“Work hard and invest in your craft. Stay dedicated and have fun with it. Think bigger than your city or town…”
Check out the interview with KAY.MJ exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
KAY.MJ: I started on my journey when I was very young. My father could never get me to stop crying as a kid until he played music for me. Whenever he turned on some Hip Hop, R&B or Reggae I would stop crying and get happy. My father used to DJ and make music, and I guess it rubbed off on me. I became an artist myself as I got into my teens, and I really started taking the music thing serious and practiced my craft until I got very good at it. When I hit my late teen years I met a local producer in my home city of Syracuse NY who taught me pretty much everything he knows. Since then I’ve been producing my own beats.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I usually flood my news feed on Facebook and Twitter with links everyday and every hour sending them to people, pages, and groups. I also pay people to promote my music for me.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge I face is getting heard by the right people and getting the right amount of exposure. It’s a lot of people trying to get heard just like I am so it makes it difficult. I try to be different and stand out to make better lyrical music.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in my city is a big popularity contest and there isn’t many outlets to get music out. There are a lot of talent, but Syracuse doesn’t support local artists as much as they do famous artists. There isn’t any unity, nobody wants to come together to help each other out.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The future of music is going to be more lyrical and back to the East Coast where it originated. They can make better songs, write better lyrics, and sound like where they are from instead of trying to jump on the bandwagon.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Work hard and invest in your craft. Stay dedicated and have fun with it. Think bigger than your city or town.
What inspires you to write your next song?
What inspires me to write my next song is how I am feeling that day; real life experiences and alcohol.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I make or buy the beat first, drink some liquor, write the hook, then write the verses.
What do you think makes a great song?
What makes a great song is a dope producer with a dope artist; good lyrics and a catchy hook.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
You can connect with me on Twitter @Kajwaan then on Instagram:@Body_season YouTube is @KAY.MJ and Facebook @Kajwaan KAYDOTMJ Jackson