J. Thermos (@mesince1988)

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

I have been writing and recording music for years. As far as the decision of becoming an artist, I just recently decided to become serious with my craft earlier this year. Everything just seemed to line up for me this year as an artist. My production, delivery, my engineer, and my writing just went to another level. At that moment, I was like I am going to take my chance and see where it takes me.

Name a few of your biggest influences in hip hop?

My influences go so far back. I mean I remember my parents playing "Rapper's Delight" by The Sugarhill Gang. I am definitely influenced by Biggie and Pac. My music catalog is so versatile. Kanye and Jay Z have influenced me greatly. I like artists such as Jadakiss, DMX,Pusha T, Curren$y, Dom Kennedy, the original Cash Money, and many more new artists today. I love music and hip hop as a genre, and many songs and artists have paved a way into my style.

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

As of right now, I just wrapped up the video for my first single "Photograph The Moments". It is a nice smooth track for the ladies and gents to groove to. I wanted to make a feel good track and bring some of the smooth hip hop back into the scene. I am currently working on my new mixtape "Vantage Point", and I am hoping to be finishing that up heading into 2014. I also just launched my own clothing brand PVR (Perception vs. Reality). I am just trying to stay busy and grind as an artist until it is my time for the limelight.

What advice can you give other upcoming artists?

Never give up or listen to the negativity others disperse onto you. Let that negativity motivate you to accomplish what you want to accomplish. Another thing as an upcoming artist is learning the business. Artists should always read contracts and research before giving your money to a so-called promoter you've never heard of. Promote yourself and put time into your craft. It will not come easy, and it takes dedication and long nights.

How has life changed for you since becoming an artist?

Life has changed dramatically, but life is always changing. I have grown as an artist in many aspects. I have learned from some mistakes that will help me move forward. When you work and see yourself getting better, it creates a feeling like "Yeah, I'm about this life," you know. Music has definitely helped me through the hardhsips in my life.

Have you had the pleasure of performing yet?

I have performed a few gigs but nothing major. Hopefully, 2014 will change all of that. I hope to make a scene for Indiana and become one of those artists that just comes out of nowhere. When I make it, it will not be for a short tenure. I'm hellbent on making it a career.

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

I've worked with a few artists such as Travis Bruce, who sings the hook on "Photograph the Moments". I have worked with Ye Ali, Wally West, Deuce Deuce, Theo Akai, and J Swade.  There are many other great artists I have worked with, so if I forgot you no hard feelings.

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