We had the good fortune of connecting with Jay Honest and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jay, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I’m from Ottawa, Canada’s Capital. I’d like to say my background and upbringing made a huge impact on who I am and how I carry myself. From the cold street, sleeping outside, battling addictions in my past & losing very very close people to me…. everything has impacted me. Not all in negative ways, the long nights outside for example, helped me keep myself awake while taking care of my son overnight as I make songs in my studio and stream at the same time. Having to handle every aspect of my life myself since a young age has taught me to be able to handle many things at once without experiencing the same amount of stress as others. I feel like a machine half the time but I feel as tho I’m headed in the right direction.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What makes me unique is, since day one, everything is handled by me, other than my art (which I did myself til this 2020) , marketing, promotion, funding, struggling, paying rent since 16, having 3 kids, making it thru school while being homeless …. nothing can stop me. In my opinion I am a force to be reckoned with that is working hard to be exposed to the right crowd, being in Canada I find this a huge barrier.
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.
Sadly this question will take a left turn as my best friend is no longer walking this earth…. In all honestly I want to take this time to tell anyone with a heart and who loves music with an open mind, to go search Ghosting from Within & Without on YouTube, the blonde one, that’s my brother/bestfriend…. But to answer your question If I had a week long trip with him I’d just want to talk with him, listen to him play guitar and make beats, casual brother things, I really miss those moments most above all else…. Would be amazing wouldn’t it? If you could share one more moment with someone you lost…
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Yeah, a few actually, first, I wanna start with the fans and supporters, without them I’d be making music to myself in my room, nothing is possible without them. From artist to artist I’d love to give a personal shoutout to Tribe Mafia especially Chinasa for just being a big brother to me in terms of teaching me some key elements to being more serious about yourself as an artist. My wife @iamalaskagrey who handles all my art & cartoons, listens to me for hours as I plan everything and puts up with my bs <3 love you babe And I’d love to thank every major and minor publication that has shared me along the way, Dash Radio, Chris Collins, HypeOffLife, indieHipHop, thisis50, hiphopsince1987 , I have BIG love for anyone who shares my content.
Other: Twitch: Www.twitch.tv/iamjayhonest Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6TF1QGLxM9VRrcEw1d6qyD?si=m2iroxT7SMuhxXAPzV8oxA Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/ca/artist/jay-honest/1197096028
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