“Since I’m an actor, rapper, songwriter it’s just me trying to have an equal balance. I want to do my best with each one … You can’t give half of yourself in this, it’s all or nothing.”
Check out the interview with P.H.I.R.E. JONES exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
P.H.I.R.E. JONES: I’m from Westwood, New Jersey and I always had a way with words. I would run around my grandparent’s house singing and making up songs from the top of my head and when I heard a song I liked or didn’t like, I used to jump on the brake down beat and add my own words to fill it in.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
I would tell them to put God first and don’t ever give up. Do your homework so you can talk about everything and anything in this world. Don’t just be like the next man. Be your own man. Be a leader and not a follower.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Since I’m an actor, rapper, songwriter it’s just me trying to have an equal balance. I want to do my best with each one. When I ‘m doing my acting I put my all into it just like with rapping and songwriting. You can’t give half of yourself in this, it’s all or nothing. You need to have a thick skin in the entertainment business, if you don’t it will eat you up and spit you out!
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 find using every outlet you can think of is the key factor for you to stay alive in this entertainment business. So you gotta go out there and make it happen.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m out in New Jersey, but the artists nowadays think they gotta sound like everybody else just to be heard it’s crazy. It’s something I don’t do nor will ever let myself do. I feel fans want more from us. They want us to start making real music again. I think the fans are tired of this crap and want to be able to turn the radio back on.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
God willing I see myself in California being a successful actor, rapper, and songwriter. I hope to be on tour, making movies, making good music, and having the whole world knowing who I am. I see myself getting a Golden Globe Awards, People Choice Awards, Grammy Awards, Billboard Awards, Teen Choice Awards, and getting an Oscar for a directing.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My mom. She was a single parent and it wasn’t always easy but she always found a way for us. At one point in time she had 3 jobs. So as soon as I get myself on point, I’ll be able to pay her back for all that she’s done.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I don’t! This music that’s out today is D.D.M. (Dumb Down Music). Don’t get me wrong, there is dudes out that are nice like like Paul Lipsey, Dizzy Wright, Hopsin, but the new dude’s out now I’m not a fan. I still listen to Tupac, Rakim, M.O.P., O.C., Masta Ace, Grand Puba, Joell Oritz, AZ, Kool G.Rap, Danny Sisneros, Sean Price, and TommyBishop,