“Some days it’ll just come to you and other days it might not. It can take days, weeks, even years before you can find the right inspiration to write a song.”
Check out the interview with Jake Wright exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Jake Wright: It all started back when I was 14. One of my friends was just fooling around writing a few lines and asked what he was doing. I tried writing a few lines myself and fell in love with it ever since. I didn’t really start listening to hip hop/rap until about second grade with my really good friend. He introduced me to 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Trying and couldn’t get enough of the music.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Honestly, with this generation you don’t even need a label. All you need is social media to get your music around. Just keep on pushing new music out, trying to get interviews and shows. The internet is the key for everything.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
In my career I’m hoping to reach out to others. As long as I could reach out to one kid and that my music has helped them through their hardest times I feel like my mission was a success.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I feel like the hardest thing is keeping the balance between wanting to work on music and also having other things going on in your life such as work, a girlfriend, and etc. With finding inspiration as well. Some days it’ll just come to you and other days it might not. It can take days, weeks, even years before you can find the right inspiration to write a song.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I am originally from Harrison, New Jersey right next to Newark. I couldn’t tell you much, my parents didn’t really want me going out that area because it really was not all that safe. I moved to Pennsylvanian around 10 or 11 and it’s honestly boring. Not very much to do out here. I would rather move back to Jersey or somewhere in the city.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Just keep on striving for your dream. Don’t listen to anyone that’s putting you down. If anything, you can use that as your fuel for motivation. Keep yourself surrounded with people that keep a positive spirit. And just have fun with music, don’t force yourself or you’re not going to have any fun making music. Just take one day at a time and have fun!
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Meeting my producer Dylan Murphy aka Wild Life Beats who makes all my beats now. So far I don’t have any of his beats with songs I’ve written, but they will be up their shortly. He has also educated me more with the business and career side of music. Definitely check out his beats on Soundcloud and on his web site; tell him Jake Wright sent you!
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration is everything that’s happen in my life. Also my girlfriend, she’s been there for me no matter what and has stayed by my side. She’s introduced me to love and has showed me the world from a whole different angle. So I thank her for that!
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes. As I said earlier with social media nowadays anything is possible. From Facebook to Soundcloud you can share your music so everyone in the world can hear you.
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