1) When did you realise that you had a passion for music?
I’ve been listening to music for as long as I can remember, whether it was The Charlie Daniels Band, Aerosmith, Eminem, MF Doom, or Mac Miller, I always had a song playing or stuck in my head. It just took me 18 years to realize I wanted to create music for a living
2) Who are your main inspirations as an artist?
In terms of sound and diversity of music, Mac Miller, XXXTENTACION, and Lil Peep. In terms of impact, I hope to make positive changes in my community like Nipsey. The goal is to use my music as an outlet for emotions I feel in the moment, but one day I hope I can dedicate myself to a cause like he did and make an impact like that. So much respect for that dude.
3) What would you like to achieve as an artist?
My biggest goal is to build something from nothing that will support the indie music community. There are too many talented people who never get a shot in rap and quit, I want to create resources for artists to grow and get discovered. I also hope to send a positive message with my next album. I’ve caught a few vibes and feel like I can convey that positive message I’ve been hoping to on my next album.
4) What is your most memorable moment while being an artist?
I went to pick up some medicine and I was the only person in the shop, and the dude working asked if I wanted to switch up the music, and I tried to put him on, and he ended up playing a few of my tracks in the store. It’s small but it was pretty cool. For the most part I get told I look like Post Malone and no one really asks if I make music.
5) Who is the biggest artist you’ve worked with?
In terms of followers, Jah Darko, we have an EP releasing in the upcoming months and I can’t wait to put it out. It’s been really cool to work with someone who has so much experience and so much talent at their fingertips. He brings so much energy and fire to the tracks he works on, that it always makes me push harder to match it and try to create something we both can shine on.
6) tell us a little more about your recent project?
I just released my first major project, Your Weird Neighbor (available on all platforms and stores). I think it shows my growth as an artist. Opening with the song Bedeviled (the first song I ever recorded), I show where I started and how hard it was for me to figure out how to stay on beat and convey my emotions.
After that is Step Off. I’ve felt a lot of anger and anxiety over the last year, this track was about me moving past that, it took a lot of time to realize but some people aren’t worth my energy, I love being there for friends, but this took it too far and it showed me that sometimes I need to cut ties.
Then there’s Legends, which was supposed to be about the people who inspired me in music but turned into a track about how I’ve moved on from being hurt and needing to look up to others. I’ve realized I can still enjoy others music, but at that point they were at their chapter 50, and I’m only on my first chapter of making music, and it would be insane to compare myself to them and hold myself to the same standards.
Then to close out the tape there’s Wake The Dead. The lyrics used for the first verse and hook were actually from a song I did on a Bojack Horseman theme song remix, produced by Edu Dalton. The main part I wanted to show and have people hear was the second verse. It conveys every emotion I’ve felt in the last years and struggles to trust people better than anything I’ve ever released and feel as though it actually invalidates most of my old songs.
7) What should we be looking forward to from you in the future?
More diversity. I want to make sure everything I do sounds different from the last. If I have a style working for me I may make a few tracks like that, but for the most part, I want to be the most well rounded artist I can be. This has lead me to taking piano lessons at my local Guitar Center and doing vocal training along with ear training.
8) is there anything else you would like to tell our readers?
My name is Jon, I’m 19 years old, I’m from Miami, and I make music under the name Young Honey. Much of my music is influenced by my struggles with keeping my mental health stable and gives a look directly into the things I’m thinking.
I am providing free mixing and mastering and I can be found @younghoney.1g on Instagram, or Young Honey on your favorite streaming platforms. Please don’t forget to check out Your Weird Neighbor, I hope you enjoy!