WHERE THE ARTISTS ARE THE ART
E V I S U EXCL IEW INTERV WITH
-CROOKERS TALK AKON -MADONNA VS GAGA
-TIMBALANDS STAR STUDIED ALBUM
GIG DATES REVEALED
THE OFFICIAL UK TOP 40 - WHO IS NUMBER 1 THIS WEEK? ALL IS REVEALED ON PAGE 12
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4. TIMBALAND DISCUSSES HIS NEW ALBUM AND HOW THE STARS CAME SWARMING IN
6. CROOKERS TELL US ABOUT THEIR NEW SONG FEATURING THE KONCANVAS BRINGS YOU GAGA VS MADONNA AND HOW 8. BIFFY CLYRO GIVES INFO ON LATEST TOUR PiXIE LOTT TALKS ABOUT DUET WITH LADY GAGA
FF E R SO
BOTH ARTISTS CAREERS COMPARE
AND DOWNS OF HIS DEBUT ALBUM
CONTE NTS PAGE THE KIN G MR. JEFF
3. EXLCUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH MR.J HE TELLS US THE UPS
TO CREATE A MUSICAL MASTERPEICE
11. THE CONFETTI GIRLS SET THE STANDARDS FOR NEWCOMING INDIE BANDS
DAISY DARES YOU GETS HER FIRST CHART RELEASE WITH CHIPMUNK ‘NUMBER ONE ENEMY’
TINIE TEMPAH GIVES US THE LOW DOWN ON HIS FORTHCOMING
ALBUM ‘THE DISCOVERY’
THE OFFICIAL UK TOP 40 IS REVEALED HAVE BLACK EYED PEAS MADE IT TO NUMBER ONE FOR A FOURTH TIME OR HAS CHERYL COLE RETAINED THE TOP SPOT
14. 2010’S GIG DATES REVEALED AND ALSO FESTIVAL DATES 16. ARTISTS QUIZ AND COMPETITIONS, COULD YOU BE AN
THE S IMPL
18. BEGINNING OF THE E.N.D, HAS THE BLACK EYED PEAS BEAT THE RECORD OF ALBUM SALES?
THE SIMPLETONS SET TO PLAY THE 02 FESTIVAL -M.O.D BEGINS UK TOUR WITH MASTER SHORTIE
22. GARGOYLE WARFARE HAVE THEIR FIRST RADIO INTERVIEW WITH KERRANG
GARGOYLE WARFARE SORE ONTO KERRANG! PAGE 23 SIMPLETONS
EXCLUSIVE WINNER OF AN IPOD TOUCH?
OWL CITY ROCKS HEARTS AT A CHARITY EVENT 20. DANIEL HAGAN MAKES MONEY OFF CREATING LYRICS FOR SMALL
THE CANVAS PRESENTS MR.J PAGE 3
hag l ie dan
PLEASED TO PLAY AT THE O2 FESTIVAL PAGE 21 DANIEL HAGAN THE LYRIC SENSATION PAGE 25
THE CANVAS ISSUE 8 PAGE 2
MR.J: "i gave 110%
to get to where I am"
o Michael Robert Jefferson music is an essential. He lives and breathes music. To Michael Robert Jefferson, creating the perfect lyrics, gives him a feeling nothing else can compare to. Ever since childhood Mr.J has revolved his life around sound and as a child was constantly making beats with his hands. He shone above others through school when it came to using instruments and music technology. His parents however did not believe him to be good enough for the big time. At the age of 16 he gave up on his education and began creating instrumentals from his room.
WHAT WAS YOUR LIFE LIKE AFTER YOU DISMISSED YOUR EDUCATION?
Mr.J decided it would be very wrong to ignore his fans requests so he began searching over the internet for unknown artists trying to make it big in the music industry (just like him.) He met the likes of Pixie Lott and Skepta. They would send him their mixtapes and he would render the singing onto his own intstrumentals to make high class tunes. Within two weeks of posting these tracks on his myspace his fame had begun
HOW DID YOU EARN YOUR MUSIC CONTRACT?
“I spent most of my time after my myspace success writing lyrics for my “It was the most dramatic period of my teen newly aquired artists, I thought of lyrics age years, missing out on making friends...” constantly even whilst eating breakfast MUSIC IS LIKE CEREAL TO ME At the early age of 17 Michael was told to find a job NOW!...”
or else he would be homeless. This was a wake up call for Mr.J whilst looking for a job he would give out his mixtape with his contact details around Birmingham Town Centre. In the first night he was swarmed with requests to make more instrumentals. He was very shocked with the outcome and began making his first set of instrumentals which he then posted over sites like Youtube, Facebook and Myspace. Getting thousands of comments and requests per week, Mr.J could see a career dawning. Michaels fans were curious though as to why Michael did not have singers in his tracks.
Given the current circumstances , he had no money and no job. And was beginning to lose his parents consideration and care. He was then kicked out of his own home and was told he was not welcome to come back until he had sorted his life out. He was then taken in by his Grandmother. His Nan unlike his parents believed he had a real talent so she provided all the help she could. For a long time he had no feedback on his latest tracks and Michael began to give up hope until one very important phonecall from Keith Major the Executive owner of Ecko records. He offered Michael an interview with some producers, ofcourse Mr.J would attend >
and was very successful being offered a £1,000,000 recording contract. After 6 Months he released his debut album“The Globe is Mine” and his first track “People of the Party” went straight to number 1 and was named the Anthem of the Summer by NME.
WOULD YOU SAY YOU HAVE BECOME A SUCCESS? “It would be modest of me to say no so... Hell Yeah!”
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