Next Up: Jonn Hart
At first glance Jonn Hart is a sweet boy next door with a sweet face and laid back demeanor.
But his in your face first single “Who Booty” says other wise.
Continuing the work of fellow Bay area representers Love Rance and Tyga, Jonn Hart makes music for the
bad side in all of us while his velvet vocals caress us in all the right places. Let’s go inside the mind of Jonn Hart, the fresh face of
the new r&b movement.
EDGE: Who is Jonn Hart?
Jonn Hart: There’s different layers to me just like there are with any person. I’m from the Bay and I am strongly influenced by my hometown. It influences my music, it’s contributed to who I am as a man. I’m a plethora of a lot of things though. I spent a lot of time in the South, so I have the Southern hospitality as far as being a gentleman. I pride myself on being a humble and loyal guy all around. I’m someone who likes to have fun especially.
EDGE: What do you feel like people sleep on about the Bay Area’s contribution to the music world?
Jonn Hart: The Bay has always been a mecca for good music. We can go back to Toni Toni Toni then you have Too $hort and
E-40. The Bay offers a lot of variety. We often get looked over. There’s a lot of young talent. There’s a movement called Young California. Then there’s the ratchet movement; that’s spearheaded by Tyga and Love Rance right now. We love our music to slap. We love hard hitting 808s. I think Jay Valentine dubbed the term “R&Bay slap”, I fall right in there. I take a hard hitting beat with a nice melody and sing over it.
EDGE: Is that how “Who Booty” came to be? It’s interesting choice for a first single.
Jonn Hart: The truth is when I thought about the phrase “whose is this?”, I figured anyone whose talked during sex has said something like that before. I watered it down by saying “who booty” instead of well…you know, use your imagination right there. I’d never heard a song where someone just literally said what they would say when it’s going down—that’s how the song came to be.
EDGE: You were once in a group, how has the transition been for you?
Jonn Hart: It’s a hard transition at first. Our group had a certain chemistry whenever we worked, those were my brothers. You look to your left or right when you’re performing and you’ve got your brothers up there with you. You have someone to be accountable for and they’re accountable for you. It’s a huge change as you can imagine. I had to get used to writing for myself, recording by myself and depending solely on myself.
EDGE: I’m sure collectively you had musical influences as a group but who are your solo artist influences?
Jonn Hart: Usher inspires me so much. Everything from his stage presence to his music. I respect his craft. Chris Brown is the man, hands down, right now. He’s a talented dude. No one can take that away from him. I want to be where they are one day. They’re all around entertainers.
EDGE: What’s the most important thing you’ve learned about the business thus far?
Jonn Hart: Keep your business right and your team tight. There’s a lot of people who will want to be involved who shouldn’t be. Be loyal. You have to network and take advantage of every opportunity. We had situations, in the group, where people told us “send your music over to me” and we didn’t follow through. I’m sure we missed out on a lot of good situations that way. Always be prepared too. That’s probably the most important lesson: preparation.
EDGE: What do you want your legacy to be?
Jonn Hart: I want people to say that I was a humble and cool dude. I want to be considered someone who has character. I want my word to hold weight–if I say I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it.
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