“The music industry is not for the faint of heart. You have to keep yourself motivated and find ways to get your music out there.”
Check out the interview with Johnny EZ exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Johnny EZ: I have always been interested in all kinds of music. I have done roughly 12 years of choir and can play multiple instruments. When I was in college at the University of Northern Colorado I was studying English and ethical philosophy with a focus on creative writing. I took an advanced poetry class that really inspired me to start rapping more seriously. Eventually my love for rapping led to a few friends and I starting rap circles at parties and I realized that I could make my music into something more.
I interviewed many artists for “Bandwagon Magazine” and asked them about their creative processes and careers. The owner of the magazine opened a venue and was looking for artists and it was about this time that I decided to make my first EP the “JohnnyBeats EP” and began performing around town. After a few years past of making tracks and performing, I moved to Hawaii to start traveling and sharing my music with different audiences. I have been traveling now for about 4 years.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
The music industry is not for the faint of heart. You have to keep yourself motivated and find ways to get your music out there. If you want to be successful in the industry keep making music and be patient, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
As I mentioned above its hard to stay motivated. For example, when you release a project and you think it’s going to be your big break, it takes you years to finish, and then nothing happens once you release it. Moving forward and staying focused to make more music is hard to do but you must persist.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I have had a lot of success with SoundCloud and Facebook, and plan to use CD Baby in the near future. Reaching out to other artist via sound cloud or face book has been a really helpful. If you want people to like your music, showing an interest in their music first is important. Lastly, making yourself apparent in artist communities will help you spread your music and make friends that are going for the same goals as you.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I am from Colorado Springs, but the hip-hop scene in Denver has been growing a ton over the last few years. It’s awesome to go to a show in Denver and see all these talented young artists trying to make a name for themselves. Colorado’s live music scene is full of good vibes and chill fans. However, I have been traveling for four years and that has limited my time in Colorado.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Within the next few months my new album “Breaking Bread” will be released. From there I hope to establish a merchandise line of stickers, T-shirts, and hats. I would also like to get my first tour done within the next year as well but only time will tell.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest hip-hop inspirations would have to be Chris Webby, Logic, Eminem, Kanye West, Tribe Called Quest, Common, Mos Def, Atmosphere, Brother Ali, B.O.B., Bliss N Eso, Hilltop Hoods, and all my talented friends that are trying to find success in the industry as well.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I think the music coming out today in hip-hop often gets a bad rep but there is a lot of talent coming out, especially with new artists.
Thanks! Where can we contact you and find you online?
If anyone has any questions for me feel free to message me on one of these pages. I do my best to respond to all the messages I can.