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THE CAPETONIAN STORY OF JOSEPH PHILEMON

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AT THE AGE OF 19, @JAYBEATZ021 FOUND IT NECESSARY TO PERSUE HIS DREAMS IN A DIFFERENT CITY.

BN: Tell us more about your background?

JP: I was born in Cape Town, to a Namibian father and South African mother who is a pastor so I was raised in a Christian background, from a young age music has grabbed my attention because of all the Gospel been played (at home and in my mother’s car) and the latest Hip-Hop/RnB music that all my older cousins would keep track of.

BN: Tell us about your main influence in life so far? Who has played a significant role in shaping who you are?

JP: My upbringing has shaped the person I am today, I’m a big supporter of just being yourself, we’re all unique but a positive influence in my life would have to be “self-help” books.

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BN: What does “being creative” mean to you?

JP: Being creative to me is having an idea in your head and manifesting it into reality, you have to see it all in your head before it happens, premeditation and strategies wins races nine times out of ten.

BN: Can you describe the time when you first realised that creating was something you absolutely had to do?

JP: I could never picture myself working in a cubicle with a suit and tie, that just wasn’t me, we’re all different. The thought of high schools saying you’d have to go to university, get a job, get married and have children, live in a house with a white picket-fence then die, wasn’t for me.. choose a job that you love and you’d never have to work a day in your life.

BN: What’s your favorite place to see art?

JP: Favorite place to see art is in my head.

BN: Explain what you do in 5 words

JP: Jay Beatz is a creator.

BN: Where do you find ideas for your work?

JP: I find new ideas for my music through having conversations with people and seeing something that caught my eye which could turn into a dope music video or a dope content for a song like “conspiracy files” on my Room For Improvement EP.

BN: Do you collect anything?

JP: I collect information, if that counts as an answer.

BN: Are you involved with any youth movements? What do you make of the #FEESMUSTFALL movement to date?

JP: I just don’t like the fact that someone qualified can’t go to the school of their dreams because of their financial situation, buying an education even sounds weird to me.

BN: Based on analysis of recent events, what do you think the future holds for the South African youth?

JP: Based on all the recent events, it does make the future of the South African youth a tad more challenging but I also believe we could all conquer the obstacles in our way.

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