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Who’s Donte J?

Cordarius Donte Johnson lol naw I’m artist first and foremost in every sense but basically I’m a kid with a humble east texas beginning working his way threw not just the industry but also life



How you got started in the music scene?

I first realized I wanted to rap in high school when I used to participate in school ciphers & used to write rhymes in class sometimes instead of doing class work but I didn’t record my 1st song till after I graduated tho recording all my songs in my best friends mom’s living room on their PC using a mixcraft program & a $10 mic not to extravagant but its something ill never forget night in night out working on music ill always appreciate them for that



What are your music influences?

I mostly write bout personal stuff so my life is the biggest but musically I came up listening to a lot of music from hip hop, new jack swing, R&B, Rock & even country but artist that influenced me most are outkast, Red Hot Chili Peppers, kanye, Kid Cudi, Panic @ the Disco & so much more



What’s your method at the time of writing a song?

My writing is a bit unconventional cuz I don’t ever sit down w/ the intent of writing, my music usually comes to me in everyday moments but if I’m writing a song for another artist I just sit down & apply the subject they want to my own personal experiences & let the magic happen



So tell us more about your upcoming new album, Transistion. Can you give us some insight? Any official release date yet?

My next release will be an EP titled “The Transition” its basically gonna b a 8-9 track album split between songs off of my previous LP “The Sessions” & my next LP “No Evil” most importantly giving my fans good music & also show the growth & improvement to give them something to enjoy & look forward to till the full release. I’m lookin to release the “The Transition” EP in November 2012



What has been the funniest moment you have been or took part while touring?

I would have to say the funniest actually would also be the most embarrassing & motivating back in 09 I was performing in houston @ the jet lounge & started my set strong but by the 3rd song 2bars in I forgot the lyrics & kinda froze a lil lol I swear the longest 30 seconds of my life but I finished strong & it taught me we all mess up & to better prepare



Are there any more plans for the future we should be aware of?

Yes, my management team @ gorilla music & I are putting together a tour starting in january, my 1st Video “Front Page News” is out now on youtube w/ my follow up “Distortion” debuting late august



Where can we found more about your music?
U can can go to EPK & many other sites Sonicbids – sonicbids.com/dontej2

Facebook fanpage – www.facebook.com/neweraterror

Twitter – www.twitter.com/donte_J

Front Page News Video – http://m.youtube.com/watch?gl=US&hl=en&client=mv-google&v=mU1bh0P2GMo

Itunes – http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/donte-j/id296097720



Do you feel you are moving on the right direction?

Yes I do w/ every year & every project I improve & w/ age & life I gain the much needed experience to survive in this business - Vents Magazine


Live Radio Interview Of Donte J On Red Radio - Red Radio 101


Skope: How does it feel to be an A2W artist @ Skopemag.com?
It feels good. Its good when others acknowledge & appreciate your talents. Also its good when there’s alternate outlets to promote your music and artistry

Skope: Besides fortune & fame what draws you to music and being an artist?
Donte J: A couple of things but just the feel of creating something that’s yours & no one else’s & to give it to people to enjoy & vibe to. Also the feeling I get on stage when live its a freeing experience

Skope: What are you currently promoting the most via an album, tour, single etc?
Donte J: I’m still promoting my previous album “The Sessions” available on iTunes & more but mostly gearing up for my november EP release “The Transition” a EP featuring a few re mastered songs & new music as a sort of preview for my next LP coming in 2013. Also I’m getting involved with houston based clothing line Luxury Goods owned & operated by Cristian G. Also I’m promoting my music video’s “Front Page News” directed & edited by Andres Garcia staring Silvia Acevedo & its prequel “Distortion” directed & edited by Andres Garcia & Brenda Martinez & also Staring Silvia Acevedo both available for view on youtube

Skope: How much time per week do you devote to music and do you work/school as well?
Donte J: As much as possible I make a point to go over my own music @ least once daily just to better familiarize myself w/ who I am as a artist and what I could do to improve & also to better understand my songs to enhance live performances. But besides that I do work 2 jobs putting in bout 60hrs a week to pay the rent & life expenses & also to help support music ventures

Skope: Have you been able to earn money from music and if so how?
Donte J: Yes I have some earnings from my music albums sales & what not. I’ve also with the help of my management team Gorrila Music(Jason Roth) recently enacted my own merchandise starting w/ donte J ringer tee’s & I also plan to have donte J baller bands available to

Skope: What person has been the most encouraging & supportive of your music?
Donte J: I can’t say it has been just 1 person because at one point or another everyone in my life has made steps to help me out from friends & family I just would really like to thank them all

Skope: What is coming up for you & where you at online?
Donte J: The Transition EP in November I just came off of august shows in Little Rock(Downtown Music Hall) & Houston(Fitzgerald’s) & gearing up for gorrila music’s Dallas Music fest(Curtain Club) in October & getting out to other cities to perform like Austin, OKC, San Antonio, New Orleans, Atlanta, Miami honestly anywhere I can get on at I’m willing to give a good show. Also my management is setting up a tour for january “The Suave Tour” to find more updates & current news on my u can of course find me on sonicbids @ www.sonicbids.com/dontej2 or my fan page www.facebook.com/neweraterror - Skope Mag


Junior’s Cave online magazine presents an interview with Hip-Hop/R&B entertainer Donte J who reveals why he is passionate about making music for the masses. This is his amazing story that details his journey into the music scene with high hopes of allowing others to enjoy what he has to offer.

Isaac: Thank you for being a part of our weekly music interview spotlights. Let’s get started. The Indie Music Industry is an amazing beast. Many music critics have stated that Indie Music is on the rise with many new performers being discovered each day. Do you believe that indie music artists can rise to the same level of stardom as their major music studio counterparts?

Donte J: Is the industry at an even level fame wise...? I still say no. Media is still on the major releases’ side but it is as close as it has been since the entertainment boom of the 50's & 60's. Indie artists are at a much better economic level as far as money opportunities than they have been in the past 20 years.

Isaac: What do you feel thus far in your career has been your biggest contribution to the Indie Music Industry?

Donte J: Good well rounded music. I feel a big misconception of the indie scene is that we all make almost mainstream sounding songs which is untrue seeing as a lot of artists bend the music to sound like what's popular, major, or indie. I have done my best to stay true and give an original product but at the same time give the people something they are comfortable with and that they like.

Isaac: If you could go back and change anything about your own musical career, what would it be and why?

Donte J: That's a good question. I mean we've all released a verse, chorus or even song only to later realize that it was not ready or even that good. However, no matter how dumb or how many missed opportunities I've had and it has been a few these experiences have also shaped the artist that I am today. Furthermore, I like who I am & also who I am becoming. I think the fans will appreciate that also.

Isaac: Do you feel that the music industry as a whole is surrounded by an endless pool of undiscovered talent or overcrowded with mediocre performers.




Donte J: In any industry whether its entertainment, sports, or even the business community there will be areas with deep pools of talent and areas of shallow talent. I feel that whether an artist is exceptional or mediocre depends on one's work ethic which sadly some of us have and some of us don't. It all boils down to the talented and/or hard working artists' ability to excel or succeed or for the lazy and/or not so talented artists to fail and weed themselves out.

Isaac: Are you currently signed with any of the Indie Music Labels? If not, what are you looking for in any music label that you hope will complement your music?

Donte J: As of right now, I'm a self-released indie artist under the management of Jason Roth and Gorrila Music with no label. However, the type of label that I'm looking for is one that will provide me with some kind of musical freedom or flexibility. I'm not naive; I know that the label will have the final say-so which is only right because they invest the money. But to give you true input and let you do your thing so you can grow and find out who you really are as an artist is priceless and that's what I'm looking for in a label. I need a label that can give me freedom or flexibility plus a chance to use my talents to make a true & fair living for myself.

Isaac: What do you feel has been one of the biggest challenges for you to bring your music to the masses?

Donte J: It has been convincing everyone to give me a fair shake. I've found that it is easy for people to like or even love your music after hearing it. Unfortunately, it's getting those people to listen to you who are not the type of music heads feeling or constantly searching for new artists. Because while there are numerous affordable promotional tools out there it's still very expensive or incredibly hard to get song placements on TV/movies which is where new major artists really build their name & fans discover the songs they on average listen to.

Isaac: One of the best attributes for any performer to possess is tenacity. What is your professional and/or personal drive that has allowed you to continue to make great music over the years?

Donte J: Honestly, it's a couple of things: one being the drive to be number 1; you know the drive to win & as you know to be number 1 you have to win & that's something that drives me. Other factors such as my level of life; I've been from poor to working class to middle class to poor. Even at such a young age I've put in a lot of long hours just to live, survive and be able to provide for my family and a big motivator for me is to even further pursue their dreams.

Isaac: How has living in your current city affected the way you look at the music industry?

Donte J: Honestly, I can't say that it hasn't aff - Juniors Cave Magazine


“Urb.com Next top 1000 Reviewed by Amorn Bholsangngam Texan MC Donte J may only be turning 22 in 2009, but the Houston resident already rhymes like a seasoned veteran. Having started honing his craft in freestyle sessions during his junior year in high school, the rapper is now set to conquer the rap world beyond the hallways of his alma mater. His debut LP, The Prelude, is only a precursor to the greatness Donte J has the potential to achieve, the tip of a musical iceberg that could bring the game to its knees. “It’s Not Sex in the City,” with its clever, pseudo-romantic lyrics, chopped and screwed vocal effects, and winding violin samples, is a fine display of Donte J’s undeniable charm and charisma behind the mic.”

Amorn Bholsangngam - URB Magazine - URB


Hip Hop: Donte J, a new hip hop artist hailing from Houston, will be releasing his debut LP, The Prelude, in January 13. This new work presents a fresh look of hip hop, combining electronica with rhymes that are not self-indulgent as much of young hip hop often settles into. Donte J rhymes about romance and love, and not about his desire to be the best hip hop artist out there. It’s new and different and promises to offer audiences something more.

Words by Janie Franz - Skope Mag


Discography

Its Not Sex In The City - Single 2008
The Prelude 2009
The Sessions 2011
White Noise - Single 2013
Life In Paradise - EP 2013

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Indie Hip Hop Artist Out Of Houston, Tx Currently Under Gorilla Music Management Developing As A Artist. Donte J Has Released Multiple Albums World Wide (The Prelude, The Sessions). Donte J has been Recognized As A Great Up And Coming Artist In Numerous Media Outlits (Vents, Skope, URB, Juniors Cave & more). Donte Has Been Performing In Around Houston Getting Prepped To Set Up A Summer 2013 Tour & Release His EP "Life In Paradise"