J.O. The Show talks Career, Influences, “The Code”, and the Future
It can take time for some music to grow on you. Which makes an artist getting your attention, as well as sticking to the people even harder. As tough as it can be some artists waste, no time grabbing your attention. Making music that stops you in your tracks, and has your full attention to hear a master class of music from, an exceptional talent. That’s what you get from J.O. The Show on his new song “The Code”. A supreme rap record that’s filled with engaging energy you can’t turn away from. J.O. was gracious enough to take some time to answer some questions for us. Below is the interview.
Who is J.O. The Show the artist?
I consider myself a true practitioner of the MC craft. I love playing with words and saying the coolest shit ever on a beat. Rapping was my gateway into making all the different music I indulge in today. I also produce and write song for many genres. As an artist Im very eclectic and curious. I like to think of myself as a scientist with ADHD, stuck in a laboratory experimenting with every thing possible. I feel like I’m creating little Frankenstein’s made out of sound waves every time I work on music.
Who are some of the influences and how do you incorporate that into the music?
Instrumentally and music wise, I love Sade, all the classic MJ songs, and I think the 80s as a whole. I really enjoy the aesthetics and sounds that came out of that decade. Rap wise, Mase was my first favorite rapper. I loved how smooth and effortless his flow was. I gravitate toward that with my actual raps. 50 Cent was also a huge influence. 50 had a lot of charisma and great flows in his verses as well.
What was the creative process for your new song “The Code “?
I remember messing with this synth sound that was very nasty, buzzing and annoying to be honest; but it had character and I loved it. I ended up using that sound as the main instrument on The Code. The synth was so obnoxious and loud I had to put a bunch of compressors on it to tame it. I put a simple drum pattern down and then started writing a verse that chased the cadence of the synth around. I called up my boy Gus to get on The 2nd verse and we had it done in a few days.
How does it feel now that “The Code” is out for people to hear?
It feels great to add another song to my catalog that displays my range of style. The Code sounds unlike any of my previous work and I think it will invite a new crowd to my music.
What is the biggest thing you want people to take away from your music?
One thing that used to bother me was the fact that I could never stick to a certain sound when creating music. I feel like a lot of great artist have a signature sound that they work with. My music is all over the place when it comes to style. I’ve learned to just accept that I’m comfortable experimenting and trying things. I was looking for a box to fit in musically and I decided that I don’t have to be in a box at all. I want people to see that I’m free with my expression through music and whatever you hear from me is straight out of my imagination.
If you could give any advice to someone looking to become an independent artist, what would it be?
As an independent artist you have to be your biggest fan and critic. It’s great to listen to input from other people but at the end of the day if you really believe in what you’re doing you’ll have to respectfully tell people that contradict your vision to move out of the way. It’s easy to get sidetracked by so many opinions. Only one matters. That’s yours.
What’s next for J.O. The Show?
I’m working on a new project right now called “Flow Almighty” Rapping is what I do best and I want to establish that I really have the worlds Greatest Flow. I feel like on any beat I find pockets to place my words in better than anyone. I’m in pure rap mode, I’m excited.
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