Describe the creative process behind writing music. Does all your music come from personal experiences? How important is it to convey emotion through music? Writing music is almost therapeutic in a way. Not only does it help you release any tension or any inner feeling that needs to get out. It also teaches you a lot about yourself. You can really find your true identity when you are writing a song. I become completely vulnerable and completely honest. If it feels right, I am going to say it. All of my lyrics come from real places and true thoughts. I simply think of what I have seen, learned, heard, and felt. All of my songs are like a journal. Some people cry, I choose to write music. Conveying emotion through music is the most important to me. Music isn’t even really music without emotion. It is amazing to me that through an audio recording, you can hear someone’s joy or feel their pain.
What is the Wallflower Cult? You are the first to ask this question. We all know what a cult is. Now let’s take the negative connotation off of the word and that is what we have here. It is a cult for good. Not even so much a cult, just a movement that I would like to start. It kind of started after seeing the movie ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’. You know, a standoffish person, who feels somewhat empty, but knows if they find that group of people who gives them a chance, they can blossom into what they are destined to be. Basically a group of people who are looking for a home and want to find their comfort zone. That is essentially what the Wallflower Cult is. Misunderstood people with the tools to change the world for the better.
Fashion has had a great influence in music and vice versa. How would you describe your style? Are you always evolving as an artist through your personal style? I think my personal style is evolving, the more comfortable I become with my music. It is all about finding who you are as an artist. Not even so much finding yourself. But more like no longer being afraid to be yourself. My style is kind of eccentric but not in a crazy way. I may put things together that might not seem conventional. Always comes out looking nice. To me at least. I would say my style matches my music in a lot of ways. Some dark undertones, some colourful expressions. Kind of whatever I am feeling. I can pull off a ton of looks. Just depends how I am feeling when I wake up.
What can we expect from you in the future? Any upcoming projects? You can expect an amazing project dropping soon called “Regal”. You can expect a lot of visuals to accompany the songs. You can expect to see me on a TV near you soon because I am just not going to stop. It’s 2014.
“A bunch of trend stealers, a bunch of imitation, a bunch of lies. I want to bring back that rugged feel. Let’s make it cool to say what we really feel. Let’s leave being politically correct to the politicians. In 2014, let’s make it cool to be normal. I promise it is okay to be a black music artist and not wear Jordans. Which is exactly what I am, a music artist. Not a rapper, not an emcee, not a hip-hop artist. I am a music artist. I have never been conventional. I never felt it was possible to be something i’m not. More than comfortable in my own skin. Am I a genius? Not sure I care. All I care about is having genuine lyrics, attention grabbing hooks, creating my own sound. The reason I make music is to address every feeling I have. So that, if someone feels the same way, they now can articulate those feelings. Any subject matter found in my music is there because I actually do that, I have actually seen that, I have actually felt that. It is not because I care about what anyone thinks may or may not be cool. There are a group of real artists in the world who had their culture stolen from them, I am one of them. I was born to attempt to change the world through music. I know every “artist” tries to say that, but what’s the difference between me and them? I plan on proving it. I ain’t trying to start a revolution. Only trying to make the art of music sacred again. “You know it’s real when you are who you think you are”. I just want to be a legend for the right reasons. My dad’s opinion doesn’t matter to me, please don’t think yours will. Regal is the story. #TrifeLife is the way. I am JproD (Jeopardy). You are real. I recognize it. Bless up.”
JproD – “We Here Now (So Much Smoke)”
JproD – “Trill Sh*t, I Really Mean That”
JproD – “A Million Feelings”
Photos/Music: http://www.jprodintheregal.com/ Interview: Kathleen Cerrer