Out Now Magazine Spotlight series featuring J-Killa for an exclusive interview
Where are you from?
When did you start making music?
I started writing poetry in 2005 then that evolved into creating music around mid-2007.
How do you describe your music?
I describe my music as deep and passionate; filled with a bunch of truth and lyrical content. Very creative but different from a lot of artists in my genre.
Favorite moment from your career?
My favorite moment would have to be when I released my first ‘DeVoted’ album from the DeVoted series. Watching my listeners go up live on Spotify was mind-blowing; I felt as if people were just starting to take me serious as a up and coming artist.
Who is your biggest musical inspiration?
My biggest musical inspiration will forever be Tupac Shakur. The way he changed the industry, being outspoken and showing the true definition of being a gangsta was in his music was something legendary. True enough he had his negative moments but I always felt that his positivity outweighed anything bad that he dealt with. The impact he had on the world at such a young age is truly inspiring
What is your producing software?
I’m old school! I still use a BR-1180 DAW (hardware), WA- 87 (Mic), DBX 286s (Mic Preamp)
What other things do you do besides making music?
Besides making music I love playing video games. PlayStation geek for sure!
What is your favorite track of all time?
Cry Together by The O’Jays
What is your best-producing tip?
Find your sound and get familiar with it. When you find your own sound, you’ll be unstoppable when creating music.
Why did you start making music?
I started making music because I knew I had a voice that needed to be heard and it was a hidden talent of mine that I didn’t appreciate until I kept practicing and noticing the growth in my craft.
What are your goals for the future?
I want to continue to grow and be heard across different areas of the world. I want people to relate to my music no matter the song and just have a positive outlook on what I do. I want to be seen as different from what is already out there.
What advice can you give for young music producers/DJs?
My best advice would be to find your sound and perfect your craft. It’ll be hard and you will have people that don’t believe in what you’re doing but let that be the fuel to your success. Stay hungry and humble! Remember you have to believe in yourself no matter what!
Please write a message to your fans.
It’s been a very long road and I’ve met some amazing people. I’ve gained fans and lost some. Either way I’m always thankful for anyone that takes the time to listen to my music. There’s no greater feeling than to know there are people out there that believe in you the way you believe in yourself; especially when it’s people that you don’t even know on a personal level. That’s love! I just want to say thank you to each ear out there that has showed any type of support throughout the years. Whether it be a like, stream, comment, mention, share, feature, download or purchase, I thank each and every one of you for showing love.
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