SAN DIEGO, CA – In today’s musical climate, it’s rare to come across an artist that is a hallmark of independence. San Diego-based artist Jawny BadLuck is that rarity.
Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Jawny comes from a long line of creators and musicians. Both of his parents did theater and aspired for the big stage on Broadway. Extended family members were musicians, especially as drummers and percussionists, and it was this combination of influences that eventually captivated Jawny and led to him becoming a drummer in several bands. Following in his family’s footsteps, he began a musical ascent that first started with his eclectic taste of rock, soul and punk but eventually manifested in a true passion for hip-hop.
“Although I grew up with rock and all the other genres my brother listened to, hip-hop was the only thing that spoke to what I was like – especially being rebellious,” he said. “I was into some bad decisions, using drugs and drug dealing and running with the wrong crowd, and that was the music that spoke to me more than anything. I always wanted to be a musician, and I felt like I could tell my story better through hip-hop.”
Jawny accredits Kottonmouth Kings as the group that influenced him the most and served as the impetus for him pursuing music as a full-time career. He saw them play live and immediately connected with “a bunch of rebellious white kids doing hip-hop that had a totally original sound & flavor.”
“They had a combination of talking about weed, social issues, and putting on an amazing show with all this energy and doing hip-hop with funk and punk rock and some soul – just a crazy eclectic mix that was all rooted in hip-hop,” Jawny said. “I remember thinking, ‘I will do whatever it takes to do that.’ I gotta give it up to them for igniting that spark in me to make the kind of music that I do.”
Today Jawny BadLuck is fully immersed in a career as a musician. His most recent offering to the world is an eight-song EP called “Count Your Lucky Stars.” It’s a “vibey hip-hop” project that he said will have a broad appeal. Some songs will have more of a dancehall feel, while others are firmly rooted in classical hip-hop rhythms and lyrics. But it’s a project that he said feels very cohesive and current.
“With this project I really wanted to just hit a broader audience and not be pigeonholed into just being a rapper,” he said. “I’m showing off my voice. I’m giving you R&B and some of that Top 40 feel. And of course I’m giving you hip-hop delivery.”
At the end of the day Jawny said he hopes people will recognize his music as good vibes and feeling good despite the odds. He wants people to be able to listen to his music anywhere – the gym, heading to class, cruising in the car with friends. And he wants his music to promote positivity through all walks of life.
“I’m creating music that should be an inspiration in the sense you can do anything you want, no matter where you come from,” he said. “You literally can have anything you want if you learn how to control your mindset – and always take the good from the bad. So my music is about feeling good, being stoked on this one life we get to live, and is laced with emotional depth and feelings that we all go through as human beings. At the end of the day, I just wanna uplift people at their worst & turn the f**k up at their best.”
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