“Because I come from where they come from, so I try to be their voice whenever I make a song.”
Check out the interview with JayTrey exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
JayTrey: It all started after taking a trip to California in 2016. We had also thought about pursuing music but never found our drive. After discovering my uncle’s recording studio in his house while out there it began to motivate me and my friend/producer Anthony Church. A month later we would go to multiple music shops and purchase equipment to get us started on pursuing our dreams.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest advice I could give would be to find your passion and whatever it is you are passionate about pursue it. Whether that be entertainment, education, or military. And also, don’t let anyone tell you that your dream is not achievable or that the odds are stacked against you. Focus on you and only you.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Recording and mixing are the two toughest. We have had to learn how to do all the ways of producing a track in the last year and it took us quite some time. We would get frustrated if a track didn’t sound up to par or just felt unfinished. So we studied many people in order to provide the perfect sound quality to present the public.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The best ways I’ve learned so far are through magazines, like this one, and also music blogs. However, it doesn’t just stop there. I try to communicate with almost everybody while also using my social media platforms. Getting music out there is a tough task, but I feel if you make connections with people and just be yourself people will help you.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m from Canton, OH and the music scene around here is not the greatest, but it’s not terrible. There are a few artists that I believe are doing their thing and I wish nothing but success for them. The fans around here are so supportive and caring and want to see a person like me shine. Because I come from where they come from, so I try to be their voice whenever I make a song.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself, hopefully, signed with a label with my debut project Self Expression out for the fans. I hope to also be on a tour and spreading my music to other states and spreading my positivity to the country.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspirations are Jay Z, J. Cole, and Eminem. Those three really spoke to me with their music and I just felt I could relate with them not just as a fan but personally. Jay Z is probably my biggest influence that I look up to. Ever since I was a kid I wanted to be Jay Z and live in his shoes.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I do actually. I’m not talking particularly mainstream, but there are plenty of great artists coming out today that I enjoy. Kendrick, Big Sean, Joey BadA$$, and Travis Scott are just a few names that I often listen to. I feel hip hop is divided in many different forms that everybody can enjoy and how can you hate that.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
You can find me on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat @jaytrey42.