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Conversations with JacQuar 937

Today we’d like to introduce you to JacQuar 937.

Hi JacQuar 937, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’m a songwriter, producer, executive producer and artist. I specialize in all things music on the creative side, and I’m learning the business side now as well. I got started with music in the 7th grade. A classmate told me about this beat-making program called Fruity Loops and how I could download the demo for free. He played me his music and it blew my mind that he was able to create his own beats. I got addicted to it immediately. Then I started to play around with rapping. By HS, I was producing, rapping, singing, and writing for others. After HS, I got in touch with Trey Songz label Songbook and started flying to Atlanta regularly to build relationships and my catalogue. I went on to write “Flights & Skype” & co-write “I Don’t Really Care” Waka Flocka ft. Trey, my first major radio placement. I also wrote and produced Trey’s “French Kiss”. By 2013 I got introduced to Eric Bellinger and started flying to Cali to work with him. I co-wrote six songs on ‘The Rebirth’ album and have been working with him ever since. I went on co-write his singles “Valet” ft 2 Chainz and Fetty Wap, “Moist” ft K Camp, “Legs”, “Main Thang” and more. Last year we co-wrote Teyana Taylors “69” from her Billboard #1 R&B album ‘THE ALBUM’. Now I’m just expanding on that, building my own brand and continuing to sow seeds.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
NOT A SMOOTH ROAD AT ALL. (lol) First challenge was ego. This industry is excruciatingly egotistical. I’m not a natural vocalist, I taught myself how to hold a note just because I love r&b more than rap. So getting into sessions in the beginning when I wasn’t as confident vocally was challenging, and people tend to discredit writers who aren’t singers first. I’m actually great with melodies, lyrics (I think because I rapped and wrote a lot of poetry growing up), song structure, and at making sure songs don’t come off corny. Those traits aren’t appreciated as much on the surface. The prettier your voice, even if you lack at all the other things I named, the “better” you are. On top of that there’s money. And snakes. Songwriters are actually treated like trash unless you have top representation or have a number one hit. We’re looked at as disposable and with that comes a lot of sessions you have to do for “the look” or opportunity. A lot of greedy people who want your percentage or they’ll take your song off the album. And a lot of bad business. I’ve had songs come out and my name wasn’t listed at all even though I wrote 90% of the record. Bad contracts etc., the list goes on and on. Ultimately, you learn and adapt, but always stay aware so you don’t become the very things you hate in this industry. As you ascend, you have to remember what it was like so you can make changes.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m most proud of how eclectic my ear is and my ability to adapt. What sets me apart is my passion and all my years of experience at such a young age. I got started early in this industry so even though I had a lot of setbacks, they were lessons that taught me how to move smarter.

Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
My newest project NEON is out everywhere. More music is coming soon! And lastly, to the young aspiring creatives, DON’T GIVE UP. No matter what happens, take your breaks, get your mind right, and get back up!

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