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Discography Of A Young Artist – Jeffrro In The Music Industry

Jeffrey Ochoa-Alvarez is currently 17 years old. He lives in Long Island. He consider myself not a pioneer, but a hopeful reinforcement towards the origins of meaningful music. As popular music leans towards the more catchy and easily enjoyable, he hope to bring back the grit into leaving a message behind through sound, words, and general lyricism; something that adds layers and extra elements to someone who not only hears my songs, but also listens.

Jeffrro: is just his nickname that his uncle gave him which just stuck as his Stage-Name. It’s a combination of his first name – Jeffrey, and his most distinguishable feature: my large, curly, Afro-like hair. So, his uncle would call him Jeff-fro. He learned recently that it’s spelled Jeffrro, but he kept the second R since he had already used that form for several years as an identifier.

He just starting out and haven’t released too many songs except for a few singles and a collaboration track with the great MoonLee. He is highly motivated and working hard to grow his discography.

This exclusive interview with Jeffrro (Jeffrey Othoa-Alvarez) has so much to learn from a young artist, read more.

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Questions:-

1. Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

Jeffrro: Writing poetry was something I immediately gained a liking to as a small pastime during my childhood and I learned to enjoy music as a medium of expression through my years playing the viola. However, these two interests never really intertwined until I heard Kendrick Lamar’s album DAMN.. I felt like I fell in love with that project, which really motivated me to discover more about human nature and our day-to-day interactions between each other. The two aforementioned details are some examples of what Lamar had focused on in the album.

2. Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?

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Jeffrro: During the summer of last year, a friend of mine needed me as an actor for a personal project he was filming. During the filming day of the scenes, I had the chance to learn about one of the other members of this cast. I learned that we both had a thing in common; we make music. I had them listen to the only song I had out at the time: Toxic. They told me that they enjoy it and they recognize my hunger for meaning in music. They then offered to send an unfinished song of theirs where I could add a verse, which ended up becoming the catchy summer-vibe song Sleeping Beauty on the album Ascend by MoonLee.

Basically, this collaboration came to fruition out of pure luck.

3. Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

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Jeffrro: I was unaware of how complex music is to produce, especially when it comes to mixing and mastering. To be honest, I thought music was as easy as recording, something I still did wrong, adjusting the volume, and adding a beat underneath. My music would sound muddy and my voice lacked presence, rendering it more of an annoyance than a compliment to the instrumental.

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I learned that music isn’t just something you can waltz into without real knowledge, especially if every responsibility for producing the sound is that of the artist’s. This experience gave me a chance to sit down, slow down, and actually do some research on how to make me sound clearer and more defined.

4. What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

Jeffrro: Growth of A Boy is my upcoming album, which I’m projecting to release towards the latter end of the summer.

I was also working on an album that I dedicated to a number of people I can attribute my mental and personal growth to. It’s called DTMWIWIDK (Don’t Tell Me What I Want, I Don’t Know) and I will resume its production following the release of GOAB.

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5. Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

Jeffrro: I’ve spoken to a few people who are also starting off their respective music careers such as VIOLAINE and with MoonLee, both who I resonate with on similar levels. It’s great to see that we all share the same motivation for music: to spread a message and to express themselves. It makes me feel comfortable in my own journey and ensures that I’m not alone.

6. Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Jeffrro: Make music that you personally enjoy. If the style you say you enjoy changes, then try it out! If you’re always doing the same thing, you’ll feel like a robot or a machine just churning out music and that can get boring. Especially if it only brings about average results.

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7. You have been blessed with success in a career path that can be challenging. Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path, but seem daunted by the prospect of failure?

Jeffrro: Keep trying new things but keep everything you make online. Sometimes, a song you made a while ago is actually a banger, but people just haven’t recognized it yet. So, don’t just give up if you don’t see numbers immediately.

8. Can you share with our readers any self care routines, practices or treatments that you do to help your body, mind or heart to thrive? Kindly share a story or an example for each.

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Jeffrro: Honestly, just writing music is really what helps. I don’t follow any specific routines or practices since music is really my therapy. There’s been times where I have hit low points personally and that only fueled the idea for a song. Self-doubt, love, relationships, etc. That all will be reflected in my music, since I feel it makes me thrive.

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9. What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why? Please share a story or example for each.

Jeffrro: (1). Don’t try to make songs to impress people. Sometimes simplicity is better, and sometimes the message you send through a song isn’t to impress but to set a tone. If you make music just for the “wow factor”, you restrict yourself to certain things.

Jeffrro: (2). Be confident! My early music sounded monotone and lacked real creativity. I didn’t feel comfortable adding certain elements to my music, such as background vocals or other effects that could seriously improve its uniqueness. My songs were linear and predictable.

Jeffrro: (3). Always write down ideas. During certain events in my life, no matter big or small, I would kind of dream of what instruments I could use over a song about what I was experiencing. Unfortunately, as time would pass, I would simply just forget these ideas. Even just writing these ideas down in a note on my phone would’ve been enough to prevent certain periods of writer’s block.

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Jeffrro: (4). Write it down, come back later. As J. Cole said recently, “Sometimes you just need to step away, some living”. I’ve noticed that I become a perfectionist when I write, trying to write rhymes in a way that guarantees it can be understood, when the sole purpose of music is to discover its meaning, not for it to be told. The numerous times I would stop writing when I noticed my imagination stopped flowing, I realized I would pick up right where I had left off after a few days of thinking and learning.

Jeffrro: (5). Be yourself. Don’t try to be the next person in line, is what I tell myself. While I’m inspired by greats like J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar, I know that everything I’ve heard from them has been heard by many others. Anybody who has listened to any music artist can detect when an aspiring creator tries too hard to sound like them, in an attempt to replicate their success. This can only lead to comparisons or being viewed as corny. That’ll restrict the chances people give your music.

10. Can you please give us your favorite  “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

Jeffrro: “Your happiness relies on yourself only.”

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As I have mentioned before, I have seen myself making music that is meant to just impress people, even if it doesn’t satisfy my heart’s desire for expression. Slowly but surely, I’m beginning to write about personal ideas that are meaningful to me, knowing that there are so many people out of the 7 billion on this earth that can relate to me.

11. None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

Jeffrro: My mother. She has allowed me to think freely and chase my own dreams, not imposing any of her personal desires for what my life should be. A lot of stories that she has told me also fuel my music, especially in Growth of A Boy. I can tell this holds true, considering she loved my verse on Sleeping Beauty when she heard it the first time, sharing it with a lot of my family members. I can tell that whatever I do with this career, she’ll be there to support me.

12. You are a person of enormous influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

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Jeffrro: To become self-aware, which can also bring about general awareness for others. Emotions are becoming more and more valued as time goes on considering the important conversation we were having about mental health. Personally, I feel as though we are our own destroyers when it comes to this, since some people choose to ignore the effects of certain mental disorders or syndromes. Being at least aware of them can cause us to be more welcoming towards progression and treatment, which can help a lot of people down the line.

13. We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂

Jeffrro: Kendrick Lamar. He really opened my eyes to music. To being expressive, to having meaning. I wish to just have a conservation with him, to learn more about what he deals with, how something so internally painful can become perceivable by those who don’t experience it. I think he has a lot of valuable knowledge on humanity.

14 How can our readers follow you online?

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Jeffrro: Follow me on:
Instagram: @jeffrrorl
Twitter: @goab_2021

Michael Odu is the founder of Goshenvilla Limited and official Interviewer of Honk Magazine. He shares stories of inspiring entrepreneurs from all around the world and tips to create a better life & business.

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MEET THE ARTIST MEL THE PROPHET

Hello Mel The Prophet, Thanks for coming to Honk Magazine to talk about your career.

Tell us a little more about when you first got into music?

Mel the Prophet- I first got into music in 2016. I used to freestyle with my friends and I was becoming really good and around that time I went to a NIpsey Hussle concert and an epiphany and was inspired to speak about my truth over music to inspire people how I was inspired by Nipsey  

If you could describe your sound/style in one word, what would it be and why?

Mel the Prophet- If I could describe my music in one word it would be, [ UNIQUE ] because , my music comes from real experiences while being witty and aggressive with intention to motivate the listener to view themselves and the world in a different perspective. 

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What would you say to any aspiring recording artists who look up to your work?

Mel the Prophet- What I would say to aspiring artists who look up to my work is always be a learner and humble but always be honest with who you are before doing music, no matter what!

What quote or mantra do you live by?

Mel the Prophet- The mantra I live by is, if no one existed on the earth but you, how would you feel and what would you do and who would you be? ,,, now feel, do and be that with everyone existing on earth! 

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What is your hobby outside of music?

Mel the Prophet- My hobby outside of music is working out, reading and learning new ways to help others become more self aware.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Mel the Prophet- Where I see myself in 5 years is living on a ranch with multiple acres being a household name in music and the mental health industry providing value in creative ways to those who need help.

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Do you have anything new or upcoming we can expect to see from you?

Mel the Prophet- What I have upcoming is a musical project, “SELF HELP” the self awareness guide and I’m also working on a RnB album 

What is the inspiration behind your latest song?

Mel the Prophet- The inspiration behind my latest song, “Help 1 Self” (Mental Health Anthem) was experiencing the pandemic when a lot of people became afraid and aware of the fact their mental health was at stake.

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What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

Mel the Prophet- The 5 things I wish someone told me when I first started: 

Expect no support from the people you want or expect support from. I was always a good person and a person who was “friends” with many people, not just around me or in my community but all around and thought I was going to get support from them because I was doing something good.

INVEST IN YOURSELF: Even though I did invest in myself, I was expecting others to invest in me because of the ideas I had and how beneficial they would be for others.

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FOCUS ON THE BIGGER PICTURE: As much as I thought I was focusing on the bigger picture, I actually wasn’t. I was rushing the process to become what I knew I am and I would attempt to force myself and my vision onto people without trusting the process of just doing the work day in and day out.

KNOW WHEN TO SAY NO!: Being a good person can be tiring when you’re attempting to help anyone and everyone. Some people do not align with your mission or purpose. I would give my hand out to anyone who asked for it and then be in a situation where the person or people would just attempt to take advantage of my kindness.

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FULFILL YOUR PURPOSE and not your ego 

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

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Mel the Prophet- Some tips for my colleagues not to burn out: 

1: SOLITUDE (spend time with yourself and your own thoughts).

2: Spend time in nature without technology . Nature is the essence of our being, being able to breathe in the air and listen to the natural habit of nature is a key element to self awareness to redirect your energy. 

3: SLEEP WELL + REST.

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4: Spend time with family and people you love doing things that are fun and not just work all the time .. finding the balance.

How can our readers follow you online?

Mel the Prophet- Readers can find me on ALL social media platforms, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube,Tik Tok under @meltheprophet or Mel the Prophet my direct website is www.help1self.com

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Exclusive Interview: Rising Artist Rasta Man Jay

Hello Rasta Man Jay, Thanks for coming to Honk Magazine to talk about your career.

What 3 things does anyone starting in your industry need to know?

Always stay focused and consistent on your goals,never give up no matter how hard life gets,also never let people bring you down.

What would you do differently if you were starting in your industry now?

I Would be dropping music constantly and making my fans happy with new music every week so my audience is always listening.

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Which people or books have had the most influence on your growth and why?

When I was younger I always listened to great music from Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa,Young Jeezy and many other artists from the early 2000s.

What would you say is the #1 key to success in your music career?

I would say dropping different tracks constantly spitting lyrics from my struggle and pain in my life that is why I came a long way in the music industry.

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Talk about the biggest failure you’ve had. What did you learn from it?

Getting criticized about my rap flow and will people accept it which eventually my fans started supporting me from out of town.

What has been your biggest success story and why do you think it was a success?

When I hit News Weekly, that was the best moment in my life. I started building my confidence again with my music.

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What keeps you going when things get tough in the music industry?

Having 2 Daughters that count on me to win and I won’t let them down so they won’t have to struggle like I did.

What made you pursue being an artist full-time?

Wanting to prove people wrong that didn’t believe in me having a lot of non supporters and hate back in my hometown.

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Would you sign to a label?

Yes but it has to be a label that lets me own my music and doesn’t control my music and all my royalties.

What projects are you working on for the rest of 2022?

I just dropped my album with Distro Kid called Don’t Try to Be No One You Not and also has multiple songs and projects dropping this year so stay tuned.

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How can our readers follow you online?

Anyone can follow me from my instagram account @jholder051817 which already has an impressive following already from joining instagram within 1 year.

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