Mann J was born as Jason Walker on September 15, 1998 in Houston, Texas. After gaining an interest in music he was pinning his own songs at age 11. As time went on he continued to hone his skills in local cyphers, rap battles, and continuing to write, mostly to pre-used instrumentals for already popular songs. Soon he got in the booth and started recording these verses and called them J-Mixes. After gaining a glimmer of popularity through these he began work on his first free EP ‘Launch Sequence’ which was released on April 3, 2015. After its release and reception along with an urging from his newly crowding fan base he began work on his first free mixtape ‘Start Line’ which was released on July 31, 2015. And on January 2, 2016 to kick off the year he released a 4 track EP also for free titled ‘The Flows and Motions Mix’.
He would later revel the project to be his first Official EP titled ‘One Week’ which was released through his own label Fire Track Music Group on August 18, 2017 for streaming and digital download. Followed by the successor EP ‘Week 2’ which was released on February 16, 2018. Work was then started on what was supposed to be the successor to ‘Week 2’. Instead it ended up being his debut full length project ‘The Art of Not Giving a F***’. Which was released on November 22, 2019 .
Q: First of all tell us about the start of your professional career?
I’d say the start of my “professional” career came in 2017 when I dropped my first first official EP. Like original beats, different producers, official distribution in place. All that.
Q: What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
Just do it. All them ideas you have in your head aren’t going to generate you any success by sitting in your head. Get them out so you cam perfect them and capitalize on them.
Q:When you decide it’s time to make a new record, is that more exciting or stressful?
It’s more exciting, because I’m an independent artist. I do my own business, I run my own label Imperial Committee Entertainment. I don’t make music unless I want to. Yeah I still follow a release scheduele of one single a month and one project every 6-8 months. But everything I make I have fun with, because why wouldn’t I? This is a hustle, but at the same time I don’t want it to become a chore.
Q: How easily do songs tend to come to you?
Songs come to me very easily. Almost automatic. Because I only make what I want to. Other artists get songs packaged and handed to them, and it doesn’t matter if they’re feeling them or not. They have to record them. People bring me songs packaged like that sometimes too, but I’m not taking the song unless I really like it. Which is rarely ever.
Q: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?
Do it now, worry about it later. Don’t spend forever thinking about it. Do it and see how it goes. Then see what you need to change.
Q: What is you favorite song to belt out at the bar/in the car right now?
It’s an oldie but goodie. Tamia Can’t Get Enough. I been in the car for the last week getting them singing vocals right. (I can’t sing to save my life).
Q :What are your future goals as a music artist?
My future goals which aren’t that far off because I have some stuff that’s really close to being done in the works right now is headlining my own shows. Like I’ve been on concerts other promoters put together but I want to be on my own stuff. And I’m close to making it happen.
Q: What was your most memorable performance to date?
Wearhouse Live, my hometown Houston, Texas. 2700 people. I think I was like 18.
Q :How can we follow you on social media ??
Twitter and Instagram @_mannj
Tik Tok: @joetrill