in the form of “the dream.” The simple thought that I could perform in front of a massive crowd is what keeps me going. The other side of that is drawing inspiration from other artists like Nas, Jay-Z, and DMX. I’ve also drawn inspiration from modern artists such as Big Sean, Drake, and Future.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Simply put, yes I do. The road to becoming successful takes a very specific mindset. You can’t be the artist that makes one record, shares it with immediate friends and family, and then calls it a day. That’s the lazy approach and won’t get you anywhere. You must invest in yourself as an artist and travel outside the norm.
Where can we find you on social media?
You can find me just about everywhere.
Official website: www.madstakstudios.com/jsappmadstak