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Who are you and where are you from?
I go by the stage name AverageJoe, from a small town in the North-East of England. 

What is it you do?
I create hip-hop music, writing and recording my own lyrics. 

How long have you been doing it?
I wrote my first song in 2016 but didn’t record until 2018.  After I released the first song I recorded anything I wrote and released two songs a month for about 6 months.  Thinking back, I didn’t really think about or care what I produced until my first collaboration, another local artist that now goes by Scapey, which is when I first sat and thought about the lyrics I was writing.  While at college I also met two artists who were a big influence on the start of my career, Scrannabis and Xhavier. 

In 2020 I released my first Mini Collab EP titled ‘The Lazy Days Collab Tapes’ with American artist AyJay. 

What inspires you?
Music and Art.  

There are a lot of talented artists around the North East and more are appearing. Rappers such as 90BRO who is one of the reasons I started creating music myself, if I hadn’t found others in my area that create the same style music as me, I would have never released anything myself. 

Tell us about your music.
This year I planned to release at least 10 new tracks with one coming out each month. 5/10 tracks were created by my producer Absence, who also produced one of my first tracks ‘Off Topic’ which quickly became one of my more popular songs in 2018. 

I have been creating a lot of music with other artists lately, expanding my sound and experimenting in other genres. 

What have you got coming up in the future?
Apart from the new releases, I’m trying to get out more to perform. The nearest date is the 25th of February at Zerox Newcastle for NE Risings Open Mic Tour, other than that you can hopefully catch me once a month at an event hosted by Wright Music & Management, or maybe you might see me in the crowd of some local gigs. 

Where can people find out more about you?
Instagram is my main source of media (@averagejoeyo)  

Facebook: AverageJoe Yo

My music should be on any platform you use; Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, Tidal, to name a few. which you can locate through my Linktree https://linktr.ee/averagejoeyo

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