Check out the new song from J-DoE A.K.A. Captain Morgan – Vodka In My Coffee
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I’m from the Bay Area. I grew up in a few different cities (Santa Rosa, San Bruno, Rohnert Park, and Pacifica). Moving around a lot I found that one thing I could make friends with was music. I always made friends based on ways to make money and eventually I realized I was better off making music than I was being in the streets trying to make money because a lot of my closest homies were just stressing small shit going in and out jail. I decided to put my time into something with a future, so I copped all my studio equipment and set up shop in my bedroom and haven’t looked back since. I respect the power that music has.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
Right now I’m promoting all kinds of projects like “Money Be da Motivation” (which is available in ITunes), “More Barz In More Places,” and “J-Doe as Captain Morgan.” I have a real dope music video for the single “Vodka In My Coffee” which can be found on YouTube.
What are you currently working on and what can we expect to see?
I have about 4 projects I’m working on with a few different artists. I’m working real close with an artist named Heroe A.K.A. Diah pyles who does a lot of my production on an album titled “Make it Count” which will be available in the iTunes store on August 28th. I’m also working on a solo project titled “Ran Out Of Fucks To Give” which will be released for free sometime this summer. I also am working with The Block Burners (Lil BruH and Fred Rock) on a series of “Street Tapes” and they are dropping the “Woman’s Rights” mixtape which I’m featured on this summer. A lot of good music will be coming from my camp so please if you appreciate hard work follow this movement.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
The hardest thing I continue to face in this industry is being a self made artist. I am my own manager and anything you see me apart of I have made happen all by myself. I realized that the artists that walk around looking for handouts and help me ups end up going nowhere. The artists that don’t invest in themselves go nowhere. If you have what it takes, making music is fun and easy, but marketing your own music and being your own record label can be frustrating enough to make you wanna give this game up.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
Death. Sadly my mom, grandpa, and uncle all passed away within the same year. This was hard to deal with, but at the same time made me want to push harder. All three of them were very supportive of my music so in a way I feel like its my obligation to make a lane for my music now.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
Money and friends. These things can be disastrous. Surround yourself with people that want you to make it as bad as you want to make it. If the people your rocking with aren’t working as hard as you then they are holding you back. If the people your rocking with aren’t investing money with you then they are holding you back.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Don’t stop until the people have no choice, but to listen to you. Make music that matters. Create a message and deliver it through your music. Remember that what you put out is forever and that the words you record will be someone’s memory of you one day. Make music that you care about.
What are the best ways to sell your products as an artist?
Face to face. There is no better way to create a connection with your fans than a hand to hand transaction, but realistically you should take any chance you get to sell your products.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
Live. I love to rock shows. I put on an energy packed show and I always have free cds for the crowd. We just did shows with LoveRance and Erk Tha Jerk in March.
Where can people visit you?
Follow me on twitter @officialjdoe
Visit the official J-DoE web page: www.J-Doe.com
Check out the Reverbnation page: www.reverbnation.com/jdoetherapper
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