RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW AMERICAN RAP ARTIST GENE JOHNSON JR
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to that music is a thing for you?
I’ve been making music since Middle School, I have always loved music and I felt pretty early on that I could make music that other people would enjoy listening to.
Introduce us to you and your musical history.
My name is Gene Johnson Jr. I released my first E.P. earlier this year, before that I have only released Singles. My latest album 2 Lightskin is a project I wanted to do to show myself that releasing an album is possible no matter what is going on in my life.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
I’ve never been interviewed besides this.
We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world to share music with america and the UK, good idea?
I believe so, music is universal and it is important for platforms to keep the world of music connected.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
What useless party trick do you have?
I don’t have any.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
I write poetry and have been since I was in High School.
If you had to describe your music to an alien, how would you describe it?
Worth the wait.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I’m in the navy, so full time career while juggling trying to kick start a career in the music industry.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
The lack of recognition for the art I create.
I hear you have a new album, what can you tell us about it?
One of the most challenging things I have ever done, trying to find a balance between a social life, my full-time job, and trying to finish my first album was definitely an eye opening process in general.
Talk me through the thought process of the album?
It started as a joke, but a couple of months later I was able to pull it all together and finally do what I say I would.
What was the recording process like?
Well I’ve never been in a studio before so the entirety of the album was recorded in my apartment. I don’t have any connections with engineers either so I had to learn how to mix and master my own tracks.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the album?
Understanding that not everyone is going to like my art so there was a point where I was creating music that people would relate to even if I didn’t like the art I was creating. Because in order to blow up or gain traction there needs to be some sort of relatability.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
No, I think I did a great job for a kid with a dream.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
Keep releasing music and hopefully let my music bring me closer to where I want to be.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?