With everything that’s currently going on in the world, music will always be the universal language of healing. If you’re reading this, and you’re searching for new music to listen to, then look no further.
Meet Jay Voss — a 17 year-old up and coming hip hop artist, based in Miami, Florida.
Voss currently has 7 songs uploaded on Spotify, and over 26,000 monthly listeners. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Voss about his latest release: “They Gonna Follow”.
For people who may just be hearing your name for the first time, why do you think they should listen to “They Gonna Follow”?
I feel like it gives listeners a good idea of who I really am, and it says pretty much everything about how I am feeling in my current situation of entering into the rap game..
I really love that the lyrics tell a story so personal to you. Can you tell us the backstory behind the creative process?
Ever since I started making music, I always wanted to create a song, describing what my emotions were. I started free styling break up lines, as finding my flow; not really taking it too seriously. My first song that I ever dropped was “Forget Her”. It started getting a lot of streams, and playing at a bunch of my highschool parties. I was shocked. Back in Sept. 2019, I had the chance to go work with some big producers in LA. 16 years old, and flying to LA for the first time ever had me feeling incredible. I linked up with one of my producers (Onassis) up in Paramount studios, and we were just vibing. He was cooking up some beats from scratch, while I laid down some ideas. I started to feel like I had accomplished so much, and proved so many people wrong. That’s when it was the right time to talk about it in a song, and from there I got it all down in about 30 minutes. The energy and the vibe were just insane that night, and I think that played a huge role. We made like 5 songs that night, and in making them, “They Gonna Follow” was one of those.
How involved were you in the post-production process of the song?
I was very involved. However, when it comes to the post production process of a song, it’s not a 1 man show. My manager, Luieville, is a picky maniac when it comes to quality… Hahah, but that a huge blessing for me, because I never knew my music could sound like that. After mixing the song and vocals, my manager brought in Chris Gehringer —known for his work with Drake, & Rhianna — to master our song. So, I absolutely love the quality that we are delivering to the fans… That’s super important to all of us.
We went back and fourth with our engineer, and I think we mixed the vocals about 5 or 6 times, before deciding on the final versions. After all of the feedback, we really feel like people are gonna appreciate how big the song vocal and .wav quality sounds.
What was the most challenging part about creating “They Gonna Follow”?
The most challenging part of creating “They Gonna Follow” was definitely the pressure that I put on myself. I felt like I had so many people depending on me, and I didn’t want to waste anyone’s time. Working with a producer who has been making music for rappers that I look up to, being in the world famous Paramount Studios, and having Swae Lee in the room next door to mine was crazy! It was my first time ever doing something like this, which probably explains why I felt like that. Anyways, I was able to turn that into positive energy, and not only meet my expectations, but I also think I went above and beyond them. Oh, and the jet lag, coming from Miami and being in Los Angeles for the first time was weird. I never expected that, or knew it existed.
Are there any upcoming projects in the works? If so, what we can expect to see from you in the near future?
Yeah. Definitely a lot of new music to look forward to from me this year. We’re sitting on about 28 incredible songs, where I collaborated with some of the world’s biggest producers. Omg, 3 of those songs that I’m dying for the world to hear were collaborations with Jovan Dawkins and Shampoo Press & Curl — Bruno Mars production team. They blessed me with bangers, that I think could be chart-topping singles. Also, on the production, I have Ricky Luna from Las Vegas. Luna produced major movie placements, and we worked on a song for the Fast n Furious franchise, that I’m also super excited about. I love the studio. I really be spending more time at the studio, then in my own house. Making new music is definitely not a problem for me. I work pretty quickly and consistently. So, like I said before, a lot of new music will be dropping.
What advice would you give to young, aspiring artists, trying to make it in the hip hop industry?
To the young, I mean I’m only 16, and just coming into the game… But, from what Ive learned so far, I would say…
Number One: Always be yourself. Don’t care about what anyone else thinks about you, and don’t let anyone bring you down. It’s always important that you are happy with yourself, before anything else.
Two: Surround yourself with a great team… My manger and I have a great business structure, but also a great friendship. He’s been in the industry for years, and is known for working with major celebrities. Yet, while he has the plugs and connections, he always gives me the truth about learning to be patient, and that timing is key.
Three: I would say make use of your time… When I hit the studio, I usually leave with like 4 or 5 songs, because I never know when I’m gonna be in the same room again with those major producers. So, I definitely take full advantage of that moment.
You can keep up with Jay’s future projects by following him on Instagram (@jayyvoss), and by following his music on Spotify.