JJ DOZE – „Who Am I“ + Exclusive Interview

1. Hello, thank you for your time, please introduce yourself in a few words!

Thank you for having me here. I’m just a person who named himself JJ Doze & I like to write about my life, my feelings, & etc… With that, I take a step further by creating content where I artistically express myself. I find it helpful because I get to learn more about myself.

2. Please give us an update about – new single, new album, tour dates, new videos?!

I am planning on releasing another single not too long from now, but I like to make sure everything satisfies me.

3. Name 5 things we all should know about you as an artist?!

I have gotten 40k+ streams on a song of mine called ‚Once Upon A Time‘ where I have started gaining a little exposure.

– At first when I started doing music, I was just thinking about the fun & how cool it looked. Over time as I put in more effort in music, the fun moments are the last thing that’s on my mind since I get extremely focused on perfecting my craft. But, when you’re working seriously on something, & the fun/joy comes within it, that’s when you know you love what you’re doing. That’s when I’ve come to a realization that music is something I am passionate about.

– I was heavily influenced in NF where there was a period of time of me just listening to him & no one else. & Because of that reason, I got so used to his sounds where my songs would sound like his a bit, but in a terrible way because my delivery was just plain awful. There was a point where I would take his face paint idea & use it for a couple of my videos. At the time I thought it was dope looking, but now I think it just makes me look corny. So, as I progressed to listen to other artists, it changed my perspective on how I should create my songs/videos to be more ME, you know? I can’t make it as an artist if I’m a knockoff.

– When I first started writing music, that was the time where I would enjoy club bangers, I would try to make caribbean type of songs, but it was God awful. I saw this one artist doing Caribbean music, & it looked dope on him. On me…. it’s just not my image whatsoever, lol. During the moment I was having fun, but whenever I do get a chance to look at my older songs I used to write, it just makes me laugh & cringe a bit on how much I tried to be someone else I’m not. It’s all part of the learning process though.

– I sometimes look up the dictionary on what certain words mean so I can improve on my vocabulary for my writing.

4. What fashion style or brand would best describe your music?

I’m not sure. I can’t even decide my own fashion style, I just wear whatever I like. I tend to not overthink about it.

5. Tell us more about your songs! Topics! Message!?

I like to create relatable songs. Songs to not only enjoy, but to also have you be left with thinking deeply, especially if you can relate to the topic.

6. Beside music, do you have any special talents?

I used to do professional wrestling before I started doing music. It was a dream of mine to become a WWE wrestler. Could sound cheesy depending who you are. To me, it was fun while it lasted.

7. Being on stage feels like….!

I haven’t been on stage yet. I’ve been trying before when it used to be part of my interests, but wasn’t successful at finding one. As of right now, I’m just focused on other things

8. How did you learn to sing/ to write/ to play??

Writing was self-taught. Like I said, I was awful in my writing before, but I kept putting in my time & effort to improve. I feel like I’m still improving right now. What helped me become a better writer was not being afraid to be vulnerable. Once I learned that, I decided to have myself open up in the most creative way possible.

9. A question you’d like to answer, but never been asked in an interview before?! + Answer pls

Do you set high expectations for yourself as a music artist?

I like this question because this is where I can allow myself to be personal & get sort of deep. Not too long ago, I used to set high expectations. I used to gas myself up each time a song of mine was about to be released. The moment comes… the song releases. I’m extremely excited to see the feedback I expected to see. Instead, I get crickets. Ok, I wait a little more to see if anything changes…. nope. So what’s next?… is what I ask myself. I then reply to myself to say ‚I don’t know. Maybe they will never care‘. I was hurt because of all the time I put into this song/project just to see it go nowhere. I expected it to do good because I wanted it to do good. I was strictly focused on the positive side & I ignored the negative side. For each song, I do something differently to increase the chances of meeting my expectations, so what I had thought. But now, I don’t expect much. I obviously still put in the work to increase its chances, but I no longer try to set high expectations. I be realistic with myself instead. Some people may call it being pessimistic, but I see it as being real with myself. Some other times I decide to just focus on the negatives, so if I was to receive anything better than the negatives, I’d see it doing well. It’s a love-hate relationship. Notice in the previous sentences, I say ‚I no longer TRY to set high expectations‘, but it can be difficult since it is my own product & I want it to succeed. But I try to train my mind to not immediately set high expectations. I would rather be ready for both sides (positive & negative) because I would know how to deal with the situation, instead of receiving what I didn’t bother to be ready for so I wouldn’t be too affected by it.

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