“I thoroughly enjoy the writing process. Hearing others recite and vibe with the words you formed organically is one of the best feelings in the entire world. This is the reason I decided to start my own publishing company, Thinking Out Loud, LLC.”

Check out the interview with Jaye exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Jaye:
My music career began at age 17. The semester before I started college my friends from my hometown (Birmingham, AL) and I decided to start a rap group and start recording songs we were already writing. We started out recording in one of my best friend’s closet using an old laptop and an older mic but within a year we had all the proper equipment we needed to make the quality of music we thought would take us somewhere.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
The best way to promote myself as an artist is through any and every social media outlet/platform available for people to see. Whether that’s the usual outlets or music blogs that are more specifically directed towards music fans, bloggers, A&Rs, labels, etc., any platform that reaches the masses is the best medium of promotion in my opinion.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I thoroughly enjoy the writing process. Hearing others recite and vibe with the words you formed organically is one of the best feelings in the entire world. This is the reason I decided to start my own publishing company, Thinking Out Loud, LLC. I want to control my content and creativity to ensure that I’m able to do this.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing about being in the music business is separating potential/opportunity from things that aren’t what they seem they are and things that waste one’s time. That can include a number of things whether it’s promoters or show organizers to people promising you things they could never really promise to anyone.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Birmingham is extremely welcoming and attractive to young professionals, whether in the corporate world or the art or entertainment industry. Above all else my city is HUNGRY. Birmingham is full of up and coming artists, business owners, painters, photographers, etc. waiting to emerge to the forefront.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Keep going no matter what. Focus on what you’re doing and what you can be doing to make yourself better. Always reach for greatness and growth. Every single day you should be doing something that gets you one step closer to your goal. Some days are better than others of course but keep the faith.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The best thing that’s ever happened to me so far has been opening up for Chevy Woods (Taylor Gang) in addition to the release of my solo EP, The Vulgar Genius Project, that I put out August 8th. I’ve always had the mindset that any step that gets me closer to the desired destination should be the best accomplishment within the process of making it.

What is your inspiration?
My inspiration is my city, my hometown Birmingham. The resilience, entrepreneurship, creativity, and the determination that’s here is underrated to say the least and is waiting to prove itself. I feel like myself, the team around me, and the music we’re putting out right now embodies what this city represents as the new wave of the New Birmingham.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes and no. I believe that anyone with the right level of discipline and determination can be successful, but there’s also a ceiling to that success. Being good is not nearly enough to make you legendary but enough to shine. I believe in order to reach legendary status you have to have that special something about you, something original, different, or nostalgic.

Where can we find you on social media?
Official website: jaye205-bhm.squarespace.com
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/jaye205
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PrimetimeJaye
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thinkingoutloudent
Twitter: @PrimetimeJ205
Instagram: @Primetimejaye205
Snapchat: @PrimetimeJ205