We caught up with the brilliant and insightful Spaceship Ohayses a few weeks ago and have shared our conversation below.
Spaceship, appreciate you joining us today. Can you tell us about a time that your work has been misunderstood? Why do you think it happened and did any interesting insights emerge from the experience?
I think I have been misunderstood as a whole. Coming from Flint, Michigan and having the career I have, people tend to think it came easy or I did it for the sole purpose of my gain. Anything I have done, is to uplift others in the same field I am in. I’ve learned that while people tend to only look out for self, they are still reluctant when others want to look out for them. I’ve come to realize to just stay myself. Some people will like me, some people will hate me- but they will never say my character wasn’t consistent.
Awesome – so before we get into the rest of our questions, can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers.
Spaceship Ohayses is the stage name of Jamar Jones. I became enthralled with entertainment at a young age. I was first a dancer, then an orator, and finally a rapper and a song writer. From there, I worked at 91.7 the gold at Alcorn State University. I kept working and doing things and when I moved to Dallas, I began to rhyme extensively and hosting event with DJ Lady Ja-Roq. I think I’m proud of all my accomplishments. Working for BET or hosting Grammy after parties was the result of hosting Open mics here or doing shows all around the country. It was just about the grind. Now, working on The WildOut Radio station with Roq, it still gives me the excitement and enjoyment of discovering new artists and hopefully, exposing the culture to some great new music.
What do you think is the goal or mission that drives your creative journey?
I think the biggest goal I want to accomplish is to ready get exposure for an up and coming artist. I mean, I want them to be the next big thing. For us, The Wildout Radio is a pipeline for artists and we try to get organic fans and do things the organic way, Alot of talented artists have come through our ears. If I can help just one get to that next level, I will feel accomplished.
Have you ever had to pivot?
2015. It is when I ‘retired’ from hosting and entertainment period. As much as I had done, I was in a space where I was down on my luck. I went back to teaching and thought that my run was over. Within a year, we had launched thewildoutradio.com and I had not stopped hosting. What had happened was instead of being booked regularly in Dallas, I was able to expand my brand and do more traveling for my services. I couldn’t do the same things I had done as an artists and host of night clubs. I had to change my lane, re-brand myself, and become more of a professional. It has created many more opportunities and helped rejuvenate my career.
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