We had the good fortune of connecting with Lj Da Joker and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lj Da, why did you pursue a creative career?
I chose a path of creation that allowed me to best express myself freely. I’ve been blessed to be talented enough musically to share feelings, perspectives and personal experiences in a way that resonate with a lot of people. Music is my forte but I’m a entertainer. I also act and on the rare occasion I will model.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As a Music Artist I’m very comfortable being myself. The current social climate with regards to entertainment is discouraging individuality in favor of having everyone look and sound the same. I look like myself and I sound like myself. I’m a original.

I’m most proud of what I’ve achieved this far. Sometimes I’m so focused on the next goal that I forget to appreciate what all I’ve accomplished. Just how far I’ve come and what it took to get here. The music still excites me!

Developing a buzz or a name in this industry is hard work. It’s a lot of networking, a lot of time and a lot of money involved in this business. The most difficult challenge I’ve faced early on was who to trust. Everybody is selling dreams that play into the ego of artist and you’ usually end up getting beat out of some money. You pay for performance opportunities at these shows only to learn that the promoter didn’t really try to sell any tickets. The crowd is only artist that all paid to perform and their entourages who all bought tickets.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that relationships trump talent. Networking is really the key. You should always be mindful of how you treat people. There are some really good people in this business that are willing to help you.

I want the world to know that I make beautiful music from my heart. Sometimes happy, sometimes sad, sometimes fast, sometimes slow but always genuine! I’m LJ DA JOKER the Voice of the People!

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?
On a 7 day trip I would eat at Sweet Mama’s, Island Tropics, River and Post, Black Sheep, Blu Diner, Taco Lu and Biggies Pizza.

I would take them to visit the museum of science & history, to the St. John’s Town Center to do some shopping, to the beach to enjoy the weather and to where the magic really happens, the studio! Riverside is definitely a area to check out.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My childhood friend Big Ben. If it wasn’t for him taking me to the studio when he heard me rap I can’t honestly say I would’ve made it this far. That decision was such a major factor that I think it changed the trajectory of my life.

Website: https://poplme.co/ljdajoker

Other: www.LjDaJoker.com

Image Credits
Ben Turrell Photography Gsremarkable Photography

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