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).
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
2 ReviewsEndorse J. Artiste
Great work, super communication. Will definitly work with J again.
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J is a true artist! He showed up with a specific vision for his record and we were able to get it done through good communication and process. He is professional and enjoyable to work with. I am proud of the end result and look forward to working with him in the future.
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 love all of them (or else I wouldn't have been a part of them in the first place)
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Myself, whatever that means.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I don't have a favorite between the two. Analog is a little more higher quality but digital is like performing audio surgery. How do you choose?
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll bring out a side of you that you didn't think you could tap into.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being a part of a special project that changed a life or two.
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 then what she already has released.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I'm mainly experienced 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. If you're a good singer, you're a good actor - it goes hand in hand.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I usually bring raw emotion, high energy and concepts that relate to the listener. I try to stay away from what everyone else is doing and I believe every artist has a unique sound to them. I love the challenge of trying to guide an artist to reach deep within them and unleash their true god given unique sound.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: With clients, 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: 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 Scarlett 2i2 Interface. I also have the Maschine MK3. My go to plugins are Waves and Izotope.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The list is endless and diverse... from songwriters like Chuck Berry to Willie Nelson, to Johnny Cash, Prince, Bob Marley and 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 talents of all time.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Songwriting (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)
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 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 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: What's your strongest skill?
A: My ear for music and my anal-attention to detail.