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Indie Focus Published: January 3, 2013

DJ JC – American Insanity

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Exclusive Interview

Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I was born in Walnut Creek, CA and lived in the east side of the Bay Area for half my life. I moved up to Ashland, OR in 2000 and completed my high school career there. I eventually traveled around the southwest and northwest of America to expand my culture in arts. I moved to Arcata, CA in 2005 to expand my drawing techniques to fit my new love for urban abstract art. I created my first series on canvas and donated the entire series to the community of Arcata.

Realizing the true talent after finally completing my first series, I traveled to South America to enlighten a new style beyond what I could imagine. This is where I began my second series called Lost and spent various days working on the project. I came back to the United States and created a company offering consulting services to artists in Portland, OR. I was living in Los Angeles, CA but recently moved back to Portland, OR.

I’ve been recently working on my 1st album called L.O.L – Lessons On Life with Rolling Hills Production Studio. I’ve been DJing for about seven years now and have been rapping for about 4 years. The album comes out on NYE 2012.

Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
The current song called American Insanity, it is about the last ten years of events that has happened in the United States. It was one of the first songs I wrote when I was 18 years old and it explains the best and worst parts of my early twenties. The song was basically for the people of the United States to reflect on the current issues regarding the government.

Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
The hardest challenges was being committed to my music during the times I would travel from Oregon to California. Their were a lot of times when I would face economic problems and would have to sell my equipment just to pay rent or put food on my table. Then once I would get my feet up and a little bit more stable, I would buy back my equipment to continue my love for music.

What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
The biggest set back was when I sold my turntables and all my gear because I felt I was done with music. I didn’t practice on the turntables for almost a year and a half. I focused my attention to my artwork and traveling but eventually got back to my roots and started dJing again.

What are some things artists need to be careful of?
The people you work with and the contracts you sign are the most important things for an artist to be careful of when starting their career.

What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
I would say to stay true to your music and never give up on your dreams!

What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
I promote my music through Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Reverbnation, Facebook, Twiiter, friends, family, and house parties.

Where can people visit you?
I perform once or twice a month for Goodfoot’s Open Mic on Mondays and hopefully soon at a couple venues here in Oregon.


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