We had the good fortune of connecting with Jaron Adams (A.K.A) Imikuris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jaron, how do you think about risk?
Risk is one of the biggest parts of my life. Even before I started music, I made a huge leap moving to LA to become an actor. No success was guaranteed. No job was secured. it was just me, and a dream of doing something bigger with my life. I think I’ve always known that I would be happier struggling my whole life trying to get to where I want to be, then be miserable my whole life barely holding down a job. I have this same mindset moving forward into music, and to be honest, I think the risk is what makes it all worth it.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My music means everything to me right now. I’ve had so much pent up for so long and now that I have an outlet where I can express myself, I just want to get everything out there while I still can. Life’s short and I already feel like I started music a little too late, so I’m working every day to make it better and take the steps I need to get where I want to be. I love to experiment and try new things all the time but I’d say a lot of my music would fall somewhere near the melodic hip-hop genre. My lyrics are mainly about experiences I’ve had, like heartbreak, drug addiction, friends passing, or issues I’ve struggled with over the years. But recently I’ve been trying to move forward and put a more positive note on my music. Blending together melancholy, but melodic guitars, each song is sure to either tug at your heartstrings, or make you want to get up and jump. I just dropped my first music video called “Go Faster” and you can go check it out on YouTube! Getting to where I am today has not been easy, and I never really thought I would be doing music. To be honest, It kind of just happened. But I’ve always had something to prove to the world and that has never changed. In the beginning, I didn’t have a lot of friends in the music industry, so I learned how to engineer my vocals on my own. It took me a long time but I’m finally happy with how my stuff is coming out so it was worth it. I’m getting to a much better place in my life than where I was 5 years ago, so right now I’m just glad I’m alive and doing what I want to do. I want people to know they’re not alone when they’re listening to my music, the same way I feel when I put on my headphones and listen to my favorite song.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Some of my favorite spots in the city that I like to take friends from out of town are Adults Only, It’s a super dope bar in Hollywood. Daves Hot Chicken, Best hot chicken! Hands down! Probably a cool view overlooking LA. The beach of course, maybe somewhere by malibu. There are tons of fun skateparks and skate spots here to hit up as well. We’d for sure hit the studio a bunch. these days aren’t too exciting for me here in LA. During covid I’m mostly trying to stay inside and work on music.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people that I want to thank that have changed my life for the better and pushed me to get where I am today. First, thank you to anyone who has ever supported me. Second, I want to thank my parents, they have never stopped supporting me, no matter what I’m doing. Love you guys <3 Third is all my friends that have held me down and kept me sane over the years. I really don’t know if I’d still be here if it wasn’t for them. Thank you, seriously. But specifically in the music world, I want to thank, Rudy Lei, Caughtmedead, Bobbywxxds, Prod.Carlos, and T-Lost. They have played a huge role in helping me get my music to where it is today and are some of the greatest and nicest people I know, definitely go check them all out. Also, shoutout to the whole NextUp community, They’re an awesome platform for underground artists to get their music heard!
Other: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpQrXxcOf-s https://soundcloud.com/imikuris https://open.spotify.com/artist/2CVsq2d0gHLZqS87BTCe5T?si=3iWz5vGHSYe4CjXPN8Cttw https://music.apple.com/us/artist/imikuris/1495348168
Ernie C. Pulido