|Featured, Indie Focus Published: June 15, 2012 |
Jae-Skeese of F1rstClass Music – I’m Lanin’ (prod. by Kenny B.)
Check out the new song from Jae-Skeese of F1rstClass Music – I’m Lanin’ (prod. by Kenny B.)
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I’m from Buffalo, NY born and raised (Andover & Bailey stand up!). Buffalo is one of the most looked over places in the entire U.S. as far as hip-hop, despite the enormous amount of talent we do have here. My buzz and position I have now has been brought to me thanks to hard work, dedication, and believing in my craft and my team believing in me. F1rstClass Music is not only myself and the cats I make music with, but it is also a movement and lifestyle, and me and the rest of the team take it to heart and represent it to the fullest.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
“I’m Lanin’” is a track that basically tells you about me and how my peoples live day to day. The word “lanin” was actually made up by my man Mari, and my man OJ put me onto using it. From there, I came up with the acronym “L.iving A.nd N.ever I.nsecure about N.othing”. The song is actually very catchyand also has a real message behind it too, which you don’t get too often in music nowadays.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
I think one of the hardest challenges is building my fan base in other places. Of course wherever you’re from will support you (or you would think), but even getting my city behind me took a nice amount of time, Buffalo doesn’t like bullshit! Haha, but trying to market myself to other states and cities isn’t that easy when you’re first starting out, but I’m up for the challenge. Anything can be conquered with will and mind power.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
I think one of my biggest set backs, not just in one incident, but as a whole. Just believing in people and thinking they’re always going to do something they’re going to say they’re going to do. I’m a very cool and laid back person and surround myself with the same, so I naturally look out for my peoples and they do the same. But everyone doesn’t have your best interest in mind all the time, and that’s something I had to learn fast in the music business. But now I know how to handle certain situations and how things need to go in order for me to be successful.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
Keeping their own original sound, but stepping out of the box from time to time. Keeping fans interested in what they’re doing. Maintaining a professional image so the artist can appeal to more than one crowd and so they can keep a positive reputation. And be prepared for anything, good or bad.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Continue to build your fan base and figure out the best way for your music to be heard without spending too much money, haha. It pays to be cost effective. And do shows anywhere you can and when you do those shows, give 150%. One of the vice presidents of Def Jam came to one of my first shows without me knowing he would be there and that’s the advice he gave me.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
Twitter definitely. It’s not only a great promotional tool, but you can also use it to network and have fun all in one. Get your followers up, keep them entertained, and leak music here and there. And when you drop a major project, make sure all your followers have access to it.
Where can people visit you?
Twitter – JaeSkeese716
Instagram – JaeSkeese716
Facebook – Jae Skeese