BIO: J.O. (born Joseph Cesena in Pomona, CA) began making a name for himself in 2009 after a series of mixtape’s and a debut EP titled “Long Time Coming.” Lyricist, Producer and Recording Engineer; J.O. paves a new lane in hip hop with an energetic sound and incredible wordplay. Part of the IMajiNation Media artists lineup, J.O. has recently had his music placed in the feature film “Desperate Losers” and on DJ Flipcyde’s “The Ambush 8,” part of the Wu Tang family mixtape series.
Who are your top 5 influences? Musically – The Wake Up Show, Mos Def, Andre 3000, Project Blowed, DJ Quik
When are your new projects coming out? I’ve been doing this long enough to know that being impatient doesn’t make for a great product. I plan to write a new album this upcoming year and really concentrate on making the studio album I’ve always wanted to create. I will be releasing a handful of singles over this next year to build the brand. I’ve learned the importance of keeping up with releasing new music, not for the business but the for the people who are affected by the lyrics and look for that escape.
What helped you get into music? I’ve always had a sincere want to do music. From early on playing the organ in my living room as little kid, to DJ’ing in high school. I don’t think there was ever a point I didn’t want to play some sort of instrument.
What is one thing you would tell your fans? Thank you! I’ve been approached at most shows I’ve performed at by someone pulling me aside and telling me how my music touched them. It’s one thing in hip hop to hear your dope or that was sick, it’s another to have someone almost tear up because they felt good after what you said. This made me take a more mature, responsible approach to what I say and how I say it.
What are your biggest goals of 2017/2018? I have a lot of ambitions for the music and the business in 2018. My goal is to stay on track with getting new music out and spending some quality time writing a new album. Aside from the music I have a lot secret sauce brewing, I’ll keep you guys posted as soon as I can share.