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

Hi Joshua, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
Success is an objective definition. It means achieving a goal. Now, each individual’s goal is where the variation comes into play. For me, success has never meant becoming as popular as Drake or Eminem. Its always definitively been making enough financially to retire my parents, while trying to positively impact as many people as possible through my music. Those are my two goals with my music.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I can’t say that I stand out as much as I’d like to yet as it’s nearly impossible to be completely original today, but I do think I’ve started to mold into my own person over my eight year career. When I first started making music, I was basically a Walmart brand of my favorite rapper at the time who’s name is Witt Lowry. Luckily, over time I’ve branched out my music taste and have learned to take little bits of each artist I like rather than massive chunks so that I can have influence from them rather than being a replica of them. Getting where I am today has definitely taken time. Eight years in and I’m still very much underground, which can be demotivating but also motivating at the same time. I’ve had sparks of traction multiple times but nothing big enough to really help me take off. Each day is just a grind and as long as I’m moving forward, how fast it’s happening isn’t too big of a concern for me. Of course faster would be nice, but you have to keep a realistic mindset.

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?
I’m not gonna lie, I don’t really know. I’ve been a very frugal person for some time now so going out and doing things that cost money is quite the rarity for me. I’ve always tried to save and invest as much as possible so that I can retire myself and my parents as soon as possible. I know, that’s a pretty boring answer, but it’s the honest one. We would probably just do some basic things like go bowling, watch a movie at the theaters, or go to a water park.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are a few things/people that come to mind, but I’d love to shine most of the light on my parents. They played the biggest role in shaping who I am today and always did what they needed to so that my two brothers and I had what we needed. We didn’t always have a lot, but we always had what we needed. That’s something I’m forever grateful for and the reason why one of my main goals is to retire the both of them. It’s the least I can do to repay them for the unconditional love and support they have always shown me.

Website: https://songwhip.com/jay-140/324

Instagram: @jay140music

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