Artist Interview – J. Dash

J.Dash is a rapper, songwriter and producer from Jacksonville in Florida. When we first checked out J.Dash’s song WOP we loved the beat and his style and were delighted when he agreed to complete a feature interview with Essential Pop. Read the full in-depth interview below where J. Dash discusses, amongst other things, what he’s recently been working on, who is currently inspired by and what he’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.


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Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

Vintage progressive, trying to keep a classic twist on a futuristic sound.


Q: What is your musical background?

At the beginning it was classical, then I moved into Blues/Jazz, then into urban Hip Hop and into Pop. Now I’m into Dashism, whatever that may be.


Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

It has been the most awesome ride ever. I cant even say that its been a rollercoaster because although there are always ups and downs in life I’m in a great place compared to where I was twelve months ago its been awesome to see how things move and showed me the value of having a great team.


Q: Who inspires you musically?

My daughter. My life and great musicians like Cee-Lo Green, The Gap Band, Jay-Z, Mos Def, Trick Daddy, Ludacris, Flo Rida and producers like J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League and Kd Lamb?


Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

Absolutely! Cee-Lo would have to be #1 on that list. Stevie Wonder would be incredible, Lil Wayne, Scarface and LeCrae and LAWS, signed to J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League.


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Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?

Honestly now I’m listening to a lot of newer artists from my city. I’m trying to keep it local; I want to build up the music scene in Jacksonville there are great artists like, Tough Junkie, Yung Trap and Young Cash.


Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

I go into my studio and I turn off all the lights, I have blue lights in there so we call it the blue room. I sit at the keys and its just me and the keyboard and I’m just playing. I mix in various sounds and when I hear something that clicks I run with it. I don’t stop when I create I add everything I can think of and figure it out later. I call it the moment of impact, that’s the most important moment when creating music.


Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

They are very equally important. Think of any music that has longevity, anything you listen to today that you listened to ten years ago, they have both.


Q: Where are you based?

Jacksonville, Florida.


Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

Definitely has its ups and downs, what I’ve noticed in my travels lately, people that are in the music industry know there is a lot of talent in Jacksonville but the general public doesn’t know who are from here, e.g. the Limp Bizkits of the world. Its frustrating being from here and seeing all the talent and knowing the world doesn’t appreciate it so I’m trying to get people to turn heads this way.


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Q: What are you currently working on?

A couple records with Smash Mouth that I’m really excited about, did a record with Cupid called “Pop It Girl” and I’m working with a lot of artists here in Jacksonville. A free project to showcase the talent from JAX as well as working on my next project and touring in support of Tabloid Truth.

My ultimate goal in music is to score movies. I am working with some filmmakers who are doing short films and scoring some movies.


Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

Meeting Stevie Wonder. I met Stevie Wonder last January at the NAMM conference in Los Angeles and he was one of the coolest most down to earth guys I’ve ever met. He was playing a YAMAHA keyboard and he was just playing and singing in front of a few guys and me. Had I not stuck with music and been doing this I wouldn’t have had that chance.


Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?

Over the next 12 months I hope that people really get a better sense of me as an artist. I want to show my musical versatility. Hopefully in 12 months no one will be able to put me in a box or say that I’m not a musician. I don’t particularly care if you love or hate the music as long as you respect the craft.


Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

I like to do a lot of charity work so I am doing some shows for the Police Athletic League and my best friend Jeremy Mintzy who just got resigned to the Jacksonville Jaguars does an annual event that I go out to. I have shows in Florida and Louisiana coming up as well!


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Q: What do you do to relax?

Everything that I told you in this interview so far! A lot of people consider me a workaholic but that’s where I find my contentment and my peace. Besides that I listen to classical music and read the bible but the main thing is making music. When music becomes a job that’s when people lose the joy.


Q: Where would your favorite holiday (vacation) be and why?

My Dream vacation would be Fiji. I’ve always wanted to go there just because it’s so beautiful. I haven’t been too far out of the country but I’m looking forward to going all over the world. Take a week off.


Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

I’m still aspiring myself in a lot of ways but I would say don’t ever stop! Don’t let anyone tell you what you should be doing or what their plan for you is, have a goal and stay focused on it because you will be your biggest proponent.


Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

Follow me on Twitter @therealjdash! I just got on instagram same handle, thats my new toy, so follow me there. With instagram you can show what you’re doing so hit me there therealjdash. Hit me up!


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Editor’s Note: J.Dash combines intellect, a high degree of musical ability and abundant style to create an appealing commercial urban sound. One of Essential Pop’s International Artists to watch over the coming months and years.


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