JIM SHUSTERICH: I was born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota. I spent the first 20 years of my life there and now I currently live in Minneapolis, MN.
IAA: What is your music background?
JIM SHUSTERICH: My music background is somewhat nontraditional. Growing up, my mom taught piano and music at my grade school and I started playing the piano when I was about seven or eight years old. I didn’t really like it, so I tried singing in choirs and playing the guitar. When I was like 8 or 9, I started listening to rap and a whole bunch of other music during different phases. Rap was the only genre that ever really stuck and grew on me. By the time I was about ten, I wanted to be the next slim shady. I kept listening to rap for another ten years, During my first year of college, I met a producer and several recording artists from my state.
I had to beg them to work with me at first and pay for studio time by the hour. After some time, we started working together on a daily basis. My producer eventually dropped all the fees. I’m still with the same producer and engineer to this day. We both grew a ton over the past year and a half.
IAA: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
JIM SHUSTERICH: I want to record and release my own music because it is one of the only things in this life that I am willing to dedicate my whole self to. It’s more than just a hobby for me. It’s my one love. This is my dream. I don’t want to spend the rest of my life doing something I hate or working in an office sitting behind a desk. I feel like my crew and I have what it takes to really make something of ourselves.
IAA: What are your songs about?
JIM SHUSTERICH: My songs are about real life experiences. Topics range from haters, the women that I’ve fallen in love with over the years, temptations, and the constant inner battle I’ve had in the past. My songs are about things that have been a big part of my life, and the issues that almost all people are able to relate to in some form or another.
IAA: Who is your fan base directed towards?
JIM SHUSTERICH: My fan base was initially directed towards a college type, party crowd. Over time, I’ve gained fans of all different demographics and age groups. My music is directed towards anyone who appreciates good music. It’s for anyone who can relate to what I rap about. It’s for anyone with a struggle, and anyone who can wake up every day and do what they love.
IAA: Who are your musical influences?
JIM SHUSTERICH: I listen to all different types of music, even some country songs, which is something I never thought I would say. I know there are more talented musicians out there than just hip hop artists. I try to take advantage of the musical ideas that different people have to offer as much as I can. One of the artists that influence me the most right now is Kixxie Siete also known as Kixson Buenafe from Hawthorne, California. Look him up on YouTube. Dude kills it.
IAA: How would you describe your music to people?
JIM SHUSTERICH: I would describe my music to people as rap/ hip hop with meaningful lyrics and unique wordplay within my rhymes. I would also say it’s truly original in the fact that all my lyrics are completely my own. All my beats are produced specially for me by my dude Amos. You won’t catch me remixing a lot of well-known songs like other artists.
IAA: What makes you stand out from other artists?
JIM SHUSTERICH: My crew and I stand out like a sore thumb. I work with an indie record label, 651 records. I got my dude Amos producing all my beats and mixing/mastering my vocals, I have features on my songs from Kevin Trinh, Sano V, Amos, and several other artists who breathe nothing but originality and creativity. Our movement is gaining notoriety, and my trademark picture is about as original as you can get. Look for us now, because I think you’ll hear about us later.
IAA: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
JIM SHUSTERICH: One of the upcoming projects I’m working on is a mixtape with the 651 records crew called “How the 6-5 was 1.” It’s going to be dope. I also am working on a solo tape that will drop later this summer. I have several collaborations with artists from out of state, as well as a summer concert series. Stay tuned to Facebook and Twitter for details.
IAA: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
JIM SHUSTERICH: My career goal is to make a name for myself. Even if I never get a record deal I just want my music to be heard. I want to continue to make music as much as possible and see the world. A lot of people are solely focused on the money in this business, and they are worried about when they’re going to get that first big check. I know you can’t do much without money, but I know you can’t do sh#t without a true passion. As long as the passion stays true, I’m not worried about the rest.
IAA: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
JIM SHUSTERICH: My fans can access my music via YouTube, Reverbnation, Facebook, and Twitter. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org