We had the good fortune of connecting with Jonathan Zillman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jonathan, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
When I think about success and what it means to my artistry and brand I really try to just be as ever changing as possible, but at the same time maintaining my ground and my vision as a whole. Even though I’m not a world renowned Hip-Hop artist I still treat every move and decision like; booking shows, studio time, photo shoots, video shoots, interviews etc. in a very particular manner. Its not because I’m this big artist and I need space for my creative flow and such or because I have an ego, but its just who I am. I see my brand and artistry as a job, but something that with each step and decision will bring me that much closer to the dream of being able to make, record and perform my music full time and give back to my friends and family in any way possible. I measure the success I’ve had from minimizing the bigger picture into smaller goals that I know once accomplished would make me hungrier and strive more to obtain the grand prize at the very end. I write, perform and release music in hopes that anyone from anywhere understands that its okay to feel and be human. So all in all the most important factor behind my success is that I truly believe in myself and what I stand for and what my music represents.
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 art/music I would consider very vulnerable but at the same time gives you a wild rush of very type of emotion possible! I want people to feel, I want people to be upset, angry, happy etc. etc. cause throughout my life I have felt the same way at some point in time. I try to make that connection when writing and hope that someone latches on and knows that its ok to be human. I’ve learned when first starting this was that everything falls on you, you can’t place blame on anyone but yourself if you want your art to succeed. Sure you have a couple bumps in the road, but inevitably if you can pick yourself up, move forward and persevere anything and I mean anything is possible. Every dream/aspiration can be accomplished if you stay true to yourself and your art.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I personally want to give a shoutout to my good friend Tyler Edwards who actually booked me my first ever show and really was the catalyst in me becoming the artist you see and hear today. I showed him my very first couple songs and immediately had a show booked two days later. All I needed was a push and for that I will always be grateful for. Overall though I want to thank all my friends, family and the fans! Anyone who has ever shown up to a show and given me and my music the time of day I’m forever grateful for that. Till the day I die it will…Always and Forever be, BLVCK SHEEP CVLT
Other: https://linktr.ee/jtheomusic (I put this as my website link but contains my social media platforms and also my digital platforms to where people can find my music)
MJ Hernandez (personal photo) Jamie Kaufman (live shot)