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

I was born on the 5th of Feb. 1993 in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Which is also where I lived with my parents and siblings till the age of 9. After that my mother, my siblings and I moved to Zürich and my father stayed back in Abu Dhabi. During my time in the UAE I attended an American school. My Childhood in Abu Dhabi felt somewhat isolated from the world. After moving to Zürich I was placed in an integration class, which is basically a school that concentrates on teaching you German and integrating all the migrants into local society. Naturally tensions where high  at this school as you had a lot of frustrated kids from all different nationalities and cultures. After a year of learning German I was placed in regular schooling where I did OK. My father used to send CDs in the mail for me and my siblings. It was through theses CDs that I found my love for Rap and started writing and recording my first tracks at the age of 12.

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

My Artist name MSG is basically just my initials but also an acronym for “Message”. I try to make music that people can relate and identify with.

The first time I started making music was when I was 5 and my mother made me and my brother both choose an instrument to learn and attend martial arts classes. I chose the Piano and my brother the guitar. I stopped playing at 9 when we moved to Zurich but the basics stayed with me and helped me understand a lot about music creation writing composing etc.

At 12 I started making remixes of my favourite songs and editing tracks that I listened too. I would take all my favourite rappers and throw them onto megamixes for my own listening pleasure. Soon I started freestyling with friends which quickly turned into writing and recording my own tracks.

I remember using my sister’s singstar microphone to record my first track on a dell laptop using free software. I thought I was the shit! And looking back that first track was so whack but it was the first of many. And over the years I worked on my craft and always studied and anaylized the emcees I was listening to at the time.

At 15 I got to know a local producer who gave me access to his studio. It was him who taught me how to use DAWs and Midi Controllers and basically everything I needed to know to build tracks from scratch. He also gave me my first performance opportunity and it wasn’t long before I started performing with him and various other DJ’s at Zürich’s night clubs.

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

MY most recent project is a Freetape called “The Lab”. I choose the name because the tape consists of various styles and sub genres of Hip Hop. There’s a lot of experimental tracks on there too. I tried working with beats and styles that where outside my comfort zone and pushing to see what styles fit me for future projects.

 “The Lab” is 14 tracks strong and was released on the 3rd of Nov 2017. There are also 3 music videos on Youtube off the tape.

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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.

So far I haven’t had too many downs just a lot of things that held me back that I would do different. For example I would rely too much on other people pulling their weight instead of pushing and doing things myself.

I learnt to just push on regardless of who’s gonna help or not.

I was working too much with friends who weren’t serious about it. Nowadays everyone I work with is a business connect.

I feel like if I had pushed on at 16 with the same hunger that I have now then I could be a lot further in my career. That’s the one thing I regret.

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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.

I don’t really have other members. I work with various people on my music. Usually when doing a new track I’ll search for a producer that I’d like to buy beats from. I’m really picky with beats and only write to tracks that instantly inspire me. I write a lot more than I record. So far this year I’ve written approx. 100 tracks and recorded 40 of them. A lot of the times I’ll record my vocals at my home studio. I bought all my equipment at 16 cause I didn’t feel like paying people to use theirs and I wanted instant access to a studio whenever I was inspired. So I saved up some money and flipped it a couple times till I could afford all the hardware I needed.

Usually I’ll record around 10 tracks and then send them in for mastering. I have various people that I work with for mastering or purchasing beats.

When it comes to videos, I have done 4 so far. Most of them with CeebraFilms. He’s a close friend of mine who I’ve known pretty much since moving to Zurich. When I had a falling out with my mom and moved out on my 18th it was Ceebra who let me live at his place for  about a year.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
I’ve been making music since I was a child but I’d say 2015 is when I started seriously putting stuff out with a goal. Before that, it was more of a hobby and pass time.

I’m hoping to build a fan base large enough to live off of my music. Currently I’m working a 9-5 on the side to support my music.

Ideally, I would want to employ my whole crew and give them all jobs, whether that be promotional work or merchandise design or whatever. I just want to put my people on.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
I write my best songs when I have strong feelings. Whether that be anger or happiness or depression doesn’t matter. But Whenever I’m going through something I sit down and write a track. It’s kinda like my vent. Once I’ve spoken about something and put it on a track I can kinda stop stressing about it. Writing and recording is like my therapy.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
In my opinion for a hit rap song you need five things.

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A dope beat.

 

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You have to play with different flows and switch it up so it doesn’t sound monotone.

 

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A catchy hook.

 

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A dope visual.

 

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A gimmick that regular casual listeners will recognize you by (like the Weeknd’s hair for example).

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
You only have one life. Don’t waste it making money for someone else.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
The most important thing is staying dedicated to your craft and networking. It’s not talent but hard work that brings success.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.
So far I’ve put out 4 music videos and two mixtapes. I have an album recorded which is going out sometime next month called “The Message” and another mixtape which will be going out early 2018.

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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.

So far my songs have been shared by following outlets:

Radio Lora (Switzerland)

LA on lock

Vibeslink

aipate

Eternity Network

The word is bond

Trapplanet

Rap planet

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio
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I write all the time. Not a day goes by where I don’t write down at least a couple bars. So when I hear a beat that inspires me writing is a pretty straight forward and fast process cause I already have so many lines floating around.

Also when I’m writing I know exactly how I want it to sound after so recording is usually a fast process too.

For the Album “The Message” I recorded everything at a local Producers Studio. The vibes were right and we managed to record 9 tracks in around 3 hours.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.
This is a hard one cause I’m constantly listening and searching for new and inspiring stuff.

I’d say right now the artists I listen too most would be:

Don Q

A boogie

Cassanova 2x

Dave East

Kodak Black

But that changes all the time. My all time favs would be something like: 

Jadakiss ( the whole lox really)

DMX

Cassidy

Wu tang (Raekwon and Inspectah Deck are my favs)

Fabolous

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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.
I haven’t really done many due to the fact that I don’t like waiting on people to record their verses.

The beat-makers I work with most would be:

SandroBeats

Lexi Banks

Dez Wright

 

Apart from that I’m pretty open for collaboration. I would love to work with a lot of the up and coming artists from New York like:

Don Q

A boogie

Dave east

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I’m going to be recording a couple feature tracks with various local rappers who have asked me for guest verses on their upcoming projects.

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

Instagram: www.instagram.com/msg_milo

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/msgmusic

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MSGmusik

 

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdH8kFLWV4ecC1D_lA5vkPg

 

datpiff.com/mixtape/870120

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

So far all my music has been free. I’m releasing an album for sale next month.

At the moment my music is on Youtube, Datpiff, Soundcloud, Facebook, And mediafire. “The Lab” mixtape is going up on Spotify and Apple Music in the next couple of days.

I’m also working on a website which will go up soon.

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
That’s a hard one. I’ve had a lot of ups and downs but I don’t think I can really pinpoint the best and worst time. I’d say my worst times where probably at 18 after I left home and was fighting with my parents. At the time I was doing a lot of stupid stuff and had frequent run ins with the law.

I’d say my best times are when I’m traveling or recording music.

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Tell us how you will spend a million doll
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If I had a million today I’d make sure my mom had everything she needs and then I’d invest the rest to make more and employ all my people.

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