There are three things I am thankful for this year; of course my family, southern california weather and Jerome LOL Music. Residing in Los Angeles, Jerome “LOL” Potter, 1/2 of LOL Boys and CEO of Body High Records is just getting his career started. I was able to exchange words with the young visionary recently and he had a lot to say. I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes major musical impact in the future. Solo EP via Friends of Friends Records coming early 2014.
As a young kid, what did you want to grow up to be?
A baseball player, then a teacher, then a musician.
What was it that made you take your music from a hobby to a career?
It wasn’t really a choice I made. Luckily, enough people listened to my music, that I could support myself through playing show. I feel extremely fortunate to have music as my career.
You started and run your own independent record label Body High with fellow artist Samo Sound Boy. How does it feel to have your own record label?
Body High was began with the idea of putting out club music on our own terms. We want to expose people to new artists and sounds, which has been an extremely gratifying process.
In the past I have seen you almost everywhere that local producers Shlohmo and Groundislava are. What is your relationship with Friends of Friends label and WEDIDIT Collective?
I am releasing my next solo record through Friends of Friends in early 2014. The members of WEDIDIT are all very close friends of mine. One great thing about Los Angeles is the number of talented musicians who reside here. I am constantly inspired by the things my friends create.
When you’re in the studio or making music where do you look for inspiration? What is the vibe like?
I am inspired by my immediate surroundings. My studio is in a building near MacArthur Park. You can hear a lot of the commotion of the streets from my room, and there is a nice view of palm trees and barbed wire.
You have gone from playing house parties in mar vista, ca. to now touring the world to play major shows in less than a year. How do you like tour life?
I have been on and off the road since 2009, and though it can be very tiring, it is rewarding to be able to share the music I love to audiences all around the world.
What would life be like if computers were never invented?
Up until now you have put out a lot of free music. What do you find works best in promoting your music?
I really dislike the promotional aspect of releasing music, but I understand that it is a necessity. Free things can be good, but I think the best is a proper release that you truly believe in. Genuineness goes a long way.
What was the best show you saw in the past year?
It’s a tie between U Hall in DC with Samo Sound Boy and The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor with Baths.
What music will someone find on your iPod?
Anything from Drake to Godspeed You! Black Emperor to DJ Trajic.
What shows do you have coming up in the near future?
On tour right now with Kaytranada and Groundislava all over North America.
What will your next release be?
A 4-song EP on Friends of Friends out in early 2014.
What is something on your bucket list that you wish to accomplish in your lifetime?
Build a house in the woods for my beautiful wife and children.
Your an amazing artist and true creative human Jerome LOL. Use your gift and flourish!