I caught up with J. Money over the weekend to chop it up about where he’s been and most importantly, where’s he’s headed. A very humble dude indeed. Catch the interview below.
How did you come up with the name J. Money?
The name was given to me. I played the cornet in the 6th grade. During that time I met Josh and Chris. Chris is a very talented drummer and Josh can play a variety of instruments. We became friends and as time went on I began writing songs. I never thought I’d be rapping but that’s what it became.
Once day outside of gym Chris had me rap for this pretty lady and after I finished she told me she loved it. Then she asked what I called myself. Right on the spot since then nobody has ever called me anything else. It’s rare I get called John, it’s crazy to me. Chris just says, “this is J. Money”. That’s how the story began.
How would you describe your sound?
It’s life music. With every record it’s a piece of the best of me. I’m from Texas and I don’t think people would expect what I create to reside here. When people hear my music they hear San Antonio. It’s timeless music with a purpose of leaving an everlasting impression.
True. 2girls1lb has a classic feel. Who inspires you the most when it comes to music?
The list is far too long. I love all genres of music. Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Carlos Santana, 2Pac, Curtis Mayfield, Donny Hathaway, The Eagles, Sublime, Lamont Dozier, Jorge Ben, Static Major, Michael Jackson, Jai Paul, Johnny J. Country, Rock, R&B, Soul, etc. I have respect and love for it all.
That’s a pretty cool list. A lot of people nowadays don’t even know who half those people are. Did you teach yourself how to produce or did you get help along the way?
I taught myself. I would practice by trying to recreate some of my favorite beats. I was fascinated by the different sample chops and arrangements. I study all the tiniest details in music. I’ll vibe out and hear the sounds most won’t even know are there. I’m glad I learned how I did. Its helped to perfect this craft of mine.
I notice you tweet a lot of positive quotes. In what ways has remaining positive helped your career?
Its always been apart of who I am. I owe it all to my parents for raising me how they did. they showed me anything is possible. They are the reason I strive for greatness. I can’t ever find a reason to be angry or negative. That’s a waste. There’s always a solution when times are tested and you gotta learn to remain focused.
True. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
More focused, educated and aware. I wanna elevate the way we think of ourselves and our surroundings. I wanna take it back to where music had a purpose and had nothing to do with headlines and dollar signs.
Nobody told me I would make a name for myself musically coming from San Antonio,TX. But there were examples that proved this possible. That’s how I’ve made it. I wanna be the best example for others to learn from. God don’t make no mistakes. My gift, passion and determination are not an accident. The family I was blessed with is not by luck. The people I’ve worked with are apart of my journey. My music is the seed I plant into the Earth and everyday I’m watering it by hard work.
From the people in Canada, London, Spain and everywhere else that I get support, they are the roses growing from concrete. Showing me that what I do has a place in this world. I love nothing more than producing music and helping others in need and that’s what I’ll continue to do until I’m not around.
Are you working on any special projects we should keep an eye out for?
I’m working on an ep titled “In My Own Way”, produced entirely by myself. Its gonna feature artists such as Worldwide, Kydd Jones, Max Frost, Cory Kendrix, A-Train, Michael McKenzie, Cashius Green, Pheo, Dre Biggity and more. People hear most of my work on albums and eps put out bt the artists. I figured it was time to put together something special for my listeners.
I’m taking the time to make it what it needs to me. Its an experience. It’ll give you a brand new perspective on my city and state. It’s gonna also show the versatility in my music and the power it has to relate to audiences outside of where I’m from. I look forward to sharing these speaker blessings with the world.
I’ve done numerous songs on upcoming releases as well. Everybody from Kydd Jones, Cashius Green, Pheo, Worldwide, LOEGZ & many more have new projects that I’ve contributed to. In due time the world will hear it all.