“Just be artistic. Being honest and being true to your craft is your best promo.”
Check out the interview with Joey Mondeca exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Joey Mondeca: I always wanted to do hip hop music. When I was twelve my mom got me a four track beat maker and keyboard. I used to make beats, write to them, and then record them on tapes. Once I had like five beats, I would record my songs tracking it out onto a cd. Whatever I needed, my mom would always make sure I had the equipment to be creative.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
I would say find your sound. Then find your audience that appreciates your sound. Figure out if you’re going to make music for yourself or for the people, or maybe you want to do both a project at a time. In the end, this is all going to drive your creativity in a direction you planned to go. I say write out a 4 project plan for yourself.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I would say being a northern east coast artist in the south. It’s hard for the south to understand my sound because I still got the NY/Philly raps, but the north doesn’t understand me because they think I acquired a more southern sound. I feel hip hop music is very segregated right now.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Just be artistic. Being honest and being true to your craft is your best promo. Some people spend a million and it doesn’t help their music career or does. Some artists never have to spend a dime and blow. You just got to find what works for you and what doesn’t.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Every little town is filled with broke ass haters. That’s what happens when there aren’t really any good jobs. Me being me I learned to navigate the bullshit and find people that are successful and want others to be the same. In the end I want to be recognized as a pioneer in Allentown hip hop culture for showing the world how we live.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I just bought a big ass house in South Carolina and my girl just had my son Jacob Ezra in December 2016. I’m a keep it close to home for now. I got a sound and a visual studio in my house, so I’m just recording and mixing songs and videos that should have been mixed weeks ago.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I listen to all music and I’m influenced by all music. I’ll never be one of those artist that say I only listen to my own music. I’m a student of this game and I love our rich hip hop culture. I’m more influenced by people. God touched my life in ways that led me to where I am today though.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I love it. I love the blend of all genres right now. Hip hop is in everything right now and it’s beautiful. Hip hop has become the universal language. What rock n’ roll tried to do hip hop has succeeded. Hip hop has created its own genres within hip hop. It’s such a new concept hip hop fans haven’t even caught on fully yet.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.joeymondeca.com