We had the good fortune of connecting with Jah Noiz Music and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jah Noiz, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking risks is a vital part to leveling up in life. The well known phrase “closed mouths don’t get fed” could never be more true than when applied to entrepreneurship. At the heart of being an entrepreneur lies the responsibility of taking on the initial risks associated with bringing your business and dream to life! I believe that it’s a blessing to have a dream that you’re able to pursue in any way possible. I also think that it’s fulfilling as members of humanity to provide the world with the dreams of our heart. For me personally, taking risks for the advancement of my musical career has not always been easy but judging by where I am today, all the sacrifices were worth it. Growing up in the northeast Bronx for the majority of my life exposed me to a melting pot and different cultures.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I always tell people that I’m a church bred musician who became an eclectic music producer. I fell in love with music production from a young age after witnessing a cousin use his laptop and a strange looking program called “Fruity Loops”. Since then, I had to learn how to incorporate my instrument playing skills into this mystery new program. I began shadowing my cousin and learning to do everything he knew how to do on the program until he felt like I couldn’t learn much more from him. Eventually, I somehow got my hands on an old laptop and installed the free version of Fruity Loops Studio and I got to work! I began learning everything I could about how to use Equalizers, VSTs, DAWs, LFOs, side-chain compression and a whole bunch of more goodies to create music! Learning how to navigate the technical aspect of music production oddly enough makes it much easier to freely create; I’m not held back by not knowing how to properly channel the ideas I have in my mind and heart.
Eventually my father purchased a Roland Fantom X6 which was my first piece of “real” gear. Thanks to my youth Pastor, when I was about 12 years old, I got access to Pro Tools and started learning that world of audio production as well using DigiDesign control surfaces. I began learning how to record vocals and use condenser microphones and how to use outboard gear. A few years later, I started working with an upcoming artist from my area making beats for her project.
As soon as I got my first job after college, I invested heavily into myself and my music producer brand. I purchased my own outboard gear, my own microphones, monitor speakers, courses and anything else that would help excel my career forward.
It’s been full steam ahead ever since!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was in town for about a week, here’s a few places we’d definitely need to check-out:
We’re most definitely heading to the Bronx Zoo! This is one of the most iconic places to experience that the Bronx has to offer. Although I’ve been there at least a million times, I’m still able to have a great time like it’s my first time each time I head there and see what nature here’s on display!
Next, I’d plan a trip right next door to the Botanical Gardens. I find that nature exhibits always seem to have an impact on my creativity. Whenever I’m at Botanical Gardens, I feel like I stepped into a totally new world, somewhere outside of the Bronx.
I’d also take my bestfriend to Yankee Stadium. When I was younger, when I used to play little league baseball, I always dreamed of playing in MLB. My dreams of playing in Major League Baseball were the first ambitious dreams I ever had growing up in the Bronx. I later decided to focus more on my music but my love for the sport and the Yankees is definitely still there!
We would take a trip downtown to visit The Vessel at Hudson Yards. The City has so much aesthetically captivating architecture that most people aren’t able to experience. I’d want to show my bestfriend the cascading, elevated vantage point of great sculptural excellence.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Whenever I begin to think about what it is required to achieve great success in life, I’m always reminded that success is really found in the midst of a dope and supportive team. If I didn’t have my team of creatives, friends, family and mentors around me, I know for sure that I would not be as close as I am now to my end goal. The first person that comes to mind when I think about influencers and motivators is my father. My father grew up influenced by a ton of old school Jamaican artists and “DJs” which made him pursue learning how to sing and play piano. Because he learned to play and loved it so much, he decided that he’d introduce me to this same joy. I began taking lessons from his piano instructor and it was over after that! I fell in love with music ever since then. At this point in my life, I was about 9 or 10 years old. As my love for music grew, I eventually started taking drum lessons as well. I did anything I could to be more involved with music!
As I grew up in the North East Bronx in New York City, I began getting involved in church music events and afterschool music events. This led me to find a mentor whose walked alongside me through many different stages in life. His guidance has been a pivotal anchor for me because knowing him as always reminded me of who I am and where I come from no matter what challenge I may be facing at the time. His position in my life is analogous to Yoda in Star Wars; someone whose words of wisdom have lasting effects even when they’re not present.
Of the many relationship I’ve been influenced the most by, my mother’s love and support is undoubtedly the most important and most influential factor in my success. Her constant affection and attention to detail towards me has challenged me to keep a positive outlook on myself and my musical career. Like, if she’s able to pour into me consistently then how could I let her down by not pursuing my love and dreams with the same consistency she’s always shown me?
Roodlyne Marie Altidor