We had the good fortune of connecting with Jason Byars and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jason, how do you think about risk?
When I think about risk, I think about immediate and long term effects. How will this play out if it goes terrible or great? Am I prepared to take a lose if that’s what it comes to. With great risk comes great reward should you come out on top of whatever risk being assessed.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m most proud of staying true to myself and my art. I create my expression based on how I feel. I’ve had many external factors and opinions that have tried to sway my content or my creative process and I did not budge. I got where I am today by taking risk and staying true to myself. Whenever you put your art into the world its open to interpretation and opinions. In no way was this easy for me. At times I’ve have to listen and digest the options of other who may not agree or like my art but thats what comes with the territory. The lesson I’ve learned and keeps repeating itself is staying true to myself. Staying true to myself is what got me an opportunity with a real record label. What I want the world to know about my brand and myself is that it’s authentic. It comes from a natural place. I make many different types of vibes and music. I’m not an artist that can be placed in a box.

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?
If my best friend was visiting for a week I would take them many places. I would take them to the top of South Mountain and then Camel Back Mountain. There’s a few places that we have to eat at. The Larder and the Delta, Lo Lo’s Chicken and Waffles, Guadalajara’s, Taco Boys, Ta’Cobron, Loyalty Lounge, The Rokerij, and Detroit Soul Food Sistas. These are all some of my favorite places to eat. Golf carting is always fun so I take them K 1 racing and maybe Top Golf. Last but not least I would take them Downtown Phoenix. Its probably one of my favorite places, it has a lot to offer and The Larder and the Delta is home there. Out of all the places I named, that would be my favorite.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First I would like to thank my mom. She passed down every ounce of musical ability that I have. She exposed me to many genres of music at an early age. She made my brother and myself tag along in and out of studios as she is a musician herself. I would also like to recognize my Uncle Lamont who recently passed. He would record my mom in the living room in the early years before computers took over recording arts. He was a tech guru and a very well respected producer and audio engineer.

There are a few artist as well as friends I’d like to thank for supporting me in my humble beginnings. The listened to my ideas and expressions when my craft was not the sharpest. they allowed me to use their time as buffer and to find my comfort zone. They didn’t shy away from me even though I didn’t sound the best at the time. At times when I wanted to quit they encouraged me to keep going and to keep improving. These individuals are Akeem Chilla, Ty Mack, and Cardiii. I have worked with these friends of mine and we’ve even had an opportuinity to create together.

I would also like to thank Ethika Music. They opened their doors and allowed an opportunity for an under dog to display my talent. In this experience I got to sit with the President and CEO of the record label and not only show them music I have, but record music for them as well. Its an experienced that is unmatched and I could never forget it.

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