IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
SEPTEMBER 6TH: I was born and raised in the Windy City of Chicago, Illinois and I currently reside in Miami, Florida.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
SEPTEMBER 6TH: I’ve always been in love with music. As a kid, I had a massive CD collection that ranged from Anita Baker and Stevie Wonder to Nas and Bone Thugs N Harmony. I would sneak and stay up late with my Walkman and listen to late night radio until like 2 in the morning. The radio would play full albums before they released and underground joints from Chicago artists like Twista, Do Or Die, and Psychodrama. I decided to pick up the mic and start rapping in college after an artist by the name of Willie Griggs took me under his wing and showed me how to write music. He was the reigning freestyle and open mic champ on our campus. After a while, I was tired of rapping over instrumentals, and I decided I wanted to learn to make my own beats. I heard 9th Wonder’s production for Little Brother’s joint “Lovin It” and instantly fell in love with that sound. So I purchased it and learned the same program he used to produce and emulated his style to get a foundation for what I do now. I dropped my first album, Hip Hop x Sneakers x Vagina, in 2011 and its been on ever since. Since then, I’ve been fortunate enough to have my songs featured on FM radio all over the country, as well as many digital radio sources. I’ve also been fortunate enough to be featured on a vast amount of blogs, websites, and magazines.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
SEPTEMBER 6TH: Music is therapeutic for me. It’s a way for me to release all the emotions I have pent up inside of me. It’s a constructive platform for me to express my thoughts, opinions, and ideals and connect with other people that feel the same way.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
SEPTEMBER 6TH: My songs are 100% about my life experiences. I try to speak from that standpoint so that I can be viewed as a person first and then as an artist. I’m one of those people that uses music as my personal therapy. A lot of us as people have the same issues in life. It could be as complex as love and relationships and family drama or as simple as I’m not where I want to be in life . At the end of the day we all have similarities. I love when people tell me they love a song because they went through the same thing or listening to a song helped them find a solution to a similar problem they were facing.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
SEPTEMBER 6TH: Growing up I was most lyrically influenced by Nas. I can recite any song from any album, mixtape or unreleased material word for word. The way he put his words together and the stories he told were picturesque! That really helped me with the way I formulated my bars as well as my cadence and delivery on the mic. On top of that, the messages he conveyed in some of his tracks translated well into my life. Musically I was heavily influenced by 9th Wonder. I patterned my early production off of his work and learned how to be great off of his blueprint. That’s actually part of the reason my name is September 6th. I flipped that 9 into a 6 as a way to pay homage to him.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
JAY EM: Aside from original, creative and influential, I would say my music is an experience. You can see my words because I paint a picture for you. At times my music may take you somewhere you’ve never been, make you feel an emotion you didn’t know was there or give you an understanding of the world from my point of view.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
SEPTEMBER 6TH: I stand out from other artists because I don’t conform to the norm. I’m a leader in all walks of life so I try to translate that into my music as well. I don’t speak like everyone else, I don’t dress like everyone else and I have a completely different thought process than everyone else. When you hear my music I want you to want to be like me. When you listen to my music I don’t want you to ever be able to say, “this sounds like ‘anything’ or anybody else.” I make music that I feel and music that I want to hear on the radio. I try to write a score for hip hoppers that got lost in the transition of this new wave of hip hop. We don’t have a lot of artists like Common, A Tribe Called Quest, Tupac, and Biggie here. So I try to write and produce music to that quality and standard.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?
SEPTEMBER 6TH: Throughout my career I’ve faced hardships from bad management, shady promoters, production theft from artists I’ve submitted and shopped beats with, fake A&R’s and promo teams trying to scam me out of money. All of that is discouraging but none of that really bothers me I just learn from my mistakes so I don’t make them twice. I work smarter, not harder, and I keep my circle small and filled with my closest friends so we can avoid the snakes.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
SEPTEMBER 6TH: I’m currently working on 3 new albums. I’m putting the finishing touches on No More Hip Hop x Sneakers x Vagina, which will be the final installment of the critically acclaimed trilogy. I’m also currently working on my new trilogy Autopilot and parts 1 and 2 are in production.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
SEPTEMBER 6TH: Career wise my goal is to become more relevant. I want people to be able to know my beats when they hear them the same way you can a Neptunes, Timbaland or 9th wonder beat. I want to expand past being known in my city and pour into every city of every state, province and country around the world. In 10 years I realistically see myself established in music. I see September 6th as a mainstream brand with corporate backing. I see my complete discography in stores. Lastly, I see myself staking my claim in the music industry as one of the dopest artists/producers to come out of Chicago.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
SEPTEMBER 6TH: Fans can find my previous albums and mixtapes on Datpiff.com by searching September 6th. Fans can access my singles by going to www.soundcloud.com/september6th. Stay up to date with all things September 6th by visiting my blog www.itsflyordie.com.
As far as social networks go, I’m easily accessible through Twitter, Facebook or Instagram
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