Juellzz has really been making a name for himself of late, so we had to do the decent thing and get Tricksta sto do this interview….
Where are you from and what’s the Hip-Hop scene/industry like there? I’m from Tottenham. The scene over here is exploding right now, so much talent is pouring out from the city and creating some fire in the process. Guys like Chipmunk and Wretch are doing a lot.
What have you released so far and what has the response been like? My last single was Hold On, which got rinsed on radio and TV. Puma picked it up for their marketing campaign for their new fragrance in Europe. Before that I put out Happy Meals and Deeper which got some big feedback. The streets were feelin them tunes, I still get messages saying Hold On and Deeper hit a nerve with them so its all good.
What would say is the most popular track that you have released to date? Hold On, definitely. The response it gets in the clubs is nuts. The buzz of hearing the crowd sing it back to you never gets old.
What producers, mixtape DJ’s, record labels and rappers do you work with, and label are you signed to? I’ve got my own selected team that I use for my beats, hold tight Justice and Basil. My production game is hard right now as well so look out for some exclusives produced by Jelluzz soon.
Tell us about your latest release, who features, what producers where involved and where you recorded it. My latest single is ‘It’s My City’ featuring Ricky Blaze out of New York. I was hearing the material he was making and what he did for Red Café and Ron Browz, and just hollered out of respect. He was feeling my material and sent me the beat and hook, and I put my bars on it and boom, we made a smash. Just Say Yes was produced by me and my boy Justice. Me and Darren have got mutual friends and he heard the beat and went crazy for it. He did his hook quick time and sent it back to us. He did his thing on there.
What radio stations in are supporting your music, and how important is radio play in the digital age? Support has been good so far. 1Xtra, Choice, Déjà vu, Pyro, Rinse and loads others have shown a lot of love. I do think radio play is important in helping the record go out further. I would say the politics with radio should stop but whatever tho, as long as I’m getting play, I’m happy.
You Tube is a massive medium now for worldwide exposure. Do you have your own channel, and apart from music videos what other footage do you have? Yeah you can catch my channel at www.youtube.com/jelluzzonline. I’m just putting my new material and videos on there as we speak. The Its My City tour footage will be on there soon. It’s lookin crazy!
As a recording artist or musician how do you hope to stay earning money in a time where record sales are notoriously bad due to downloading? The shows have been good to me, and the Jelluzz Jellybaby tees have been moving at the gigs. This industry is a hustle, anyone that’s moaning saying they can’t earn a penny should go apply at Maccy D’s or summin, cos there’s always a way to make bread, you just gotta make the right product and have the right team around you.
Thanks for your time, before you go is there anything you want to add? Support good music full stop. People should buy my music because its blood, sweat and tears compressed in digital format and its not about taking the piss out of hard work and bootlegging. Shout outs to Dan and Big Deal, Billy and Josh at Mission Control, Justice, Charmz, B Hanson, JellyFam, just everyone in this music game thats on this journey with me.