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

My name is Jesse Feder. I was born on July 8, 1991, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and grew up in Plantation, FL, USA (Greater Fort Lauderdale area). I would describe my childhood as growing up in a middle class household and rewarding due to the compassion, unwavering encouragement and unconditional love my Nana Pauline provided me in raising me since my father passed away when I was 7 years of age and also due to my mother never being truly in the picture. 

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

I began writing music in 7th Grade at 12 years of age. I originally went by the name “Lil’ Gangsta” and recorded my first songs on a standard computer microphone my Freshman year in high school (also put a sock on it), but then changed my name Sophomore year to “Rap Edikit” and eventually shortened it to “Edikit.” The name is based on the word “etiquette,” which means to have good decorum or a code of ethics & manners. 

The reason I chose this was because I felt in the mid ’00s many rappers constantly boasted about the amount of wealth they had acquired, the women they could get, the cars and houses they could buy, etc. I felt by steering clear of these topics, and by speaking about my experiences, aspirations, desires to reform the game itself, etc., I could distinguish myself as being a Hip-Hop artist with proper “etiquette.” In essence, by not partaking in the repetitive braggadocio behavior that had become the norm in the industry, by not degrading others, etc., I would stand out in a positive way. 

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

My genre is Hip-Hop. The concept behind the song is, as the title implies, to display my versatility. I do this by changing my flow, rhyme schemes and subject matter by each verse, as well as sometimes within each verse. I strove to show that within just this one song, I was not one dimensional.

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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. 

To be honest, while I have performed on a few stages, and have been fortunate to meet some people with connections in the music business, I actually am still at the beginning of my journey. I would have to say the greatest challenge I have faced for years is getting recognized. Many friends and colleagues feel I could perform at a professional level, but that difficulty of finding a demographic, in which my music appeals, has been my biggest struggle. 

Additionally, for years, I have received much criticism about how I rapped. From my first mixtape to this second one, I didn’t truly release music for 5.5 years. During that time, I worked to build up money to record as well as listened to many different Hip-Hop artists and artists from other genres. I listened to various bands and acts whose careers spanned decades. I did this to learn how they wrote songs and performed their music so I could hone and improve my craft.

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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. 

Like with my first mixtape, “Imagination At Work” (released January 6, 2012), I recorded this song “Versatile,” which is featured on my second mixtape, “The Remake Factory” (released October 28, 2017), at 42nd Street Studios in Oakland Park, FL, with engineer Marc Loren. Marc is a huge asset to making this song, and others, sound crisp and genuine. He was instrumental in this song being the way it is as he gave me honest feedback on how I could have performed certain lines, within it, better as well as pushing me to redo verses if they didn’t seem “good enough.” He is a proactive engineer with over 40 years of experience in the music industry. 

As for a band, I am a one-man act. While I work with various producers, I do not exclusively work with only one.

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

I actually wouldn’t consider myself quite “in the industry” yet. I am an independent artist currently. As for my experience, I have recorded music (in a studio) since 2011 and have performed on stages since 2010.

In regards to my goal,  I am an aspiring artist who has a passion for creating meaningful Hip-Hop music that drives the listener to do more than just “vibe.” My aim, as an artist, is to have my listeners truly reflect upon (or contemplate) what it is I am trying to convey in each song. For that purpose, I constantly experiment with different flows, rhyme schemes, tones/deliveries, and topics/subject matter. I strive to improve my craft and ultimately myself. In my opinion, the greatest reward any musician can receive is the knowledge that his or her music impacted or influenced his or her listeners (preferably on a positive level). This is my primary goal, my main ambition, and my quintessential dream.

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

My life experiences, my thoughts on current events as well as the state of Hip-Hop, the type of mood I am in, politics, philosophy, science, fantasy, history, and many others. I try to never limit myself and experiment with as many fields as I can. 

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 

I would honestly like to know myself, but if I had to give advice (for what it is worth), I would have to say knowing what message you want to get across coupled with what segment/ demographic you want to provide that message to. You have to know your audience. The next step is learning how to reach that audience. Social media seems to be a wonderfully convenient tool, but the problem is every aspiring independent artist also uses various social media platforms. In order to stand out, you must either create your own style or buck the current trend. If you can create music that people find “unique,” your best bet to having a hit song is sharing it around and hoping many others like it to such an extent they are willing to share it to and then have that trend repeat. 

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

I want to show that Hip-Hop can be more than just “money,” “cars,” and “women.” I want to constantly experiment with different sounds so as not to become stale or repetitive. I want to take as much constructive criticism as I can and incorporate it into my music, improve it, and ultimately reach more people. I don’t believe others “hate” just because they either criticize or dislike one’s music. Everybody has different tastes and opinions. I want to respect both of those as well as work as much as a I can to diversify my sound to reach fans from all sorts of walks of life. 

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

Patience and goal-setting are the two most important elements, in my opinion. There will be times where songs you make, that you believe have potential to “blow up,” won’t make it. There will be times songs, you put your heart and soul into, get rejected by various websites/blogs for plenty of reasons. Do not let what you perceive as “negative feedback” deter you from your goal. Keep in an open mind. While it is important to listen to some criticisms in order to progress, it is equally essential to ignore some as well since everybody has different tastes. 

Pertaining to goal-setting, it is key to create small intervals for which you want to reach. For example, if you want to make music, you could plan to make a small, ten song project. Set a date by which you want to finish it and another in which you want to release it then set aside time to dedicate to making those deadlines realistic. Before releasing a project, plan who you want to send it to. Plan to perform at places in order to get exposure. Little by little, put yourself out there, prove your worth, and increase your buzz.

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

I have only ever released two mixtapes. The first on January 6, 2012, titled “Imagination At Work,” which was comprised of 13 songs, all on original beats/instrumentals. The second mixtape, my most recent one titled, “The Remake Factory,” released on October 28, 2017, features a catalog of 14 songs, 13 of which are on, majority, remade industry beats (and 1 that is original). 

Since my career is still in its infancy, I have neither had any tours nor earned any awards for my music (other than other websites/blogs posting or sharing my music either on their websites or social media platforms). 

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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. 

Besides Broadtube Music Channel, other sources that have aired my songs are:

1) Sphere of Hip-Hop – tweeted my SoundCloud link to my song “Life” to their followers;

2-3) ThatNewJam and Eternity Network both shared my song “Versatile” on their SoundClouds as well as Spotify playlists (I believe);

4) KRXM Radio aired my song “Life” on November 3rd and will interview me on November 9th; and

5) Hip Hop Headquarters/Triple HQ wrote a small story about me as well as shared my song “Work Ethic” on their website then posted the link to that story (also featuring my song) in a tweet to their 70k followers.

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

I use to write my lyrics but once I got to university, I began typing my lyrics (as it is easier to make edits). As for recording, I do a few takes for warm-up, then do a few more in order to have multiple versions to use for doubling. 

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Name five of the biggest artists that you like. 

1) Tupac

2) Blu

3) Michael Jackson

4) Big Pun

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5) Trivium

I have MANY artists and bands that I like as well such as: Eminem, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oddisee, XV, Joyner Lucas, Soundgarden, Wu-Tang Clan, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice In Chains, Radiohead, Outkast, Oasis, Bullet For My Valentine, Avenged Sevenfold, Rage Against The Machine, AZ, Nas, Lupe Fiasco, Black Star, Gang Starr, A Tribe Called Quest, Logic, Chance The Rapper, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Led Zeppelin, Alicia Keys, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and many more!

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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. 

The only artist I officially collaborated with is a female singer by the stage name of “Dani Elle.” I featured her in my song “Waves,” which is song #6 on The Remake Factory.

As for who I would want to collaborate with in terms of singers, here is my list:

Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Alecia Keys, Marsha Ambrosius (from Floetry), Anthony Hamilton, Janelle Monae, Chrisette Michelle, Esperanza Spalding, Cecile McLoren Salvant, Aloe Blacc, Raphael Saadiq, John Legend, Macy Gray, Norah Jones, Melody Gardot and others I can’t think of right now. 

 

In terms of Hip-Hop artists I would like to collaborate with, they are:

Black Thought, Andre 3000, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Logic, Dizzy Wright, Flatbush Zombies, Hopsin, Jarren Benton, Clear Soul Forces, Blu, Reks, Oddisee, Fashawn, XV, J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Eminem, Chance The Rapper, Childish Gambino, Joyner Lucas, AZ and quite a few others I can’t think of right now. 

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

 

https://soundcloud.com/edikit

 

https://edikitmusic.bandcamp.com/

 

https://www.facebook.com/edikitmusic/

 

https://twitter.com/edikitmusic

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

Happiest Day: Have quite a few so can’t pick one.

Saddest Day: February 20, 1999, the day my father passed away. 

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars. 

Easy. I would use the first half of the money to clear all the debts my grandfather left that burdens my Nana as well as alleviate any other financial woes she endures. Next, after that, put a good portion of the money, probably $350k-$400k, in an IRA (retirement account) and $250k into a savings account. Then, with the remainder of the money, I would travel. At first, I would take my Nana to a few places then go with some friends to others.


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