Young X

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

My name is Xavier Berry, I was born on September 8th in the United States of America.

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

My Artist name is Young X. I have 3 college degrees (M.S. / B.A. / A.S. ), which includes a recording engineer degree. I’m also all 3 levels certified with Avid in Pro Tools. I am president of an independent company/label called MidSouth Muzik. I record, mix, and master all of my own music, along with my fellow MidSouth Muzik artists. I also engineer for a number  of clients. I was a very visual artistic child, which has translated into me becoming an Art director, and also creating all of my album artwork and most of my videos and photography. Carlos Nunez is the only other Art director I work with currently. I also have been hired and work as an art director for a number of clients as well. As a kid in elementary and junior high, I was involved in band and choir. Without knowing then, that has translated into my song writing and producing today.

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

The main genre I create in is Hip Hop/Rap, but I believe I’m creatively versatile enough to have success in commercial top 40 as well. This particular track is called “Jersey Chasers” and is a Rap track. It was produced by one of my MSM in-house producers Lskii, and myself. The concept around the track was based on the idea of women who have ill intentions with seducing men to gain some sort of monetary value. In college, you see a lot of women throw themselves at athletes, due to their current status of fame, success. That’s where I was introduced to the term “Jersey Chaser”, which I think is something anyone from a teen up can relate to. Since I am originally from the Midwest, and also lived in Chicago for a few years, I wanted to get another artist from the Midwest featured on the track. I thought that Rick Ross protégé and Maybach Music recording artist Rockie Fresh would sound dope on the record. I sent it to him and his people, he thought it was dope, and we made the collaboration happen. The other featured artist Bill Spliff is a fellow MidSouth Muzik artist and friend, and had heard the beat when Lskii and me made it. He loved it and asked to hop on it, so I kept my word and threw him on it along with Rockie and myself.

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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.

There are so many Ups and Downs in the music business, and anyone who as took a serious pursuit at this can probably drop gems on you for days. In my opinion the major labels and “Industry” can be very manipulative, and can be centered around who you know more than talent or skills. Even if your business and talent is elite, if you don’t have some sort of relationships with certain people in the business, you may never reach potential. I feel like that probably could be my demise of never being considered a “Major” artist, or ever signing to a major record label. At this point of my journey, I’m not sure if I really want to if the relationship doesn’t seem genuine.

The ups for me is simple. Seeing my first stream, to seeing a song of mine get over 1 million streams. Something about organically turning a person into a fan of your creation and making it apart of their life is the ultimate up. Then seeing that turn into them paying for your creations, that’s the ultimate high. It’s not about the fame or followers to me, even though I love an appreciate anyone who finds me interesting enough to follow on social media. If I could just release my music, and get it in to the same amount or more peoples hands then I do now, without all the social media, I would in a heartbeat.

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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.

The song was produced in-house by Lskii and myself. Started organic by just playing with some sounds and kits, but once we laid the percussion and drums, the concept and flow arrangement was already coming to me. I had the hook and verse in my mind before we arranged and sequenced the beat. As soon as we finished creating the beat, I recorded the chorus and verse, then laid a mix on the record. From there the track was sent to Rockie and his camp, and he knocked it out and sent it back in about 48-72hrs. Rockie and Bill both recorded their verses on their own and sent their vocals to me for mixing. Everything else from producing, recording my vocals, mixing and mastering was done in my home studio.

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

I finished my recording engineering education in 2009-2010, then hopped right into the industry from there and has been at it ever since. Goal is to be able to run my own independent company, hosting multiple successful acts.

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

Most inspiration is drawn from experiences of my life or close ones and surroundings. I also get inspired by revisiting music I grew up with, or from genres I don’t regularly listen to.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I can’t give a formula because to major label industry standards I haven’t made a bonafide “Hit” record myself. I have had tracks with 500k-1Million streams on Spotify and other platforms however. I believe once you get to a point where you consistently make good music, the fans decide the hit status of the track. Usually you can gauge previous tracks and fine tune the formula from moderate success to really do numbers and create something people enjoy.

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

I appreciate all the support over the journey thus far. Trill recognize Trill. I hope to be able to meet you in person someday.

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

Be ready for a bunch of people to tell you what you can’t do. If you can’t take negative feedback, it’s going to be a constant uphill battle. Just focus on smalls goals and always making forward progress. That’s what I continue to do now.

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

I’m currently working on my 5th independent project/album. My last solo release has about 3.5 million streams thus far, and helped be obtained a lot of radio and dj support. I’ve obtained a few honors and recognition throughout the years so far, but nothing I believe I should boast about.

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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.

Sirius XM (Shade 45, Foxxhole), Hot 97 NYC, Power 92 Chicago, stations in St Louis, Miami, Atltanta, Flood93. I’ve been on numerous blogs too. I appreciate all the DJs that play my records in the club and on their mixshows as well.

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

I don’t physically write down lyrics. I have a pretty good memory, and I believe in my case that my delivery and performance is better without having to stare at a piece of paper or some device with my lyrics.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Eminem, Pusha T, Drake, Cam’Ron and PartyNextDoor.

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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.

Devvon Terrell is a close friend and Hi-Rez is one of my homies in the industry. I’ve obviously worked with Rockie Fresh, one of my talented artist Dray Solis, another one of my artist Bill Spliff. Too many others to name.

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

www.iamyoungx.com   

@IAMYOUNGX on all social sites.

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

Go follow and subscribe to my Spotify Channel!

https://open.spotify.com/artist/58Uhx0JXLi7AkPgF2llRe1

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Pay some shit off. Buy some land, make sure my Grandma, Mom and Lady are straight. Then re-invest the rest back.

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