Getmybuzzup: Tell us a little about yourself?
Jversez: My name is Justin Williams formally known as J.Versez. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana raised in Houston Texas most of my life. I’m 27 years old and Rap/R&B is my genre.
Getmybuzzup: How did you come up with the name Jversez?
Jversez: That’s a very good question, for the longest time I didn’t have a name I just did music because it was something new I was doing. I was a shy kid trying to force myself out of my shell. So I wasn’t chasing the music dream at first, I just liked creating music. When I decided to take it seriously in 2019. I was like “Okay I want to pursue this music thing, but damn I really don’t have a name.” Took me weeks to about a month and I came up with the name J.Versez. Inspired by two of my favorites Jay Z and J. Cole. J is for my first name and Versez represents my effort to go 100% and kill it on any verse and or song I make.
Getmybuzzup: How long have you been in the music industry?
Jversez: I’ve dabbled in the industry to a degree since I was 18 years old.
Getmybuzzup: How did you get started in the first place?
Jversez: It’s a funny story I got started from a place of embarrassment. I was an athlete for most of my life so music and rap were nowhere in the cards for me. But my friends back in high school liked to have freestyle sessions and I absolutely sucked every time. I got tired of feeling like you know the “lame” friend with no flow in the group. Around that time Tyga was making noise with Rack City. I had his album and I started to practice rhyming words off of the songs. I didn’t know if it was helping me or not but I kept doing it religiously.
Eventually, I did get in front of my friends and I was actually flowing and keeping up. I didn’t turn into Kendrick Lamar but I definitely was good enough to get my respect from my friends. After that, I linked up with my dad after graduation. He has always been in music since I was a baby I told him I wanted to get behind the mic and the rest is history.
Getmybuzzup: You just recently dropped two new singles. Are these two singles off a forthcoming project?
Jversez: Yes, these songs are off a 13 song project. Have more singles coming. Still determining if dropping an entire project is the way to go for me at this point of where I’m at.
Getmybuzzup: Any plans on touring to promote your music now with the COVID restrictions being lifted in most states?
Jversez: There are definitely plans to perform. The internet is a great tool for marketing yourself on a consistent basis. But I’m a firm believer that the best promo is physically getting on a stage and giving people that in-person experience with your brand. Can show what you’re all about.
Getmybuzzup: How difficult was it with the COVID restrictions to promote your music?
Jversez: It was very difficult, especially for artists who are in my position which is the beginning of your journey. Not being an established artist. COVID pretty much derailed all my plans to build my buzz with the industry being closed for a year. I had a distribution situation with Empire in 2020 but that fell through because of the limitations for promo for up-and-coming artists. So it really set me back for a bit.
Getmybuzzup: What tactics have you used to take advantage of the COVID restrictions in order to continue pushing your likeness forward?
Jversez: Mainly a combination of my Youtube channel and Instagram. I’m not heavy into social media but on Youtube, I’m very active on there. Making content and doing my gaming streams. Showcasing my personality because I’m more than just an artist. I have opinions and I like to entertain in general.
Getmybuzzup: Who are your inspirations in the music industry?
Jversez: My inspirations are Drake, J. Cole, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, Childish Gambino, Travis Scott, Tyler The Creator.
Getmybuzzup: How do you go about writing a song and what is your process?
Jversez: I can sum up my writing process in one word and that’s “organic” I really believe the best way to go about writing a song is to be organic as much as possible. I don’t write a song unless I’m inspired but it could be anything really. But, I mostly pull from situations I’ve experienced in my life and by the people that have impacted me. Sometimes I’ll find myself writing from a narrator’s perspective. Speaking on things that I see around me.
With all that being said though it’s not the fastest process in the world. Sometimes I’ll write a bunch of songs in a short time frame. Other times it might take me a week or a month even multiple months to finish one song. One thing I know its always quality when I take my time.
Getmybuzzup: What is the concept behind your forthcoming project?
Jversez: I titled my project “Fear Of Failure” and the concept is loosely based on inner dialogues with myself. This being my first project it’s not as cohesive as my new music I’m working on but it has a certain synchronization to where every track flows solidly to the next. I really wanted to embody my experiences, my doubts, my emotions, it really somewhat of a roller coaster but imagine the smoothest roller coaster ride you can take.
Getmybuzzup: What did you buy with your first check-off music?
Jversez: No money yet but I’m looking forward to it working pretty hard to have that experience. I know it’s going to be the best feeling in the world when that first check comes through. I envision it every day.
Getmybuzzup: What are must-haves when your in the studio working?
Jversez: Water and more water. Nothing worse than having a dry throat in the studio but I also have to have the room be a vibe. I have to have the lights low some nice colors going on with the lights. And that’s really it I just need to be relaxed so I can get busy.
Getmybuzzup: What is the best piece of advice in this business you actually followed?
Jversez: Authentically be yourself and never be something that you’re not and always have a quality product. Never go cheap on your music. Those are what I live by with this music stuff. If I’m going to fail or succeed in this industry I can say I did it my way and I wasn’t faking my image for some clout or fame. I was me 110% of the way love me or hate me. Also you definitely need to have the best product a lot of people think they can come in this game the cheap route. But find out real quick that you have to pay the price for your music if you want to succeed.
The price tag for mixing and mastering your song is the determining factor. You get a cheap mix your song 9 times of 10 is going to sound terrible. Pay that little extra money for a quality mix and get it mastered properly you’re setting yourself up for a better reception from the people.
Getmybuzzup: Will you be collaborating with any other artists in the future?
Jversez: I would like to hopefully work with an artist that is as serious about this music as I am.
Getmybuzzup: Do you think your music is mostly enjoyed more for the beats or for the musical flow and content?
Jversez: I would like to think that my music is a healthy combination of all three. I try to check as many boxes as I can when creating my songs. I always feel like I have a good ear for sounds and I put as much effort into my verses and overall music creation. With the little resources, I have available to me as an unsigned artist. I pride myself on being as thorough as I can and be as intentional as I can to make the best music possible.
Getmybuzzup: What area do you need to improve on in regards to your career? (Example: Better production, Delivery, Stage presence, etc..)
Jversez: That’s an easy one. The area I know for a fact I need to improve on is marketing and I’m working on it every day. It’s crazy, I can write a great song and have a vision for my music. But when it comes to marketing the brand aspect of me is where I fall short. Marketing is pretty important so I’m doing my best to figure out how I want to market myself.
Getmybuzzup: What’s your all-time favorite song?
Jversez: All-time favorite song is “I Get Around” by 2Pac
Getmybuzzup: What was the last album you listened to?
Jversez: The last album I listened to was The Off-Season by J.Cole.
Getmybuzzup: In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in your genre today and why?
Jversez: Well hands down its Drake even still in his 30s he is still on top. He’s definitely the most influential for obvious reasons. He literally created the sound every artist is replicating today even including even myself. Like I remember how the rap game sounded back in 2000-2009. Kanye was the first to start doing wild different stuff we had never seen or heard before with 808’s and Lil Wayne to an extent. But, 2009-2010 Drake came in and took things to a different level. Every album he’s done it’s altered the way the rap industry sounded little by little.
I mean most hits on billboard ever. Being the top dog for an entire decade? And still part of the topmost relevant artists. I don’t think we’ll ever see a dominant run like this again in rap music for a very long time.
Getmybuzzup: Who have been some of your favorite artists that you’ve been able to work with?
Jversez: None yet looking forward to what’s in store for the future.
Getmybuzzup: How do you feel about the current state of music?
Jversez: I think music is in a very good place. It’s like there’s a place for just about anybody in today’s music. There’s a fanbase out there for what your style is if it’s good enough of course to get a fanbase. It really feels like to me music is at its most creative it’s been thus far. There’s a lot of genre-blending and bending type of music that’s out right now. And it’s getting a lot of attention back than just 10 or 15 years ago. A lot of artists that we see today wouldn’t even be allowed to get their foot in the door. So I think it’s pretty cool how the unorthodox and the non-conventional is being accepted in today’s music.
Getmybuzzup: Any dream award shows you hope to one day play at?
Jversez: Yeah the BET Awards is one for very personal reasons. Since I grew up in that great era of BET you know 106 & Park and seeing a lot of great artists perform at the BET Awards over the years. It would be dope for me to be able to say I put myself on that list as a performer. Also of course the Grammys we all know the Grammys are controversial when it comes to black artists. But, again a very iconic list of performers that have been on a Grammy stage. So I would like to be in that company of names that have done the Grammys.
Getmybuzzup: What is your main goal as far as music?
Jversez: My main goal is to do my passion full time. Reach the masses and touch even one person with my music. I want to be able to move people with its making them happy or just connecting a piece of me with through my songs.
Getmybuzzup: Who would you say your music relates to the most?
Jversez: I would to say my music relates to the very introspective person the emotional person. I feel like every time I write a song I feel that I’m speaking for the shy kid that can’t express what they really feel. Because that’s what music has done for me. Gave the shy guy a voice to be seen and heard.
Getmybuzzup: What separates you from other artists? (What’s makes you different?)
Jversez: That is an interesting question. And I say its interesting because I think a lot of us artists are very similar in a sense but what makes me different? I guess it’s the fact that there’s nothing fake about me. Purely and truly being myself. I’m transparent and honest in my representation of myself and my music. I bare it all.
Getmybuzzup: When you’re not in the studio, What do you like to do for fun and relaxation?
Jversez: I’m big on my fitness so you can always catch me in the gym lifting weights. Or hooping playing ball with my friends. Going out with my lady getting drinks and eating good food and smoke it up a little bit. If I’m not doing that love making content for my Youtube channel or hopping on stream playing some games.
Getmybuzzup: If you could work with any producer who would it be?
Jversez: Definitely be T-Minus
Getmybuzzup: What’s the biggest highlight of your career thus far?
Jversez: So far creating and having a collection of music that I’m proud that I can release to the world with confidence.
Getmybuzzup: What is your dream venue to perform at?
Jversez: At the Toyota Center here in Houston. This is basically my home most of my memories live here in the city. So to perform on that level here would be a major win for me personally.
Getmybuzzup: What artist music are you currently a fan of?
Jversez: I’m just a fan in general I love anybody that’s different and also can inspire me to move my pen.
Getmybuzzup: When performing live what are some of the things you do to get the crowd involved?
Jversez: Talking to the crowd is always a good way to get them involved in the performance. When you’re on stage it’s your chance to have people experience you. I think it’s pretty boring if you’re just there to perform and leave. I like to create a connection with the audience.
Getmybuzzup: When performing live and the crowd is singing along how does that energy make you feel?
Jversez: Man I’ve only seen it and haven’t had that experience for myself but I look forward to it. That energy seems otherworldly and its something I definitely aspire to reach one day.
Getmybuzzup: What’s the name of the last book you read and by whom?
Jversez: The last book I read was “Mastery” by Robert Greene
Getmybuzzup: What’s your favorite sports team and why?
Jversez: Baltimore Ravens have always been a fan since the Ray Lewis era hasn’t stopped since.
Getmybuzzup: Who’s your favorite actor or actress and their best movie?
Jversez: Will Smith and his best movie in my opinion is Pursuit Of Happiness.
Getmybuzzup: What can we expect from you in the future?
Jversez: A whole lot of things. A lot of music coming out this year and next year. Expect to see me performing and getting in more places and spaces.
Getmybuzzup: Anything else you wanna add?
Jversez: Just want to say thank you for the opportunity for my first artist article. Really glad I can get this exposure.
Getmybuzzup: Where can the fans check out for your music?
Jversez: Can find my music everywhere where music is at. Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, IHeart Radio, Youtube Music, Pandora, TikTok and etc.