New Music Alert: RJ Word

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RJ Word is captivating. His shimmering songs get stuck in your head instantly and he has so much charisma. His new song "What You Need" has this disco feel to it and makes you want to dance. We talk to RJ about his signature sound and the meaning behind the song.

How did you get started in music?

RJ: Music was always around the house and I did a lot of musical theater shows as a kid. After a couple years of singing other peoples music I knew I wanted to create a sound for myself and write my own songs. Tell my own stories.

Tell me about your song “What You Need”

RJ: WYN is about not needing lots of material things to have a good time. To live in the moment and enjoy yourself. From a musical standpoint, it’s uptempo with a funky bass line and live horns.

What inspires your songs?

RJ: Sometimes a girl, sometimes the beat we’re making and sometimes another song. Could be anything. Inspiration comes from the wildest places.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

RJ: I got to play an arena in Mexico. That was pretty cool. Getting to travel and do what I love is the highlight of every day.

What are you doing when you’re not doing music? What are your hobbies?

RJ: I hike, see films, update the wardrobe and I love a good fighter video game.

What’s your best piece of advice for a musician just starting out?

RJ: Work hard and don’t get lazy. No matter how good you are you can always be better. Make a list of short term goals and long term goals. Then cross them off as you achieve them.

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