"Don't let anybody negativity discourage you from continuing." - A quote from, Jay Balbuena during his interview as we get a deeper look into this artist.
1. Q: - Hey, very happy to welcome you to the Radio Show and Podcast community. Tell us a little bit more about yourself. Introduce yourself to the community.
A: - hello, my name is Jay and I love writing music as a self thereputic way to help me deal with things I'm facing in life. I started writing music for myself because it helped me cope with my depression but gained followers over the years because they can relate to the pain behind my music. I hope I can touch or relate to one of the listeners on this show.
2. Q: - One thing that I’m always interested in, when I sit down and chat with artists is, what their defining moment was that they knew that they wanted to be in music… What was that moment in time for you?
A: - I started writing poetry as a kid in South Central Los Angeles, I wasn't interesting in transitioning from poetry to music until I saw one of my middle school teachers performing and rapping for us. It was at that moment that I decided I wanted to do music.
3. Q: - Do you mix and master yourself or do you have an engineer or a producer that works with you?
A: - I bounce back in between an actual studio here in Omaha, but I also do some of. My own mixing and producing. It really came in handy during the covid restrictions being able to do things myself.
4. Q: - What motivates you? Not just in your music but in your normal life as well.
A: - the motives behind my music is the things I deal with in life. From relationship issues, breakups, father rights, growing up in a poverty neighborhood, gang violence I saw growing up. I usually stick with whatever topic I'm currently dealing with but bounce between the rest.
5. Q; - I am personally on a mission to get good music heard by everyone. What is one thing that bothers you the most about trying to come up in the music world today and, do you prefer being underground or, is the mainstream something you strive for?
A: - what bothers me the most is that you need to have the big money or looks in order to be heard. I've heard literal trash from my local underground scene who are not good at all, but they bring the girls in, they provide the bottles or other party stuff so they get put on shows where artist like me or even better artist are ignored.
6. Q: - Who, musically, is one of your bigger influences?
A: - Kanye West. Alot of people dislike him and think he's crazy but he's my idol and I look up to a lot of his work.
7. Q: - One question that I like to ask artists is, how did Covid affect your music in particular and the music scene in your area?
A: - every place where shows were held got shut down. Artist started doijg Facebook live shows and more online promotion. It pretty much put my local scene in Omaha at a stop. I however had taken a break before the pandemic and after the lock down decided to start working on music again.
8. Q: - I, myself, personally think that there’s too much social media out there to keep up with. I understand why it’s necessary but there’s a ton of it out there. What are your feelings on social media and music today?
A: - I tend to mostly focus on Spotify only. I know it sounds irresponsible of me as an artist, but the crowd was in Facebook once then Facebook added changes to who can see what, then the audience was in SoundCloud and it seems like that's also not as popular as it once was. I promote my music through Instagram and Spotify but still availble on all platforms.
9. Q: - Do you create music often? When can we expect another release?
A: - I am always releasing music, sometimes I'm behind the scene producing and mixing for other artist. As a matter of fact I'm working with a new artist, Sé Les, and we have a colab album in the works. You can find 3 singles from it on all platforms right now.
10. Q: - I grew up in the 90’s, I listened to everyone from Dr. Dre, to Weezer, to Pink Floyd, Metallica, Cypress Hill and back again. I truly believe that the 90’s were one of the greatest era’s for original music. Which era of music is one of your favorites?
A: - the early 90s is my favorite Era as that's the Era I grew up in. I liked when music was more about lyrics and story telling than it is now day just about how good a beat is. The flow, lyricism, and story telling don't seem to have an importance anymore.
11. Q- If you could swap yourself into a different artist, who would it be?
A: - Kanye West, haha. That's my idol and I would love to have all his insight on how he makes music from start to finish.
12. Q- What tips or advice would you give someone that’s just starting out in the music game?
A: - don't let anybody negativity discourage you from continuing. I was straight garbage when I first started, then I got my first show, and I got fans now who follow me and look forward to my music. I'm not famous but I'm happy with what I got.
13. Q: - I want to thank you for this Q&A, Is there anything you want to say to everyone out there? Shout outs?
A: - I want to take anybody who takes the time to listen to music from independent artist. Also to make sure to follow me on the platform of your choosing, I'm availble in all of them. I want to give a shout out to my boy Sé Les, Ghost Garcia, and Grumpy.
We thank Jay Balbuena for his interview and, please, give him a listen at these following links.