Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer and the founder of his self-titled rock band, Jon Bon Jovi, was recently interviewed by ‘MSNBC’s Mavericks With Ari Melber’ this week and talked about his songwriting skills as well as how he has learned to measure true success in music.
As you might remember, Jon Bon Jovi has released his 15th studio album named ‘2020’ back in last October and because of the self-quarantine, Jon Bon Jovi was making question and answer sessions with his fans to get in touch with his fan base.
In his latest interview with Ari Melber, Jon Bon Jovi stated that there are many talented musicians in the streets and they have such a power to find their way to reinvent the wheel which is the internet. He also added the reason why he does not make any collaborations with rappers for many years.
Here is what Jon Bon Jovi said in his interview:
“I got a record deal in such a unique way that I don’t know how I was so smart to think of it. But I said, ‘Who is the loneliest man in the record business?’ And my answer to myself was, ‘The DJ.’
And so I went and I knocked on the door of a brand new radio station that, fortunately for me, was so new, it didn’t have a receptionist. And the DJ told me to wait one minute, ’cause he was on the air.
He came out on the commercial break, and I told him that I wanted to talk to him. I had these songs, one of which was ‘Runaway.’ Stick around until after I’m off the air. We can talk.’ I did. Eventually, that song got on the radio in New York City — no band, no record deal, no manager, no nothing. A 20-year-old kid knocked on the door.”
“Now, looking 37 years later, kids have the Internet, so they have to find their own way to reinvent the wheel. They have to think of something that’s as unique so that they stand out. ‘Cause there’s a lot of other talented kids out on the street, and a lot of other talented songwriters out on the street. In order to differentiate yourself, you’ve gotta think differently.
And so go and be that me from 37 years ago and find your DJ, find your way. It can be done. And do not succumb to fads and fashions, because by the time you get up to speed on whatever is fashionable, the trend has changed. You have to be your own self.
That’s why you don’t see me doing collaborations with rap guys and pop guys and dance bands because unless you’re true to who you are, it’s not gonna resonate — it’s gonna be a fad, and it’s gonna be there for a moment. Move on. It’s like candy — it’s a sugar high.”
You can watch the interview below.
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