Quit Your Day Job - Question? [DJBooth Interview Exclusive]
Whether you're an aspiring artist or simply a daydreamer, you've likely fantasized about what it would be like to leave your nine-to-five grind behind and try your luck in the music game. But what is the life of an artist on the come-up really like? To answer that very question, we have launched a new, DJBooth-exclusive interview series titled Quit Your Day Job, in which a variety of emerging artists will offer their real, true-to-life insights into the independent grind.
For the latest entry in our series, we link up with Question?, a San Antonio rhymesayer whose stellar Booth track record includes a Best of the Booth award-winning freestyle ("Getting High in the DJBooth") and an acclaimed mixtape release (The Question Remains), along with myriad other dope singles and leaks. Currently employed as a sales support tech for Apple, Inc., Question? is now spending his off hours working on Daddy's Cadillac, a forthcoming mixtape collaboration with local producer J. Jones, as well as recording a debut studio album with his band, DEAD BROKE.
In the exclusive interview below, Question? discusses what it would take for him to leave his steady job behind, why he considers himself a greater success as an indie artist than he ever was as a major-label signee, and how he plans to tackle the financial obstacles keeping him from pursuing music full-time.
What is your current day job?
I'm a sale support tech at Apple, Inc.
What would it take for you to leave your day job in favor of a full-time career in music?
Being that at one point I was signed to a major, that kind of situation is the easy answer. But financial stability to actively pursue music everyday would be ideal...if music was self generating the income through touring, album sales and merchandising it would be a perfect situation.
What steps are you taking to reach that point?
Constantly evolving how I market the music itself in hopes it generates opportunities for exposure as well as income.
What has been the biggest roadblock/challenge in this pursuit?
Money [laughs]. The funds necessary to travel, promote, etc. are not necessarily there.
What is the greatest misconception that you've discovered on your own about starting a career in music?
That having a record deal means you made it. Though I'm proud of the fact that I was the first artist from my city to secure a major deal...it doesn't ensure success. Other than the record advance, I feel I have been more successful as an indie artist then I ever was [while] signed.
What are you working on now that readers/prospective fans should be on the lookout for over the next few weeks/months?
I have a few projects in the works. Working on an album with a producer from San Antonio named J. Jones called Daddy's Cadillac, as well as a follow up to the project I have out now on iTunes called Fear of Dying. I'm also in a band called DEAD BROKE, and we will be releasing our first album in March of 2012 during SXSW.
What is the best way for readers/prospective fans to find out more about you and your music?
Via Facebook.com/QuestionTheFuture and on Twitter @Question210.