Check out the new song from J~Fantasy – I Want You Anyways
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I am very proud to say I am born and raised in Houston, TX. During my upbringing as a child I was always into music. Michael Jackson was one of my favorites as a kid, as I’m sure he was to many. I grew up singing every song I heard and have always loved to sing. Before you know it I was tapping on every surface I could find trying to beat to the melodies I had in my head. About two and a half years ago I became unemployed and my life took a turn for the best. During this time is when I took my passion that I’ve always had and began to do something great. I began making beats and immediately fell in love with the feeling I got by hearing my own creativity and imagination come to life through sound. Soon after that I put my pen and pad to the test and came up with my first song. It was called “I Cry” (still one of my favorites). After that I never looked back and the rest is pretty much history! I now produce, write, and sing to all of my own material!
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
The song that I am letting you guys hear today is called “I Want You Anyways.” This is a bright, colorful, and energetic song; although it also tells a very deep story about two people that for whatever reason are not, and should not, be together. However, despite all that should stand in their way, he will do anything possible to be with her. In this song I am singing as well as rapping, so you get to experience more of a diverse feel of the type of music I make. The tempo is fast, the beat is hot, the lyrics are relatable. I’m sure you’ll love it!
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
For this I have one simple, to the point, and honest answer. My biggest challenge is myself. Struggling to show every bit of talent that I know I have inside. Battling to get it out and share it with others the way I have it in my head. Keeping my confidence level up when I catch it slowly beginning to dwindle. Finding myself as an individual artist rather than what I think people want me to sound like or what they might want to hear from me. These are all things that any artist will face on a daily. As long as I focus on these things and keep them in check I believe my pure talent and love of music will take over from there.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
I cringe just thinking about it. I’m sure this has happened to a lot of artists, hopefully not of this magnitude though. I arrived at my studio to find all my files gone! Beats, lyrics, complete songs, all gone! It was a bad experience to say the least. It took a lot to accept it and move on. Once I did though, I was back up and going strong. I found more inspiration where I needed it and kept on. It was something to learn from that’s for sure. Now I keep all my stuff double backed up!
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
I would say one main thing to be careful of is the people that you let in your creative space. Keep the negatives out and keep the positives in. There’s nothing like someone who is a pro at bringing people down because that “so and so” lacks the skills you have and/or lacks skills at all. These people know who they are. Just keep your eyes on the prize and what you are trying to accomplish at all times. Don’t let anybody bring you down. The world is filled with great artists and musicians all over the world. Having one quit or quit because a “so and so” says they can’t is a loss to us all. Music is what we are here for, bottom line!
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
The first thing to do when you want to become an artist is to know your craft. Know what you are good at and know what you need help on. Know what you are trying to sell because if you don’t have confidence in what you are selling then why would anyone else. Lastly, I would just say to love what you do. It’s a hard industry to break into so I would just say to never give up on what you believe you have to offer.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
My favorite way to promote my music is through my music. I am not trying to sell sexy abs or good looks. I want people to become a fan of what I do because they love the way my music makes them feel. Because they love how individual songs can cater to a given emotion at any given time. Also, because they can relate to every word I’m saying, either in the past or present. Every beat I make, and every song I write comes from somewhere deep down. They are my emotions pouring out of me for the world to coincide with. Music brings people together. That is all I want to do. I let my music speak for itself.
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