“I think the most important part is your music because it speaks for itself and I try to make sure my music is not the same sound as everyone else and that it represents a part of who I am.”
Check out the interview with Qon.Jay.Jamal exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Qon.Jay.Jamal: My brother and I as kids we’re always passionate about music. We had a little cassette player that we would listen to all day and then our parents bought us a small keyboard that would work with AA batteries. As we grew older music became more than a hobby. We gradually started teaching ourselves and one another all aspects of music. Music has been with me since a very early age.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I think the most important part is your music because it speaks for itself and I try to make sure my music is not the same sound as everyone else and that it represents a part of who I am. When your music is on lock it helps you promote yourself easier. Build an online presence and also promote yourself in the real world, on the streets, in the field. Be humble, genuine, realistic, and professional. I think people will respond in a positive way.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to be able to make myself a brand with the help of my music.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing is breaking into the industry because the music scene is so saturated. The filtration process can take time and it can be frustrating for an artist because at times you don’t feel validated and that can lead to you losing inspiration.
I know that music isn’t a business you get into just to make money or be famous because if that’s your motive you will not thrive. You have to be driven by passion and love for the art and that will bring you prosperity and clarity.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
In Dallas, Texas the music scene isn’t all that great because music is supplied here from New York or LA. They set the trend or the sound so it is harder to make it as an artist. I think it’s better that way because when you do succeed it’ll be that much sweeter and worth it.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
The best advice is be yourself, don’t get caught in the trends and sounds, make your own sound, and make music that lets people get to know who you really are. Also learn and practice your craft till you master it and never give up.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The best thing to happen in my career that really moved me was after a show I did. I got off the stage, there was this girl who was probably 12 years old and she was with her mother and when she saw me. She started screaming and telling her mom that she wanted to take a picture with me. I has her favorite artist and I sang her favorite songs.
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration is to be the best at the music I make and to be a prominent artist in the American music industry because the part of the world I was born in nobody’s ever done that. I want to be the first Pakistani rapper to be known worldwide.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
It’s really hard and a lot of things have to work out and go your way. With hard work, persistence, and perseverance it’s very possible.
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