“Ask yourself, ‘What do you really want to do with your life?’ If the answer is music and you’re willing to do what it takes, then get focused and go at it with the best of your ability.”
Check out the interview with Jay Juelz exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Jay Juelz: I’m kind of new to the entertainment business, but my history in entertainment itself goes way back. I played instruments and even wrote my own little instrumental songs for my family. I remember wanting to start a band, but not being able to find anyone who was as skilled as me in my age group. This all changed when I turned 12. I saw the movie Notorious (The Notorious B.I.G. biopic) and it inspired me to the point where I said, “I’m gonna be a rapper.”
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Ask yourself, “What do you really want to do with your life?” If the answer is music and you’re willing to do what it takes, then get focused and go at it with the best of your ability. Study the greats, try and see what makes them great. See and realize that there’s actually an art in making this thing we call music.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Sometimes it can be hard to stay focused and ignore all of the distractions we have around us. Social media is a big one, as far as distractions go. I feel like it makes wasting time very easy. That’s why I make an effort to focus my attention on my craft and on my career as much as I can.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Despite having the ability to distract people, social media is probably one of the best ways to promote music. Especially sites like Soundcloud where you can share and upload your work for the world to see. It’s great for creating a buzz and getting new people interested in what I have to offer. The same goes for YouTube.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
In Rochester it can be pretty rough as far as the music scene goes. There really hasn’t been an artist from our city to really break into the mainstream yet. The music scene is filled with all different types of people. There are a lot of supportive fans who want to see our music scene flourish, but there can be quite a bit of hate too.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself being on tour, performing songs from Better Than Nothing (my upcoming EP), working with new artists and producers, and being in the XXL Freshman Class of 2017. I see myself with a number one song, a platinum plaque, and maybe even an award. I see myself progressing at an accelerated rate with my brand continuing to grow.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I’m a big fan of the old school guys like Biggie, 2pac, The Pharcyde, and Redman. The list goes on and on. Kanye West is another big one as well as Kid Cudi. I find inspiration in so many different places though, it goes beyond rap. Anything from a jazz chord to a Donald Trump quote can spark an idea in me.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I really like the new wave that’s happening in rap today. The sound we have today isn’t like the sound of traditional hip hop and I don’t think it’s supposed to be. We’re in a new era of music right now. It’s all about energy and the energy in what we got right now is undeniable.
Where can we contact you and find you online?