Joon Jukx

 

Tell us about yourself.

Greetings Broadtube, My name is Raynell Tariq Campbell, I am originally from Bronx NY, but I currently live in Virginia. Started making music around 14 years old, and had a lot of doors slammed in my face. Because of this I started doing everything myself (producing, to recording, mixing, promoting, managing and etc). I locked up and landed several small time internship jobs around the city in local studios and began to slowly learn how to properly record and mix music. These tools are a large part of what has helped mold my sound and keep me financially stable while growing brand over years that followed.

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Tell us about yourself as an artist.

I’ve always considered myself as a bit of an old soul. I have always been a huge fan of the hip hop genre but my mom always played neo soul in my house growing up. Artists such as Floetry, Musiq Soul Child and Jill Scott play a large influential part in what I look to first in production. I went through a phase earlier in my music career where I was repeatedly told by respected musical names that I needed vocal lessees, that my voice was weird, and maybe I should consider being a ghost writer. These critiques hurt to hear but ultimately helped me to grow, accept my voice and learn to make it my own. Now it’s one of the main first things people would point and say they like about my music.

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Tell us the reason you decided to go into music.

Honestly there is no dramatic story about the origins of my dive into music; it’s actually been so long I can’t really remember not making music. Music came to me when I was just a kid drawing pictures and watching all my friends playing sports and becoming popular. I was always the shorter guy who didn’t say much and got good grades, It was until my 8th grade year that I started dabbling into freestyling acapella and people began to say “whoa that was actually pretty dope”. By the time I was in tenth grade I had full length record songs and my Myspace account was full of thousands of followers who played them.

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Tell us about the story behind your song.

The story behind “In Her Shoes” is fairly simple. My lovely wife and I haven’t always had the greatest days, and some of the things she would complain about would be reoccurring and sound like broken records to me. Staying out late with friends, being made to feel like a “maid”, being flirty online; so I thought one day let me try making a song that would put me directly into her shoes in hopes of maybe finding some clarity and understanding. By the middle of the second verse I found myself sounding exactly like her, complaining about things that myself or friends of mine have done. I found this song to be very powerful and I use it as an anchor when I find myself slipping into any bad habits.

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song.

The recording of the song took place in my humble home studio, recorded and mixed by myself. I actually recorded this song about a year ago but never found a time I deemed as OK to release it.

The production was done by my good friend Adam Berditch. He is a UK based producer that goes by ADMB, check him out. He sent it over to me via email and basically had no plans on really doing much with it, as soon as I heard it I felt magic. I had a relaxed Jay-z -ish feel to it, so that was more or less the approach I took. No harmonies, no singing, just very calm conversational lyrics.

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Tell us the artists you will like to collaborate with in the future.

Many of the dopest artists I personally know I collaborated with on my album (Little Scars, released 11/24/17), but if we are talking on a larger scale I’d love to do a song with SZA, J Cole,  Tory Lanez, Joyner Lucas.

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Tell us the names of blogs, radio or TV stations that have supported you so far.

Underground Music Industry, Jazz Hop Cafe, Lush Selects, Blvnt Records, Lone Wulf Records, 24/7 Hip Hop News, boi-1da.net.

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Tell us the kind of work you like to do apart from music.

Aside from music I’m a big family man, I love to just spend time with two children video gaming, traveling and just making every day a memory. I don’t draw as much as I used to but now and then you may catch me doodling something on a napkin and tossing it away LMAO.

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State the links to your social networks and stores for the purchase of your music.

I have tons of songs available for stream and free download on Soundcloud, Spotify and YouTube, and for sale on apple music and iTunes. I just recently started putting songs on bandcamp.com for sale as well, that may be a main focus for my future works going forward.

https://joonjukx.bandcamp.com/album/little-scars

https://soundcloud.com/joonjukx/sets/little-scars

https://open.spotify.com/album/2S2oL2blsTMkO0il1SqHSY

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/joon-jukx/582861566

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Tell us more about your music career and experience so far.

I’ve had a few close calls with stardom but no major collaboration or breaks yet, at this point in my life I’m making the best music I’ve ever made and I think that’s because I stopped chasing fame. I still perform, record and produce but if the big break never came I’m completely content.

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Tell us your favourite artists and the reason for choosing them.

It’s hard for me to say who my favorite artist is because I’m not a fan of people I’m a fan of the persons’ work, I can be a fan of one particular album and not be a fan of anything else they make. So let me say this I loved these albums:

Drake – Take Care

Drake – So Far Gone (mixtape)

Kanye West – Graduation

Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

The Game – Documentary

Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D City

Wiz Khalifa – Kush and Orange Juice (mixtape)

J Cole – Friday Night Lights (mixtape)

SZA – CTRL

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Tell us your definition of a hit song.

My definition of a hit song is when people can’t go a single day or two without hearing a single song somewhere for over the course 3- 5 months.

I personally don’t aim to make songs that I would consider hits most of the time, I rather aim to make songs I feel will stand the test of time. Nothing like firing up a song from 5 years ago and saying “wow this is still great”.

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Tell us your happiest moment in your music career.

Right now might just be the happiest time, I’m only just now seeing a bit of notoriety and exposure on a decent scale for my work. I’ve been at this for almost two decades so it feels good to finally have the ear of the people.

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Tell us about the genre of your music.

I’m not the hugest fan of labeling things, some days I’m not even sure what the hell I’m doing but on most days I would say I make nostalgic 90’s hip hop with a splash of neo soul.

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Tell us the names of music producers you will prefer for music production and state your reasons.

ADMB, Killa Vic, Fevra, Boonie Mayfield, Retro1, The Chemist,  Nate Nicco (Nicco Productions) and haven’t worked with her yet but hopefully I can get a song with Seneca B.

I chose most of these artists because they naturally make “beats” that cater to my vocal tone and lyrical delivery. I was always told if it isn’t broken don’t fix it, so when I get with a production team that works I general come back for more work.

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Tell us the secret behind success in life.

Never give up on a dream, all it takes is a second to make the impossible possible.

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Tell us your view on signing to a major label and “Doing It Yourself”.

I’m not against signing a deal, but at this stage in life I cannot trust anyone else with my future. I wouldn’t be opposed to working out a partnership of some kind, but the details would have to be mutually beneficial, I’ve heard too many horror stories to allow myself to become a victim.

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Tell us the challenges you are facing as a musician.

There is and probably always be an inner indecisiveness about whether I should make music I feel comfortable with or should I try to make music I feel will make me a star.  In today’s market going viral is the best way to get a label to notice you and to go viral nowadays generally means a musician has to perform stunts or pranks online to get noticed. I’m not up for any of that, I’m just a normal guy who loves to make music.

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Give a piece of advice to your fans.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you who you are or who you are supposed to be. Be that person that you are when no one is looking, be that inner child that used to not care about anything except cartoons and ice cream. And trust me, you will look in the mirror and feel so much better about yourself.

That’s for me everyone; check me out on twitter @JoonJukx.

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