Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
I grew up in Australia (NSW), I decided to become a artist the day I heard my first rap song, Ice Ice Baby; my dad played it and I thought it was the song Under Pressure, it wasn't until the beat changed and Ice came in, I was shocked but yet amazed at the same time, I was about 5 or 6 at the time and I had never listened to a rap song, I loved it. Home was kinda "rough" to be honest, mum and dad fought heaps and at the age of 10 they broke up, now you don't usually hear someone say "yay, mum and dad broke up", this was a differnt story for me, once they split up they started to get along which was good, my dads partner (she still is) put on the song Shake That Ass by Eminem, in a 10 year old's mind this is the best shit you have ever heard, once I found out who the artist was I looked him up, of course I looked up M&M (yes like the candy), he was the only rap artist I was listening to, after a week or so I found more artists, Tupac, Biggie, Wu Tang, Jay-Z etc... When I was 11 that is when I decided I wanted to start writing raps, I will be honest they had to be the worst lyrics I have ever seen, my stage name at the time was "Freestyler" (sorry Bomfunk) when I was 12 I got the name "Big J", it was from a battle I was in, I still remember the spit: "faggot better get out the way or he going to feel the wrath of Big J, go cray with the pen, I'm spitting just like a Mac 10" (sorry if that offend anyone). That was my first rap battle and I won it, that was when I was in year 7 (first year of highschool), people kept asking if I am going to make music and I kept telling them that I was, the thing was they lyrics had heaps of violence and I felt like I didn't feel like it was needed. 2016 came around and I formed a rap group called "Bolton Street Crew", we had a whole album planned a few singles but then everything wen't down hill and we split up, I went on to make my first single "Real Life", I kept making songs and dropped a mini album this year in October, and that is my story, nothing is going to stop me from making my music.
Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
My personal opinion would be make a Soundcloud, a YouTube Channel or anything you can post music on, make sure you are posting your links to your music on social media, in YouTube comments, tell friends even family if you want, keep trying and you might be on the top of the charts.
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
I have only done 2 performances in my life and I did not make one mistake, if I ever made a mistake I would keep going or even try to do a quick "freestyle" (change the lyrics up in the verse you messed up), just make sure you keep going and everything will go smooth
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
No, it is a dream to tour though.
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
Right now I am working with some Sol Republic headphones and a cheap studio microphone I got off eBay, I am saving up to get a good studio, just gotta keep working and I will get it.
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
Posting on my twitter (@therealbigj2001), telling friends, and just showing people I feel would like to hear.
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
Definitely Biggie, he was a big inspiration. The performance would be in Brooklyn.
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
I got some stuff planned out don't wanna say a lot, it will be good though I can tell you that, 17 songs...
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
Shit, for real, I would most likely be a sad teenager complaining about life and saying how I hate everything and everyone.
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
I am hoping to get a gig at a club in Melbourne and hopefully I will make enough money to get the new studio.
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
Yeah for sure, shout out to the homie drippy https://soundcloud.com/facetats my school teacher who supported my music my step sister and my friends.