When did you realize that you wanted to be a musician?
I was fifteen when I realized I wanted to do music. I was at my cousin’s house and we were in the basement messing around with eJay making beats. I started to freestyle and I fell in love after that. I started taking it more seriously when I was 19. I've been writing since.
Can you talk about the first project you made as a professional musician?
My first project was called the Blackhole Project. Where I'm from we call it the black hole because if we don't make it out we get sucked in. I try to avoid that at all costs. I made that in my cousin Doug's basement in 2007-2008.
What is the most challenging aspect of being a musician / what is the biggest challenge you have faced as a musician?
The most challenging thing about being an artist is the writing process in the beginning. Coming up with ideas and putting them together. I like to make my verses sound exactly how the beat sounds. Another challenge is getting people to catch on and stay aboard. My biggest challenge as an artist personally was overcoming myself through the years and gaining confidence in myself again.
What is the most rewarding aspect of being a musician?
I love it when people randomly message me or come up to me in public and tell me they love my music and that it's relatable to them in certain aspects. That's the most rewarding aspect of being an artist.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration is my kids. My childhood was rough so I push to better theirs. As long as I can help it they won't experience it. My other inspirations are both of my brothers that passed. I do it in memory of them too.
What project so far has been your favorite?
My favorite project of all time is the 2nd cd I made in 2010. It was called Last Of A Dying Breed. Due to certain circumstances, I lost all the files to that album. It was engineered and recorded right in my room. I put a lot of work into it so I'm very disappointed I don't have a single song from it.
Who would be your dream collaboration?
My dream collaboration would be Kendrick Lamar or J. Cole. Old-school dream collab would be Jay-Z.
What advice would you give to someone who is fighting to be a musician right now?
Don't give up on your dreams no matter what the circumstance is. You'll grow to regret every chance you didn't take. Sometimes one opportunity is all we get, take advantage of it. There's gonna be days you don't feel like writing. It happens at times but, don't stop. Keep pushing because the fruits of your labors will eventually pay off.
What do you have in store for us this year?
This year I plan on releasing singles to gain more exposure, all the while I'm working on my album Freedom. I go by the motto #ApplyingPressureAll2021 but that continues on into 2022 and beyond.
Listen to J Breeze's debut EP Captivated: The Prequel to Freedom on your favorite streaming platform.