While making my usual daily rounds looking for artists to host a mixtape I was in the process of putting together, an agency that I was in contact with sent me the music of an up & coming emcee named Jamie Drastik. The song “Believe” featuring Money Harm from Product G&B made it’s way onto my mixtape titled “Legendary” and the name Jamie Drastik stayed on my radar. That song was enough to show me the talent and potential this artist had.
Since aligning with Mr. International himself Pitbull and becoming the flagship artist on his newly minted Mr. 305 Records, Jamie has released two very well received mixtapes “The Magnet” and 2011’s “Champagne & Cocaine” which showcases the lead single “Save Me” featuring Pitbull, quickly being a music chart climber.
To top it off with his appearance on Pitbull’s “Planet Pit” standout track “Castle Made Of Sand” featuring Kelly Rowland, he’s definitely an artist who’s potential has surpassed the sky. I was able to catch up with Jamie as he works on his newest mixtape September and his upcoming debut album for a quick Q&A.
A Star Is Born: An exclusive interview with Jamie Drastik
1) What was your experience like getting into the music industry?
A lot of hurrying up and waiting, show cases, mixtapes, basement studios, bad vocal mixes. The further i went with it the more I seen people giving up, so I figured if I keep going by the end I’ll be the only one left.
2) Describe the first time meeting Pitbull and your feelings after signing the deal with his record label.
First time meeting Pit was at a show in my hometown called K Fest. He had already offered the deal and the lawyers had the contracts but wasn’t hadn’t signed yet. He was already scheduled to perform at the show, so he wound up having me on the bill with him in my hometown. How do you not sign after that? lol
3) Describe your style of music & the atmosphere of a Jamie Drastik live show.
I keep the music really truthful, musical, and always try to let them know where I’m from. 845, 845, 845, 845! My shows have a lot of energy and I engage the crowd a lot. In between songs I just talk about regular stuff with the crowd. I try to turn the room into a living room.
4)Who are some of your favorite artists & influences.
My favorite “rapper” is Jeezy (I know…)
My favorite “artist” is Jay Z
My favorite “hustler” in the business is Pitbull (a real hustler can sell anything, what music hasn’t he succeeded in?!?!)
5) What should we expect from your debut album?
A big sound talking about experiences from a small town. And a Grammy….for real.