Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience. 
O J Hodding is actually my legal name (real name, no gimmicks). I was born in the UK in 1993 but spent time living in China, Switzerland and Australia as I was growing up. I was always bouncing all over the place while I was growing up but London has been the one consistency.

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

My friends all kind of forced me to start making beats when I was a teenager as we were all into Hip-Hop but I was the only one who had a laptop. From there I started rapping and eventually became confident enough with it to start making music properly. I didn’t have an artist name for ages so I ended up just using the name on all my official documents.
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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song. 
The song is a throwback to all the 90s Hip-Hop figures who inspire me. I just wanted to keep it simple and old school, while paying homage to some of my favourite artists with the scratches that I threw in there. Lyrically it’s about leaving all the everyday stress to the side and just focusing on the music. The music is the thing that keeps me sane.
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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. 
It’s always ups and downs. It’s a lot of work and it can be hard to balance everything but at the end of the day I love what I do.
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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 keep it as DIY as possible. I write, record, produce, and mix everything myself, so when you listen to my music everything you’re hearing is all me. I actually made this beat on the plane on the way to Korea, and then recorded it back in London in my living room while sipping some Supermalt. In that way I guess it’s a bit of an international vibe.
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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal. 
I been making music since I was about 16 but only really been taking it seriously the last couple years. I just want to make a living from what I do and eventually make an album that people look back on as being a UK classic.
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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing. 
It’s always a mixture of stuff but traveling definitely gets me in a creative mood and makes me feel more hungry. There’s a lot more out there than just the street you live on so seeing as many places as possibly definitely gives me more drive.
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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 
Bruh, when I’m in the charts I’ll let you know.
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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there. 
Love your fam, eat good food, drink supermalt, and make sure you tell your girl that she’s a peng ting.
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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist. 
Make the kind of music that you want to hear.
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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained. 
I’ve just played shows all around London and other parts of the UK, dropped a couple of EPs, and dropped a couple projects with my crew Soul Purpose.
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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 had some love from people at ItchFM, HoxtonFM, Radar Radio, as well as IndieShuffle, the NewLofi, and NoonPacific. I appreciate all the love that anyone shows, it’s dope to hear people vibing to what I’m doing.
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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 
It’s usually pretty spontaneous but it’s definitely inspiring to have good people around you. Sometimes I might be most creative when I’m by myself at 3am, sometimes it’ll be on a flight overseas, sometimes it might be when I got some people over and the drinks are flowing. It’s always different.
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Name five biggest artists that you like. 
There’s too many to list, but some of the most influential for me are A Tribe Called Quest, Jamiroquai, Wu-Tang, Kojey Radical and Fortunes.
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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. 
There’s a lot of artists in my circle who I’ve collaborated with; AyiTe, Shaé, MX30, Cloude Atlas, Samuel King, and Masta Marx to name a few. I’d love to collaborate with the Australian group, Fortunes, as well as some UK artists like Little Simz and Loyle Carner.
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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music. 

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
Nah
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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars. 
I’d buy one pair of sick trainers, buy something for my girl, and then invest the rest into property and be sensible.

 


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