Exclusive Interview with Producer & Rapper, J STRONG!



J Strong is an up and coming artist and producer from Philadelphia. He produces tracks that each have their own individual feel and sound, a feat which most producers are failing to achieve. His production credits speak for themselves and include artists that range from such labels as Def Jam to Arista. Some of the artists he has worked with comprise of: Fabolous, Philadelphia Freeway, Wacka Flocka, Jamie Foxx, Clipse, Young Gunz, Elliot Ness, Oschino, Gillie da Kid, Ab-Liva, Nox, Megan Rochell, Sara Stokes, Short Dog, Hot Rod and Pooda Brown. He just got signed with Universal Records for a production deal so be on the look out; you will be hearing plenty more from J Strong. Interview after the jump.





iS: Do you remember the moment in your life when you knew that a career in music was what you wanted to do?
J: I sold my first beat for $50 when I was 11 years old. Throughout middle school, I was selling three to four beats per week for $200. This is when I knew I was destined to do this for a living.
iS: Can you describe, briefly, which artists you have already worked with and on what projects?
J: I have worked on a project with local rap artist Dell-P, who is signed to Akon’s label Convict Music. I have also worked with Philadelphia Freeway and Young Chris from Young Gunz on The Beat Factory Vol. 1 mixtape. I’ve been working with rapper Doesya on his album for Who Mag Distribution and Shadyville Entertainment. There is so much more in the works!
iS: Do you have a favorite musical project that you've worked on?
J: My favorite project was when I had the chance to co-produce with an R&B male group called No Question. The single was called “I Don’t Care Remix” featuring myself and two of my closest friends. I’ll never forget that experience.
iS: How do you think your hometown influences your career and your success?
J: In Philadelphia, I had the chance to meet my past music partner Rick Young. He taught me how to handle a business and deal with the egos of recording artists. He taught me key elements of the entertainment industry you can only learn through experience.
iS: What do you think of the current state of radio?
J: I can’t knock the current state of radio because it’s a business, and artists are making their money. I personally feel the radio is too saturated with the same songs playing all day long. I also think mainstream radio makes it too difficult for up and coming independent artists to succeed. If they don’t have the financial backing, they get no support on the radio.  Things are changing now that artists can utilize the internet. The internet is so powerful and allows you to reach millions of new fans with a click of a mouse.
iS: What other producers, songwriters and/or artists do you see as your primary inspirations?
J: I’m inspired by Sean “P Diddy” Combs. He works extremely hard. He has multiple businesses that are all successful and still has time to party!
iS: What is distinctive about the records that you produce?
J: When I go into the studio, I go in to win. If it’s not perfect, I delete it. I’m a perfectionist when it comes to my craft. I make sure I produce a hit whether it’s a street song or a pop record. That’s my definition of being distinctive. I just give artists what they need - that quality, distinctive J Strong production.
iS: Is there an artist you want to work with that you have not yet had the opportunity to work with?
J: I want to work with M.I.A. Her music is so artistic and different.
iS: What can we expect from J Strong within the next upcoming months?
J: I just acquired a production deal with Universal Records and produced the first single Universal Records’ rap artist Boone. His first single is called “One Thing.” I also have a brand new website, www.jstrongmusic365.com. It’s a website that offers affordable beats for all aspiring music artists. It’s my way of giving back to unsigned artists who need quality, but affordable beats.
iS: Do you have advice for young people who want to become music producers?
J: You must learn the business of music before you try to become a famous producer. If music is what you’re passionate about and you want to make it career out of it, you have to obtain the proper knowledge to succeed. Trust me, it’s worth it.
iS: Do you have anything else that you would like to add?
J: Stay positive, stay focused and make your dreams become your reality.

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