Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.
Growing up I was put through piano and guitar lessons for several years and eventually found myself playing in bands (mostly in a band ‘Murder She Wrote’). After the local scene in Rockland County started to dissipate, I started to focus on audio engineering and producing, and have been doing it primarily for the past 8 years. I have worked with a variety of artists and genres doing music production, including my latest collaboration on a track with Beatnick&K-Salaam “Fight Night (Black Mirror Mix)” featuring Talib Kweli and Blu. Shortly before the collaboration I released my debut EP “Attachment,” and I am constantly working on more music to release.
Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
I generally refer to my music as “psychedelic trap” though I have been finding myself breaking out of that lately. This track “Truth/Liar” is more of a ‘pop’ hip-hop beat with ambient guitar and piano. The lyrics and melody were written by an old band mate/current songwriting partner James Knucks, who was inspired by a recent break-up with a girl that played around too much.
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.
I do audio engineering work and music production work for hire, so if anyone needs their vision of a project brought into fruition I can help make that happen. Anything from the recording process to the actual writing of the song/ instrumental. Unfortunately, even though writing for people is my favorite kind of work it is the fewest and furthest between. I mostly engineer other people’s projects and mix projects for people. This work still isn’t as steady as I would like it to be, so to supplement income I also perform music for children.
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 had written the instrumental with intention for rap vocals and one day I was showing James some instrumentals and came across this one. He told me he already had the perfect song to put to the track and we recorded it all in one night at my home studio.
Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
I am 24 now, and I had started playing in bands when I was 14. I started making ‘techno’ beats when I was about 16 and eventually stopped playing in bands when I was 18. I then started focusing on making electronic music (mainly dubstep) for the next couple of years, and then started transitioning to ambient and trap- influenced music. I wish to keep developing my sound to something unique yet palatable by a large audience. I hope to eventually be able to make a living solely on my own songwriting/ composition as a solo artist, whether that income is from touring/merchandise or licensing.
Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
I find composing to be the best outlet for any emotional experience I have. It is like an on demand therapist at any time that never fails. I often find that I look for inspiration when I don’t have it and I just don’t write as well no matter how hard I try, but when I feel the inspiration the music seems to write itself. I think the best inspiration that keeps me going is seeing the reaction of other people that listen to my music and the love and support I get from family and friends in regards to my music, it helps reinforce my belief that this is what I’m meant to do.
Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
I don’t think there’s any formula, I find that sometimes I’ll write something just when I’m in a good vibe and after writing it I’m thinking ‘damn I wrote this?’ and those tracks generally get the same response from other people, but also I’ve had times where I write something that I’m thinking ‘eh this is okay’ and other people will tell me how it’s their favorite and I don’t get it.
Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
Everyone’s taste varies but I strongly believe the whole ‘sell out before you sell out’ idea is bullshit, I think making the music you really want to make from the get-go is very important for building a culture around your music regardless of how niche your audience is. You’ll be much happier with your life as an artist making what you really want to make and what resonates with you because it’ll resonate with people that really can hear what you’re trying to communicate through your music. It wont be the same if you’re compromising it for attention or how well it can sell. I believe this is a very core concept in what makes music timeless or transient in history.
Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Keep working no matter what. There will be down periods that will make it seem like things aren’t going to work in your favor and they may not for a while. But belief is POWER and if you believe in your art through thick and thin it will manifest and the things you need to learn or overcome for this to happen will reveal themselves in time.
Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.
The main recognition I received is when I was asked to collaborate with Beatnick&K-Salaam, it was the biggest project I had gotten up to that point by a long shot and will likely be the biggest project I have for a while.
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.
Shouts to Vittek Tape to airing my track “Twin Flames” off of my “Attachment” EP, and shouts to XXL, 2Dope Boyz, Allhiphop Renaissance, Ambrosia for Heads, Mass Appeal and Boi-1da for premiering the “Fight Night” collaboration.
Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
I produce all of my tracks in Ableton Live with a variety of plugins (occasionally recording live guitar) and then do all of my recording in Pro Tools.
Name five biggest artists that you like.
Big Chocolate, Skrillex, Cashmere Cat, Whitechapel and Born of Osiris.
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.
Along with Beatnick&K-Salaam on that collaboration, Talib Kweli and Blu featured on it as well. I have worked with a variety of other artists as well, such as Fouled Out, Auxilia, AK40Devin, Curly, and others that I can’t currently think of. I would love to do a collaboration with Big Chocolate in the future.
Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.
Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
Happiest day: When I made the cut for the collaboration I mentioned before.
Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.