“In this day and age, social media is the greatest platform to use. You have the ability to reach millions with the simple push of a button. I come from the AOL dial-up connection era, and to see how technology has grown to become such an intricate instrument to the success of others just blows me away.”
Check out the interview with Jude exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
It all started at Fairview Elementary, my cousin and I wrote a rap for the Terra Nova test. This led to me becoming engulfed in music, drawing especially in the art of storytelling. I performed the first song I ever wrote at my junior high school talent show, where I received a standing ovation. Now the journey hasn’t been easy as I started out battle rapping, but lost my first battle because of stage fright lol!!! But the experience only made me grow as a person as well as an artist, I learned to not be swayed or discouraged by the opinions of others.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
This greatest piece of advice I could bestow on the younger generation is to remain first committed to GOD and to remain persistent in the pursuit of your dreams whatever they may be.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Delegating is the hardest task in my position, it forces me to rely on and trust others.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
In this day and age, social media is the greatest platform to use. You have the ability to reach millions with the simple push of a button. I come from the AOL dial-up connection era, and to see how technology has grown to become such an intricate instrument to the success of others just blows me away.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Born and raised in the show me state St. Louis, MO. From my perspective, there’s a camaraderie or almost unspoken bond between all the artists. The fans are truly awesome, I love to hear from them, especially when providing criticism. The fans ultimately determine your success which is why it’s vital to engage them.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
In a year from today, I see myself on tour traveling and spreading the word of GOD. Now that’s my desire, but I’m ok with whatever direction the Lord leads me.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who will you look up to in today’s world?
There’s a lot of people who had a stake in me becoming the artist I am today, far too many to name but if I had to pick a few it would be my older cousin Quincy, my high school track coach Mr. Williams, and Mrs. Foster. They taught me a valuable lesson in reshaping my perspective so that my pain would become my motivation and inspiration. As far as looking up to someone from a role model standpoint, there’s DeAndre Duncan won the worst male vocalist I’ve ever come across, Thomas “Shooz” Haney, Tarcea Renee, Mark Ant, Broken Vessel, C-Micah, Rob Redeemed, Rio, Rodney Weekly Jr, Pierre Lott, MikeRenell (no spaces), Lil Thea, Kevin Gr8, and so many more. All of the people listed before are courageous, inspiring, diligent, and radical when it comes to working for their father. I aspire the exude if I could just a portion of their faith, dedication, and love for the people.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
To be honest, I’m indifferent when it comes to this subject. Some music I understand and some I don’t get, largely in part to the fact I actually listen to the message the artist is putting out. Is the message edifying or degrading? As an artist, in general, we have to remain conscious of what we’re putting out. Our words inflict change, be it positive or negative, and I’d rather build up then tear down.
Thanks! Where can we contact you and find you online?
Thanks for having me you can contact me on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/ArtistJude/
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