“Our most important rule is to believe in ourselves. If we don’t believe in ourselves how can our fans believe in us?”
Check out the interview with JUMG exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
JUMG: We started out with DJ A-Nice, local DJ and producer from Washington, NC where he taught Phlatlyne deejaying and producing. The idea was to start a local internet radio station for local artists. After a while Phlatlyne and Mr. Mos Hated began to talk about creating and independent label.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
There are different ways a lot of artists promote themselves. JUMG has several methods that we use and each member of the group contributes to the promotion. What works for us may not work for others. Our most important rule is to believe in ourselves. If we don’t believe in ourselves how can our fans believe in us?
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
As a whole we intend to be successful and give back to our community. Each of us has our sole discretion on what we want to become in our career.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Being different. Originality is one of the keys to longevity, but when the industry is stuck on a certain trend it’s hard to be yourself because everyone is used to hearing a particular sound until that sound goes out of style.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I (Mr. Mos Hated) rely on a lot of pre-2010 music to soothe my craving unless I’m listening to JUMG/Suoires music. Living here is truly not the greatest in my personal opinion. I feel like Washington, NC should be annexed by Greenville, NC so that much needed upgrades to this city can be made at a faster and more glorious scale.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
No matter what someone tells you always pursue your dream. In this business don’t just jump on the first train smoking. Create your own lane and do it how you envision your craft to be. Don’t be afraid of feedback whether it’s good or bad. Take all feedback and turn it into positive energy when you go back to recreate what you have done.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Our local radio station KISS 101.9F M playing our single. Having the opportunity to work with Donferquan ‘Quan’ Peacock. During our first official video shoot we had Mansone Batez and Mac Momie come through and show support for the JUMG family.
What is your inspiration?
Our inspiration is life, growing up in the struggle. This is what brings out the creative side of our life story, our pain.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Anyone can be successful in the today’s music. There’s a lot more that needs to be dealt with to become successful in the todays music. It’s hard to rely on downloads of your music when people can just get it for free. Having a great show for the fans will help you more in the long run as fans will want to see you perform and put on a great show.
Where can we find you on social media?