Interview with Jay3 | Edition XIX
Describe your sound as if we were deaf
My sound is very diverse I don’t want to say I have only one sound because I never know were my imagination and creativity is going to take me, but one way or another I always make sure that I include that hip hop element/sound to it. So you can say its hip hop, pop, then meets r&b, with a little bit of alternative rock and all of that creates the Jay 3 sound.
What producers, songwriters and/or artists do you see as your primary inspirations?
Well I’ve always been inspired by the greats because when you think about it sort of like when your little you always say I want to be like Michael Jordan and etc, so in my case I can say I‘ve been inspired by producers like Dr.Dre, Pharell, Timbaland, Easy Mo Bee, Dj Premier and Swizz Beatz because is like to me these producers that I just named have all made history in the art we call music and that’s something thru hard work and dedication I know I’m going to accomplish no matter what.
Do you have a favorite musical project that you’ve worked on?
Yeah, it has to be my first mixtape ‘Role Models: The Mixtape’ which I produced all the tracks on there and also featured on some of the tracks, But that mixtape is about to be in a tie with another project that I’m finishing right now for my site which is a compilation mixtape titled ‘Ahead of The Class 3: The Final Exam’. This project features a lot of different artist and I produced more than 5 tracks on there so I’m looking forward to that which will be dropping this December.
What was the main factor for launching your career when you did?
It had to be feeling good and being comfortable about the music I was creating because I believe that you should always create music or anything you do for yourself and make sure it feels good to you and that right there should attract those who are open and attracted to your music or whatever you do. Also It was now or never I felt it was time for me to show people what I can do… music, is what I do and will enjoy doing it for the rest of my life.
Who are some people you would like to work with?
I would like to work with Jay- Z, Ludacris, Kanye West, Eminem, 50 Cent, Bun B, Andre 3000, Kid Cudi, man I can keep going all day long but yeah those are some of the artist I would like to work with. The one artist that I would’ve love to work with though has to be Biggie Smalls, that man was a genius with the stories he told us thru beats.
How is the internet changing your craft?
Well the internet is the reason where having this interview if you think about it, it makes a lot of things possible now a days. I mean this is the way of the new century for all artist/producers to get their music out to the public. Even though the internet has hurt the industry a lot at the same time, but now a lot of people are learning how to use it and benefit off of it and that’s what I’m doing. So by using the internet to my advantage it lets me get my music out to everyone thru the internet, and it also lets me work with different artist from out of state… thanks to the internet. So I can sit here and say the internet has change other aspects of my craft but in a positive way.
Do you feel like what you are doing is important?
Hell yeah, this is what I love to do and how I’m able to express what I’m feeling thru the music I create even if its not with lyrics I do it thru a beat like and MC does with lyrics. Also I’m following my dream and if following your dreams to you is not important then you need a reality check ASAP.
Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals or talents you have in mind?
Well I plan to do music till the day that I die, because like I said before this is what I love to do and this is my dream. I also got a couple of things I’m planning to do and with the help of music it will open the doors to these other goals that I have in mind to happen and they consist of fashion and photography.