Artist Interview: Tokyo Juku
The unique mixture of rap, reggae and dancehall that comes from recording artist Tokyo Juku is something worth noting. Coming from Brooklyn, New York with a growing fan base check out her brand new interview with Du'Lanci Vallie below.
Who's your ideal musician to collaborate with and why?
My ideal musician to collaborate with would be Stefflon Don. I would collaborate with her because she matches my vibe and inspires me to take risks and step out my comfort zone. I just love the way she brings my moods to life. She has really great music that I definitely can relate to.
Are you able to make a living with your music? If so, how were you able to attain a career doing what you love? If not, what do you do in order to fund your music career? What advice would give to someone who's interested in pursuing a career in music?
Yes I am able to make a living with my music , but I won’t let it limit me.
I’m still exploring the endless possibilities to many other endeavors.
Currently I’m in the skincare business,as well as going to school for clinical therapy.
First things first, music is everything.
If anyone is trying to pursue a music career make sure you actually enjoy creating and expressing different emotions.
Everything you do takes time and always remember the reason why you started in the first place .
Lastly never dim your light or compare yourself to no one.
Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
I have performed at mostly artist events and showcases. My least favorite venue would be at crisis bar. I am currently not performing until further notice.
What is the story behind your band name/stage name?
Let’s just say music is in my DNA , my entire family does music.
I grew to love making music at the age of 13. My father influenced me to pursue this passion. He is a genius to me, because he’s so talented & can play any instrument.
I actually got the name Tokyo from my older sister Annmarie.
One day we were in the house chilling and looking at different fashion looks on pinterest when she suggested “Hey u look like a Tokyo “.
She already knew I was obsessed with the culture so from that day I called myself Tokyo. I’m still inspired by the Japanese culture.
Later on I added the “Juku” part which I got from Harajuku Barbie’s. I dropped the “Hara” part and combined Tokyo Juku.
As I continued to sharpen my skills , I also discovered that Juku in Japanese means “school”.
So I create my own mantra after : Tokyo Juku , cause I’m schooling these chicks.
What is your latest release and where fans can find it?
My latest release was whole lotta money freestyle- “Dead Presidents “ . I’m streaming on all platforms just type in Tokyo Juku.
What would you like to advice to those who lack confidence?
For those who lack confidence never give up. Sometimes we all have those days where we ain’t have the drive to do anything. Practice patience and try listening to a song or meditate to center yourself. Listen to mantras to uplift your energy.
How do you overcome challenges and recover from setbacks?
My life is literally a roller coaster. I know that life is a lesson and everyday your learning. I know that you can’t dwell on the past . You gotta be stronger than your emotions.
You gonna get a 1’000 No’s before you get that one “Yes”.
I overcome my challenges by just focusing on the positives and out weighing the negatives.
I tend to go incognito to deal with my setbacks and then revive like I never left.
It’s okay to give yourself time and a break from the social life.
Something’s things happen for a reason , but no matter what I always pull through.