“I usually write best when I’m driving which is very dangerous, but once I start I won’t stop until the words stop coming to me. Once that happens I go back and move the words around into the format of a song.”
Check out the interview with J Roy Champion exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
J Roy Champion: It started with being around people who loved music. My mom and grandma sang beautifully and my dad was a DJ. Even the camp counselors at my camp had cyphers on their break. I needed to find my lane and take part.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I like being that unsuspecting person. People know me as the man who goes to work with a shirt and tie on, usually latch on to my material once they see the other side. Aside from that, my website is ever changing. You can go on there and see a layout change ever so often. I usually refer people to my site.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
My biggest challenge is funding myself. I don’t have a deal so my budget is pretty much based on whatever I have left after paying bills. That also works to my advantage because I don’t have to answer to anyone. The deeper I get, the more I realize these things cost money. It can be discouraging and it can be motivating depending on how you look at it.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
It’s a growing scene in Boston. It’s always been very competitive. In the past the whole “crabs in a barrel” thing was the issue, but even now I can see these guys coming together. It’s getting better. We just have to make it so the industry will look at our city as a place with talent.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The future sits with hip hop. Think about it. Every genre is borrowing from it in the same way hip hop borrowed from whatever dominant genre existed when it first surfaced.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Learn the business. Learn to market. Learn to take risks and think about the big picture. I wish I knew then what I know now.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Emotions, moments really. I can’t force material. Usually whatever I do was done quickly because I believed in whatever was happening to me/with me in that moment. That makes everything easy.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I usually write best when I’m driving which is very dangerous, but once I start I won’t stop until the words stop coming to me. Once that happens I go back and move the words around into the format of a song. Most of the time I get my production after the song is written. I almost never write to a beat.
What do you think makes a great song?
Truth, at whatever capacity. The ability to invoke something from within the listener and the ability to make a song that doesn’t lose value if placed on repeat.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.JRoyMusicDotCom.com
Facebook: J Roy Champion
Twitter: @J Roy Champion
Instagram: @J Roy Champion
Snapchat: @J Roy Champion