I am an independent Hip-Hop artist from Queens, NY who has been featured on projects internationally from the U.K., Spain and Saudi Arabia. I've opened for Talib Kweli & Kellee Maize at the "San Diego Indie Fest 8" as well as collaborated with Prince EA. New artists hire me to write original songs for them as well as engineer their projects.
[Formerly known as Lyrically iLLz]
- 10+ years as a Hip-Hop recording artist - writing all original songs as well as cover songs. My online resume is on my website, www.jartistemusic.com
- Mix vocals (Pre & post recorded) with advanced experience in DAW's: Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic Pro X and Adobe Audition. PLUGINS: Waves, UAD, iZotope.
- Hired as Record Producer in-session for upcoming music artists (On the spot artist development).
- Paid to perform at San Diego Indie Fest as an opening act for Talib Kweli and Kellee Maize.
- Worked on a hit collaboration with Prince EA.
- Featured on WuLords mixtapes.
- Featured on Re-Volt Radio (First Saudi Arabian Hip-Hop radio show hosted by Big Hass).
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Interview with J. Artiste
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I truly love them all equally.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Why aren't you signed yet? ANSWER: Because I work for me and have so much more to offer than being in the spotlight/fame.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I'm a perfectionist and my own toughest critic so I won't hold back on criticism. Nothing frustrates me more than someone who is incredibly talented but holding back because of doubt or fear of the mic. I've been put in all the pressure situations you can think of as an artist so I can literally put myself in your shoes and help put you in your comfort zone. If you want someone who is just like you, hungry and passionate, I promise I will work as hard to make you as great as you are meant to be.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Unique. Everything unique and recognizable - meaning like if you feel a certain way, you say to yourself...damn I need to put on some J. Artiste to really get me through this right now.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Be prepared before you hit the mic. Kill the ego and be open minded to criticism and direction but most importantly, let loose and HAVE FUN.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Everything I've got. As cliche as that might sound.... You should never hold back when expressing yourself. I have so much experience now that writing is almost second nature. I enjoy experimenting with new melodies and flows.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My current setup is a Macbook Pro with available DAW's for use upon preference of the artist - Logic Pro X, Ableton or Adobe Audition. Rokit studio monitors, Mojave MA-50 & Audio Technica AT2035 Mic with 2i2 Interface. I also have the Maschine MK3.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Are you serious about this? Do you truly believe in yourself? Will you do whatever it takes and put your pride aside and take what's yours?
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: two demos for two different artists, a mixtape for an upcoming rapper and two solo projects for myself.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I don't but I hope to meet a lot of these talented individuals!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog is more precise - you have more control to literally perform surgery on a song. Unfortunately I have digital experience, though I am familiar with analog and learn more about it everyday.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Creating something new everyday. The fact that I'm the reason for literally bringing an idea or a vision to life and then to have it touch a listener which can influence their life in so many different ways. That's special to me. That's worth investing every penny I have for.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: As a rapper, some might not take you seriously as a songwriter thinking you just write the standard bars and hooks with a couple of witty lines and dope rhymes on a looped beat. I write so much more than that.... even the simplest song can say so much.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 10+ Years, my goal is to eventually establish my own record label.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I want to work with a lot of artists but at this exact moment I'd love to work with Alessia Cara. I think we can make something even more impactful together than what she already has released. That voice.........
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I have the most experience working on Hip-Hop songs - original content but I really enjoy bringing out more in a singer of any genre. Sometimes all a singer needs is to dig deeper in their emotions and really feel the music to deliver in a way they never imagined they could.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My ear for music and my anal-attention to detail.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It depends... If I'm working on a project of my own it all stems off inspiration which eventually turns into the whole concept/feeling of the album. So I'll spend countless hours for weeks or months shopping around for instrumentals that bring out the emotions related to that concept and write based off how they make me feel. If it's a session with another artist, I like to hear their ideas and interpret their direction. I go in with an open mind to try my best to feel what they feel so we're on a similar page. Then I let them take control with the direction unless of course they want my input, advice and so on. My goal when working with other artists is to use my experience to bring their vision to life.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Oh man the list is endless and diverse... from songwriters like Chuck Berry to Willie Nelson, to Johnny Cash, Prince, Bob Marley or Smokey Robinson. Record producers like George Martin to Pharrell, Quincy Jones, The Beatles. You get the idea... I feel like Will.I.Am is one of the most underrated people of all time.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Songwriting (Topline, original, cover) Audio Engineering (Non-master, pre and post recording) for mixtapes and demos. Artist development (Supervising records - providing tips, advice for styles of writing, delivery of flows and melodies, etc. to develop recording artist)