So tell us about yourself J.Carr and where you’re from and now reside?
My name is James Carr, the leader of Carr Club Music. I was born in Jamaica and now reside in Miami, Florida. I made up my mind I wanted to do music in 1999 and officially became the artist I knew I could be around 2010.
How did you get the name J.Carr and what does it stand for?
It is an abbreviated version of my name, James Carr.
Tell us about your new album? including the meaning of the album, the sound and the producers you worked with?
My album is entitled Mach Five. I chose that name for several reasons. The most important being, I grew up on a TV show entitled Speed Racer. On that show, Speed drove a car called the Mach Five. The Mach Five was a car that had a lot of abilities like jumping, cutting down trees, a hummingbird…etc. I felt this best represented myself being a “carr” that has a lot of abilities outside of being an artist, including managing others, executive producing projects…etc. What makes this name so special to me is that throughout my career I would always downplay my other abilities trying to just focus on being an artist and gaining respect for that alone. This is the first time that I decided to wear all my hats at once: Mach Five. Also, this is my fifth full length album.
I worked with one producer for the entire project. I am a big fan of single producer projects. 3nterprise produced the entire album and he is the first official in house producer for Carr Club Music. I essentially strived to make a project full of big records and once I heard what 3nterprise had to offer I knew my goals were tangible.
You were once affiliated with Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE), the label of Kendrick Lamar. You were going to sign with them. What happened and why did the deal go sour?
There was never an intent for me to sign or any deal in place. I was brought in by MixedByAli to assist with a project he had going on. I went from just assisting to eventually leading it.
How were the people like at TDE? who did you like the most and who didn’t you like and why?
They were all creative in their own way. I wasn’t around long enough to dislike anyone. Me and Ali essentially spoke the same language and were always on the same page with everything and as far as the artists go: I liked SZA the most. Incredibly down to earth, creative, easy going not to mention her voice is amazing in studio.
You’re an independent rap artist. How do you see yourself growing as an artist? Are you planning on going major?
The goal has always been to go major. I recently signed 5 artists to Carr Club Music who I will be building from the group up. Each of them I feel can lead their respective lane. Once their projects hit the market after mine I am hoping to have major distribution set in place similar to Cash Money and follow in the steps of Birdman, Master P, Sure Knight…etc.
Streaming is becoming huge every year, and 808sandblues would like to know if you are being paid well from streaming as an independent artist and what are your other sources of income?
Streaming is decent. I’ve learned the key is to make timeless music so once the hype goes away there is a steady revenue stream from streams. My other source of income is I am a Creative Director. I am typically brought in from people of all industries to turn ideas into reality. I never intended on that being a career choice but after doing so much myself for my career people would hire me for help with their careers. I have since retired from doing it freelance after I worked with a Grammy winner. Now I solely work for Carr Club Music and will but putting forth all of my skills to breaking my artists.
Which famous/rappers musicians do you admire? Why?
Master P, Suge Knight, Puff Daddy, Birdman…all my idols. I strive to have my name appear in the discussion one day. They are all leaders just like myself and are the driving force behind their record label’s legacies. We are missing that leadership in hip-hop nowadays and I hope to be the one to make it cool again.
Apart from music what are your other interests?
Old school videos games. lol Learning the history behind them is a past time of mine. I can’t play them like I used to but I will spend hours reading up on interesting facts.
How do you feel about the rise of internet rappers such as Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yatchy, Playboy Carti, Madeintyo and others?
I definitely dig what they are doing. Its just another wave in music. Once you have been around enough you will see the rotation of trends and styles. For example, the rise of internet rappers from my POV was the pre-Myspace era.
Who is the GOAT rapper in your opinion?
2pac but bar for bar skill-wise Notorious BIG.
What’s your favourite album of all time?
Me Against The World. I bought it about 5 times in my lifetime.
What’s you best project and why?
Mach Five is certainly by best project. Not just music-wise but it represents me stepping into destiny.
What are your favorite music genres apart from rap?
Grunge and Reggae.
What are your top 10 greatest albums?
(In No Order)
- Puff Daddy – No Way Out
- 2pac – Me Against The World
- The Jacka – The Jack Artist
- E-40 – The Element of Surprise
- Audioslave – Audioslave
- Black Rob – Life Story
- Rage Against The Machine – The Battle Of Los Angeles
- Public Enemy – Muse Sick N Hour Mess Age
- Dr. Dre – The Chronic
- Bob Marley – Kaya
Do you play any instruments? If so, what?
I can play the saxophone.
What emotion would you use to describe your music?
Ambitious. Music to do the impossible to.
What software do you use to produce your music?
Who is your dream collaboration?
A track with Z-Ro.
What changes would you like to see happen to the music industry?
I would prefer if it had more structure in terms of qualifications. We are in the age where people can roll out of bed and claim and artist, manager…etc. Just like how someone can’t claim a Dr. until they have reached a certain amount of qualifications…that should applied to music.
Will you be going on tour any time soon?
God-willing after this project I will do a few shows but the plan to do an official Carr Club tour once my artists enter the marketplace.
What do you think is your best track and why?
Godbody. My most fluid idea transition from thought to rhyme. I just let my soul talk on that one.
What advice would you give to people who like your music and want to follow your steps?
Make sure you know without a shadow of a doubt this is what you want do. Everything is an investment.
Anything you would like to add on for your fans?
Mach Five will be everywhere June 2nd Lets show the world #CarrClub