“I feel the pressure is always on because people doubt you before you even open your mouth.”
Check out the interview with Jae The Lyoness exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Jae The Lyoness: I started writing rhymes seriously when I was 19. I started writing poetry when I was 7. I never thought I would rap. Honestly, I always wanted to be an r&b singer because I was a singer first. One day my mom called me and said, “I think you should start rapping as well.” I went out and purchased a mic and Pro Tools and locked myself in the room for hours learning and perfecting my craft; here I am.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
One strategy I use is putting out quality freestyle videos every week which fans look forward to. I also have different affiliations with large platforms such as Cypher Circuit and TeamBackpack that assist with promotion. I am a graphic designer and videographer, so I can get pretty creative when it comes to visuals. I can’t give away all my secrets.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Being a female in the entertainment business is very hard. I feel the pressure is always on because people doubt you before you even open your mouth. Hip hop is a male dominated culture. Though women have successfully held their own, it’s still sexist. I overcome these obstacles by just staying true to me and believing in myself.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in Baltimore is pretty dope now. We have a lot of talented artist making strides to preserve the culture. Hip hop is definitely alive here. The only thing I don’t like are the cliques. I feel like in order for everyone to succeed we have to stick together as a unit and people are so separated.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
With technology growing everyday anything is possible. I’m honestly not sure where the future of music will be, but I know it’ll be more advanced and in a great place. Artists should definitely learn all areas of music and be more hands on. Don’t just rap or sing, get more involved in your visuals and learn to engineer how to play instruments.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Always remain humble no matter the level of success, and always stay focused and consistent. Follow your intuition and never let people tell you how you should do you.
What inspires you to write your next song?
I can be inspired by many things. It could be my day to day life, friends, the world, etc. Honestly, what inspires me the most is my passion. If you love something so much it’s hard to give up on it. If I didn’t write my next song, I wouldn’t be able to accomplish my goals and inspire others; that’s what keeps me going and motivated.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Riding in the car listening to instrumentals or walking to work being surrounded by nature and meditating is also great way for me to make a song.
What do you think makes a great song?
I think lyrics first. The beat and then the delivery. It’s very important to deliver your words in a way that’s real so people can feel what you’re saying. Lyrics are everything. It makes the song.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Instagram: @JaeTheLyoness | @JaeTheLyoness_official_fanpage | @StruggleMewzik