What I Learned at Bandcamp: Jay Bee
Toronto, Canada‘s Jay Bee makes hip-hop beats featuring MCs around the globe. On March 30, he released his first major solo album, Highly Focused. The 11-track LP features Phoenix-based artist Mega Ran on single “The Desert” and was produced, mixed and mastered all by Jay Bee.
Highly Focused is available for name-your-price download on Bandcamp.
Below, read The Spec‘s interview with Jay Bee and listen to tracks from the album…
Tell us a little about yourself…
I’m from Toronto, Canada and 28…I was raised on ’90’s hip hop and ’60s/’70s music.
How long have you been making music?
I’ve been making music for the past six years.
Who/what are your influences?
My influences include my family, and the musicians I want to work with…such as Little Dragon.
What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
“Fucking Weirdo” is my favourite song that I’ve released. It’s a beat I made that I fell in love with. What AdeKwit did with it was truly special. My favourite track off Rapthematics: The Hip Hoppers Guide.
If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
If I could no longer be a musician I would be an audio engineer.
What musicians or bands do you look up to?
I look up to KRS One, Flatbush Zombies, Jamla, Little Dragon, The Grateful Dead and many more.
Why do you make music?
I make music because I LOVE IT…I make it for myself but also for people. It’s amazing knowing your music has affected someone.