We had the good fortune of connecting with J Nolan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi J, how do you think about risk?
I feel like risks are definitely necessary for growth in all aspects. You have to be willing to try new things and just be open to whatever happens. When I was invited by Loaded Lux and Hot 97 to do Top Shelf Freestyle in New York, I sacrificed 3 weeks of paid vacation time to do it. All this year, I’ve gone out of my way to just put my name in the mix for things whether it’s financial relief, artistic assistance, virtual performance opportunities, etc and they’ve all worked out.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started doing music as a kid and it’s been keeping me going ever since. Throughout high school, I can definitely say I went through my obsession phase and that set the tone for my work ethic today. In terms of how I stand out, I’m someone that tries to match my talent with the hard work that it takes to succeed and I put my all into everything I do. I’ve also translated that passion into other endeavors such as Fresh & Local ATL which is an initiative for artist advocacy and music business education along with Untitled Live ATL that focuses more on the interactive experience of developing artists and their live show. I’m most proud of the fact that I’ve taken my ideas and made them tangible, first and foremost. A lot of people have lofty dreams, but I’ve stepped out into uncertain territory and am building a functioning system for myself through music and am consistently elevating.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
People would probably consider me boring on a social level, but I’d say Controllerise on Monday nights is definitely a move for lofi Hip-Hop and beats. The Groove ATL is an all R&B party that rings off crazy. The Early Show is the place to be for an immersive experience with indie artists and food wise, I honestly don’t eat out that much. Slutty Vegan is an Atlanta staple for vegan burgers that taste authentic and I highly recommend it.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to dedicate this shoutout to everyone that’s played a role in my journey. From my Fresh & Local crew, my manager Nicoli Demar, every artist/producer and team I’ve worked with in numerous ways, those that have booked me for shows, and my girlfriend for her love and support. Those that have played my music and shared my work, I greatly appreciate everyone helping me get to this point I hope to continue to grow with all of them in my corner.