“The best thing so far in my career has been me doing Germaine Moody’s Pre Grammy Networking Party. I got to meet people from America’s Got Talent and actor’s from TV One. It was a really fun experience and it make me feel like a real superstar, especially if you rock the stage.”
Check out the interview with JiggSaw exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
JiggSaw: I am a 24yr old music artist from Newark, New Jersey who originally started my music career off singing at a young age. I then got into dancing at the age 14 and from there took off with that doing shows such as B.E.T. 106 & Park, some music videos, and a couple festivals in between. I never really got big off of it though. I then got back into singing and rapping with my boy Kash-X who pretty much influenced me to start taking it a lot more serious.
I developed myself and now I have not only gained respect from my peers but from the older crowd. Since then I have done Germaine Moody’s Pre-Grammy Show and I have won the Grind till I Sign Competition in Georgia 3 times in a row. I have opened up for 3 Gamestop midnight release events and I even tried out for The Voice.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
The best ways to promote yourself to me is to stay online with all your social media. If you’re not online make sure you have business cards so every time you step out and go to a show to perform or even to watch other artists, you have something for people to reach you with.
Networking is key so brand yourself with t-shirts and pass out promo CDs of yourself and don’t miss anyone. That one person you thought wasn’t interested just might be. Also include your fan base in your videos and posts so they can feel appreciated. The more you do that the more people will get involved with you.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
The biggest artist to do it without using profanity and one of the greatest entertainers of all time.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Meeting people and booking the better shows when you don’t have a manager or team to back you. Investing in shows that won’t particularly like you. But you got to keep on moving and following that dream because you can make it happen. Just don’t give up.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
The city I live in currently is okay as far as music. We have a lot of talent here and some that are really dope and need to be seen, but then we have the other artists who again talk about the same thing everyone else in the industry is. Other than that I like living here, it has given me a place to get myself together and work on my craft as an artist.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Make sure you never give up. Don’t let anyone bring you down. Follow your dream until you can’t anymore. They say that the sky is the limit, well I say shoot past into the next universe.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The best thing so far in my career has been me doing Germaine Moody’s Pre Grammy Networking Party. I got to meet people from America’s Got Talent and actor’s from TV One. It was a really fun experience and it make me feel like a real superstar, especially if you rock the stage.
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration has always been my siblings. I have hardly been a part of their lives and I always think if I finally make it or break into the industry I’ll be able to be there and finally do what an older brother should. It is also a goal for myself because deep down I always wanted to entertain and if I can somehow pull it off then my dream will have finally come true.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
In some cases some people really get lucky, but with that being said with a great following anything is possible.