I’ve been waiting for this feature since ‘Feature Friday’s’ was created. Jerm Scorsese is an amazing producer, engineer and one half of The Kingdom (crosses fingers for future feature).
Scorsese has been into music his entire life, he’s played the drums and saxophone until the age of 15. In 8th grade he received a 1st prize plaque for a musical composition he wrote for the band, Although he didn’t participate in band throughout high school, one remained the same, His love for hip hop. Jerm’s Father had an extensive hip hop collection with artists and groups such as: Jay Z, Nas, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, just to name a few. So, the infatuation with hip hop came naturally. It wasn’t until he was 16 when a friend who introduced him to Fruity Loops (a computer program that allows you to create your own music) which led to his interest in making his own beats. With anything new you have to have fun with it, until you come to a point where you want to be a little more serious.
After several years of making beats off and on as a hobby, Jerm begun taking producing music seriously in 2013 when he started working with hip hop artist King Draft. The thing that keeps Scorsese motivated is being confident in his abilities, he’s a strong believer in the ideology of Hardwork + Talent = Results; also knowing that this could become a means to provide for his family one day.” It can be nerve-wrecking thinking about putting something that you’ve created out into the world for people to either rip apart in hatred or enjoy with love, but as time goes by you realize you just have to make sure you do the best you can and if you’re truly happy with the quality of your product, then that’s all that matters at the end of the day.” – Scorsese. I couldn’t agree more with this, that’s exactly how I felt about putting out my blog, then I realized that I’m different from most bloggers, and I am very confident that people will receive my content in the way that I imagined.
With that being said, I wanted to know what Jerm felt separated him from other producers. “I really haven’t seen too many producers on the independent level focused on building relationships with artists and creating bodies of work from the ground up. That’s something I pride myself in doing and I feel like the end result of that relationship is typically a better final product. Unfortunately, it’s most likely the financial aspect that gets in the way of developing that relationship between other producers and artists. Being focused on the money instead of the art will hinder your progress as an artist in any industry.” -Scorsese.
When listening to a song that Jerm produced you can feel the difference in sounds, it’s not crafted to sound like what’s popular on the radio, It feels original/true to himself and the artist. Within the next 5 years, Scorsese hopes to achieve his goal of “raising the quality and standard of urban music; while keeping in mind that patience is probably the most important thing and success in any field doesn’t happen overnight; you have to be disciplined enough to keep pushing and instill in your mind that you can only fail if you give up!!!”
For anyone wanting to produce as well, here’s some advice from Scorsese: “Just do it. Don’t sit around with the mentality of feeling like you need a certain piece of equipment or software to do good work. These days, all you really need is a laptop. Put the time into learning whatever it is you can get your hands on and you’ll be on your way.” Jerm just finished up J Safina’s album Ultraviolet that was released last month, now he’s focused on King Draft and hopefully will be dropping his next album with the next 2 months or so.
I have both of The Kingdom’s albums and J Safina’s album, and I promise you that the production plus the lyricism is AMAZING! If you don’t have their albums please go get them you won’t be disappointed. You can check them out at http://thekingdommusic.bandcamp.comand http://jsafina.bandcamp.com/releases
For artist who are interested in creating with Scorsese you can contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org also Twitter @JermScorsese and Instagram @JermScorsese