In a world where genres are blurring and the music scene is ever-evolving, there’s an artist that refuses to be boxed in – meet CarlJ. Hailing from the culturally rich New Jersey and currently nesting in the sun-soaked streets of Los Angeles, CarlJ is an artist that demands your attention, and his upcoming release, “Pressure,” is a testament to his immense talent and versatility.
CarlJ has been navigating the music industry for about six years, an odyssey that has seen him make substantial strides in the Hip Hop and Pop genres. However, his music draws from a vast array of genres, a testament to his musical curiosity and willingness to push boundaries. His music is his therapy, a raw and open forum where listeners can find comfort, solidarity, and even a bit of joy.
The standout factor of CarlJ’s music is his authenticity and relatability. His lyrics stem from personal experiences, making them universally relatable, touching on themes that resonate with many. His influences range from the likes of the late Mac Miller to his father, with the latter’s guitar playing becoming a cornerstone in his appreciation of music.
CarlJ’s career has seen him collaborate with industry greats such as Chief Keef, 24hrs, and members of GBC, including coldhart and CHXPO. But he’s not just about making music. He’s also the Production/Construction Coordinator on Property Brothers Forever Homes, showcasing his versatility and flair beyond the mic.
“Pressure,” produced by Plantcham, just released on May 16th. The record was born out of a state of overwhelm, a testament to CarlJ’s ability to channel his feelings into compelling music. He describes the recording vibe as “melancholy,” but with an orchestrated and positive spin. The standout bar, “I got a troublesome past, but we not runnin it back; im seeing the future, we in the sky, takin our dreams to retirement,” encapsulates the essence of the song – embracing life’s trials and tribulations as part of the journey, the ‘pressure’ that shapes us.
CarlJ’s creative process is refreshingly humble, requiring little more than a joint, a good beat, ambient lights, and the labyrinth of his mind. His dream collaborations include Post Malone, Gary Levox, and a posthumous project with Mac Miller. When asked about advice for aspiring musicians, CarlJ advocates for authenticity, urging them to “stick to your voice, and don’t get hectic. Find your passions & work through them.”
Behind the scenes, CarlJ’s creative endeavors are shaped in collaboration with Skevon, his creative director since 2016. Their symbiotic relationship spans across videos, photos, and strategic planning, with both taking a two-year hiatus to refine their skills and drive to be the best versions of themselves.
As he looks to the future, CarlJ aims to make his artistry not just a passion but also a means to support himself and those around him. If “Pressure” is any indication, it’s clear that CarlJ is carving out a unique space for himself in the music scene. Make sure to check out the song and join him on this exciting journey.