Chad Meek's interview was conducted from Tennessee on 2/15/18.
CM: Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions today, I really appreciate it.
JBF: It's no problem! I'm still in college too so I still love getting curious questions from people like anyone else would.
CM: You grew up in Indiana, how does the music scene in Tennessee compare to here back home?
JBF: I think really it's just a lot more inviting and well established. You know, some of that is going to be from the success a lot of artists have had here up to the fact that Belmont is really geared to music too. I love the music scene back home too and I received a lot of local support but I had to be realistic and that meant just knowing that there would be more room to grow and probably more people interested in what I want to do down here.
CM: How do you currently try to grow your following?
JBF: Heavy social media presence is what helps keep me always sort of relevant I guess. I keep making these real connections and translating them to social media. People see how you work in person and then that makes them appreciate your work a lot more when they hear it next time. That's just what I think though.
CM: What do you like most about music production?
JBF: It's varied, you know between the absolute plethora of sounds and mixing patterns there's just so much to be done. I like hearing a sound in my head and figuring out how to replicate it as an instrumental. It's so satisfying when you finish something even if it evolves heavily from the time you first thought of it.
CM: That's a really cool way of thinking about it actually. What would be your advice to those trying to make their way into the music industry?
JBF: Don't be afraid. If you want to be successful in this industry you need to have some specific goals in mind and actually have to work towards them in a sensible manner. Don't expect overnight fame or stardom. Never stop networking and actually put effort into those relationships.
CM: How long have you been working with music production?
JBF: I've been working with music in general since elementary but it wasn't until high school that I actually began working with creating my own sounds and stuff. It's been a long process of mostly trial and error but I love it. The payoff is worth it to me. I simply love hearing the music I make.
CM: Before I wrap this up I want to ask you one more question. Do you think the overall state of the music industry is in good shape or not currently?
JBF: Tough question for sure because we all know how popular music is and how many people listen daily but the industry is also pretty much managed by three or four companies right now. It stifles creativity and the diversity of the music pool in my opinion.
CM: Ah so you believe we would see more varied artist types and musical sub-genres given the chance?
JBF: My point exactly. Soundcloud artists are a good example. On any given day there's a ton of artists with completely new sounds that fulfill the most obscure of sub-genres.
CM: Well thank you again for doing this for me. It was great catching up and getting the perspective of someone actually in the industry right now.
JBF: Anytime! As I said I'm always looking to expand and take interviews.