Slidin’ Thru: Jesus Honcho

August 28, 2018

Read the full interview on YoungCalifornia.com!

All the way from Brooklyn, New York, Jesus Honcho is the newest rising star on the Cinematic Music roster. Claiming his spot in the rap game with his hypnotic sounds and melodic overtones, it was his single “Infatuated” that caught the attention of listeners around the world. Read more…

The record first appeared on his Instagram page through a 20-second clip and resulted in over half a million views. Now, the track sits at over 5.3 million views and counting on SoundCloud alone. Finding his niche somewhere between music and fashion, Jesus Huncho proves he’s just getting started.

For those who don’t know, who is Jesus Honcho?
I’m an artist from New York City. I make music that blends genres like rap, R&B, and rock.

Where do you fit in the realm of hip hop?
I don’t have a genre. I’m very versatile. I do basically everything, but I’m mostly hip-hop.

You’re from Brooklyn. How does that play into your life and your career?
I’m rarely home. I’m always busy. I’m always working. Living in New York City is very busy, so I’m always busy.

How important is it to come to LA as an up and coming artist?
It means a lot to be here. I love this place. It’s very social. It’s great for networking, promoting, and also showing your face. That’s how you get things done.

How did you get your name?
Family, hereditarian. DeJesus is my last name, took the De out and put Jesus. Then Honcho for leader, because I follow myself. I came up with that name merely because everybody has ‘young’ and ‘lil’, so I wanted to be different.

How did you get into music?
I’ve been doing poetry, then I basically took all my life experiences and put it into words. When I saw it become a little more aggressive, it turned into rap. Just the things that happened throughout my life.

When did you realize it was for real?
People started giving me good advice. It’s very uplifting. I’m someone who believes in myself, so I would listen to everything someone would tell me and I just would believe in myself. It just happened. Some things just happen.

I love your record “Infatuated.” It’s currently at over 4 million plays on Soundcloud. Did you foresee it blowing up like this?
I knew that it was going to blow up, but I didn’t know it would blow up this big. It means a lot to me. The song hasn’t even reached its reaching point, so it’s doing pretty good.

Can you talk about the making of the record?
To summarize, the song is about experiences in my life, with rock references. Two people who I dated who were very difficult to deal with, so I put that into my song and made it into something catchy with melody.

You recently released your 7 Vibez EP. What do you want fans to get from your story?
Throughout the EP, there’s seven vibes, seven different genres. So for the people who like rock or pop or rap, there’s a variety of mixes of different types of tracks. Whatever you’re feeling, that’s what you can listen to.

You have a song called “Depression Hotline.” How has music been a form of therapy for you?
I write truly because it’s my passion. I also love making touching or relatable music because it’s very supporting. It uplifts people and it uplifts me. It helps me express myself when I’m feeling down or feeling any type of way. Music plays a big impact in my life, because it helps me express myself easily.

Talk about your journey with Cinematic.
Cinematic has been a very loyal label. They’ve been helping me reach my goals, and further them. I love Cinematic.

How important is social media for your career?
Social media isn’t really important, although that is basically where everything takes place at. It’s important in supporting and helping my career grow, but at the same time, I still like living my normal life.

Your only 19. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
To be honest, I see myself being somewhere a couple of months from now. That’ll be the motivational tool, just successful. And happy. Being happy is the most important thing. Not just the money, but being happy. Because a lot of people have money, but they’re not happy. So that’s where I want to be: be happy and be successful.

What would you be doing if you weren’t doing music?
To sum that up, I don’t just do music. I also do modeling and open to fashion. I’m starting vlogs. Fashion has a big impact on music. They both go together. Vlogging, basically giving my friends and people who support me more insight to who I am. Just basically showing my experiences throughout the journeys that I’m going through.

What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
There’s no normal days. It’s just working hard everyday. Every day is music for me. It’s become more of an everyday thing and not more of a every month thing. I’m very focused and dedicated to what I do. That’s all I do all day.

3 things you need in the studio?
I feel like you need privacy. My space is very limited in the studio. The only people I need there is the engineer and whoever else is contributing to that session or whatever I’m doing. That’s all I really need in the studio honestly, my privacy.

Who’s the most played artist on your phone?
I listen to Travis Scott a lot, and XXXTentacion. Emotion wise, XXX. Hype wise, Travis Scott. If I want uplifting, I listen to Travis.

Dream collab?
Who I really want to work with is Roy Woods. He’s very talented. And PARTYNEXTDOOR. Toronto has a lot of talented artists. I’d love to work with Rihanna. I love her so much.

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