Born in the Bronx but raised in Atlanta; Juan Rogelio has the best of both worlds – the rhyme skills inspired by New York greats like Nas, Jay-Z and Big Pun combined with the production values of Atlanta legends like T.I. and Ludacris.
1) What inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
The world of hip hop was like a big globe and I was but a mere dot spectacle I was amazed by the transformation that an artist could transmit with mere lyrics, how with a single song all the senses could be awaken. I was fascinated with the fact of one day being great if I used my voice told my story I could get a fair shot at the crown in the game. The name always lives on and a lecagy can stand the test of time I started good and then I became great.
2) Talk to me about the making of your latest project. What was the inspiration behind it?
The latest inspiration behind the concept was paying homage to the world of hip hop tackling past classic records with a mix of current classic records bringing that raw uncut flow. And at the same time standing cause mere flow arrangements on the songs all tapped into a different realm. Me putting my flow up against anyone that you call great. The x files sometimes you have to spin a classic concept of a mixtape and reinvent it.
3) What was the process behind making the project?
The process was real organic it started off with a song or 2 then these mere songs developed into a cinema that’s plays out like a movie capturing a tale of kid finding his way in the game to finding love to witnessing pain to witnessing success.
4) What are your thoughts on the hip-hop industry at the moment?
I like the current climate of the game it’s a good balance hip hop is alive and strong.
5) Do you enjoy grinding it out independently or would you prefer to be signed to a major label?
In enjoy the grind being your own boss, making your way it’s a longer route but the harder you push the gas on the hwy the more options you’ll have in the board room with the majors . Believe in god and he will reward you for the hard work.
6) What do you think goes into building a loyal fanbase?
What goes into building a loyal fan base is connecting with the people as a person as well as artist when they fall in love with both you become authentic.
7) What sort of online promo and marketing are you doing to reach your fanbase?
My approach make someone a fan a day with a rhyme with a cd with a social media follow leading with a feature on a song building strong roots.
8) As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
You brand yourself by listening to you gut following your heart staying original and staying you.
9) How do you currently make a living as an independent hip-hop artist? What sort of income streams do you have?
I’m just a humble kid working a full time job burning the midnight candles for my dreams.