Jon Bon Jovi, who was created his own legacy with his hands, remembered the career-changing act while speaking to “Mavericks With Ari Melber” and advised young artists by saying important words.
According to Jon Bon Jovi, the rock musicians who featured with rappers or pop singers does not true to who they are. Jon Bon Jovi also recalled a rarely known story and remembered his song Runaway’s playing on a radio in New York City at his 20.
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“I got a record deal in such a unique way that I don’t know how I was so smart to think of it. But I said, ‘Who is the loneliest man in the record business?’ And my answer to myself was, ‘The DJ.’
“And so I went and I knocked on the door of a brand new radio station that, fortunately for me, was so new, it didn’t have a receptionist. And the DJ [told me to wait] one minute, ’cause he was on the air.
“He came out on the commercial break, and I told him that I wanted to talk to him. I had these songs, one of which was ‘Runaway’. He said, ‘Stick around until after I’m off the air. We can talk.’ I did.
“Eventually, that song got on the radio in New York City — no band, no record deal, no manager, no nothing. A 20-year-old kid knocked on the door.
“Now, looking 37 years later, kids have the Internet, so they have to find their own way to reinvent the wheel. They have to think of something that’s as unique so that they stand out. ‘Cause there’s a lot of other talented kids out on the street, and a lot of other talented songwriters out on the street. In order to differentiate yourself, you’ve gotta think differently.
“And so go and be that me from 37 years ago and find your DJ, find your way. It can be done. And do not succumb to fads and fashions, because by the time you get up to speed on whatever is fashionable, the trend has changed. You have to be your own self. That’s why you don’t see me doing collaborations with rap guys and pop guys and dance bands, because unless you’re true to who you are, it’s not gonna resonate — it’s gonna be a fad, and it’s gonna be there for a moment. Move on. It’s like candy — it’s a sugar high.”
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