COZY mag had the chance to sit down — virtually — with up and coming Detroit artist JOHN to talk about music, inspirations, aspirations, childhood memories and life on the regular.
It was more than a year ago since I came across his music on SoundCloud but it definitely caught my attention.
Having my own private “Throwback Thursday” session a week ago, I picked out his album on my iTunes library and I immediately knew I had to know more about him.
COZY Mag: How old are you and what do you do on the regular?
JOHN: I’m 24 years old and I am a professional musician. I love tacos, wine and indian food and women. Women are everything.
CM: When did you start making music/writing raps?
J: I started when I was really young playing drums from ages 2-5 I started rapping when I was 12 or 14 can’t remember specifically.
CM: Who inspired you to do so?
J: That’s a very loaded question but, in short, LIFE.
CM: What are your first memories of music as a child, and what music did you grow up on?
J: My dad playing Jazz records before bed and my mother playing the Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def All-Stars Mixtape.
CM: Your album OPUS ONE was more than a year ago.. tell me a little bit about it…
J: The album chronicles my life from ages 18-21. It covers most areas of my life from relationships with my parents to relationships with friends and lovers. It’s an autobiography of sorts.
CM: Is there any more music to come?
J: There’s more music coming next year. I’ve been writing with artists recently that’s why I did not release an album this year. The most that I can say is that you will see major growth.
CM: What do you think about the music industry?
J: I don’t really think about it that much to be honest. I’m an artist and that’s what I focus on first and foremost. That doesn’t mean I’m not focused on my business because I am but I look at the industry at present as separate from my business. The industry as we know it is crumbling and the paradigm is shifting. There has not been a single platinum album in 2014. Everyone streams music and honestly we listen to songs more than albums. The industry is changing and evolving and the thought of that is very promising.
CM: Any words for your supporters?
A year later I still can’t believe I did it. [the last album] It was always a goal, just complete one project. Everything came together as it was supposed to, not when I wanted it to. So many opportunities have come and the support I’ve gotten is at times overwhelming. Thank you to everyone that contributed in any way. I can’t wait for you all to hear the new music.”
“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.” — Paulo Coelho
Check out JOHN’s previous project here, you won’t be disappointed: