Introducing Maj. The Unsigned Music Awards nominee has been perfecting his craft from a young and also previously landed a sync deal with MTV. Citing Hip Hop greats such as Bone Thugs N Harmony, Snoop Dogg, Biggie Smalls, as his influences the South London native has also won numerous talent competitions, performed in various open mic sessions across the UK and has created a total of 3 solo projects to date.
In this interview with IndustryMe Maj reflects on how it all began and talks plans for 2019.
Let’s start at the beginning, where did your passion for music start?
My passion for music started back in secondary school. My teachers would most likely say that I was a disruptive student that liked to bang on desks during class. I saw it more as creatively finding myself and expressing my happiness through the art form of beatboxing.
I may not have aced those classes but I sure did impress my music teacher lol.
How did you come up with your artist name?
South London slang. Where I grew up, the term ‘man ain’t jokin’ was popular amongst my friends and a lot of other youngsters. I used it a lot within conversations. It stuck with me I guess.
How would you define your sound for those who haven’t heard your music before?
Simply UK hip hop. With a melodic twist. I love a lil melody, in fact I wish I could sing because if so I’d be riffing all over the place lol
You have a diploma in music technology right, why was it important to you get this qualification and how has it helped in your career so far?
It was important at the time because the only thing I wanted to do is build on my musical craft and that was the only way in my eyes. Hasn’t helped my career at all to be honest. It was so long ago that I forgot most of what I learnt. The one thing I can say that I took from that course is learning how to use Cubase. I am still using this software till this day.
Why have you chosen to go the independent route?
It’s the only way. How else do you get recognised by the right people other than knowing someone personally. You gotta do the graft yourself. I figured that If I’m going to do that graft then I might as well do it all myself.
You also have your own label? Tell us a bit more about that
Yes I named it ‘Sound Familiar’ My aim is to release all my music through my own label and eventually start signing other talented musicians and release other great independent music to the world. A lot is in the making as we speak.
Moving on to the new single “Stay Woke”, what is the story behind the song?
I’m specifically speaking on 2 relationships. The relationship between a man and the girl he is seeing and then also the relationship between a man and his friend.
The advise I’m giving is to be careful who you’re calling your girl or friend because most people change up when you are not doing as well as when you met them.
If your listeners take away one thing from the song what would you want it to be?
Hmm!! To Stay woke lol Of course.
I’d want them to recognise the art that went in to putting this song together but I do fear that these days the young music listeners are not interested in fine detail, structure, concept, lyricism and so forth. As long as I give them something to vibe to then I’m happy.
What are you working on for 2019?
More singles to come. I have some real story telling type music in the making. I hopeful that my listeners will appreciate the art of it.
Any final shoutouts or plugs?
Yes indeed! I’d like to big up Ten Letter for their efforts in pushing ‘Stay Woke’. And also team Sound Familiar.
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- Instagram: @manaintjokin
- YouTube: /ManAintJokin
- Twitter: @soundfamiliaruk