“I feel the future of music’s going to expand up and beyond! I feel there’ll be many more doors open for music artists all around the world.”
Check out the interview with JSO exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
JSO: This all started at a young age for me. I have always carried a passion for the entertainment business. I began to seek more info about the business as I grew older. From researching, asking questions, surrounding myself with elders that had experience, to then taking action in middle school. From middle school I then began to freestyle and then write and record music alongside with acting and modeling. From there I haven’t let my foot off the gas pedal.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Creative ways I use to promote my music’s most definitely through social media. Even at my first job at a travel center where I cashiered. When we would have a travel/tour Bus filled with younger kids my age come visit I would often promote my music links or YouTube channel and tell them to tell everybody on the bus to check me out.
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 heard and being seen. I overcome by standing out! If I’m performing I make sure when it’s my time to hit the stage I give the crowd an energy and crowd presence they haven’t seen the whole night! I give them 110% to make sure they remember my face and my name.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
There are many talents that grace my hometown. The thing I like about it is seeing so many of us in the younger generation carrying so much passion and dedication behind what we do with this music. What I don’t like is many feel as if they are in competition with many others and it’s a race to see who makes it big first.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I feel the future of music’s going to expand up and beyond! I feel there’ll be many more doors open for music artists all around the world. I also feel artists can be a part of it by contributing their talents, words of wisdom, and the willingness of experimenting with new and unique genres. It never hurts to try something new.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Advice I can give to the upcoming artists and musicians striving to achieve success would be to remain humble and believe in God. Don’t ever give up, keep pushing. Quitting is not an option. Always remember where you came from.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Usually what inspires me to write my next song is striving to make the next song better than the previous. Also my family, supporters, and fans inspire me to write new music day in and day out.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Steps I take to make a song consists of listening to the beat a few times, creating a chorus for the song which is usually based off of my mood towards the beat. After my chorus is finalized I then begin to come with my verses. After my verses I then like to follow up with adlibs to add that extra spark to the song. Then bam, I got my song completed.
What do you think makes a great song?
I feel great energy, emotion, rhythm, and confidence make a great song. Showing that great wave of energy grabs the listener’s attention, the emotion behind it keeps them locked in, the rhythm’s what makes the listener jam out and want to dance, and that confidence and swag is the icing on the cake to make it an all-around great song.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?