J.Keyes - XXL Exclusive Interview
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
“I Been On” is a song about me being already in the game. Basically the song represents me being on the grind and people just now taking notice. But on the flip side I’m telling people I been on a long time, you’re all just noticing the talent and skills of this artist.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
Liars, Liars, Liars! And what do I mean by liars? People who are promising you everything they can do for you, but then end up turning out to be a scam artist or a fraud.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
One of the biggest set backs I had is when I had a manager tell me I needed $1,400 to shoot a video, which I scraped up my hard earned dollars to shoot this video. Once he got the money, he picked up and left with no where to be found. It was a big set back in my life because it was a breaking point on whether I wanted to keep pursuing my music or just focus on my 9-5.
How I bounced back was I met someone who told me they could do a lot for me in the music industry. He had a vision and he was not only about talk but he was about action. He told me that my music was awesome and that I could really be a star if I stuck with it, and with the proper help I started to see results.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
All the scams that are out there in the industry. A lot of companies say they can do things for you and will charge you for services that they can’t provide. Keep in mind that a artist must look after himself and only himself. When doing business with anyone always research the company or the person you’re going to do business with. There are a lot of people that know there’s a market for independent artists and will try to scam you out of your money to become even richer. Be very careful!
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
First of all, keep God first and never give up. This game is not for the talented, it’s for the strong individual who has determination and motivation to see his dream come to pass. Always keep networking with the people who are doing the same thing you are doing and always remain approachable (never get the big head).
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
One of my favorite ways to promote myself is through social media websites and live performances.