“I like to keep things simple. Personally I limit where you can find my music so I can keep accurate statistics. This allows me not to have to check so many sites to see how well my music’s doing.”
Check out the interview with Just Say Jones exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Just Say Jones: Here’s the kicker. Everything started while I was at war in Afghanistan. A few things took place while I was out there that shifted my perspective. My focus shifted to empowering myself and what I believed in. When I made it back home I used all my money to create what is now known as BRILLIANCE (So Brilliant LLC).
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
The objective of this game is ownership. Set yourself up where you can be in a position of power. If you want to do music, make it to where you can record anytime. Which means you’re going to need the basic necessity. As things start to form, you’re going to want to make the transition from consumer grade products to professional grade products.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The hardest challenge is making sure you don’t become what you never intended to be. The entertainment business has a way to sway what you stand for. Stay true to yourself and what you believe in. Everything else will come.
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 like to keep things simple. Personally I limit where you can find my music so I can keep accurate statistics. This allows me not to have to check so many sites to see how well my music’s doing. I can’t say I’ve had the best results, but when people catch on I think it’ll be a rewarding sense to know.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m from San Diego, CA, but I’m currently in Houston embracing their music scene and indulging in the culture. Before I got here I was in Arizona after I got out of the Air Force. All these places are wonderful and have added onto me in so many ways. I don’t have fans, I have supporters and it has to be that way because I’m a real genuine dude.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
In a year I see myself continuing to escalate taking my talents to the next tier and reaching out and collaborating with more established artists in every genre. I’m already identifying certain ways to obtain greater reach by touring through colleges and other venues to continue spreading this BRILLIANCE.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My upbringing and environment really has to be my biggest inspiration. Knowing that I can be the positive change to the youth through music is what I do it for. My favorite rapper till this day is Tupac Amaru Shakur. I still draw inspiration from plenty of people most notably Bishop T.D Jakes, John Gray, and Dr. Myles Monroe.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
There was a point in time where I would have bashed a lot of music coming out today. I now understand that everybody doesn’t share a perspective like me and that this is art. You must allow the artist to paint their canvas how they see fit. I have an appreciation for a lot now and I’m not that big of a hypocrite.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.BelieveBrilliance.com