JT Hernandez is an upcoming artist coming up in the game, making music since 2005. After dropping his debut album “Fashionably Late” back in December, he is ready to hit the ground running. Read up on him and give him a follow.
ABM: What is your Rap name? Tell us the story behind your hip-hop name?
JT Hernandez: My rap name is JT Hernandez. The story behind it is pretty simple and I’ve been using it since I started back in 2005. JT is the initials of my first and last name, and Hernandez is my mother’s maiden name.
ABM: Has anything happened in your life that led to the decision of becoming a musician?
JT Hernandez: Well it was mostly because of my friends I hung out with sophomore year of high school. I had been writing poetry since the 6th grade, and they knew my writings were good, so one day while I was hanging out with them in their make shift studio they convinced me to record some stuff. I instantly fell in love with it.
ABM: How did you get your start in the hip hop scene?
JT Hernandez: Well I was pretty consistent in my music making all through high school. Good enough to win the “Most likely to be famous” award my senior year haha. Huge achievement. After high school I fell off. Stopped writing, stopped recording, stopped everything. I didn’t get back to my craft until about 2 years ago, and it feels great to be back doing it again. The real challenge starts now.
ABM: Where are you from, and what was it like growing up there?
JT Hernandez: I’m from Fremont. Always lived in a suburban neighborhood. Nice house. I was raised very well. Only hardship I faced growing up was the divorce of my parents. They separated when I was only 6, and due to certain events I didnt really get to see my mom as much as a little boy should. Especially since I was a mama’s boy haha. And when she passed away from Lupus when I was 14, that was the hardest part of my childhood hands down.
ABM: What do you typically rap about?
JT Hernandez: I mostly rap about me and my inner emotions. Some days I feel cocky, some days I feel doubtful. Some days I feel inspired. That’s the beauty of it. Always something different.
ABM: What are your last full length releases people can go check out right now?
JT Hernandez: Well I just dropped my 1st project titled ‘Fashionably Late’ back in December. Took me 11 years to finish it. There’s verses on there that are 7 years old and some that are as fresh as last year. I kind of call it my Frankenstein monster because I’ve pulled parts from so many different verses and songs to complete it.
ABM: What are you currently working on?
JT Hernandez: Well if everything goes according to plan it won’t take 11 years to finish the next project haha. But all jokes aside I have about 70% of the writing done for my next one. Hoping to finish it by the end of the year. If I can I’d like to call it: ‘Early Arrival’. A little play on the ‘Fashionably Late’ name.
ABM: Whats your last visual release people can check out, tell us about it.
JT Hernandez: Just dropped my first EVER music video about a week ago. SO PUMPED! It’s currently on Youtube. The song is a remix I did to Lights by Ellie Goulding. Another song that comes from the depth of the heart. About battling my inner demons and doubts and overcoming the battle with confidence and consistency.
ABM: What is your ultimate goal at the end of your career?
JT Hernandez: I just wanna be heard, man. Like everyone does. I’m part of the crowd that values fame over money. I’ve been rapping for almost 12 years now and still not much to show. The foundation is there, but nothing built on top of it. If I had to take a pay cut, but could still make any kind of living doing music, I’d be living my dream. Even if that day comes when I’m 45.
ABM: How can people reach you?
JT Hernandez: Best place to contact me is Instagram. I’m on it all the time haha.
My instagram is @jthernandezmusic
My twitter is @jthernandez510
Thank you for the opportunity in interviewing me for All Bay Music Magazine, and here’s to the future!