We had the good fortune of connecting with Jay Cue and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jay, what do you attribute your success to?
I believe the most important factor behind my success is time management and jumping on opportunities as soon as they present themselves. The music game moves fast, and there are plenty times where something will come up that could boost your career but you have to act on it when it does.
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.
I’d like to think I’m a boundless artist, and by that I mean I can experiment with different lanes of music and that’s what sets me apart. I have R&B projects, Funk-esque projects, classic Hip-Hop to more current sounding “Trap.” My song “Fuck Racists” was inspired by Punk music. I just make whatever I feel like at the time, but I like to think that it’s quality every time. Like I stated earlier in my shoutout, I got to where I am today because of the collective ‘Nobody Really Knows’ (NRK). I met them in high school back when NRK stood for something else (I actually came up with the name Nobody Really Knows shortly after I joined). They got me into making beats, helped me record my first project, got me into skateboarding and really just changed my life. I’m sure I wouldn’t even have the opportunity to do this interview without them. Nothing about this road is easy, but overcoming challenges isn’t as challenging when you’ve got a solid team behind you. A lesson I’ve learned along the way is patience. Nothing comes overnight, even to those who you think got it overnight. There’s always a long and grueling journey to the top but the beauty is in the journey. One thing I want the world to know about me and my story is that I will forever evolve & I’ll probably never make just one type of music because I love so many sides of it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Though I’m not from Los Angeles, I’ve lived here for awhile now so I could definitely show a friend some of my favorite spots. I love Sage Vegan Bistro in Echo Park, Umami Burger, Real Food Daily (the one in Pasadena’s my fav), & this small spot called Jewel. I can’t give out all my spots though haha. I live pretty close to Griffith Park so hiking up to The Observatory is one of my favorite things to do. I ain’t putting all my kick it spots on here though haha, if you know me and my circle you know where we be. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to shoutout all of my NRK family, without them I don’t know how this music thing would have played out. Those are my brothers forever. I wanna shoutout Daddy Kev for signing me and my friends to his Alpha Pup Records digital label and sub-label “The Order” (shoutout Self Jupiter, Elvin Estela, and Jake Jenkins!) I also want to shoutout Tara Byars, 1/2 of our group Tequila Mockingbird. Even before we started the group, she has been a major positive influence in my life not only creatively but as a friend. She has shot a few of my videos and is responsible for a lot of my pics on IG. Amazing person behind the lens and just in general. Last but not least my bro Malcolm XXX, the founder & creator of the Pornhoodies brand. Malcolm, like Tara, is another positive influence in my life and career. When we met we just clicked and that’s like a brother to me now. We have started collaborating musically and I’ve been making some of the most fun music of my career with him (GreaseTrap!). P.S. Shoutout my Dad!!
Tara Byars, Logan Bik, Bret Harvell