24hourhiphop.com got a chance to interview recording artist J Mocha. J Mocha. tells us about his life growing up along with his musical influences. J Mocha. also tells us about when he began making music and, also talks to us about past, current , and future projects. Lastly, we get to check out his latest single “Freak Mode”. Check out the interview below and let us know what you think about our Next In Line!
24HHH: Introduce yourself to everyone that doesn’t already know who you are?
J Mocha: I’m a singer/songwriter by the name of J Mocha
24HHH: How did you come up with your Producer/Artist name? Tell us about it.
J Mocha: I actually didn’t come up with it. A female did stating that she liked my skin complexion and the j is the initial of my first name.
24HHH: Where are you from, and what was it like growing up there?
J Mocha: I was born in a small city called Pine Bluff in Arkansas but I would say that I was raised there and Chicago. I’ve traveled back and forth all my life. Growing up in Pine Bluff exposed me to a lot of different things. Lets just say you grow up at an early age there. Every since I could think of I’ve always loved music but I had always felt like Pine Bluff wasn’t the place that I would get discovered. Being blessed to grow up in a much bigger city which was Chicago I had always told myself as a child once I finished school I was going to move there permanently and I kept my word.
24HHH: Who were you raised by? Tell us your family situation. Got any brothers, sisters, or any siblings? Tell us about your childhood, and how it impacted your music?
J Mocha: I was raised by both of my parents, uncles, aunties, cousins, friends of the family and somethings I had to teach myself. My family reminds me of the movie Soul Food a lot. It seems as though everything was perfect until the passing of big mama (my grandmother) then everything changed. I have three sisters two on my father side and the other by my mom. Yea I was spoiled being the only boy and the youngest lol. My child hood was the best growing up in the 90s where music was at its peak, tv shows you couldn’t miss, and fashion was everything. During that time people seemed much happier.Me finding out later in life, while my mother was pregnant with me she worked across the street from home at a bar as a bartender. Where she met my father who happened to be a dj by the name of “Boogie Man”. So music has always been apart of me even before existing.
24HHH: What age did you start making music?
J Mocha: I’ve been creating music every since I could think of. My cousins and I would write music and ask our parents for Christmas to give us gifts such as keyboards, karaoke machines and ect…. saying that one day we would all come together and create our own record label.
24HHH: What inspired you to pursue making music?
J Mocha: Artist such as Keith Sweat, R. Kelly, Boyz 2 Men, Dru Hill, Avant and ect….. inspired me to make music and still do today.
24HHH: What artists/producers do you work with? Or rubbed shoulders with?
J Mocha: I had the honor to work with Grammy Award Winning Producer Ricco Lumpkins aka Vet Boi while taking a course at a music school he worked for. We did a record titled “We Does That” which featured a dope female artist out of Chicago by the name of Impressive.
24HHH: What else you got coming out? New Album? or Mixtape/EP?
J Mocha: Lately I’ve been working with producer Jabari Rayford who produced my new single “Freak Mode” which will be featured on my new mixtape 23IsBack. This mixtape is like no other. Another artist out of Chicago by the name of Isis Da Goddess and I came together and decided to do a whole project which a lot of people consider it as being an album. Due to the fact everything is original. 23IsBack is set to be released next month.
24HHH: Tell us about your newest single “Freak Mode”, how did you come up with that, share us the story?
J Mocha: Me being bored at work one day I decided to write a song called “Freak Mode” as soon as I started writing it I heard the beat in my head so I recorded a voice memo on my phone so I wouldn’t forget and so that I had a reference to give to the producer while coming up with a beat in the studio. Everything turned out as I envisioned it. It’s also available now for download on ITunes, Amazon and ect.
Check out J Mocha – Freak Mode (Audio)
24HHH: Any new travel plans, what you got going on?
J Mocha: I just got back from Atlanta doing some networking down there while promoting the new single. Also I will be in Jamaica all next week promoting the single and coming up with new material.
24HHH: What is the biggest thing to happen in your career?
J Mocha: The biggest thing to happen in my career thus far is still yet to come. Besides fans all over the world contacting me telling me how much they like the single and how big of a fan they are of my music.
24HHH: Where can people find you?
J Mocha: You can follow me on twitter, facebook, instagram ect… @TheJMocha. Also for booking information you could contact my management at email@example.com. My website which is www.thejmocha.com is still under construction at the moment but will be up and running very soon!
24HHH: Where do you see yourself going in 2014 and how do you plan to separate yourself from the other artist out today to get the recognition you feel you deserve?
J Mocha: This is only the beginning. My versatility will set me aside of others and my old school mentality would make music legends proud.
24HHH: Any last words or shout outs?
J Mocha: First and foremost I would like to thank God for this opportunity. I would like to give a BIG shout out to a few up and coming artist I’ve worked with. Rapper by the name of Ridiculouz back at home in Arkansas. Impressive, Isis Da Goddess and Lone Wolf all out of Chicago. Look out for them. Also I would like to give a shout out to Brandon Batemon CEO of N’Visioned Magazine. Be sure to check out his latest issue Fame vs Fortune, which includes an ad for my latest single. Avaliable for purchase now at www.a2ndlookphotography.com