Meet East London-born UK Open Mic performer, JMGrizz:
Hi JMGrizz, thanks for joining us! Let’s get into it:
Do you play solo only, or also in a group?
How old are you?
Where were you born?
Where did you grow up?
How did that place influence your music? (if at all!)
The place itself didnt influence my music but the people around me and the vibes.
Where are you based now, and why?
I live in Hertfordshire now as my parents were working hard to get us moved out of London and into a nice house instead of our apartment that wasn’t well maintained.
What got you into making music in the first place?
I started out as a Pianist doing cover songs and learning to play guitar but i found out I can write lyrics with meaning and perform songs that people will remember.
What instrument/s do you play?
Rapping, Piano, Guitar, Beat Making
Who would be in your top 10 musical influences, and why?
Slipknot, My Chemical Romance, Metallica, System of a Down, Rage Against the Machine, Ski Mask the Slump God, Dave, Denzel Curry, Tyler the Creator
Do you write your own songs?
How many years have you been writing songs for?
What process, or processes, do you often find yourself using when you write songs?
I find it easier to write songs when I’m feeling a strong emotion.
Why did you get into playing them in the first place?
I have only been to 1 open mic but do want to do more.
What advice would you give new performers who are just starting out playing their first open mics?
Have confidence and if you mess up keep things going
What’s the hardest thing, for you, about playing open mics?
Starting off songs, I definitely feel more anxious and shy when im starting, and that usually changes at the end.
If it’s not already, are you hoping to make music your full-time career?
What do you currently find the hardest and biggest obstacles to moving your music career forward?
Right now money is one of the main obstacles but I make it work, I am still in college and still perfecting my craft.
What’s the one truth about you that people often find surprising?
My family comes from the Caribbean
What’s the most exciting project you’re working on at the moment?
Working on my first Ep
Do you have music on streaming? What’s your main streaming channel to send people to?
Where is the main place should people go to find out more about you?
We’re done! Anything else you want to share before we go?