J.F. Million-Air is a Hip-Hop performer and is from San Diego in California and is an artist on the up. He agreed to complete an interview for Essential Pop and is a pretty cool guy too. Check out how he creates his tracks, who inspires him and what he does to relax.
Q: Who are you called?
I am called J.F. Million-Air I think it’s a unique name for the fact It’s my first and last initials for the J.F. ,The Million-Air part has nothing to do with money at all it’s just a way of saying I try to place myself out of the box and go above and beyond getting a million feet in the air haha.
Q: If you could classify your music in a genre or number of genres what would it be?
I would say Rap/Hip-Hop since thats mainly what I do but that’s just for my opening act to this whole music thing I see in mind. I want to experiment with my artistic skills do something I’m totally not comfortable with, not only will it be an exciting adventure I might learn something new along the way.
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
Real Music, True Heart, Deep Soul an artist that paints for himself listener’s behold
Q: What is your musical background?
I produce a little, I write a ton of music(lyrics wise) I have stacks and stacks of notebooks in my closet. I’ve been writing since I was around the ages 9-13. I started writing lyrics because of my older brother you know how we look up to them. He and his friend were doing it and I wanted to get in on the action. I have two albums out for sale on I-Tunes and like three mixtapes on www.datpiff.com. I would have had a lot more but I had to change my name for law reasons of another rapper having the same name trademarked.
Q: How was 2010 for you?
2010 hmm that was a year of having fun, trying new things, meeting new people and just cranking out a bunch of new material. I believe I only had one performance that year but I know the crowd was digging by how they reacted to the songs.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
Artist wise I would have to go with Kanye West. He produces a ton of tracks for others, produces for himself, and has deep feeling and a good connection with his audience.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
It would have to be Kanye or Jay-Z since they don’t come out with songs that hit one week then disappear. Trey Songz that boy has some fire in his music. Ludacris since he’s got a tight southern flow that kills beats left and right.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
I don’t really like to collaborate with artists on a different level then myself. By that meaning if they’ve already sold a million, had music videos on T.V. let me catch up then we will see if I still want to collaborate, since the main reason indie artist’s as my self love big collaborations (meaning big artist) is there is a hope of constant buzz and that’s just something I want to try on my own. Gigging on the other hand, yeah I’m totally down for a gig to see different cities and such. For a gigging tour I would have to say Drake since he’s around the same age maybe he could shoot some tips or pointers my way.
Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?
If i listed them all you’d probably need like 6 internet pages for it haha. But I love all music besides heavy metal it’s just too much going on at once and I tend to get headaches from it. Some of the music on my ipod would be of course myself, Akon, The Alchemist, Aqualung, Big Pun, Lupe Fiasco, Bobby Valentino, T.I., Coldplay, Kid Cudi, Drake, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, One Republic and the list goes on haha thats just so you get an idea of what I listen to when I’m not writing a song.
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
First I roll a blunt haha no I don’t Smoke. My creative process isn’t something I can control, song ideas will hit me at weird times, when I’m at work, stuck in traffic, or after I went on a date with a pretty young lady. If I know I wanna make a song, producing, writing the full on kick off, I’ll start with pulling out the keyboard and start hitting random notes until something communicates with my mood at the time saying hey I want to be heard. So I’ll spend maybe and hour maybe two on the beat alone. Next comes the writing which I can’t go from making a beat to writing to it right after. I chill for a few days enjoy the beat, feel the beat, then the ideas start storming in, that’s when I pick up a pen and start going at it.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
To me I say both are important at an equal level. It’s kind of like having toothpaste without a toothbrush, or a car with no wheels, melodies and lyrics if put together right are the most beautiful thing I’ve ever heard. It gives that connection where a certain song connects with your mood at the time.
Q: Where are you based?
Well at the moment I’m in San Diego California. I think this city has a bad rep for the independent music made here, but I don’t think I fall In the same category as the rest of the rappers out here. Most focus on gangster Hip-Hop, degrading women, drugs and violence I’m searching for a different vibe to throw off of my music.
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
It’s crazy not an area that supports local music that much but I blame the rep. They have some nice clubs downtown, pretty girls hit the beach every now and then. It seems like a place where you would go after you’ve retired or finally calmed down from an exciting life. Lot of crazy women that want to have babies or get married at a young age haha or at the beginning of meeting you.
Q: What are you currently working on?
My current work is getting a hit made where I know it has the vibe and others will feel it. I’ve made albums that just sit there on I-Tunes and haven’t sold much so I’m trying a different approach, create a little buzz, get my name out then move back to working on album material.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
The fact that I rarely get negative feedback for the songs I’ve created. The people that know me as a person support me in my music 100%. I’ve got a ton of plays for my songs on the myspace which seems to good to be real. I’ve met a great producer here in San Diego His Name Is “Ray G” and we hit it off nicely after we recorded one song back in 08-09 we’ve been making tracks together ever since and just started our indie label “Restlis Entertainment” so I see everything falling into place one step at a time.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
2011 I’m hoping to achieve a broader audience since I’ll be 21 this year and most clubs I couldn’t perform in now I have the opportunity to do so. I want to achieve a buzz in my area where I walk down the street and get asked for an autograph or even people excited saying “oh look That’s J.F.” things like that bring me one step closer to my success.
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
At the moment I do not have any gigs booked sorry but if you want to stay updated you can always contact me through my facebook page.
Q: What do you do to relax?
I’ll hit the gym to relieve stress or clear my mind, It’s kind of my escape from all my issues and problems. Sit back play some video games with my brother, or go to his house just to hang out and have a little fun. I’ll hit up parties and stuff just to live a little other then doing music constantly, also clubs downtown. I also love to go out on a sunny day and just gaze into the sky with earplugs in it brings me to a peaceful state of mind.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
If any readers want to know more or want free tracks contact me on my main facebook page. Check out the albums on I-Tunes search “J.F. Million-air” and you can preview the whole two albums I have. “Knockout” and “Till Death Do Us Part” and I thank you all for taking the time reading about me much love.
Editor’s Note: J.F. Million-Air you have to get out there gigging. You’ll bring the house-down. One to watch in 2011!
If you want to contact J.F. Million-Air follow the links below:
myspace link: http://www.myspace.com/j.f.million-air