Saturday, August 26, 2017

Artist Spotlight - Jared Wesley

Upon first glance the rapper known as Jared Wesley, gives off the appearance of your normal everyday citizen but don't let the look fool you he still has a talent for making music and plans to be a pioneer in the music industry by mainly focusing on being creative in Hip-Hop. Jared Wesley's unique sound comes from the fact for most of his childhood he listened to R&B / Soul, Alternative, and Pop music, in addition he wasn't introduced to Hip-Hop until his early teen years and he first started making Hip-Hop music as a producer / engineer. Due to this exposure to different kinds of music, his ear for music as a producer / engineer and the fact he has never written a line it makes for a unique and unforgettable listening experience anytime you listen to a Jared Wesley record. His overall goal is to open the minds of individuals and make people more aware of the artistic element behind making Hip-Hop. 

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1.) What made you want to get into the music business in the first place? Did anyone influence you to do music? If so, who? Influences? Role Models? 

What made me want to get in the music business was a lack of representation for the kind of music I wanted to hear. Yes, my musical influences were Andre 3000, Big L, MF Doom & Jay-Z and my role models are my mom, my dad, my brother and my sister.

2.) Unfortunately the music industry is full of talented individuals who just don't get any recognition for their talent and/or work. What do you plan to do to make sure you stand out and get noticed? 

I'm already doing that through social media promotion and I plan on continuing that process.

3.) Would you rather be on a major label or would you rather stay independent? Why or why not?

I'd rather be Independent but on an independently ran label due to greater creative control. Furthermore, I hate the term independent because big name artists who are on big budget independent labels or have big budget marketing and managing get categorized with someone who's in there apartment releasing music on Soundcloud which tends to mislead the public I prefer the term unsigned rather than independent. 

4.) Do you think that the traditional music industry model as we know it is dead? Why or why not? 

Yes, because you can now be the label, manager, A&R etc. from your house.

5.) How do you think the internet and social media affected the music industry and how musicians are able to market themselves? 

Greatly because you can now do everything yourself.

6.) What is the most difficult thing you've had to endure in life and has that had any effect on your path to becoming a musician? 

It's a tie between two things, the first is I contracted a rare disease around the age of 8 or 9 and almost died and the other was I was homeless for 3 years and being homeless did have an effect on my path becoming a musician because it taught me perseverance due to me not recording during that time period.

7.) Artists who try to make music for the general public and make more money are usually seen as "sell-outs." Do you see it that way and if so, what do plan to do to make sure you make music that is true to your brand and make a good living at the same time without having to "sell out"? 

If your trying to make music you like for the general public I don't view it as being a sell-out but if your making music for the general public just to make money then you are a sell-out. I don't plan to do anything different if my music catches on to the general public that's cool and if it doesn't that's cool too.

8.) When you do music, what would you like your listeners to get out of your music? 

That it's an artform and it takes a lot of effort, skill, and creativity behind every record.

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