Welcome J.T. to Hip Hop Weekly, and congratulations on your newest single Love. Tell us how what this music video is about and the process behind the song?
First off, thank you so much for having me. Love is a single that I originally wrote and recorded way back in early 2018. I recorded it in my studio that was upstairs at my old house at the time. A few months later in May, it ended up being featured on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The moment was very special for me and will always be something that I will never forget…. Fast forward to today, it is finally out now as a single and it also comes along with a whole new music video. The record has personally been through a lot the past few years, with it changing different producers and us finally getting the right licensing for it by the way we re-recorded it and made it our own version. Dallin Hunt is a good friend of mine who is drumming on it, and he is the one who also appears in the music video. We are beyond stoked about this record being out and can’t thank anyone enough who has watched it and shared it with their loved ones.
You recently did a collaboration with Lil B The Based God titled Help The World. Tell us how it came about, and why you decided to name the record Help The World.
Well, that is actually such a crazy question. I made the record with Lil B last summer of 2020. It all came together after my producer Gregory Goose had this idea for the record, and I ended up getting connected with the based god himself. I sent Lil B the beat empty, as I had not even recorded or written anything for it yet. He quickly the next day, sent me back the song with his vocals on it and started singing “Help the world, help the world” in it and that’s how the title of the record came about. Lil B is an artist I grew up listening to and admiring way back in high school, so to be able to have this collaboration with him truly was a blessing. I am working on getting a special kind of music video done for it soon, so be on the lookout for that!
You are born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. What is Utah like for you and your music, and how do you compare it to other states and their music scenes?
That’s such a rad question. Honestly, there is no place like my hometown Salt Lake City, Utah. It’s such a beautiful state and the community in Utah really supports each other, and that is probably the biggest thing I like about it. The music scene in Salt Lake City is so unique too. So many local venues that have local shows every single week, and that can be hard to find in certain states. Utah will always mean so much to me, and it’s the state that has really been supportive of me the most in my entire music career.
Not many know about this, but you spend a lot of time writing songs for other artists in the industry. What is that like for you? Are there any songs we can look out for that are coming soon that you have written for other artists?
That is another great question. Honestly, the songwriting side is a different side of mine that I can’t really talk about too much. I enjoy writing for other artists, and I am so appreciative that any artist would want to use my lyrics that I have wrote for myself, or for them. I wish I could talk more about songs that will be coming soon that I have songwriting credits for, but I have to leave it up to you to research and figure them out. I really wish I could answer this question more, but I do enjoy it a lot. Songwriting is the best creative outlet for me, and I will never stop doing it.
What is next for J.T. Hiskey?
Music, music, music. I just want to keep recording constantly and putting out projects over and over again. Right now I have really been enjoying the Pop Punk stuff and I will have a lot more of that coming soon. Dallin and I have turned a lot of my most well-known hip hop songs, into the pop-punk genre and I am super excited to see how everyone likes them. That will be coming soon, and just more music in general!
What made you want to turn your music into Pop-Punk?
Pop-punk has always been my main genre my whole entire life. I grew up listening to Green Day, Blink 182, Paramore, and all the warped tour bands like The Maine, Four Year Strong, State Champs, etc. I also love playing my guitar, and it was the best genre for me to do so when it comes to recording music and playing live shows. Pop Punk is a genre that will always mean so much to me and has given me so many amazing memories in my lifetime.
Check out J.T. Hiskey’s newest music video for Love here: