Pronto Valid a.k.a Haris Jaganjac is a rapper, producer and studio engineer from the city of Chicago, Illinois. He is currently part of a hot new group called “The Slanghouse” and just released his debut EP, “PARADOX”
Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
I was born in the city of Chicago, IL. My parents came there as war refugees from the genocide that was happening in Bosnia during the 90's. We moved around other cities in Illinois when I was younger alot, but around the time I turned 10 we settled down and that's when I started making music. I started off by just writing dumb little rhymes that didn't even flow right. I remember just wanting to become better and better at being a lyricst. Around the time I was a freshmen in highschool I bought a whole bunch of studio equipment that I had no idea how to work and started putting out tracks. Naturally, they were sh*t, but after a few years of working with my program I finally mastered it and started putting together professional quality tracks. I decided to get into producing and figured out that I was pretty good at it so I produced my EP, PARADOX and recorded it at Fort Knox Studios in Chicago, IL.
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?
Just keep meeting people and making new connections. It's all about the people you know
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
Yes definitely. Whenever I make a mistake I just keep pushing through it. You have to act like it didn't happen, otherwise if you focus your attention on it, so will your audience. I learned that the hard way.
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
Yes, I'm currently touring through the United States although most of my shows are centered around Chicago, IL. However, I do have a show coming up in July overseas in Bosnia.
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
I'm currently still using the same system I started out with years ago but I don't do much on there besides reference tracks.
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
Face to face promotion is honestly one of the best ways. It sucks initially but it gets the ball rolling. Word of mouth is HUGE for promoting and marketing yourself as an artist or a musician.
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
It would have to be with Pac in Los Angeles.
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
I'm currently producing an album that i'm calling, "Beach Music." There's going to be alot of new features from diffrent artists people aren't used to hearing me paired up with and it's going to be a huge experiment initially, but if it all pans out the way I envision it, it's gonna be huge.
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
I would either be a Physicist or a Restaurant Owner.
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
Keep your eyes peeled for new visuals from the PARADOX EP and stay tuned to hear the newest tracks from Beach Music when they're ready!
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
Shoutout my boys LAN$KY, Zach Balance & LilSu