Atlanta Native JC Interview


One Percent PR

Tell us about yourself and your music?

I'm from Nashville, TN but I've lived in Atlanta for 12 years. I've been doing music since a very young age; 23 years total. I'm a songwriter and my specific niche is writing catchy, clean music. I've always looked up to Babyface. I love his approach to music and the industry as a whole. I like how he did a lot of behind the scenes stuff but was still an artist when he felt like it. LOL

How would you describe your sound?

Everybody says I sound like Chris Brown but I was singing long before him, so that's just a coincidence. lol But at least he's DOPE so I'll take that comparison. I definitely have a smooth voice, but I mess R&B, Hip-Hop, and Pop frequently; and sometimes even Country.

Talk about the experience making your single?

My single "Bounce" was actually created just to have something more hip-hop oriented to perform. I had opened some shows for Lil Wayne and Migos and realized I needed some material more on "the new wave." I had just been writing for other artists at the time, so of course I was familiar with the sound; I just didn't have a lot of that material for myself. I went home and told my friend I needed something to "make the people bounce during my shows." I pulled up some tracks from my homie Keyzbaby and about 45 minutes later I had a single. It was fun. I didn't overthink it. I just had fun and what you're hearing is what came out in my living room studio setup.

What are you currently working on? Any new projects? Shows?

I'm releasing my video for "Bounce" soon and in the meantime just seeking out investors so I can remain independent but do it on a much larger scale. I want to move like a major label is behind, but remain indie. I'm also doing promo shows which consists primarily of opening up for major artists. I plan to release my 2nd single before the end of 2018, followed by an EP 1st quarter of 2019.

What has been your biggest highlight in your music career this far?

Back in the day I would have said it was being signed to a major label (both So So Def and Bad Boy) or maybe even writing for major artists and sharing the stage with them. But my biggest accomplishment has been just to learn how to have fun doing what I love; and also learning the game in a way that allows me to make moves without being taken advantage of.

Name your ideal collaboration: mainstream or independent artist(s)?

I have to do a song with Drake and/or Rhianna before I die. Lol As far as indie artists, I'd say Macklemore as far as indie artists; he's the GOAT when it comes to indie success in my book.

Name something random that people do not know about you?

I've had vocal surgery 5 times (1 time was for tonsils), so I'm not even supposed to be able to talk, and definitely not sing! All Glory to God!

What’s one thing you have learned or discovered while being in the indie music scene/industry?

I've learned that it takes a team and you definitely have to have a budget. But if you can build that and make sure those people think the world of you and your talent, you can do anything. I'm still building that team because I didn't know that for years. I always thought I needed a deal....but that's not true AT ALL.

What can we expect from you in the future?

You can expect me to approach every record like it's my last, put my everything into the process, and thank God regardless of the results!

September 13, 2018 8:10pm ET by One Percent PR  

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