Javi Gonzalezii (better known as simply Javi) is an East Coast raised, West Coast residing artist that has a sound that doesn’t disappoint.

So first off where are you from and how old are you?

I was born in Boston, lived in Stoneham until I was like 11 and then I moved 2 hours North to New Hampshire.  I’m 24.

Damn so East Coast raised, same here. So tell me a little bit about your experience growing up.

Yeah so I was raised in a hispanic household.  My mom is from El Salvador and my dad is Puerto Rican, so I grew up having a strong cultural influence when it came to Spanish music, the food, and the language.  My parents also wanted us to grow up learning instruments so in kinder I started playing piano, in third grade I picked up guitar, and in middle school I picked up the violin.  Early on I participated a lot in church musical events so I also grew up singing a lot too.

Amazing that you had the culture and music from the jump. At what point did you decide to actually make your own music?

I started off just making my little piano compositions in middle school. Around that time I was listening to mad hip hop and r&b music. I started writing my own songs in like rap form, but tried to sing them. I would really concentrate on being lyrical and deep and not so much make fire music. Around that time I never put anything out because there were no studios around me and I didn’t know how to record myself like I do now. I started going to real studios right after I graduated, and that’s when I put out my first few original tracks.

That’s so fire, so after your first few tracks when did you decide you wanted to take music seriously?

I decided that I wanted to take it seriously around that time I started hitting the studio. But I didn’t want to have to rely on studios anymore so I decided to go to school in Maine for audio engineering. That’s where I started learning to really record myself well and got serious about my craft in terms of my sound and visuals.  I got lucky ‘cause I ended up meeting my bro Zachary Greaton, who was getting serious about doing music videos. There we both grew together to the point where we realised we could really go big with this. We started doing videos together and still work together to this day. He just moved out to LA from Maine last week, so I feel like the team is back together right now. It’s crazy to see how far we’ve come because looking back, my mixes weren’t good and my sound wasn’t as polished as it is now.  But now we’ve both really honed in our craft and are ready to take over LA.

“…[M]y mixes weren’t good and my sound wasn’t as polished as it is now, but now we’ve both really honed in our craft and are ready to take over LA.”

I love hearing come up stories like that, it’s so good that you learned audio skills early on. At what point did you make the jump from the East Coast to LA?

I came to LA 10 months ago. It was right after I finished college, and I felt that there wasn’t anything left for me on the East Coast. The first person who suggested we should go to LA was my bro Coop. I started recording him after I met him at a party where we were pretty drunk.  We were supposed to shoot out together but things didn’t line up, so I just shot out with my brother. I felt like being out in LA, I could surround myself with the right people and it really ended up paying off.

Big absolute shoutout to the homies and especially Coop. I’m glad he told you that and even more happy to hear you made the jump. So what are some of your plans at the beginning of 2019 and the rest of the year?

Right now I’m really just focused on music videos and promoting them on the right outlets. I’ve got a tonne of unreleased music with a lot of dope artists I’ve met out here, so I really want to make all the right moves so that by the middle of this year I’m pulling crazy views and potentially starting to tour. I’d say be on the look out for some collabs with Lettuce By The Pound, Coop, Burnkas, Drownmilli and a lot of other dope names that Imma keep on the down low at the moment.

Damn ok definitely gonna be watching for that, this is definitely gonna be an an exciting year for you. What’s your favorite song you’ve made or released?

My favorite song I’ve released is probably “Won’t Play”.  I just dropped it last week, I love the song and am really happy with how the video came out. It was directed by Daniel Sinclar and Zachary Greaton and produced by Young Taylor. I have some songs in the vault that I feel like 1-upped it though so I can’t wait ‘till everybody hears those!

Absolutely gas, I’m so hyped on everyone’s unreleased stuff lately. Speaking of visuals, do you enjoy filming?

Bro I love filming just as much as I love making the music. I think it’s because I love performing and seeing myself on camera lol.

I kinda figured because some of your visuals are so fire so you couldn’t be camera shy. I really like a lot of the stuff you come out with. What’s your number one goal in music? Do you have a message you want to spread?

Thank you bro I deff appreciate that! Yeah my goal is to take this worldwide. I feel like I’ve taken the first steps in making my mark as an American artist but I want to take over the Spanish market as well. If there was one message I’d want to spread it would be to do what you love so you never work a day in your life. I know I’m gonna make millions doing this, but even if I wasn’t I’d still be doing it.

That’s such a great attitude and honestly other markets are the way to go. I could definitely see you blowing up in all sorts of other places. Who are some artists you’d like to work with in the future, big or small?

In the Spanish realm Camila, Sin Bandera, Daddy Yankee, and Ozuna. American I’d say The Weeknd, Drake, J Cole, Lil Wayne, and Kanye.

You and Ozuna could be so fire I can see it now. I like all those names absolutely. How long does it normally take you to make a song?

It depends. Sometimes I can knock a song out in an hour, and sometimes I might just lay down a hook and come back to it later and record for 3 or 4 hours tweaking and mixing it. I’m super picky so that’s why I like recording myself, because I’m fast when it comes to recording and don’t have to keep telling someone to play me back if I want to redo something.

I definitely feel that a lot, I can see how you’d feel that way. What are your top studio necessities, things you can’t be in the studio without?

Outside of the studio equipment the only thing I really need is to not have a tonne of people around me. I like recording by myself or with the artist I’m working with, I hate distractions in the studio. If it’s late and I’m gonna be up ‘till 6 in the morning I need coffee. I’m also a drinker and like sipping in the studio so alcohol is always a plus. This month I’m 100% sober so I’m not rocking with that for another 3 weeks lol. Been drinking a lot and felt I needed to cut back and take a break. Other than that I really don’t need much when it comes time to record.

That’s actually really great to hear I been cutting back a lot myself to be honest, I know a lot of people can relate to that. Music aside for a moment, what keeps you going outside of it? What are you usually doing when you aren’t making music?

Yeah bro I’m in the studio a lot and record a lot of fire artists and a lot of them always bringing liquor and 40’s and pressing me to get lit with them on the daily lol. Lately I’ve been going out to a lot of events, working out, and just traveling when I can. Music really takes up almost all of my time because when I’m not working on my stuff I’m recording other artists out here in my home studio. So I don’t really have much of a life outside of that. So on my chill time I like hitting the pool and ‘cuzzi at my spot and just unwinding.

Definitely always good to do that but I can totally relate music being the only thing. What would be the first thing you would do if you got filthy rich?

First thing I’m doing is getting rid of all my debt and my family’s debt. Then I’d get my drip crazy right. And then I’d start investing in real estate and different businesses and try to get on my Jay Z shit. After that I’d really start tryna give back anyway I could.

Investing gotta be a favorite answer to that question and that’s extremely important. A lot of people can relate to that, one of my last questions for is who are your top 5 favorite artists of all time?

In my personal top 5 of all time I would have to put Lil Wayne ‘cause he’s one of the reasons I fell in love with hip hop. Another would be Kanye ‘cause his music is just so timeless. On my long rides I’ll always catch myself bumping College Dropout and Late Registration. Drake would also go there because everything from So Far Gone to Take Care was just so classic, and I found a lot of influence from him. I’d also put The Weeknd in there, from House of Balloons to Kiss Land I was just blown away. I feel like he totally changed the dynamic of r&b and influenced me in a way others didn’t. And the last I’d put in here is the Spanish band Camila. They really influenced me vocally, I’ve always been attracted to hard rock with gorgeous vocals. These would be in no particular order but prolly just my top five favorites of all time personally.

Wow what a list. All absolute legends. Before we sign off do you have any shout outs or words of motivation?

Yeah def gotta shout out my bro VII The Artist for being the first I could really grow with on the East Coast. He killing it right now in the Dominican Republic. Shout out all my homies back in the East Coast holding it down. Last thing I could tell people is remember at the end of the day this is all art. Once I came to terms with that I felt more comfortable being weirder and more experimental and that’s when I saw the biggest growth in my stuff.

Shoutout all the homies for sure and honestly that’s such a good message, I hope people take something away from that. Thank you so much for your time and UVC is definitely gonna keep our eyes on you in 2019 that’s a fact.

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