What's your name? How did you get started?
J Cutta! Several different experiences pulled me into the act of being an artist. I would say many influences including Outkast and Nas that pushed me to the point where I knew I wanted to do it. Also just the ability to create something that people listen to or watch over and over again. I was born in Georgia and grew up east of Atlanta. I lived in the Decatur and the Stone Mountain area to be exact. I grew up on a lot of different music. I listen to a lot of R&B, Rap, Hip-hop, whatever was on the radio, and any African music my dad would play in the house, or the car.
I started writing music when I was about 9 or 10 years old. I would just write for fun and when I got to high school I started taking it more seriously. I would make beats with fruity loops and write to those beats. Then I would freestyle to whatever instrumental I could download. I even started a rap group and we would perform at talent shows and clubs. I started taking it seriously when I noticed people liked my sound and the music. The year was like off and on for me, 2005, 2012, and then 2015. From 2015 I decided to keep it the ball rolling and see what happens amidst everything else I had going on. My first big moment was opening up for Soulja Boy a few years back. Getting booked for shows, having an actual concert a few times. Seeing people taking their time out to buy a ticket just to see me perform. Shooting the video of my single "Living" out in Houston, TX, and shooting another video out in Cali the next month. Releasing an actual album in 2015 that people are still listening to today. My single "Drip When" reached over 100,000 streams in a few months this year. I was also able to get over 40,000 listeners on Spotify a few months ago. So just seeing the growth as an artist makes it something special.
What is your experience in the music industry? Do you have any formal training or schooling? If not, are you self-taught and how did you learn your craft? What is your learning style? What are your favorite educational resources (ex. college, Youtube, etc.)?
My experience in the music industry has taught me to keep going and create some type of consistency. You will meet a lot of people, you need to build relationships and network wherever you are. You will run into a lot of obstacles and it's just there to test you.
I have taught myself how to make beats and mix vocals. It was a serious trial and error until the YouTube videos started picking up.
What are some credits and achievements that you have? Who have you worked with? Who have you collaborated with?
Some Credits and achievements earlier in my career were working with the Young Bloodz and Dungeon Family. I had a producer contract and made beats for them. None of the tracks made it big, they were just used for mixtape stuff. I collaborated with Scotty Atl last year for one song. Got a few tracks from Lex luger. I had an opportunity to work with Metro Boomin and City Girls but missed it so I guess shit happens. This year should be my biggest for music streaming. New fans are finding me each month.
Who are your biggest influences growing up and why? Who do you like to listen to now and why? Who’s on your playlist right now?
Growing up I had a collection of influences. I was into so much and anything I thought was cool, I was on it. I watched anime, freestyle battles, Jay-Z music videos, T.I., and 50 Cent business moves at the time.
Right now I'm listening to Nas's new album, Future, Young Dolph, and Moneyybag Yo.
What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry?
I feel like this career, wanting to be a rapper. You hit a lot of roadblocks and run into a lot of people who choose not to see your potential or vision. So when you say yea I rap or I'm a rapper you get a lot of negativity trying to deter you from moving forward. I used to hear stuff as you rap, go ahead rap for us like I have to prove something to you before you believe I'm doing what I said I'm doing instead of where I can hear your music. That wouldn't change my mind from doing it or showing out really.
How would you describe your sound and style?
I'm from Atlanta but have a Cali vibe dipped into everything which makes me sound different. Rap style though, I've heard I'm like a mix between Lil Wayne and Rick Ross.
What are some of your goals this year?
Increase my fan-base and make that one song that breaks me through to everything else.
Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?
I would like to work with Yo Gotti, Drake, and 2 Chainz. Producers would be Metro Boomin, Dr. Dre, and Kanye West. I need a whole album from him. Other than that whoever is talented and hungry like me.
What is your creative process like?
It's different each time. I could write the song then find a track that goes with it or heard a beat and everything for the song immediately hit me.
What’s your favorite go-to order?
WNB Factory is the best damn wings I've had in my life lol.