“In general the lack of support in NYC period is what I do not like. I like the lack of support because it makes you go harder. They will regret it when the fuse ignites and boom.”
Check out the interview with J.O exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
J.O: This all started when I was like four or five. My mother used to make me and my other brother dance and sing Michael Jackson songs in front of her friends. My brother was older than me so he knew all the words, I was just the background mumbler. I had some dance moves though. At this point I knew I could do this because the dancing and singing made people happy and they had a good time watching and I had a good time performing.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I would say performing is one of my best ways because people see me and say, “Oh you rap. You don’t look like the type.” When I rap its sheds a whole different light. I think it’s because of my energy and how I put words together.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge I face is being a New York artist. I overcome that by being true to myself and never giving up.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene is in my hometown is good and bad at the same time. There’s nobody to represent Harlem. It’s not like when Mase and Dipset were out. In general the lack of support in NYC period is what I do not like. I like the lack of support because it makes you go harder. They will regret it when the fuse ignites and boom.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Music changes so much. I do not know where it will be in the future. There are so many new trends that come about each day. There is no predicting the future of music. Just be involved more.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
The best advice is to give it your all. You get what you put out. You put out bull-crap, you get back bull-crap. When promoting your music go outside of your city or town or state or country if you could to promote. When you promote local you stay local.
What inspires you to write your next song?
It depends on how I feel. Sometimes I need to go out and experience the turn up. Other times I need to be by myself. Just everyday life.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Finding the right beat, this is crucial nowadays because if the beat does not grab the audience by the pussy you failed. Have the right verse and the hook. You can have the right beat, now you need the words to match. Most important, great production.
What do you think makes a great song?
If I get goose bumps after listening to it, you have a great song.
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