I was very self conscience, but I knew I couldnt quit.” -JSTNE

Who is JSTNE? 

I am a Brooklyn based artist who loves the arts. I love learning. I love learning about history, science, and everything. Im a huge nerd/geek. I love Video Games and I love Comics. I love going to the museums and I love going to the movie theaters, shows, everything. I just love experiencing life. I also very much love God.

Where are you from? 

I am from East New York, Brooklyn and of Puerto Rican descent.

Do you think your upbringing has contributed to your style as an artist?

Very much so! I grew up mostly around hip hop, pop, and Afro Latin music, and also freestyle. All of that is currently in my music a lot of which will be released throughout the year. Music got me through a lot of my life challenges as both a singer and dancer.

Describe the biggest obstacle youve had to overcome as an artist?

No one either taking me serious or being overlooked by people. When I started performing I wasnt the best singer I was a much better dancer and so I got overlooked when cast for things and also I had trouble with singing because my voice was doing a lot of things I didnt know how to control. I was lucky to have friend in productions that would sing my way so I could hear pitch because I couldnt at the beginning of my performing career since I hadnt payed attention to that part of music in awhile. I was very self conscience, but I knew I couldnt quit. I kept having dreams of singing with all these famous artist and that fueled me and I felt like God was telling me to keep pushing so I did. I had God and supportive friends.

How have you developed your career?

Through working, studying and networking. Also being persistent. I’m constantly freaking out and that’s how I know I have to do it. I may fall flat but you never know till you just do it.

How do you navigate the music industry?

A day at a time learning every step of the way and reminding myself that if I stick to the art and make good work then everything else will become better to deal with.

Whats a typical day like for you artistically? What inspires you musically?

A typical day is getting up and listening to music. Im always trying to discover something new, if not Im studying. I work a lot with sheet music and so Ill try writing lead sheets on my phone and work from there. Im always watching favorite performances and analyzing the set and just production value. Im always thinking of new ways to engage with my audience and just overall trying to be better at my craft. Im also setting up meetings with my team, coming up with concepts, and everything that I can imagine at the moment. Also hearing what everyone on my team would love to do.

When do your ideas come to you?

Depends. Sometimes Im in bed. Sometimes Im on the train or I have a beat that I created and Im just determined to finish it or my team is like this is a good idea you should write to it. So I would say to keep it simple either motivation or self motivation.

What is your favorite song you have written and why? 

Lost In Your Arms is my favorite song Ive written. It was very much inspired by my partner and how he makes me feel. It hasnt been released just yet but its on its way to being released on February 8th 2019.

Whats your favorite piece of music and why?

This is actually really hard to answer because I went to school for music and grew up around different pieces of work I will say though One moment in time by Whitney Houston was a big song in my life. It was the song that I would pray with because while I had grown up singing I lost that talent after puberty and it wasnt till years later that I nurtured that talent and praying I get that moment that I could be proud of where I started and where Ive come.

Who are your biggest musical influences?

Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Alejandro Fernandez, Juan Gabriel, Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson.

Which artist would you love to collaborate with and why?

Beyonce because I love her work ethic and shes all around badass. Also I love a good production and shes always giving it. Rihanna because I love her and shes just fun. Adele because there are some songs Ive written that I just could see her on. Mariah Carey because I love her pen and legacy. Frank Ocean because I love his ideas and I feel like it would push me as an artist. Pharrell Williams because I love everything he has ever touched. Celine Dion because shes a legend and why not. Jessie Reyez because I relate to her music, her stories and I love her personality. Lizzo because I love her to death and I think it would be a big kiki. The list goes on Im keeping this short.

Where can we expect to see you in 5 years? 

At the Grammys.

Whats your idea of success as an artist? When will you feel like youve made it?

Even though Im just starting Ive sang and Carnegie Hall a couple of times and other great venues and just being able to release my own music makes me feel like Ive already made it. Everything else is extra and Im super grateful. I think the next thing would be having an arena of fans singing back my own music and rather than giving them a full performance I can just sit and have a moment with them and just sing back. Thats a big dream and Ill probably cry during that moment. Also when I can properly tweet back at an artist I admire tweeting my work. I have never been a twitter person and I just made a twitter and it’s foreign grounds at the moment.

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