IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – J-MO- HOUSTON’S HOTTEST STAR

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IAA:  What city and state are you from?

J-MO:  I was born and raised in Houston, Texas and grew up in the Crestmont Park subdivision located in South Park an area located in Southeast Houston. South Park is home to many of Houston’s rap artists and DJ’s, both well-known and the obscure, and I have had the privilege to interact with most of them in one capacity or another.

IAA:  What is your music background?

J-MO:  I received a tape recorder as a gift in 1975 for my 5th birthday that I petitioned from my parents so I could make “mix-tapes” by taping my favorite songs off the radio. The commencement of my dream consisted of a 5 year old boy putting songs on one tape so I could hear only the songs I wanted to hear. The results were crude at best but the foundation of the idea was solidified. As I began to grow I honed my skills simply by observing DJ’s I was encountering throughout my neighborhood and surrounding areas. I started driving at age 15 and I needed music for my ride to blast on my sound system as I rode through the club parking lots or MacGregor Park on Sundays. Therefore I would compile my music with friends who made mix-tapes and I would have something “personal” to ride with. When I spent summers in Southern California with my cousins we attended house parties where I heard different music from what we were listening to in Texas. While I was there I developed a relationship with a guy who made mix-tapes for people in his neighborhood and I would bring back mix-tapes from there when I returned home. I also took piano lessons for a few years in high school and even had a drum set as a small child.

IAA:  Why do you want to record and release your own music?

J-MO:  I enjoy concocting mix-tapes with an incessant vibe. The listener shouldn’t have to skip songs and have only 2 or 3 tracks they want to hear on the entire project. The music should grab the listener in a way that makes them ruminate! I was also inspired by the words of Grandmaster Flash, “We all have gifts. Listen to the voice in your head. Never let anybody abort the embryo of your thoughts because what you have might be what the world is waiting for.” In conclusion, there is a fan base for what I do and also a definite appreciation in the hip-hop community for providing a platform for upcoming artists to showcase their talent.

IAA:  What are your songs about?

J-MO:  I use music I want to hear when I drive with beats that will compliment the sounds of my vehicle. My basic concept is to arrange a playlist and mix it together without interrupting the mood. Prior to the convenience of flash drives and iPods people fumbled with tapes and compact discs to inject into their car’s head unit. I mainly use rap music and some R&B, but I also enjoy incorporating disco or funk because I love music from the seventies. I get ideas for songs when composing playlist from movies, social media, and artists on Reverb Nation because they are unsigned and it’s underground music. Combining both underground and main stream music together is another formula I have embraced. Therefore my listeners may get a wide spectrum of music on one mix-tape with an uninterrupted flow. I also sometimes put together skits to integrate somewhere on the mix-tape to show my creative skills and adopted it as my method of operating. For instance, I like to take a scene from a movie and lay it over a dope instrumental to create a track of its own. With all of these factors in mind I produce a mix-tape that is my own personal radio station with commercials included so to speak.

IAA:  Who is your fan base directed towards?

J-MO:  My target audience is rap music fans that love this genre of music and invite the idea of recapitulating songs that are embodied in it. I don’t strive to be the first one to put the most popular or “hottest” songs on my mixes but rather pride myself in exhibiting my sense of nostalgia by consolidating music regardless of the year it was recorded. My fan base is receptive to music in general and is detached from chronological boundaries.

IAA:  Who are your musical influences?

J-MO:  My early influences were Gerald Sampson, Egypt E of The Terrorists, Derrick Winfree known as DJ Agg of Radio One, Darrell Scott, DJ Screw, DJ Juiz, Jaime in California, Byron Rose and my personal mentor, Patrick Rose known as DJ Skillz. There are many other guys that I ran across along the way but my memory fails me right now and I can’t remember all the names. However, I assimilate pieces of them all.

IAA:  How would you describe your music to people?

J-MO:  I’m in my own lane. I put together playlists that I want to hear and ideas come from what I may be feeling at the time. It is not influenced by what is popular at the time or what people are expecting to hear entirely. It seeks to capture true music lovers who want to hear songs that stretch across decades come together on one project. My main goal is to entertain people by giving them insight into music that affects me one way or another. Oftentimes people comment about songs being old but I believe music gets better as it matures.

IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artists?

J-MO:  I don’t use tags in my mixes or talk over the music excessively. If I decide to say something it is usually at the beginning or the end of the music and short-lived. I call it, “staying out of the mix.” I don’t want to get in the way of the music because I feel like then it becomes too much about me. The music will speak for itself and is the priority to the listener in the first place. I’m identified with my work by the sound of the music, song selection and the way it is ingeniously mixed together. Besides, the tags get annoying after awhile. My experience also helps me stand out. I was born in 1970 and I have a colossal mental catalog of songs and was around when rap originated. Therefore my song selection is all-inclusive and not limited to songs of the present day. I also play songs to completion before bringing in the next song. In other words, the song will not be cut off but still mixed at the end to blend with the next song when applicable. My company, J-Mo Productions, is an entertainment company so comedy and movie scenes are incorporated into the music. That’s why I love putting skits I create in my mixes because that is something else that helps me to stand out. It allows me to show another creative side of me, sets the theme according to the title and no one else is doing it.

IAA:  What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?

J-MO:  On September 21, 2012 I plan to drop “Product of the System,” which will make reference to the upcoming Presidential election. It should be interesting because I plan to create skits to insert into the mix to entertain the listeners. This mix-tape will provide the perfect opportunity for me to demonstrate my creative skills that I have described in this article. I set that date as my release so any potential first time listeners of my work will get an exclusive performance. On October 8, which is my birthday, I plan to drop “My Time to Shine” in celebration of my birthday and this project will definitely have a celebratory feel. I’m also collaborating on a mix-tape with Rasta Rebel, an artist with the group All About Our Grind (A.A.O.G.) that I manage under J-Mo Productions.

IAA:  What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

J-MO:  Everything I do is represented under J-Mo Productions which is an “entertainment” company. Therefore, I’m involved with videos, movies, short-films, comedy, blogging, writing scripts, apparel, collaborating with other artists and finally an entrepreneur. I manage All About Our Grind (A.A.O.G.) a local rap group here in Corpus Christi, Texas where I have been living since 2005. I also manage DJ Juiz of Maddendz Entertainment a Houston DJ who also makes mix-tapes and also is someone I collaborate with often. DJ Juiz and I did a mix-tape we both mixed on called “Partners-N-Crime” that dropped summer 2011 and it’s still posted on my Reverb Nation page. I also manage Seth McCauley @MyCarMyFreakNMe who brings comedy to your timeline on Twitter. Ultimately I would love to have my own personal website to organize all of my ideas in one area for people to come and be entertained.

IAA:  How can your fans access your music and contact you?

J-MO:  I use social networks and YouTube to keep fans updated on upcoming projects and my Reverbnation page is my primary hub for acquiring music and video.

http://www.reverbnation.com/JMoProductions

https://twitter.com/JMoProd

http://www.facebook.com/pages/DJJuiz-MaddEndz-EntES-CLINTON-PARKJ-Mo-Productions/129615997108499

http://www.youtube.com/user/JMoProd?feature=mhee

 

 

 

 

 

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66 COMMENTS

  1. I STRONGLY STAND BY AND SUPPORT J-MO PRODUCTIONS AND HIS MOVEMENT THREW OUT SOUTHERN CITY AND STATES!! WE AS THE PEOPLE NEED THE INDUSTRY TO LOOK AT WHAT WE BEEN DOING DOWN SOUTH AS OF MUSIC ITSELF, THE CREATIVITY AND EFFORT THAT ARTIST PUT IN THERE PROJECT, NEED TO BE HEARD!!! ANYBODY THAT COME FORWARD WITH IDEAS ON A SERIOUS NOTE WITH A DRIVE TO MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN TOWARD THE INDUSTRY IS GREAT, WITH J-MO ITS ALREADY IN PROGRESS, SO I SALUTE TO THE MOVEMENT AND TO GREATER OPPORTUNITY TO DO PROJECT WITH OTHER ARTIST AROUND THE WORLD!!!!! SIGNING OFF DJ.JUIZ MADDENDZ ENT.

  2. INSPIRATION IS WHAT THIS ARTICLE ON YOU AND ‘HOW YOU GREW UP GIVES ME. MUSIC IS ALWAYS A WAY OF LIVING A SMALL OF A PART OF LIFE .YOU EITHER DONT LIVE OR CAN RELATE TO . TO FILL LIKE YOU CAN EXSPRESS YOUR FILLINGS THRU THE DJ’S OR RAPER’S THAT ME AND YOU LOVE . MUSIC IS LIKE THE SOUND EACH PERSONS SOUL MAKES. LOVE THE PROPS YOU GIVE TO THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE INFLUENCED YOUR LIFE. LIKE DJ JUIZ ONE OF THE BEST .KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK .IAA: Who are your musical influences?

    J-MO: My early influences were Gerald Sampson, Egypt E of The Terrorists, Derrick Winfree known as DJ Agg of Radio One, Darrell Scott, DJ Screw, DJ Juiz.

  3. It’s bigfoe i’ve been apart of music all my life and when hear something thats good you got my stamp but it takes
    evenryone to connect bases 100% S/o to maddenz and back block ent lets turn up

  4. Great interview love what you are doing, keep it up!! I leave you with this quote:

    “Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile.”
    –Sir Wilfred Grenfell

  5. I am so proud of you big brother. Keep up the good work and making the music happen from your heart. That was a very nice interview and well put.
    I remember my mom telling me about that drum set that she got you for Christmas when you were younger.
    Love you….you have made your little sister proud.

  6. Your interview speaks for itself. Passion and creativity..always on the grind, never satisfied and constantly evolving. You’re gonna have to hit me up with another mix tape soon man! Excellent work.

  7. Hey Jerry that was such I good interview. I’ve never listened to your
    work but very curious now. I think J-Mo Productions will be a true success and you have my 100% support. Keep on doing what you do best. As a matter of fact today I made a comment about you. When you would say “What am I doing here, I should be doing something else.” This is your true calling! Well good luck.

  8. That was so touching to my heart you put a lot of effort and wisdom and knowledge I’m proud of you keep it up may god continue to keep.your mind flowing

  9. Love the article. Not to mention it was a great interview. Just so you know I’m looking forward to seeing your work. Keep up the good work Jerry. 😉 you have my 100% support. Stay positive All the way and may God bless you in fulfilling your dreams. Good Luck !!!

  10. This was a spectacular and inspiring article. Individuals with the same goals can see that opporunities for advancement in the music industry is certainly capable. You’ve had this passion since a little child and you’ve allowed this passion to manifest into reality. Its your development now. The scripture included in the article says it all. God was definitely your help by means of dedication, hard work, & success. I encourage you to continue to follow what inspires you. Great job! <3

  11. J.Moore first off let me say how proud i am of you and your accomplishments thus far.With your talent and drive there is no ceiling.You made me reminiscence about making cassette tapes from ktsu on Saturday morning,jammin that 15 and a half from D.Scott,and them cold mixes from Gerald Sampson.Fly high bro and you know you always have my support.

  12. Great interview, very inspiring. I am proud of you and your accomplishments. With your talent, passion, knowledge, and drive, you will go far. Looking forward to hearing your work. Stay positive!

  13. Man that was great I’ve heard you do your thing and you got that consistent fill man that’s a good wheel you turning mane. Reach past the stars and grab the universe

  14. Great interview love,glad to see your hard work starting to pay off and your dreams starting to become a reality.Keep up the good work and know I will always be hear to support you in all that you do love.(we’re on our way baby!)

  15. Thats was up….jmo productions is supporting A.A.O.G…and I’m feeling that…..lil young fresh mexican support right here….Props out and shout out to Mista Rogers and all the A.A.O.G crew…

  16. Great article bro. You have me and my fam support all the way. I guess you can call your success “great karma”. Good things happens to good people. Every since we was introduced by Dj. JUIZ you have been a big inspiration on my life. So I guess I can call you a “blessing”. Keep up the great work. 1

  17. Hey bro you really are not doing bad with Jmo productions. you really are making waves in your part of the world and some of my crew here are crazy about you. You are a good brother to Grossbuy and may you continue to florish. Thumbs up for you brother.

  18. We really enjoyed your article. It was very inspirational. You are now celebrating what an unbelievable life you have had so far, the accomplishments, the many blessings, and yes, even the hardships because they have served to make you stronger. Keep up the good work, never look back. Always keep your eye on the sparrow. You are now on your way with God’s speed.

  19. I am so proud of you. I have known you all of your life. You have proven to me to be exactly what I have always known you could be; if you put your heart and mind into your dreams. As long as you keep serving God, the sky is your limit. My blessing and prayers are with you. Keep up the good work and keep looking to Jesus.

  20. AAOG is the true heart of hip hop. Their personal experiences shine through their music and it is apparent how close-knit their relationship is as a group. These guys are gonna go all the way and I’m ecstatic to have met them at this exciting stage in their career and to be able to watch them grow into even more amazing artists.

  21. Enjoyed the interview. Very laid back and nothing but real truth. I’m excited to hear of all the big plans in the making. Congrats on getting to this point in your life. You will do amazing things in the future. Thanks for believing in AAOG and taking them under your wing. It’s nice knowing my brother is being managed by someone who knows where they are walking and leaving the right tracks behind them. Thanks a lot.

  22. JMo…. Great interview….. Your passion reveals itself through music and what a wonderful passion it is…. Love u and congrats….

  23. J-Mo, Well spoken and informative interview. I look forward continue to be an influence as well as a springboard to you music career. I will continue to funnel positve energy to any and every project you put before me. I expect nuthin’ but the best. Just like you did it on them old school “gray tapes”! Maximize your time and live in the moment! You got talent homie! Remember..”If u dont grind u don’t shine!”

  24. Mayne, Jmo and I Just had a Phone Meeting About the places we about to venture, and believe his words reign true, We Turn’t Up and Burn’t up In the Lab Gettin Up On our P’s And Q’s and our New Material, The AAOG Crew And I Are Willing and Ready and Best Believe Jmo Got Us Working For the Same Goal, And We Get a little Lost I Pull This Interview To Remind Us Of The Path We Are On And The Inspiration That Lies Before us out the mind Of Our Manager/Dj/Business Partner/friend/and most importantly family member we are truly blessed and you are truly appreciated.
    #GrindTime
    Follow Me @RastaRebel361
    & @Jmoprod
    -Rasta Rebel

  25. We have been following this dream since our childhood and your hard work is finally starting to pay off! Keep up the good work and keep grinding!

  26. I have enjoyed your music since I was a child. You let me flow on some of your mix-tapes in the past and I look forward to working with you in the future!

  27. “I don’t want to get in the way of the music because I feel like then it becomes too much about me. The music will speak for itself and is the priority to the listener in the first place.” I love this. Much respect. I need to check your work out and really feel inspired to work with you. Bless you bruh!!

  28. Fully, the article has an introduction that makes you read until the end.It was striking to read. Nice biography!!!! A successful week,J-MO! 🙂

  29. “United we stand, divided we fall.” This interview gave me a whole new outlook on the game/industry. I support J-Mo Productions a 100%!

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