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

My name is Anthony Stephenson, I was born in Kingston,Jamaica on April 13, 1980 something. I moved to Brooklyn, New York when I was 2 years old where I was raised with my grandparents in Brownsville.

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

My music career has been quite honestly non existent up until this year but that’s purely from lack of trying. I’ve been writing and recording music on and off for the last ten years but never really made it a priority to get myself or my music out there to the masses. A few song releases and one video release over the years still managed to gain me some recognition from media outlets like HipHopDX and New York Magazine. I went through a few name changes but finally settled on TruSTony (pronounced Trust-Tony) and released my debut EP earlier this year titled “Escapism”. I believe these past ten years have helped me to fully figure myself out as a person which help me figure out the artist I want to be.

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

My genre is Rap, but the Rap/HipHop genre is so large these days that I wouldn’t be completely against the idea of declaring official sub genres.The concept behind the song “N$ND” is mostly influenced by hook which repeats the phrase “new money its a new day”. The verses are an aggressive expression of the frustration me and the featured artist WordSpit  feel towards the outdated regressive way of thinking that still runs rampant in current day hip-hop.The video captures that aggression with gritty back streets of NYC as the back drop.

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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. 
Well the “Taking shit serious” part of my career just started about 8 months ago and in my head artistically I’m on a up but in reality my exposure is in a constant state of down. I’m learning that self-managing requires extreme balance of the creative process and general business/promo side of the things. I’m learning daily and getting better but help is definitely wanted.

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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. 

Right now its just me but I have many friends who are producers that I often collaborate with @RanVanDamn from Harlem,@SoundsOfMahal from Boston, @GregLou from out in LA to name a few but a bunch more. The song was recorded at Lounge Studios in Midtown Manhattan and video was shot by Michael Della Polla  in Chinatown section of  Lower Manhattan.

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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 and releasing music independently for about 6 years, if that counts as being in the music industry? My goal is to continue gaining new fans and grow with my music and hopefully secure a situation where I have a good team around me helping me achieve greatness.

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

I draw inspiration from an almost obsession to bring a some what new point of view to rap. I feel like there is so much not being touched on in an intelligent yet still dope fashion. Weed too.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 

Good energy, from the production to the writing process to the recording and mixing. If its all good it will come across. Oh and it needs to sound good too but music is subjective so long as you get that feeling you had when making to translate to the listener  you should be good.

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

My Major message and the general theme I try to get across in my music is that of “Critical Thinking”. Question everything and everyone.

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

Trust yourself and know yourself. Work work work. I’m still an upcoming artist so kind of hard to give out advice.

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

I’ve been rapping since ’06 and started releasing in 2011. My first project was “TheTonyAwards” which was a mixtape with half original tracks and half freestyles. My most recent project “The Escapism EP” consist of 6 original songs and one not so hidden track at the end.  I have received zero awards but check back in a couple months I should have something on the mantle.

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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. 

I’ve been featured on HipHopDx for my first video “Up Early”. I did a video segment for Dollar Van Demos which was featured in New York Magazine.Few college radio stations have played my song “The Devil’s Lettuce”. I’m building more relationships with taste-makers to get the tunes in more places.

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

I’ve developed a weird process where I don’t write anything down or rather type anything into my iphone until I’ve fully memorized the verse. I just repeat repeat over and over till a full verse materializes  in my head, some verses come faster than others but I never rush the process.Recording is fun for me I would like to think that I’m very efficient in the booth. I’m not no “one take jay” or anything but I like to lay a-lot down on top of just the verse so we have plenty options when mixing.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Isaiah Rashad

Anderson.Paak

Kendrick Lamar

Jay-Z

SchoolBoy Q

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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. 
Well one of my closest friends is WordSpit and we have collaborated on over 7 songs so far and I imagine there will be more.

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

https://www.Facebook.com/justrustony

 

https://www.twitter.com/trustony_

 

https://www.soundcloud.com/trusttony

 

https://itun.es/us/CPjfjb

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

https://itun.es/us/CPjfjb

https://open.spotify.com/artist/7vDCbNjtTwjV6LUnnra49N

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

It’s usually day and varies hour to hour. I’m basically unstable is what I’m saying.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars

Well I definitely wouldn’t spend the entire million. I would put away half in savings and various investments. Re-invest a quarter of it back into my music career. Use the remaining to purchase a modest home and maybe some fun gadgets.


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