Midwest juggernauts Big Jaz & Jay 1Hundred linked up for a collaborative album properly titled “Up In Smoke” featuring some of the hottest artists to date. Delivering a new sound of music to a rapidly changing industry. It’s safe to say quality/ classic music is back and better than ever thanks to Machine Muzik.
Q:When you decide it’s time to make a new record, is that more exciting or stressful?
Ans: it’s exciting because we see it as a vent session. Everything we go through daily ..we release in the studio. And people just happen to appreciate our life struggles cause they going through it too.
Q: How do you shut things out?
Ans: Just forced on my family.. money and music. Anything else is irrelevant. Period.
Q: How easily do songs tend to come to you?
Ans : extremely easy.. songs fill my brain. All day and all night. Long as I’m living life, I’ll have a new song.
Q: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?
Ans: Loyalty Over Love.. Judy because loyalty is forever and Love can be temporary.
Q: What is you favorite song to belt out at the bar/in the car?
ANs: my nigga Big Jaz Champagne Wishes.. it’s classic to me. Pure magic.
Q: For our readers who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words?
Ans: It’s everyday life. Whatever I go through my music will reflect.. cause we all know life is not an everyday party. REAL-MOTIVATIONAL-GROWTH-PAIN-TRIUMPH
Q: You write all of your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the proccess?
ANS: my city AKRON is my motivation. Everyday you live here you get motivation. Motivation to do better and motivation to make it out and put us on.
Q: At what age did you start making music?
ANS: I started in middle school with a tape recorder and May Festival in school.
Q:Who are your inspirations?
Ans: my mom, Big Jaz… and anyone making a positive difference in the community and world.
Q: If you could perform with anyone, in the future, who would it have to be?
Ans: imma say MYA ….lord knows I had a crush on her since middle school hahaha
Q:What is your favorite song to sing live?
Ans: my favorite song to go perform had to be “I’m Gone” and “Tahoe” with Young Lee, Big Jaz, and Dhodfi Boi. Shout out to my nigs too
Q:Do you have any events coming up or recording going on right now?
Ans: just finishing up this “Up In Smoke” album with Jaz, then start on my Loyalty Is Royalty album. Lots and lots of interviews and features on the way too.
Q:Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to sing as a career or just advice about careers in general?
Ans : never give up because in this game you’re gonna receive more NOs than YES’s.
Q: If you had a soundtrack to your life what song/songs would have to be on it?
Ans : Juvenile 400 Degrees hahaha and the Life and Times of Sean Carter II
Q:How does the conversation go when someone pitches the performance to you?
Ans: SHOOOOW MEEEEE THE MOOOONEY! haha .. I just say contact my manager. He handles that.
Q:When and why did you start playing?
ANS: after I heard All Eyez On Me ..I knew it wasn’t anything else I wanted to do for real.
Q: Which instruments do you play?
Ans: I can play violin and trumpet but don’t..tell..noooooobody haha
Q: What was the first tune(s) you learned?
Ans: California love by Dre and Bobby Blue Bland songs
Q: Is your family musical?
Ans: extremely.. all of them. artists included too.
Q:Describe your family member’s musical interests and abilities ?
Ans: They can do it all. It’s in our blood to be the best at what we do.
Q: Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
Ans: TI and Drake. Their work ethic is phenomenal.
Q: Which famous musicians have you learned from?
Ans:Ryan Leslie, project pat and my brotha Top Dogg from Death Row
Q: Who was your first teacher? Other teachers?
Ans: fuck them teachers
Q:Describe your first instrument. Other instruments
Ans: violin.. lasted 1 month lol
Q:What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?
Ans: in the city fr fr.. I love my hometown. It’s no place like AKRON!
Q: Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?
Ans: anything from the 90s and early 00s.. big cash money and no limit fam
Q: Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CD’s?
Ans: j. cole, Ricky Rozay, Weezy, Jeezy and a few new artists too
Q: Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV?
Ans: yeah I do all that I’d perform in a barn yard if the price is right.
Q: How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
Ans: go even harder.
Q: Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?
Ans: yup yup sometimes but a Dutch full of cook fixes that
Q: What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
Ans: break out that shell and show the world the real you. Fuck the fake
Q: Do you attend sessions? What makes a good session?
Ans: long late night sessions are the best. I like it to be just me and the engineer I vibe with.
Q: How often and for how long do you practice?
Ans: everyday, most of the day. My music is life
Q: What do you practice – exercises, new tunes, hard tunes, etc.?
Ans: I just write and burn good loud packs.. that’s all I need
Q: Do you teach music?
Q: How do you balance your music with other obligations – mate, children, job?
Ans: just do what you gotta do. Plus I’m good at multitasking
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