Friday, January 28, 2011

INTERVIEW: Rapper/Singer/Producer Davy Jones

Lets meet the man behind the talent, 20 year old, David Jones.  Before the rapping and the singing Jones was a poet all throughout high school soon graduating at Columbia University for Radiology.  This guy does it all and that’s what drew me to him, he reminded me of myself.  He has a passion for music as a whole, as an art form rather than just a lifestyle.  All honesty, Jones is a clown who enjoys making people laugh who loves to praise women for what they’ve done (ladies get at that fast…there’s not that many out there)

I wanted to start off with your name; you went through a lot of name changes… Yea my rapper name used to be Johnny…that didn’t quiet work out, I wasn’t feeling the name and before that it used to be John Doe and now its Jones

So you’ve had a previous mix tape out, how did that go?  It was called “The Sign Me EP”, that came out July 4th, 2009.  It didn’t go anywhere because of my networking game.  I put it out there more for my friends.

..And now your working on a new mix tape: Yes it’s going to be called “G.I. Jones” hopefully having 14 songs.  With this mix tape I want to be the rebel for the rap industry because people just make songs and make songs with no meaning behind it.  A lot of people want to do it for the fame.

So how is that mix tape different from the one your working on now? I think it’s go to be “way different” the quality of the music is going to be much better, lyrically and as far as what your hearing.  I mix my own songs, there will be original beats like the last one but this mix tape will be a lot more “radio ready”.

So now that everyone wants to become a rapper, what is it that makes you different from all the upcoming artists? Well…I sing! *Laughs* on this mix tape you’ll hear a lot of that.  I make my own beats so even though there will be industry beats on the mix tape you’ll hear my original beats as well.  Besides that, I feel lyrically I keep the poetry essence of rap.  Most of these rappers rap to rhyme and I don’t need to.  I have the ability to make words mean more than what they do.  I love to use homonyms when I rap; I believe that’s my specialty.

What I love about you is that you’re such a versatile artist.  When I first came across your music you reminded me of the Roots a little bit and old Jada.  Your song “30 Something” sounded like it had Common on it, which was pretty dope, but talking about other artists what other artists are you currently working with? Right now, the way I’m thinking right now I’m just trying to get everyone in the same scene to work together to create music on a non-negative level.  I have ‘Mark My Word’ ‘Tony Polo’ and ‘Nico’ on the mix tape & producers like Jason Teen, Lemy collaborating.

What is your biggest challenge? Probably having to make music for EVERYONE.  Like I’ll write a verse and I’ll know that the guys in the hood would like it but then what about the white people? *Laughs* or what about the women? Music is not supposed to appeal to one type of people. Not everyone thinks about that.  That’s a great trait to have because your thinking ahead to branch out your music.  A lot of people will just rap about the same thing and not worry about who’s listening to them.

What is your best advice to give other upcoming artists such as yourself?  The best advice I ever got was “God gave you the talent.  You can’t just sit on that talent.  You have to keep pushing it to do what you want to do. He gave you a “stand out talent” to stand out.”  That’s the motto that I rap by.  The motto that I live by is “believe on yourself.  Don’t depend on anyone; worry about yourself, work and help yourself and when you work hard treat yourself.”

What can your fans look forward too this year? Besides the positive energy from this mix tape there will be skits on there just to make my fans laugh; it’s all about positive energy.  After the mix tape I just want to get on collabs with all my friends that also create music.  We’re all on the same boat and I just want to get the music out there.

What is one thing you can’t live without? *laughs* The one thing I cant live without is old school T.V. shows, everything from the 90’s the culture as a whole.  I love the Wonder Years…the stuff back then was so real compared to today’s stuff on T.V.

-Follow Jones on twitter @monsieurJones to get the links for his recently put out songs and listen to his new song "Woman ft Lemy":

-Check out Davy Jones with his mix tape coming out March 28th

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