I’m a tortoise. I must face the facts. I finish the job after long, meticulous observation. I see many hares pass me, looking back, but I stay on course. Growing up I remember that nursery rhyme used to intrigue me. Even though the Tortoise won the race I always thought that it must have been a long, frustrating process to the finish line.
And that’s how the music biz has been for me. A loooooong sloooooow run to the finish line. Along the way I ran into a myriad of characters; would-be managers who had more bark than bite, unreliable producers who overestimated their skills, All Kinds of artists who want to be stars but don’t want to put in the work. Not to mention fickle critics, unsupportive friends and the air-tight, clique infrastructure that constituted the Toronto Hip Hop/R&B scene. I should have given up years ago.
Not that I was stagnant this whole time. In the interim I earned two degrees, one in Political Science from York University and one in Journalism from Ryerson. I also spent years as a child youth worker in Toronto mentoring youth. That has been very rewarding. Not to mention I now have an acting career that is proving to be lucrative, enjoyable and full of surprises. On top of all that I experienced fatherhood, the greatest joy I’ve had in my life.
Plus I’ve performed many places and gained a reputation as a Spoken Word artist, which I’ll continue to pursue.
But this music thing has been a beyotch!! And trust me, I’ve put in time. A homegirl of mine recently played a Youtube video of a radio broadcast for CKLN 88.1 fm. That was the first station in Toronto that played Hip Hop. Every Saturday from 1 – 5pm it was the spot where the T-Dot heard the newest rap songs from here and internationally. The date of this particular simulcast was 1986. And you can clearly hear the D.J, Ron Nelson, state that he was going to play the next song from an artist called JD Vishus. Me!! 1986!! TWENTY EIGHT YEARS AGO!! Ya dig?? I’m DEEP in the game! It hasn’t all been bad, I’ve had a lot of great experiences performing, recording, creating, putting out EPs and mixtapes and just good vibes, but that’s a long time to not feel like people have heard your full potential.
Allow me now to paraphrase what a lot of you are saying now
A lot of You: ummmm, brethren, all due respect. If you haven’t reached your goals and you’ve been in the game for so long....ya think maybe you should think of another career path? Maybe this just ain’t for you. Just sayin.......
Fair enough. But with a new album, new videos, new, valuable and skillful people backing me up, better material and a new attitude towards what constitutes “successful,” I can’t stop. The only thing worse than not succeeding is giving up.
You see, I accept that I’m a tortoise. That’s cool with me. Remember, the tortoise won the race.
What’s up?! Okay this is my first blog. Be happy it is this short right now, because this may be the last time.
This is going to be an ongoing part of the site, offering my opinions on all kinds of topics but as for now, hold tight! JD