J swade (@TheRealJswade)





What age where you when you decided to become an artist?

13, as a seventh grader. My mother worked and went to schoolfull time so I was with my grandparents a lot. In the afternoons I watched RapCity back when Joe Clair was the host. Videos like “Runnin” by Pharcydeand  “Luchini” by Camp Lo were pivotal inshaping me into an emcee.





Name a few of your biggest influences in hip hop?

Production wise:  DJPremier, Jus Blaze, Timbaland, Dr. Dre, and LiL Jon. I think my productionstyle combines the sampling of a Jus Blaze with the looping of a Premier;Timbaland-esque sound building, Dre-like live instrumentation and a LiL John808 bassline for good measure. Artist wise Jay Z, Cassiy, Talib Kweli, Q-tipand Eminem. I think my rap style is a combination of the intellect andvocabulary of a Talib with the syntax and wordplay of an Eminem, all at thesame time coming with Cassidy worthy punchlines all wrapped in a smooth q tipdelivery and Jay Z street relatability. That’s a breakdown of Swade. 






What are some of the things you’re working on right now?

A first project. From Complete Silence called FCS.  Its called that because I make the beats,write the raps sing the hooks and even do some mixing, so essentiallyeverything comes from nothing. I want my fans to appreciate and respect that asa uniqueness to their music experience. Also I have “How U Feel” out as asingle.






What advice can you give other upcoming artists?

Never Quit. Find a fanbase of people that like your musicfor a specific and unique reason. Find your region or area that you feel likeyou represent and can comfortably call home. Produce a product and don’t settlefor low quality recordings of random songs. Dedicate yourself to a project thatrepresents you and your sound along with your area and a drop date for it. Thatdrop date is truly day one of your career.





How has life changed for you since becoming an artist?

Well I hope to be out of the hood in 18 months so hopefullyit will be changing soon but however since that time 15 or so years ago therehas been a lot more stress but at the same time great experiences and travel .Getting independent traction is hard even with good music.





Have you had the pleasure of performing yet?

Yes I open up for major artists touring in my area. I have nothowever had my own concert yet.





Are there any artists/talent that you’ve worked with that weshould be watching?

 My whole team and anybody I produce for but really just thewhole Indiana region. It’s definitely our turn.









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