“I think music will be live. We’re in historical times. The only way artists will be remembered now and as always has been by documenting and expressing our place in history.”
Check out the interview with Yaya Jonez exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Yaya Jonez: I started my journey into the business out of need. One day I was broke with responsibility. I was going to sell some drugs for some money. I got a call from a friend of mine named Koran Bolden. He paid me the same amount of money to talk with some kids. I threw the dope away and got focused. That showed me that dreams can pay.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I really love the old school version of face to face. In this media world people forgot what life feels like. I set out on a mission to remind people of that feeling.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Saturation is real. A lot of musicians out now are chasing a check so you have to go that much further to prove your realness. Who you are and how you’re different. I’m an artist so I come with stuff.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
My hometown is oblivious in my opinion. There isn’t much celebration for anything outside of the norm unless someone else approves it. Even if you are born here different seems scary to them. That being said, you have a lot of independent artists standing solid like me.
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 think music will be live. We’re in historical times. The only way artists will be remembered now and as always has been by documenting and expressing our place in history. Memoirs and lifetime blogs. “How are you living?” is the new question.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Run wild. Be smart. Follow the rules of the game. Sounds confusing, but the rules will always lead you through. What will you take? Make your own rules for good.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Frustration sadly. I haven’t quite mastered telling people how I feel without seeming like the a-hole so I write. Music is the safest place for me to get aggressive and not hurt nobody. My chest gets tight and I write. Good. Bad. And Beautiful.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I like to really just sit down and remember. Reflect. I always tell the artists I mentor, “It’s way easier to remember than it is to make something up.” I find a story that’s connect to my present time and make it real.
What do you think makes a great song?
Connectivity and rhythm. How relateable are you and how well will they remember what you said. Cook it up.
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