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Exploring Life & Business with Rashaud Jones of HustleIsMandatory

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rashaud Jones.

Hi Rashaud, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started writing short stories as a 13 years old kid while also having a passion for music in which I had no clue how to write but I knew I loved how it told stories in a very short amount of time. So the artist that I began to really get into and follow was Scarface one because he was from Texas which I am from and also because he told vivid stories that hit hard and stuck with me so from about the age of 14, I’ve been creating Musical Art every since. As I got older and able to make moves on my own, I decided to pursue the music even deeper and right out of High School, I moved to Los Angeles, California where I attended Los Angeles Recording School and learned more about the industry and more specifically recording engineering. So being that I had no clue on how the music industry worked nor did I know anyone personally involved in the industry, I figured learning a trade within It would allow me to network and build the relationships needed to reach the goals I had set for myself, and sure enough it did. So fast forward a few years and a lot of up and downs. Later here, I am now a small studio owner, artist, engineer, and producer still chugging along crafting the art that I love and helping others along the way.

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?
Smooth doesn’t exist in any journey and especially not the one in music lol. So to answer the question more direct heck no it hasn’t been smooth and to be honest, it probably is one of the hardest yet rewarding things I’ve done in life thus far. I mean, I personally don’t believe anything worth it is going to be easily achievable but it’s the process of no money, ramen noodle diets, depression, losses of family and friends, stressful and successful relationships is what creates the Art. So the struggle is inevitable but the finish and or the sight of the goal makes it all worth it in the end at least for me.

We’ve been impressed with HustleIsMandatory, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Hustleismandatory isn’t just my artist name but it is indeed an approach to life in general because the one thing I learned moving from a small town in the South to one of the biggest cities in the world is nothing will be done for you and in order to swim with the Big Fish you will have to become a Big Fish and the only way to do that is by moving and shaking with the biggest and most well-established people in the industry. You can as well as learning from the lowest man on the totem pole meanwhile trying to find your place in that very ocean you decided to jump in. Brand wise I’ve been the most proud of the ability to sustain a fully functional studio that not only do I work out of personally but a lot of other musicians and writers work out of as well. We live by “Small Studio Big Sound” in which we make sure we deliver every session and for each and every client. As far as for me as an artist, I’m the most proud of myself for literally staying the course and not quitting on the vision although it’s gotten blurry at times, it hasn’t changed or stopped the approach.

Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
I call the music industry itself a “Rich Man’s Game and a Poor Man’s Sport” meaning whatever you do, don’t just think it happens overnight. You are going to need money, money, money to play this game no if and buts about, but no matter what don’t quit on yourself or your vision because it will never work if you do. Also, make sure you build strong relationships and network, network, network.

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