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Featured, Indie Focus Published: April 22, 2014

Jayy R – Candlelight Chillin

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Exclusive Interview

Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I was born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming on the Southside of town. It’s pure cowboy state with not a whole lot of hip-hop influence throughout the community. Growing up though that’s all I listened to, artists like Ying Yang Twins, Eminem, T.I. and so on. Early on in school is where I found that I had a gift for writing and began writing songs when I was 13. I recorded my first song when I was 15 and started up a little group with 2 friends until I transferred schools. At the new school I joined a group there for a few months until I graduated and moved to Georgia for a brief moment. When I got back to Wyoming I just built my own home studio and started the group I got today, Sky High Entertainment.

Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
The song is produced by Sinima Beats and mixed & mastered by myself. The meaning behind the song is dedicated to that “1st Time” experience you have with someone. How one could easily oversee true love because of a young ego and not realize it until it’s to late.

Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
Well, like any independent artist might tell you finances for a bigger studio budget is sometimes a challenge, especially in today’s economy. So getting money to start my home studio has been the biggest so far. Every paycheck I try to upgrade something in the studio.

What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
Well, coming back from Georgia and starting up Sky High was one thing. Learning how to produce and mix & master was the main thing. In the 2 earlier groups I was just an artist and nothing more. So I just spent hours after hours in the studio working on my craft and looking at YouTube tutorial videos every now and again. After a year or two I finally began feeling comfortable with my craft and sound and made it what it is today.

What are some things artists need to be careful of?
I think any artist in any genre needs to be careful of one thing in particular and that’s consistency. Especially if you’re an independent artist you need to make your image known in the public’s eye. Always update your websites and social networking pages and drop as many songs or mixtapes as possible. The entertainment business is a business of consistency in my eyes.

What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Well, along with consistency make sure you’re performing as frequently as possible, big or small. Do as many music videos, interviews, and collabs as well. But the main thing I would say is not to get too comfortable. I believe one could always do better and that’s what I aim for. So all in all just keep moving forward and aim Sky High!

What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
Anyway is great obviously, but my favorite would have to be hands down performing it live. I mean as an artist that’s what we work for, it is to perform and share are hard work live. Plus there’s no bigger rush I’ve ever felt then hearing the crowd cheer you on and dance to your lyrics. The vibe and emotion just running through the crowd is electrifying itself that you feel it on stage and actually become a part of the crowd.

Where can people visit you?
Everywhere and nowhere (lol). I perform live mostly in the Rocky mountain region right now, Colorado and Wyoming, but I’m looking to start performing in the Midwest & Eastcoast in the near future. Online I’m everywhere: Facebook, Twitter, Reverbnation, Soundcloud, Youtube, and Soundclick. Just look up Jayy R or Sky High Entertainment!

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