“Though I feel most music has lost passion today, I feel there are still unfound talents out there that can rock the world.”
Check out the interview with AjTheKid exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
AjTheKid: Serious music making all started when I was working at a cannabis club where I ran into my favorite rapper The Jacka. He instantly took a liking to me because I knew my weed very well and only smoked the tastiest strains. So we clicked there. So since his passing, I’ve pretty much been on my own researching and learning through trial and error. It sucked at first, but once I started to see small improvements I realized if you do it right its only a matter of time.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Studio-wise, don’t go to the studio trying to figure out what you’re going to do. Whatever you’re going to the studio to record should be rehearsed at least 25 times before you go in the box and I bet if you do that your rhyme will change a bit but for the better. Copyright-wise, make sure you cover your ass. Make sure you’re a part of PRO like ACAP or BMI.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
When I’m at a show and know when I’m supposed to go on and because of management or the DJ I end up having to go later than my slot time sometimes. I hate that the most, but you got to deal with it. Other acts not showing up or showing up and taking more time than they should.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Social Media is essential to an artist because you never know who’s related to who and who’s watching and listening. I also get deals by certain magazines and online blogs and online magazines by getting contacted by someone at their business wanting to interview me or advertise some of my music or simply my brand.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
My city is San Francisco and it’s very diverse, but my music and everything started in East Oakland. The artists are amazing. There are a few who I actually idolize. In the Bay Area our music thrives and helps us get through the day or express our feelings. The Fans in the Bay Area are great. If they like you, they’ll be your fans forever unless you do something to change that.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today, I couldn’t tell you. As everyday can take you anywhere. If all goes as planned next year I’ll be a better known Bay Area rapper and hopefully be remembered for being unique, different, but cool. I know I’ll be happy because I am a humble guy and there isn’t too much that can bother me.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
2Pac, The Jacka, Traxamillion, J Stalin, Mistah Fab, San Quinn, Young Gully, Rydah J Kydle, and Clyde Carson. I grew up listening to their music and I loved it. I still do look up to those artists that are still around. It is always a special thing for me to be around them and hear them speak on the music industry.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Though I feel most music has lost passion today, I feel there are still unfound talents out there that can rock the world. I’ll be one of them. I think the different generations bring different things, so it’s really interesting to hear what a 25+ age rapper might say compared to one who is under 18 or in the low 20’s.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.ajthekid.com