J Mike

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Jared White, United States, 11/20/1986, my third grade teacher once had our class played a word game where she would write out a huge word and challenge us to spell out as many smaller words from the one word as we could. She was so impressed with me that she rewarded me with more candy than any other student. After that I took a great interest in writing, which eventually evolved into fiction stories and music lyrics.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.

My music career has been mainly a passion that I pursue when not working my 9 to 5. I’ve been making music since 2012 but became serious and started selling in 2015 when someone who liked some of my older tracks requested I make a song articulating the philosophies of Socrates for his YouTube channel. I made the song “Silcrates the Unconventional” just because I enjoy making music and when he asked how much he owed I said to just pay me what you want; $300 dollars later.

I began my attempt to rise as an independent artist. I then created the brand name Embrace Freedom and have been releasing tracks ever since. The struggles of life consume most of my time so most of my recent beats have been purchased from a producer.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

We at Embrace Freedom are open to all genres but our specialty is hip-hop/rap. “The Zen Life” music video was a solo passion project of mine and is really a culmination of my personal code and the philosophies I have developed over the last decade of my life. I love the ancient Japanese and Chinese cultures and was introduced to both as a kid. Japan through anime and China through the historical war games Kessen II and the Romance of the Three Kingdoms series. The story of Liu Bei, Guan Yu, and Zhang Fei was my first introduction to the concept of brotherhood outside of blood related family, which is something I share with Star_i who is a frequent collaborator on my music tracks. “The Zen Life” is a song where I lay out several of the struggles I have endured in life that have nearly driven me over the edge of sanity and why I have decided to incorporate elements of Zen and honor into my life.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

As a musician, I love all genres of music. The major up I had was what I mentioned previously; being paid $300 for a song I created from scratch when I didn’t really start the project with the intention of being paid much of anything so the $300 was as much of a surprise as it was an inspiration. The downs would be what I think every artist can relate to; rejection. It sucks putting real effort into your projects only to be turned down by the “elites” in the industry with cookie cutter reasons for why your music isn’t good enough when most indie artists know that they are turned down because their fanbase hasn’t cracked 100k and the major magazines and websites can’t get any large traffic off of you.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

The only other official member of Embrace Freedom is my brother from another mother Star_i who I met at my favorite dive bar at the pool table. I was flirting with a woman that I didn’t know was his girlfriend and somehow a friendship sparked from our conversation afterwards. He’s my fam for life, a chill, Rastafari gangsta rapper who elevates the quality of any track he is on. The music video was filmed with fixed shots mainly by me with my android phone because I do not have and can’t really afford any fancy video equipment. I worked with what I have, which is something that was instilled in me when I was in the army. The song was recorded in my apartment with my laptop and mic. I set my phone on a cardboard box to get a fixed shot of me laying down the vocals in order to add to the video. The beat itself was produced by Omari MC, a well-known producer who runs his own website omarimc.com. His beats are fire.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I’ve been making music since 2012 but became serious in 2015 when I got that $300 and really began thinking this could be a legitimate future for me. I’m not against gaining fame and fortune but my main goal is just to establish a large enough fanbase where I can make a comfortable living off of my music.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

My goal to turn this into my main career is what inspires me to press on. As far as for the writing, it’s all already in my head. While I do love mainstream rap and rock it mostly sounds the same to me. When I create a new track I feel that it is somewhat unique and get excited to see the reactions it receives.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I’ll let you know when I make one! Lol! Nah, I think the secret is to always write and perform what you believe because you can’t express anything stronger than what you believe in and people will gravitate towards that.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

Thanks for your support!

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Consistency is the key. When a small group of people tell you they like what they hear from you that small group will become large if they keep hearing from you.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

We have made one album with the same title as our label; Embrace Freedom. It’s up on Bandcamp and Soundcloud. We haven’t made too many waves in the industry yet. Mostly, because we don’t follow our own advice of consistency. Our struggles in life keep taking time away from us. We need to force life to give us time.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

Our single “I Bleed therefore I Am” has been featured on jamsphere.com. Another of our singles “Indiscriminate” as well as our album “Embrace Freedom” has been featured on indienationblog.com

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

My usual process is to just sit and think about things that have occurred in my life. I like to write stories so it’s easy to form a narrative in my head. It just comes natural. When I am creating my own beat I play it in my head and just let the words flow. When buying a beat from a producer it’s basically the same process except the beat already exists lol. Once I have the lyrics written down I practice until I can recite them the way I want from memory, then I record. I sit my mic on top of my T.V. and get to it lol. I’ve tried the professional studio thing but it is expensive and I don’t like time limits. You can’t rush creativity and I just like doing as much as I can on my own. It’s just part of who I am.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Born in 86 so I am a child of the 90s. T.I., Snoop, Eminem, Trick Daddy, Cash Money back when they were all together (Birdman & Mannie, B.G., Wayne, and Juvie). No one beats Mannie’s beats!

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

I’ve only collaborated with my two brothers Star_i and Vondutxh. Would love to do any type of collaboration with the artists I listed above. Even if it’s a one second face shot in a video lol.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

(Main)

https://www.embracefreedom.bandcamp.com

(Social)

https://www.youtube.com/equalonpaper

https://www.soundcloud.com/embracefreedom

https://www.facebook.com/embracefreedom16

https://www.twitter.com/embracefreedom1

https://instagram.com/embrace_freedom

https://www.reverbnation.com/embracefreedom

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

These tracks and others are available for purchase at reverbnation. All are available for purchase at embracefreedom.bandcamp.com

Three of our tracks are streaming on spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1jSifaiWT7zDGUxhB1HACT

The track “Silcrates the Unconventional” has been on sale on itunes here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/silcrates-the-unconventional-single/id1266973069?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

The track “Indiscriminate” is available on itunes here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/indiscriminate-single/id1189395772

The track “What Does it Mean to be Free” is available on itunes here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/what-does-it-mean-to-be-free-feat-star-i-single/id1268839742?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Honestly I haven’t had much happiness. I would say though it was probably when I visited my girlfriend (ex-girlfriend now) before I deployed to Iraq. Saddest day is a tough since there have been so many lol. I’d say it’s a tossed-up between the day I lost my girl, the second time I was evicted from my apartment, the day my car was totaled in a hit and run while my mom was in the passenger seat or…and this one probably wins, the day I found out my mom has diabetes.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

First thing is to make sure all of my mother’s medical bills are a non-issue. Second would be to get top-notch equipment for our music. Third would be to save the rest for bills.

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