“It’s also a college city, that’s why I don’t understand why the music scene isn’t bigger. I will say this, Syracuse loves to party. I think parties are going to be my way to grow my fan base.”
Check out the interview with C.J.B exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
C.J.B: Birth pretty much. I can’t remember a time where music wasn’t in my life. My parents always encouraged me and my siblings to engage our interests in music. I’ve been singing my whole life. I started playing piano around 10 or 11, picked up sax in 7th grade, and started rapping in 8th. I started making beats my sophomore year of high school, but I didn’t really engage in production until the year following graduation.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I would definitely say by making connections. I feel like it’s all about networking. Also, be different. Don’t try too hard though. Nobody likes a poser. Just be the most you that you can be. If you have what it takes, along with knowing the right people, you’re sure to start gaining some attention.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
A brand. I want to have the Midas touch. I want to get to a point where anything I do is the best of the best. I can do it too. I know I can, it just takes time. I never want to have to restrict my creative process for anyone, not the fans, not the media, not the labels. Instead I want to grow with my fans and become the media and the label.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Staying true to yourself. As not only an artist, but a music lover. Sometimes it can be hard not to be influenced by outside creative forces. It’s okay to be influenced, but don’t compromise who you are for approval.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I heard Post Malone was born here. But that’s about it. I’ve met a lot of talented people, but there aren’t many opportunities in general here. The city is in a struggle. It’s also a college city, that’s why I don’t understand why the music scene isn’t bigger. I will say this, Syracuse loves to party. I think parties are going to be my way to grow my fan base.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Stop trying to sound like other artists.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I just got an email from a label the other day. Can’t share too many details, but it was a pretty exciting moment. Also, starting Camp Radio was pretty amazing. It connected with a lot of artists.
What is your inspiration?
My dreams. Anything I imagine, from a day dream to a lucid dream, my mind continues to inspire me.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
No. Definitely not. In today’s world you really have to build yourself as a brand. Not many people have the patience or ambition to do that. Shoot, not many people are even creative enough to do that. It takes a certain type of person to do that.
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