We’ve been giving 10Bandz a lot of airplay on Phoenix FM recently – and we caught up with J Speed to talk about his love of music and his inspirations.
Tell us a little bit about your yourself?
Born and Raised in Charlotte, NC. Die Hard Musician, Writer, Producer, Gamer and Sports Fan.
When did you first start to develop a passion for music?
I have been a huge music fan. Since I was introduced to bass and coming from my household there was always something playing. Music is life, and life is a movie and what is a movie without a soundtrack? However, I did not begin to pursue music professionally until college. I began to teach myself production first which then grew into engineering and then to recording and mixing and mastering.
Which artists did you listen to while growing up?
Whoa, so many … too many to list! Outkast, Snoop, Nas and the one and only James Brown. The list goes on and on …
How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard you before?
It is a smooth lyrical traditional style with catchy melodies and positive energy and vibes. Good music with something for everyone.
What music have you recorded and released to date?
Currently I have five albums released in stores. My current discography includes; XII-EP (2016), Sehm2yce (2017), This Side of Green-EP (2017), Anthologis Speedois (2018) and 0Zero-EP (2019). However, I have written and recorded over twelve albums over my career to date.
Which artists do you enjoy listening to at the moment – and do they influence your work?
J. Cole, Andy Mineo, Tigallero, Tuxedo, Pell, Rexx Life Raj,YBN Cordae… The list is a dictionary at best. Absolutely they influence my craft, all music that any musician listens to influences their sound whether they will admit it or not. You create what you like and listen to what you like it is only right that the two coincide. Which helps you grow as an artist.
Who would your dream collaboration be with?
Outkast of course, but honestly I would appreciate working with any of my favorite artists.
What are your plans for the future?
Business as usual, keep creating, making good music and putting it out to the people all over the world one record at a time.