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Conscious Crew Podcast with J Brave

This is a transcription from Conscious Crew Podcast.

Original video available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPZozPCu6LE

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This conversation features: J Brave of Luminaries & DJ Marty McFly.

Podcast topics include: Inspiration, Message, Plans & New Music.



DJ Marty McFly

Welcome to the Conscious Crew podcast. Today we are virtual and have a special guest , J Brave, all the way from LA Joining us via zoom meeting. Thank you for coming, man.


J Brave

Oh man, it is a pleasure to be here. Thank you so much for having me.


DJ Marty McFly

Cool man. We just listened to that soulmate track, that was real special. Tell us about that video and the process of putting that song together.


J Brave

I feel like soulmates are not just romantic partners, but that could be creative partners, business partners, even family or deep friends. You know, we have a deep connection with people on a spiritual level and I met this beautiful brother a little while back named Braxton and produced a song and Braxton and I, you know, working on that track and just came through the ethers. Man, we were in the room. He had no intention. It just, we were working on something else. And then that kind of came through. He made the beat, he sung on the vote on the hook. I did the verses.



It just kind of came together. It's funny how that worked too because we ended up shooting a music video that was full production. We had a warehouse, a bunch of extras, amazing women in the video. And then the video actually was put on a hard drive and the hard drive got corrupted and we lost the first version of the music video. And to me things happen for a reason. And when I heard the news from the director, I didn't get mad.



I wasn't angry. I was just like, okay, maybe this is happening for some reason I can't explain. And you know, sure enough. So a few weeks passed by, maybe a few months rather. And then we shot another music video and it took like a year for everything to kind of happen ultimately. Maybe a little bit more. But this was a second version of the music video. Awesome. The first foot, it's a really beautiful process. It's really highlighting the importance of the divine feminine. You know, obviously happened to hip hop and R&B vibe, but like really keeping that like undertone of how do we celebrate the feminine.



And a hip hop video versus like degregate them, you know what I mean? Like on some other videos. Yes, you had a nice balance of like mainstream vibes, but like positive intentions.



DJ Marty McFly

For sure man. Yeah, I really enjoyed that video. Now that took a little bit of a process. You know it still, to me, came through right on time. So you don't think about that.


J Brave

Yeah. You know, it's funny how it worked out. We did a release party in LA back in October of last year and ironically I met the woman that is now my current partner at that release party. So I feel like there was some powerful energies moving through. That helped me cultivate the soulmate experience as far as a romance goes.



DJ Marty McFly

Wow. And that's real special. You know, I've been following you for a little while and I came across another person that we work with at Inner Space. They are a self improvement center here in Des Moines and they put me on to Porangui if I'm pronouncing that correctly. I was listening to some of his music and I was really digging it. He's got some awesome production etc. And then I came across a couple of songs that had you on it and I was like whoa. This dude, he brought like everything that I'm looking for as far as hip hop, merging it with all that. I was like, man, this guy is right on track. I started following you from there, man. Tell me a little bit about working with him, cause you know, he does a lot of touring and he's out there. So tell me about that.



J Brave

Yeah, he's a dear brother of mine. He's a beautiful brother from Brazil and lives in the city Sedona with his partner. And it's beautiful to see partners in action, in service together creating music. We connected on that track, actually wrote that song in Sedona maybe three, four years ago. And I was hanging out with my friend Kate, who was the woman that sings on the chorus and we were in this warm beautiful part of Sedona, Arizona, in this like secret river that's kind of out of the public path. And those lyrics came through to me. And then sure enough, we ended up getting Porangui to be a part of it because he also lived in Sedona with us. We felt like it'd be cool to help get him on board as far as a production. And so one thing led to another and we've made this song. I recorded it and ended up shooting the music video back in that same area maybe a year or 2 years later. Okay. It'll be my most revered song. And you know, we really like that, that joint and the music video. He's a dear friend of mine and it's really a beautiful thing to bring all the different cultures and energies together to celebrate the earth, you know?



DJ Marty McFly

Yeah, for sure man. You know, the whole music collective, everybody really stands for something and there is a passion behind the music. Why don't you go ahead and explain to the people that are maybe listening to this, what is your musical journey, you know, what has led you want to create the music and the way that you do?



J Brave

Yeah, I mean, I grew up in a b-boy house. You know, when I was a kid, my siblings were all boys. I was in Inglewood in the mid eighties. My brothers would all, when I was a little kid, use break dancing or gang banging and selling drugs and so I kind of grew up in that way. Hey, hip hop was starting to come up in Los Angeles and living in the inner city area, you know, our house became a Haven for people to come and break dance and party. And I remember vividly all of these parties of kids break dancing in the living room and getting police coming over and stopping parties late at night.



And so for me hip hop was a part of my day to day, you know? And as I got older I feel like I always was attracted to hip hop songs that had an inspirational tone to them. And so I always wanted to grow up and make rap music that had some positive vibes too. That's what kind of moved me even when I was younger. I remember this and Tupac's "Me Against the World". That album was amazing and listen to "Dear Mama". That song really inspired me. Like it really moved me in a deep way.



It's reminded me of my life growing up. Like the things that he was saying reminded me of some of the things that I went through as a kid and adolescent. And I felt really inspired by that. And I feel like that song especially inspired me to put pen to paper and start writing lyrics and I feel like I've always just wanted to share my story of transformation through music. So I love what I create now, it's all about my ability to inspire people by people that inspired me in life and yeah, that's what I've always sticked to, you know.



DJ Marty McFly

Right. Yeah. And you know, I've seen now that you're also working and doing positive things in the community and work with artists. It sounds like you're doing some coaching with at risk youth.



J Brave

Yeah, I used to work full time as a youth mentor and counselor in LA and I've worked nearly 10 years with homeless as well as at risk youth for five different non-profit organizations. Right now I'm kind of just on a full time artistry path and I'm a father as well. So I kind of transitioned out of the social services work into my artistry and becoming a dad. But before touring and really getting out there more, I was really active in the community as a full time youth mentor. Worked with young people that are living in and out of incarcerated facilities, in and out of foster care, on and off the streets and shelters or living on the street. You know what I mean? And it was really like a spiritual boot camp to hold that space and grow and hold the container for those young people to grow too. That really impacted me in a deep way. And I feel like it taught me the importance of service and how to be in service. And so I feel like I was able to have an opportunity to learn about transformation, change, peace, all of the things that I talked about through actually, you know, embodying that and the universe gave me this opportunity to embody that so it's definitely dear to my heart. I'm not as active as I used to be as far as a full time work. But of course, you know, I'm always doing my best to be an inspiration for people who can use some light.



DJ Marty McFly

Sure. You know, that really resonates with me because we're doing a lot of work with youth and doing an after school program. Things like that. So you know, I think that's awesome work to always try to give back to the youth. I think that's awesome. Yeah. Big ups for that.



J Brave

Yeah, you too man. It takes teamwork to make a dream work, you know?



DJ Marty McFly

For sure. Another thing is that, you know, we talked about you touring and that movie that might be coming out. Can you tell me a little bit about what you're doing in California right now? I know we're still in this time with everything going on with the shutdown and things like that. But, uh, later this summer do you see any shows or things like that coming up for you?



J Brave

Just to be vulnerable, man, during this time with the COVID and everything happening in the world and it's like everything's on pause, I've had so many of my gigs cancel or reschedule to the fall and so we were booking like a very productive and abundant spring and summer and that has kind of diminished as far as my shows. And you know, not much many artists can do about that in context of what's happening in the world. So I feel everything's just like kinda up in the air as far as shows and performances and even events that I throw, cause I throw events under the name Benevolence. So I've been on pause, but I have been working on music. I am going to probably release another single in May. I haven't decided which one yet, a hundred percent, but definitely look out for something around the new moon on May 22nd as far as some new music. And I'm working on completing my new record called Gifts. I just finished the artwork for the cover. So I'm really excited about that and I have a few more production things that I got to do to finish the whole record, but definitely been planning to put that out maybe in June or sometime in the summer. So definitely tune in for Gifts, that's going to be a really special.



DJ Marty McFly

So let me tell you a little bit about Iowa while you're on here man. We got a growing community in the music perspective as well as a lot of new places popping up. Spiritual work, metaphysical shops popping up and you know a lot of people are getting woke out here. So that's a big thing, man. We host an event called the Conscious Kickback. We started out doing it every month, we really started growing the community. It's really an event for our musicians to come together from across the state and we're trying to grow it even bigger right now. But you know people could come share their story, we want all genres of music to feel welcome. We have people trying to become musicians, poets, hip-hop artists, singer songwriters, whatever it is, but everyone that's on the event is sharing their story and not glorifying the negativity. Not everything is perfect and everybody has a path that they're going down and we want to share that. But you know what we're saying when we are talking about the glorification and a lot of the mainstream industry with it and that's what we're trying to stay away from with our Conscious Kickback event and they've been growing man. We've been getting a lot of community support. So that's been a blessing, really. So maybe we'll see about collaborating or doing something with that maybe in the future. That'd be amazing man if we could get you while you're on tour or something.



J Brave

Yeah, I would love to. I haven't been out that way in a minute. But I would love to make a little appearance, you know divine timing, Inshallah, God willing, I can pop in and share some magic to that part of the world. It's always cool to drop in a new community, see what's emerging in different places, connect with people with different stories and different backgrounds. That's one of the best things about touring, to connect with different parts of the world and different parts of the country and just really dropping in with folks and sometimes those drop-ins with people and making an authentic connection is sometimes even more important than the actual performance. Just that one to one, or the couple of people you actually make a personal connection with, so I'm always open to where the spirit takes me man.



DJ Marty McFly

For sure. For sure. All right, so you got a new song out that just dropped like last week or maybe two weeks ago? Yeah, so I checked that out man, I liked the song. I think it's pretty dope, it's called Presence and with Sun Yoga, is that right?



J Brave

Yeah, that's my bro Son Yoga. He did the beat. He raps a second verse and I feel like Presence is a big attribute to my life. I'm a big meditator as well. I practice yoga. I just feel like it's so important to tune in and slow down and really authentically listen not only to people but the animals, to the plants, listen to our inner guidance and just come into that state of mind where we have that receptive state to really practice that deep presence with ourselves because we're always being guided. We're always being given messages, little signs, but we have to be aware of how they're showing up for us and our lives.



Sometimes they show up in challenges. Sometimes we're having a money issue, our car breaks down, sometimes relationship issues that reveal really beautiful things. If we look at them from that perspective, often times we really label things negative, good, bad, right or wrong. But in reality, if we're able to see something, a lesson, beautiful in that adversity, something can emerge from that. So for me presence is a state of mind. I thought about the concept of how can I make a song about giving some light to the vibration of presence and sharing that. I feel like it's been really cool. People are more receptive to the energy. It's kind of a old hip hop feel beat, you know what I mean? A cool vibe, a nice little mantra for the hook.


DJ Marty McFly

Yeah. I think that's awesome man. When you get to talking about the parents slowing down for the kids, enjoy your meal, that was powerful right there. All of us need to hear that presence every now and then.


J Brave

You know we all got parents, I put that line in there cause even me sometimes, I'm a parent too, so sometimes I know that now that I'm older, I get what my mom was trying to tell me, you feel me? Like, "Oh, now I get it." Because some of those things we have to do as parents to keep our kids on point. So I thought about it, sometimes as a kid you can be like, "Okay mom, I got you. You know what I mean? I hear you." But those moments are precious. If we can just back up a little bit and realize, you know what, let me just be present to my mom, let me be present to my family. Let me really tune into this as a blessing versus always being a little bit defensive. So that's why I put in that line. Don't rush, enjoy your meal. You feel me?


DJ Marty McFly

Yeah yeah. Do you want to introduce the song real quick man?


J Brave

Yeah, let's hit it. This is a brand new joint called Presence. Tune in and enjoy the vibes. Connect with the energy, be present.




DJ Marty McFly

All right. We just heard the new Presence by J Brave. That was a nice track. We really enjoyed that one. Everybody just take a little time and stay present. Tell us about any other upcoming projects you got. You said you might be releasing something out soon.



J Brave

Yeah. I'm planning on putting out on a new single in May. Then my new record, my new album Gifts is coming out and the whole concept of Gifts, really the intention is that when we come to realize that all of our challenges are really blessings in disguise then everything becomes a gift andthat's pretty much the thesis of the project. You feel me? So on this project I'm really going as vulnerable as I've maybe ever been. As far as sharing a little bit about my story, I mentioned from my past I had some difficult challenges as a kid to going through a spiritual transformation to going through relationship challenges, just being as vulnerable as possible. I feel like the more vulnerable we can be as people, that's when people really feel you. You know what I mean? When they feel that authenticity shining through because there's so many people trying to be like everybody else and we're all doing the best we can to find whatever success means to us in this world. But I know with artists we can be influenced a lot by what we see in social media or in the news or what other people are doing. And I feel like for me, what works always is, to be brave is to be vulnerable. That's kind of what I learned about my name Brave. You know, my name is Javis but one day somebody heard me rap like, yo Jay is Javis the bravest. And so Jay is the bravest, became J Brave and I had to ask myself, why was I given this name Brave and I realized to be brave is to be vulnerable, it's like the other side of the same coin. So for me, I'm always practicing how vulnerable can I be? How authentic can I be? And I feel like this Gift record is really about just tapping into another level of my vulnerability showing, everybody like my story from the deepest levels, and I feel like people are going to dig it. It's going to be a really beautiful journey



DJ Marty McFly

For sure, man. I'm excited. I'm going to be checking that out when it comes through. Being vulnerable kind of speaks to your uniqueness. Be authentic you. That's what I really like about your music. I guess I'm also curious, what helped shape you to be you? Do you have any music influences? I know you have a hip hop background.

Is there anybody in hip-hop? Cause you're unique by what you do. There's no other J Brave out there. We got artists that are starting to make their own wave in this conscious hip-hop and there's people that have done so in the past. Is there anybody that inspired you?


J Brave

I mean just as far as uniqueness goes... Thank you for the question. I've been wanting to speak more about this because I feel I grew up as a mixed kid of different cultures. You know what I mean? My father's African American, he passed away a long time ago when I was 11 years old. He passed. My mother is basically Spanish Mexican descent and to have some native blood too. So I have a mixture of all of these different cultures. When I grew up in school I felt like I was always trying to fit in to all the different groups.

Oftentimes people that look alike hang out together in school. That's what I experienced at least at that time. I felt like young people weren't always as accepting of me cause I was so many different.. people called me different derogatory names, people would pick on me because of my culture, how I looked and I felt like I was always trying to fit in. As I got older and realized I can't look outside of myself for validation, I got to accept myself. I got to love myself. Back then I began my spiritual journey really. That path of loving myself, accepting myself, really giving honor to who I am and not looking outside of me for something to complete me.

Do you know what I mean? It's been a constant journey of being this brave part of me that's a very outgoing extrovert and then a part of me that's very sensitive and gentle, kind of honoring book polarities. I've just been coming into this state as a man to really honor my DNA. Oftentimes in hip-hop, it's like you have to be aggressive, you have to be hard, you have to be this. But I feel that there's not a lot of room where people can feel they can be themselves. I feel like that's why Drake is so successful because Drake embodies both.

I think that people can relate to his authenticity of being a sensitive man that sings, but then also can rap. I feel like he came out doing something no one had done before in these modern times. I feel like in the same vein, for me, it's been a practice of finding my balance. It's always kinda been there in that place and I feel that that's something I want to share it through my music as well. As far as influences go, like I mentioned before, Tupac was a major influence for me growing up. I feel like that song, Dear Mama, especially really inspired me to write music. He just was such a beautiful balance. A Gemini like me being super hard and aggressive but also very sensitive and writing songs about his mom and writing poetry and caring about the community. Writing songs like Brenda's Got a Baby and writing songs about like changes, you know, he had such a beautiful dichotomy to him that I feel was really profound. I feel I'm cut out from that cloth and I feel I've been learning to just embrace who I am really. It's been a journey for that. I was also very heavily influenced by Bob Marley.

I love Bob Marley, even outside of hip-hop, whenever you want to reggae, he's an amazing person and influencer to me. And I've always loved Common, Taliv Kweli, Most Def, Black Thought, Nas. Lauren Hill, I think she's the dopest female rapper I've ever heard. Even like Dilated Pupils, Freestyle Fellowship, there's been a lot of other really amazing influences in my life as far as music goes.


DJ Marty McFly

So you've been tuned in with the conscious music for quite a while then it sounds like. With all those artists that you named, most of them kind of come from a storyteller background. I think that's pretty dope. I can definitely see the correlation of your influences to maybe some of the music that's been coming out. Tell us about any collaborations you've had in the past or any collaborations that maybe you're working on, kinda like a dream collaboration, something that you would want to do? Do you have any input on those?



J Brave

Yeah, I'm a part of a hip-hop crew by the way called Luminaries. We put out a record and a mixtape and we caught some fame for a minute. We're kind of re-emerging and working on some new music. One of the collaborations we have behind the scenes is with a brother named NACO. We got to talk with NACO, that hopefully will come out sometime soon. On my new record I got a track with a dear friend of mine Lily Fang, so I'm really excited to put that out soon. Also this collaboration with my bro Braxton, you know what I mean? That'll be on the record. My beloved lotus, Grace. She's a really beautiful artist. That's my partner and who I create music with. I have some beautiful collaboration on the new record with her and I would love to do something with Common. I think that would be really cool. I love to see how he's grown so much as a person, as a man. I would love to do something with Sade. That would be a dream come through. She's one of my biggest influences as well. I've always loved Sade's music and to be able to meet and connect with her. If I ever did see her, I'd probably trip out.



DJ Marty McFly

I've been vibing with her for a minute. I think that she's got some good songs, man. My dad used to play the heck out of Sade. She was, she would love to show today. And you know, I think she's still making music so hey, it might happen.


J Brave

I think we all could use some Sade right now. I feel like she pops up every 7 to 10 years and she does a global tour and then goes back in her little cave. I'm trying to get into that place, especially with what's happening in the world, that we can use some positivity, some love and inspiration. So hopefully once all this clears up, we can see some new Sade. It's gonna be amazing.



DJ Marty McFly

For sure. For sure. Alright man. With everything going on maybe we can close out with some comments about how you feel, where everything is in the world right now. I know you are always on Instagram and make sure you go follow J Brave on Instagram if you're not already. You're always on there spreading positivity, having input on where we are now and just tell us a little bit about your position or where do you think consciousness sits right now with the world?



J Brave

I think nature is the universal teacher in our world because sometimes we can not feel resonant to certain types of religion or political beliefs but I feel nature is the equalizer of everything. I feel like just like in nature, from chaos comes creation. Oftentimes there has to be lava to create new lands or maybe the old forest has to burn down before the new one can emerge. Or even the butterfly. There has to be a moment the Caterpillar is in a cocoon creating that Chrysalis and becoming the butterfly.

I feel like we're in that transformation process now. It's really challenging for a lot of folks around the world and there's a lot of different agendas trying to play out. There's health agendas, there's political agendas, there's a lot of esoteric agendas. There's astrological things happening. There is this stuff happening with so many facets of life that we have to kind of tune into. I'm like, it's all a transformation. You know, stay aware, stay present. Um, stay vigilant, stay center.

Trust that everything is happening for a reason. I think fear even is a reason for us to show up for us. Fear teaches us things. It teaches us about ourselves, what to say, what to do, how to respond. But we have to stay centered in the process. And at the same time be aware of that. There are forces trying to do some crazy shit right now. They're trying to use some things that are maybe questionable as far as integrity goes. We have to be mindful. Just like Martin Luther King or Ghandi was, or Nelson Mandela was, to be mindful against forces that are trying to do things that are negative in our world moving forward.

I just feel like I'm operating from a space of love, operating from a space of nonviolence, operating from a space of being centered and trusting. It's the Yin and the Yang and I feel like you've just got to be present to the messages. We're all being guided to do something right now. We all have a story to share. We all something to offer, something to express whether it's music, whether it's this podcast, whether it's creating a movie. We're being called to do things that contribute to the co-creation of a new world.

Each and every one of us has something unique to offer as a tool to help build the new paragon.



DJ Marty McFly

True, true man. I agree with you. You know, it's definitely a time of transformation and man I just hope that everybody is staying safe out here and just do your best. That's all I feel like people can do. Just do your best. Try to stay positive and like you said, and the song says, stay present. Yes, for sure man. I really appreciate it. I think you're doing great things for the world of music. Sounds like you're doing great things in the community. Big props to you. Like I said, everybody, all we can do is do our best, stay positive and show love. I really appreciate you taking time today, man. I want everybody to go follow J Brave on Instagram. Where else can people find your music? I know you're pretty much on everything.



J Brave

Yeah, I'm on pretty much every platform, Spotify, everywhere but definitely hit me up on Instagram, it's JBrave1. You can find links there to get to all of the other portals.


DJ Marty McFly

For sure. We'll put a link to the new song down in the description so people can find that easily. Well, we appreciate you again. This is J Brave. Thank you to everyone watching the Conscious Crew podcast today. Peace.


J Brave

Blessings.


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