TampaMystic sits down w/ Jean Deau for an exclusive interview!
[box_dark]1. What’s going on? Please introduce yourself and tell us where you’re from.[/box_dark]
What’s good? I’m Jean Deau (pronounced John Doe) and I’m an independent rap artist from Atlanta, Georgia.
[box_dark]2. Atlanta is definitely the right city for an up and coming artist! Tell us who or what inspired you to become a music artist?[/box_dark]
Well, I’ve drawn inspiration from several different artists throughout the course of my life. When I was a kid, I was the biggest Michael Jackson fan and from that point on I always wanted to be a star. I grew up on Tupac & Westcoast Gangster rap, Bone Thugs N Harmony, No Limit & Cash Money, Underground Memphis rappers like Playa Fly, Three 6 Mafia, Tommy Wright III, and skinny pimp, 8Ball & MJG, Underground Texas rappers like DJ Screw, UGK, Scarface & The Geto Boyz Rap-A-Lot, etc. and of course Atlanta Pioneers like Outkast & Goodie Mob, Kilo, The Hard Boyz, T.I. and the list goes on.I also listened to New York rappers like Jay-Z, Nas, Notorious B.I.G, DMX, The LOX, etc. I’ve taken so much from so many different artists over the years. This list doesn’t even include the artist that I listen to now but I wont hold you up longer with that, lol.
[box_dark]3. As an up and coming artist, do you find it difficult to maintain personal relationships while pursuing your music career?[/box_dark]
Well actually I’m married with children so I will admit at times it’s hard to balance family life and raising kids with pursuing a career in music. The hours are late, the nights are long. I’m back and forth out of town and still have to do what I gotta do to keep a roof over our heads and clothes on our back. I have to be a father or husband one minute, and Jean Deau the next and still have to strive to be a good muslim and keep my integrity intact. So though I won’t say its easy, I will say that nothing in life worth having comes easy.
[box_dark]4. I understand you are fresh off a 10 year prison bid, what changes have you seen in the music industry from prior to your incarceration until now?[/box_dark]
Well for one thing I can say with certainty is because of the viral social media era, it’s definitely easier to get into the industry or at least make a decent honest living off of rap independently than it was before I went to prison. Hell, I’ll be frank, if it was this easy 10 years ago, I probably wouldn’t have taken so many penitentiary chances to survive out here. In 2003 you needed a record deal from a major recording label with a huge budget to become a star. State of the art studio equipment, big budget video shoots, hundreds of thousands for marketing and promotions, the list goes on. Now, artist can actually put out quality projects independently for a fraction of what it costed back then to launch a project. Just with the advent of music sites like Livemixtapes, DatPiff, Soundcloud, Reverbnation, and YouTube artist can get worldwide exposure for free (or at least less than $10,000), whereas back then millions would have had to be invested. Even the cost of promoting a project is cheaper with the help of social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
[box_dark]5. Currently, what are you working on?[/box_dark]
Right now I’m wrapping up my first official mixtape ” Who Is Jean Deau???” Hosted by DJ MLK. I recorded another mixtape when I first got home called “1st 48: I.D. T.H.E.F.T.” and it’s on soundcloud and YouTube but it’s basically a compilation of freestyles and remixes I did to popular industry beats. “Who Is Jean Deau???” is an all original project I put together with the help of Grand Hustle.
[box_dark]6. Congrats on all of your hard work! What’s been the most memorable moment so far in your music career?[/box_dark]
Well, right now I gotta say my most memorable moment is when I got a call from T.I. at like 1 in the morning asking if I wanted to come to the studio where they were working on a project. I’ll never forget I was asleep and my wife woke me up like “Baby T.I.’s on the phone…” I was like “You Bullshittin’!” lol. Long-story-short I jumped up out of bed, got dressed, and floored my truck all the way downtown to the studio. Tip made all the introductions and got right back in the booth. I got to meet Doe B before his untimely demise and he, Tip, and Big Kuntry were recording a song that was super dope. I knew closed mouths didn’t get fed so I asked Tip if I could get on the song and he was like “go ‘head and write a verse”. At the time I couldn’t help but think “damn, I’m doin’ a song wit da King” but I kept cool on the outside though, lol. But the most memorable part about that night/morning was when Tip told me he usually records around 100 or so songs for any given project and picks about 15-20 songs to actually go on the project. At the time I only had about 2 or 3 original songs completed and i remember thinking to myself “WTF am I gettin’ in to?”
[box_dark]7. What are your goals musically for the remainder of 2014?[/box_dark]
Well for starters I wanna drop “Who Is Jean Deau???” and introduce myself not only to the music industry, but to the world. A few Grammys and a couple hundred million dollars would be nice too, but I’ll have to tackle all that one song at a time, starting with my lead single “Red Bottoms” from my upcoming mixtape.
[box_dark]8. Tell everyone where they can find you?[/box_dark]
Well you can follow me on Instagram @I_am_Jean_Deau; follow me on Twitter @IamJeanDeau; Go like my Facebook fan page Jean Deau Music and friend me on FB Jean Deau; My YouTube channel is JeanDeauTv so go subscribe to it where you can find my unofficial mixtape “1st 48: I.D. T.H.E.F.T.”, as well as my “Who Is Jean Deau???” V-Blog documenting my career and life post-prison. There’s even footage of my actual release from prison, walking out the gates hugging my family, etc. For booking and features you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and my manager will get back with you within 48-72 hours. You can also check out my music on soundcloud.com/Jean-Deau & Reverbnation/JeanDeau.
[box_dark]9. I really appreciate you taking the time to sit down w/ me & Straight Official and allowing us to know who Jean Deau is! What words would you like to leave us with? Any Shout Outs?[/box_dark]
First and foremost I wanna say Alhamdulillah (all praise is due to God). I’d like to give a shout out to all the solid brothers I left behind the G-Wall. There are far too many to name, so I’m sending them my love as a whole. I also want to shout out my family that support and believe in me. All the DJs and club/event promoters that have been showing me love and supporting my movement. I wanna give my gratitude to T.I. and the whole Grand Hustle/Hustle Gang for the help they’ve given me towards putting my project together, especially since I’m not signed to them and they have no obligation to me. I wanna thank all the producers that I worked with for this mixtape. Last but not least, I wanna thank everyone who has ever bopped their head to a Jean Deau song. I do it for y’all.