Check out the new song from Trillogy – Stay
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
Ox: I’m from Gilford Park, a small district in the town of Toms River, NJ. With a book full of raps and a heart full of ambition, I steadily perfected my craft and eventually was blessed to sign with independent label Starr Media Group as we started our movement elevating to where we are today.
Jay-Will: I’m coming out of Strong Island, NY. There’s no place like home! I believe in hard work, earning what you gain, and I believe every bit of our success we’ve earned! See what all the noise is about.
Kira Bishop: I’m from Newark, NJ and I have been putting my blood, sweat, and tears into this from the very beginning.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
Ox: We are promoting Stay, the second installment off our new EP Trillogy Live At Stadium Red. The video is directed by Itchy House Films and is our follow up to For You featuring Fred the Godson (video also directed by Itchy House Films).
Jay-Will: Stay is a love ballad more or less. When I wrote my parts, I tried to relieve myself of a difficult time I experienced with my ex. No matter how horrible she treated me, I never wanted her to leave me, I just wanted her to stay.
Kira Bishop: Stay is an incredible song that we came up with that deals with some serious relationship issues, from drug abuse to domestic violence.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
Jay-Will: I think the everyday struggle of trying to make it in the business. Your talent is making music so that isn’t the hard part; interviews, shows, video, and photo shoots, etc. are the things that help sell you as a product. So there’s a lot of things you have to do to make it to the top. I think just trying to take that leap is the biggest challenge.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
Ox: I would have to say the biggest setback would be the changing of our group members twice. It was a setback because we were working on our debut album and had to record a lot of stuff over which is funny because that’s how we bounced back. The music got stronger each time.
Jay-Will: My biggest setback was back in 2010 when our lead singer decided she didn’t want to sing anymore due to some personal issues, but then we found Kira. So what seemed like us taking a step back really helped us take 7 steps forward.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
Jay-Will: Make sure you know the people you’re dealing with. If you don’t know them, get to know them. Make sure you can trust them. It’s important! And even when you’ve established that, get everything in writing. My mother always says it doesn’t matter if its your cousin, your aunt, your best friend, or your mother, get it in writing. That way there’s no confusion in the future. People respect you more when you’re up front about your business.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Ox: Be humble, don’t be hard headed or thick skulled, just listen to the ones who know more because they have more experience on earth and also in the music industry and are trying to help you. Hard work, determination, dedication, persistence, always think outside the box and never be afraid to be different.
Jay-Will: Be yourself. There should be no one else to be but yourself. Labels will always tell you who and what you should be. And take your time to paint your melodic portraits. When you take time with things, you learn to appreciate them better.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
Jay-Will: I love putting videos out on Facebook and tuning in to all the feedback from the fans. It really is rewarding to see first hand how many people really listen to our music. It’s wild!
Ox: I like Twitter because they have massive amounts of people that attend the site. YouTube of course, many different blog sites, radio, and definitely getting it to DJs to play the record.
Kira Bishop: I’m really feeling Facebook and Instagram.