Jeyon breaks down his artistry and what's next to come..
We love to discover new music and are so happy we had a chance to interview this artist. We asked Jeyon a few short questions about his artistry and what to expect next. Here's what he had to say..
Every artist has a unique story. Can you tell us a little about yours?
"I started doing music because my dad was in a cover band. I would watch them play and there would be times where my dad would make mistakes. I watched them so much that I learned the notes and one time when my dad made a mistake I went over and played it for him. I grew to love music from watching my dad and I wanted to be like him. From there, I participated in music in school wherever I could from choir to playing a synthesizer in band. Right after I graduated high school I started having seizures and was taken to the hospital. The doctors found a non-cancerous tumor in my spine. They attempted to remove it, but could not remove it entirely. The doctors told me that I would not be able to walk again and I became depressed. Then, a mini keyboard that I had ordered while still in high school was delivered to me. I would play music on the keyboard and it made me feel happy again. Playing music during that time made me feel motivated and got me through my depression. It was that experience that made me decide to go to Musician's Institute in LA after I left the hospital. After college, I joined a group called 222. We were in the studio making music 24/7 until we could no longer pay the bills. I couldn't get a job due to being in a wheelchair and my disability checks stopped coming in for a period of time. After that, I began using my audio engineering skills to help local artists make their music. One client that came in loved my work and said that he wanted to invest in me and gave me $10,000. I have not seen him since, but the money he gave me and the appreciation for my craft that he showed me inspired me to go on and improve my studio to start working more professionally. I continued to help other artists with their music, but I began to miss making my own music so much that I started to fall out of love with making music. I stopped engineering other artist's music for a while so that I could focus on my own projects. That was when I made my EP 'Heavy Hearted'. Right now, I do help other artists with their projects, but I also make time for my own music. I want to continue on this journey of making music and see where the road takes me."..
Please tell us about your art. What do you do / make / create? How? Why? What’s the message or inspiration, what do you hope people take away from it? What should we know about your artwork?
"I am a producer, audio engineer, artist. I primarily produce R&B and hip-hop, but I don't like to limit myself by putting myself in a box, so I try to produce as many genres as I can such as reggaetón, house, pop, etc. I make music by sitting in front of my computer playing chord progressions until inspiration strikes and I make something. I hope that people that listen to my music feel inspired and feel like they can do anything that they want to as long as they put the work in. People told me that I would not be able to do anything because of my disability and that I would be stuck living off disability checks my whole life. But I pushed through it and kept making music because that is what I love to do and it makes me feel complete. I hope my passion comes through my music and ignites the passions of my listeners and encourages them to go for it and do what they love. The only one who can stop you from doing something is yourself."..
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
"I am on all music platforms such as Apple Music, Spotify, Soundcloud, YouTube, Tidal, etc. You can support me by following me on Instagram at @jeyonblessthebeat and on Twitter at @jeyonblesstheb1."..
What's your favorite venue to attend/perform and why?
"My favorite venue right now is The Presidential Suite LA. The last time I performed there they were so welcoming and accommodated all our needs to make our music and put on the best show possible. They also let us do our own sound which a lot of venues don't do."..
What's your favorite song/project you've been apart of?
"It's hard to pick a favorite song/project, but if I had to pick a favorite song that I have worked on it would be "Desires" featuring Santa Cruz on my EP 'Heavy Hearted'. Other favorites include "The Deep End" by Indigo. and the currently unreleased "Getting High with Friends" by Braun."..
Did anyone influence you to start doing music?
"My dad, my old man, my senior. Also my good friends Blake Alexander, Kimaurii, Alexander Monét, and Soundbysol."..
Who does what? Tell me about your team. Do you handle it all? Producer/Engineer/Writing etc.
"I absolutely do not do this alone. I have Braun, the Hebrew Hammer, who is a songwriter/producer/engineer. I also have Lotti Daaé, Big Body Lotti, who is an artist/ engineer and my personal trainer. Everything Kassi is a content creator/model/my right hand who keeps me locked in on what needs to be done. My boy Kashmovere is my protégé who makes me proud. He is a producer/songwriter/engineer. Jupiter, Big Jupe Jupe, is an engineer/songwriter/problem solver. If I need something to happen he is the one that gets it done. Indigo. is our star. She is a singer/songwriter/entertainer. Everyone on this team is so important. If even one person was not there I don't know how anything would get done. On God."..
What advice would you give up and coming independent artists?
"It's not about having money. It is about making connections, being genuine, and educating yourself on your skills and enhancing your skills. It's not about the numbers. At the end of the day it really is about the music and what you have to say. Anyone could bot numbers and get fake followers and fake streams to make themselves look nice. It's about how you make people feel with your craft."..
What differentiates you and your art from other artists/musicians?
"Some artists make music that sounds like it came out of a trend. My music is personal to me and my artists. Each song we make, each note, shares a part of ourselves with our listeners. We write the lyrics ourselves, come up with the beats ourselves, the chords, the art, everything comes straight from our hearts and is imbued with our passion and soul."..