A singer, songwriter, composer, rapper, with the biggest love for hiphop music- old and new school.
I like to be creative in every arena I can, so music is no different. I can write for pretty much any genre, just give me an instrumental and an idea. I love collaborating with others- especially those who are different from me.
My biggest passion and expertise is in HipHop, but I've written for rock, R&B, EDM, and pop, as well.
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Interview with Joffery Hollsworth
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I wrote a song called Scream with a producer and it turned out better than we both had imagined. It was my first real collaboration, and we didn't know what we'd done until we won an award for it. The reason this was special for me is because it was the first time someone was willing to put in the time to really collaborate and mold the song until it was something we both loved. When we first decided to work together, I asked him to send me any instrumentals he hadn't used or didn't plan on using- even unfinished ones. After I'd sent him my vocal recording, he was blown away that there was even a song there. He had told me that it was just something sitting on his computer that he never thought he'd end up using. It felt so good to me, that I'd not only written something I was proud of, but that he really liked too. Then on top of that, winning an award for it was just the cherry on the cake.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My first album. So far, I have release two singles, and in actually gearing up to release the third. I'm planning to drop the album closer to spring/summer- hopefully with my first music video.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital- only because it's cost and space effective. Eventually I want to do both, but at this stage in my game, I can only afford digital. All good things in time!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will work with you to create something you are happy with. I do this because I love it, not for a pay cheque (although that does keep me being able to do it.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Honestly, there isn't a part I don't really enjoy. For example: when I'm writing my own music, I love creating the instrumental, writing the lyrics, mixing it, etc. I could spend hours looking through sound banks, to find a few that inspire me. I also can spend quite some time on vocal tracking, to get it just right or make sure the vocal performance doesn't get stale. It's all really enjoyable for me. I think of it as play time, more than work.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That because I can come up with and elaborate an idea fairly quickly, that I must just be lazy or not very good. Writing lyrics comes quite naturally for me, because I love doing it so much.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What mood, feeling, concept are you thinking for this one? Any and all details can be useful.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't be afraid to give me any and all details you can. I like to really work with each person, to produce the best result possible.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My signature cat-ear headphones, Mac Pro laptop, Blue series USB mic, wind screen, and my phone(for notes and new song ideas)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've loved music from the beginning, but I wasn't encouraged towards it because everyone worried that music wasn't a profitable or sustainable life. I was mostly geared towards fashion, and up until a few years ago, had a really well paying job as a personal stylist. However, it was only something I was good at- not my passion. I've been really pushing myself to purue music as a career over the last 2-3 years. The further I go into it, the more I realize that this is what I want to do with my life and I can't imagine focusing on anything else. I'm the happiest when I'm either singing or writing music (lyrics, vocal recording and composing).
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I personally like to say that if Outkast and Gorillaz had a baby, Id be their constantly evolving cartoon with an edge. On my own music, I've been described as a combination of Eminem and 21 Savage- but more than that, most people say I'm hard to put into a category. They mostly say that my style is too unique to say that it is one particular thing- but I keep asking people anyways, so that I can know where my sound lies.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Though I want to work with every artist who inspires me, Mariah Carey or Sia would be incredible. They both are smart and dedicated song writers. While Mariah will sit there and really mold a song until it's just perfect, Sia writes more like I do- quick witted and in the moment. Their styles are both so unique and they are strong willed artists, who just know what works and what doesn't. It would be an honour to work with either of them.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: HipHop- but I enjoy writing in general, so rock, EDM, R&B and most other genres are fun for me to work in, as well.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Creativity. While the average person might just get the job done, I really enjoy getting as creative as possible.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A unique spin. It's always my mission to write something differently from what I'm hearing on the radio, or what is "popular." I do inherently have a poppy edge to whatever I write, so I know how to make something catchy/radio-friendly, yet I'm always looking to make lyrics really say something- not just fit the music.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Missy Elliott, Queen, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Black Eyed Peas, Radiohead, SZA, Mariah Carey, Gorillaz, Nicki Minaj, Janelle Monaé, Childish Gambino, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Billie Ilish- to name a few.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Writing lyrics has always come quite naturally to me. When I hear a good instrumental, it's as if the words just fall out of my head. Usually a vocal melody is playing in my mind as well, while I'm writing the lyrics, so it comes in handy when a client needs both.