Afrosamuraiist , Quake

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

(Andreas) Our names are Andreas Whyte and Qasim Duncan. I  was born on the 20th May 1996 and Qasim was born on August 11th 2001. I grew up as an only child and with a single mum and Qasim grew up in a house of 7 other kids, which he has found as an enjoyable and unique experience.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

(Andreas) I was always very intrigued by music and played percussion until I was around 13, at which point I took an interest in dancing. A few years later I got back into music and started playing guitar and producing instrumentals inspired by my own taste for jazz, rnb and hip-hop. My musician name is Afrosamuraiist, which is also my dancer name.
Qasim knew he wanted to do music at a young age and started getting serious with music at 13. He is now 16 and feels music is something he can proudly call a passion. His rap name is ‘Q u a k e’, which came from his brother: ‘I used to be overweight as a kid and you could hear me as I walked and my brother said I sounded like an earthquake so I just shortened it to quake’

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

The genre of the track is I’d say dark trap. This track was orientated around the sketchiness of certain people in life that will change their attitude towards you in an instance.

Quasim considers his style to be oriental around genres of music such as Sad Trap/Hip-hop/Boom Bap/Alternative Rap/Rock.

I personally produce a variation of genres from hip-hop to rnb to trap. I pride myself on originality and having a vast understanding for music.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

Both I and Qasim pride ourselves on releasing quality music, which can often cause compromise in the time taken to release a track. Personally, I often found myself questioning why I put so much pressure on myself to release good music, but I think the genuine reason why I do this is because I need to get my idea out exactly how I envisioned it otherwise it feels like an unfinished thought that constantly frustrates me until it is complete. The music industry can often force musicians to churn out any rubbish just to appease the masses, but I aim to continue making music for my own pleasure.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

Qasim and I met from commenting on each other’s tracks on Soundcloud and not long after agreed on the idea of collaborating on a track together. Qasim was going for a dark trap instrumental, which I quickly got to work on producing. Once I had an outline I sent it to Qasim to start recording over. Qasim sent me the vocals when he was done for me to mix and master the track. From there it was just fine tuning and editing till the release of the track.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

(Andreas) I’d say my experience in the music industry is currently low, as I am still a producer growing in the community. I have many small term goals for artists I aim to collaborate with in the coming year but my overall goal is to have a completely unique pure style of production which can be immediately linked to me.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

(Qasim) I am inspired for being able to create something out of nothing.  

(Andreas) I am inspired by the weird and wonderful. From the sound of a bottle cap to the scrunching of leaves, I love to use sounds and alter them to be something completely original.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Both I and Qasim believe there isn’t one; a hit is just a hit there’s no secret formula. With an open mind, just about any song could be ‘hit’. Music is subjective and there to be enjoyed.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

(Andreas) I like to encourage others to think as far outside of their comfort zone as possible and embrace difference. Qasim wishes to encourage others to listen to what he has means everything to me that you even listen to the words of a lowly 16 year older.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Stay humble. Grind. Stay focused. Always have a goal.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

Neither I nor Qasim have received any recognition for our work so far. I have collaborated with numerous artists and grown a fan base in a relatively short space of time.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

My song ‘The System’ was recently featured on a radio station called Pleasure Radio, hosted by Hailey Ja’e, 103.8fm.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

I like to make the hook first it’s always the hardest verses come easy they pour out of me basically just my feelings on a page.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

(Qasim)

Kendrick Lamar

Guardin

Joe Budden

ScarLxrd

HollyWood Undead

 

 

(Afrosamuraiist)

Timbaland

Eminem

Wize

Monte Booker

Chris Brown

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

Qasim has collaborated with Guardin, Venom, Yung Van, KuzuMellow and EmC4Eva etc ‘all dope artists I’m willing to collaborate with everyone until I’m not.’
I have collaborated with artists such as SamThePsychic, Sampled, Kajus and many others, with more collaboration ready for release in the near future. I currently have no particular artist I wish to collaborate with, I’m generally happy to collaborate with anyone whose music I enjoy.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

(Quake)

soundcloud.com/quake_music

www.instagram.com/q_the_gawd/

twitter.com/QTheMusician

 

(Afrosamuraiist)

https://soundcloud.com/afrosamuraiist

https://www.facebook.com/Afrosamuraiist

https://twitter.com/Afrosamuraiist

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Qasim states that his saddest day is every day, as he is not happy.

My happiest day is probably the day I went to Japan, as I had wanted to go for the longest time. My saddest day was when a relative of mine passed away.

 

 

Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Qasim would support himself and his family and make sure everyone was taken care of. I would most probably do the same. I have no desire for expensive stuff. However I’d buy myself a new speaker because my one is on the brink of falling apart.

 

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