What's your name? How did you get started?
JUST ICE is my name. My father always had me in the studio as a kid. He was a DJ & producer. This was in Boston, where I was born. Being that he was a DJ, I listened to everything. A lot of Caribbean music because my family is from Haiti. I started as a producer myself. However, I became a recording artist because I have a lot to say. I see it as a form of storytelling, inspiring others, and a narration of my life experiences. I love doing it because there is rewarding energy seeing others vibe to the art you created. Whether its everyone bobbing their heads, people jumping up and down in a crowd, or girls throwing it back. I produced my first beat at 13 (2013) and recorded my first song at 16 (2016.) 2020 is when I started taking it seriously. I shot my first music video in 2018 and I killed it. I had the cars, the scenes, the edits, it was all dope. Later that year I performed at my first college. Everyone was going crazy, camera flashes, etc. That was the last confirmation I needed to be like alright I can do this.
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.)?
Yeah, I went to the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology. So there I took music production classes, video production classes, animation classes, etc. Then I went to SCAD for college and I majored in film & television. As a result, I learned how to produce and film my art. Though, I still use YouTube to tighten up my engineering and mixing skills. I mostly use FL Studio & Logic. I have Pro Tools but its mehh.
What are some credits and achievements that you have? Who have you worked with? Who have you collaborated with?
Becoming a verified artist on genius was fulfilling. My single "Been Iced Out Mastered" really popped off. I was like "Alright yeah another confirmation." As far as collaboration goes, King Beez is my favorite producer to work with. Meeting my favorite producer Zaytoven was big for me. However, Beez and I have chemistry. He's produced "Baby Basquiat" and "Ice in my Veins." He's also produced for people like Shy Glizzy, Trouble, Kevin Gates, and Derez Deshon.
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, my biggest influences were Kanye West, Black Eyed Peas, and Lil Wayne. Drake came into the picture later. Kanye West because it's Kanye West. Black Eyed Peas just showed me diversity and feel-good music. Lil Wayne just changed the rap game. My top 5 artists
right now are Drake, Lil Baby, Bad Bunny, Calvin Harris, and Jorja Smith. Drake is Drake, Lil Baby came out of the same city I live in and I’ve seen him develop from the beginning so I respect the come up. And his music is good. My Puerto Rican friends put me on to Bad Bunny in college. I went to his concert in Miami for spring break, and it changed my life. Wild. I love how he’s just his authentic self and he has pride in his culture. Calvin Harris brings that EDM and overseas appeal to my ears. He’s put me on to Florence + The Machine, Ellie Goulding, and his songs with Rihanna never miss. Jorja Smith we have the same birthday, she’s a Gemini. Her voice is beautiful, she’s beautiful, you can’t go wrong there.
What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry?
Just the engineering and mixing. The mix is everything and the engineer has to be a wizard. My earlier tracks sound really raw which I think is cool. But my more recent tracks have that smoother mix and are radio-ready. Everything else in the game just comes with time.
How would you describe your sound and style?
I’m a businessman honestly. I’m a young boss that has raw emotions like everybody else. So I think that translates to the music. You listen to me if you wanna turn up, need some motivation, or you a female that wants to be comforted by my deep voice. Nah fr though I don’t have a style or box really. It’s the artistry that just reflects where I am at in life. It’ll always be good music though.
What are some of your goals this year?
Shoot some more music videos. I shot one for "JUSTICE" but I want to do one for "RUN" & "BLACKICE."
Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?
Give me a Kanye, Drake, or Calvin Harris feature and I'll be gucci. For a producer, Zaytoven. Director, Hype Williams.
What is your creative process like?
I just experience life. Then if I hear a beat, depending on the vibe it'll evoke or trigger a certain experience or memory. After that, banger.
What’s your favorite go-to order?
Zaxby's bone-less wings n things.