“ It’s like some people think this is just a hobby that people are good at and at a certain point you have to stop but this is MY LIFE and what I was BORN to do." -Joe Ness
In the music industry you have to have that niche that sets you apart from the rest of the competition, but at the same the same time that niche should give fans something that they can relate to. Brooklyn native, Joe Ness, makes sure that people hear his music. He presents a bars that are slick with stomach rumbling metaphors that music goers are able to remember. His music not only catches the ear of the new millennium generation, but it also strikes the interest of those in earlier generations. He can bring a deep song with a message, a club banger, a love jam for the ladies or something for those living the "street dream ."
Joe Ness, 25, has been rapping since the age of 12 and he is showing no signs of slowing down. In this exclusive interview, we will go behind the scenes of what he has planned for the future, as well as what some of his hobbies off the stage are.
Describe your style of music?
Slick punch line artist, cool laid style, with plenty different flows.
How long have you been in the industry?
For about 2 years now.
Who did you grow up to listening to? And how did they inspire you to go after your dreams?
Who would you like to work with?
Timbaland, 40, Justin Timberlake, Kat Daliah, Usher, Just Blaze.
What do you have in store for the rest of 2013?
I have quite a few things in store. My mixtape, Flight Class, is dropping on the 20th of September. I'm also working on a tour out in the U.K.
What have been some of your most memorable moments in the industry so far?
One of my most memorable moments would be the minute I saw myself on TV for the first time in the promo commercial for my single The Pilot available now on iTunes and all major online distributors.
What are you looking forward to in the next three to five years?
I expect to be touring for my fans, making the best of my career and just killing with success.
Being an unsigned and local artist do you feel that its harder to make a name for yourself as it is for artists that are signed to major labels?
Yes definitely! Its more difficult because the industry always has all eyes and attention, which allows major artist center of the stage, but unsigned artist don't have that "machine" behind them for it to just be all eyes on them, you have to work for that.
What would you say are the pros and cons of being in the industry? And what would you change?
Pro's are definitely that you get to live you're dream by being successful at what you've always wanted to do. You get to showcase your talent for the world and not just your school.
Con's are definitely learning how to manage both personal and business and still maintain sanity. Another con is the normal life you used to live with 100 percent privacy is over, but this all come with the territory so I wouldn't change a thing.
When you are not in the studio? What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy family, I enjoy going to the movies, maybe a little NBA 2k (laughs).
If you weren't in the entertainment industry, what would your career be and why?
Hmm, honestly from day one I've made what makes me happy, my only option and that's music. This is what I do. That's why I'm here.
How did you know your purpose was in entertainment? What is your advice to youth and young adults who are trying to find their purpose?
I didn't choose music or entertainment, it chose me. I grew up playing the drums, being on stage, and always had a microphone in my hand singing and annoying my parents. Searching for your purpose means believing in what you want. Don't follow goals for some one else. Do something because it makes you happy. Do something that helps you be you.
Are there any quotes or motto's that you live by or that inspire you?
" You're only as good as the effort you put in."
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