What's up Leafers? Welcome to the latest edition of On the Rise where we interview upcoming music talent. Today's guest is artist, CJ Joe Far East. Joe is a reggae artist straight out of Japan. His style is raw and vibey similar to many of the reggae greats. We can definitely see him performing on stages such as Rolling Loud or Coachella. The Japan based rude boy has been on our radar for a while so we had to tap in with him! Check out the interview below.
Westleaf Staff: What's up, Joe? Your sound is dope. When did you start making music?
Joe: In Japan, Yokohama City 1991 then I eventually moved to Tokyo.
Westleaf Staff: That's dope! What city do you represent?
Joe: That's a hard one! I travel a lot if you check me out...Like I mentioned before, I represent Tokyo, Yokohama Japan but now I reside in Europe. Mainly Amsterdam Netherlands in and out. Maybe Africa or Latin America in the future just saying. So a person like me would be CJ Joe from the Fareast (JP). Let's put it that way.
Westleaf Staff: Shout out to Japan. So how did you create your stage name?
Joe: They used to call me "Crazy Joe" a Rude Boy from the streets but pretty funny at times ;)
As I matured I started to balance my character to "C" standing for "Cool, Calm, Conscious". Balancing Light/Darkness Just like the Ying & Yang, Sun & Moon. Afterwards I became an International Artist and I realized many people have the same name "CJ" so I just called myself as a New Upcoming Artist, "CJ JOE"
Westleaf Staff: That's a dope name. Super creative! So how did your early life shape your interest in music?
Joe: At first I was listening to the Billboard Charts. Rock to HipHop (DJ/Break Dancing for fun at that time) then I moved to Reggae/Dancehall. I didn't expect myself to go deep into the Jamaican Culture.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! That's inspiring. So who is your biggest Musical influence?
Joe: Mmmm thats a hard one. I have many but to be precise, I would say from Reggae I would say Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, & Garnet Silk. And from Hip Hop, Soul & RB, it would definitely be Michael Jackson, Notorious B.I.G., & 2Pac.
Westleaf Staff: Dope choices! Those are some legends! What's been the defining moment in your music career thus far?
Joe: I can say when I used to live in the Stateside for a while in places like NY, Miami, and also Toronto. I was hustling a lot up and down. In my last years in America I opened up for Big Names like Buju Banton (St. George Theatre) and for Wu-Tang Clang on Staten Island (Park Hill) local concert . Also before in Jamaica for the Garnet Silk Fam. Tribute to. when I was just starting out World Wide.
Westleaf Staff: That's dope! Congrats on your accomplishments. So what makes you a unique artist?
Joe: I guess my style and flow is original and authentic, no copy, self made one hundred. Even though if I wanted to I can sing famous cover songs. Even a Bob Marley or a MJ.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! So what does art mean to you?
Joe: Art is my Life and an expression to let out my Love, Joy, Happiness & Peace. Also my Rebel Soul side via sad feelings since my life has been ruff and tuff experiencing street life. But for sure Black Music and the ways of Rasta life (Black Culture) has saved me and still does, to become a better person. I Give Thanks to that!
Westleaf Staff: That's deep! Where do you see your music career going over the next few years?
Joe: I really don't know that one but I just know that I made it out here so far today from
way back in the US then again from scratch since 2016 on the International Market. Hopefully I can be one of the top on the Globe in what I do. Why not? I think any kind of artist on the Grinding Journey would think the same.
Westleaf Staff: I wish you much success! Before we go, describe music in three words.
Joe: Muzik 4 Life!
IG: @cjjoefareast https://www.instagram.com/cjjoefareast/
Official Website: www.cjjoefareast.com