Bobc@

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

My real name is Brock Pant, I’m from Toledo, Ohio in the United States. I grew up in Holland, a decent sized suburb of Toledo, with my parents and two brothers. I went to public and private schools and was always interested in sports and music.

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

I started writing raps in middle school just messing around with my friends and it just became something to do in my free time. My stage name is Bobc@, pronounced Bobcat. It was the first name I came up with and I switched it a few times but ended up coming back to it, and it just kinda stuck. Starting off I had no musical background at all.  I taught myself how to do everything I do now with lots of help from YouTube and friends in the industry. I have my own home studio and I taught myself how to write, record, mix & master, and I eventually want to learn how to produce my own beats.

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

My genre is Hip Hop/Rap, but I want to be able to stick out from the crowd. I wrote ‘Down with It’ as a song that anyone can enjoy. There’s a lot of ‘grouping’ in the music industry and I wanted to make a song that anyone with an open mind would like, whether you prefer old school, new school, raw rap or whatever. I’m hoping people view it as a vibe, like the instrumental is very different and out there compared to “normal beats” and I incorporated lyricism with a catchy hook that I hope everyone can respect and enjoy the song. The music video was meant to capture this essence, I went out with my friends and picked the spots to shoot and I actually edit my own videos so I knew exactly where I wanted to go with it. There are lots of edits and color effects and it just captures the feel of the song perfectly.

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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.

Like I said before, I go by Bobc@ and I have been writing music since middle school. In high school, me and a few friends got more serious about it and started recording some songs in my friend’s basement. The songs were awful but obviously we thought they were good so I posted them on Soundcloud and got a lot of shit for it. This happened with my next few songs and I’d just ended up deleting them. After practicing I got better and put out songs whenever I could throughout high school. I did a few lowkey shows with my friend who was a DJ (DJ Riptide) and did my first real show with him at our schools battle of the bands. During my first year of college I got real serious about music, and with my home studio I started working on a mixtape. I struggled learning to mix and master in my free time while going to school, working night shifts and recording.  After dropping the tape nothing really came of it, I started working on some singles so I could get my music on iTunes and Spotify. Since then I’ve done some shows at a local club and have been working on building a fan base and that’s my biggest struggle right now.

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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.

The producer of the song is Epik ( Epik The Dawn Instrumentals | Rap & Hip Hop Beats for Sale ). I recorded the song in my home studio and did all the work on it myself. The music video was shot by two of my friends; Ben Bruss and Andrew Jahn.  We shot it in two sessions (one with both of them). The shooting part only took probably a total of 4 hours. We shoot in a neighborhood and in downtown Sylvania working with whatever looked the best.

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

I’d say I’ve only briefly entered the industry. Over the past few months I opened for Lil Debbie and Montana of 300 and hope to do more shows in the future. I recently got my music on iTunes and Spotify and hope to gain a following.

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

I started writing for fun and it just developed into a passion. I write because it’s like a form of therapy to me anytime I got problems or got to get something off my chest I just get in the booth and let it out. I want to inspire people and have people respect my work.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Honestly making a hit song would come down to making it catchy or very relatable. The instrumental is a major part of making a hit song because the beat can make or break a song, no matter how well it’s written.

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

To all my fans I’d like to say thank you for any and all support, it really means a lot and drives me to make my best work.

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

To any upcoming artist, I would tell them to be patient with the process.  I know things are exciting and you want to put out all the work you’ve spent so much time on but be sure it’s the right time.  Make sure you are 100% confident with your work before you put it out because you want your best to be heard.  Believe in yourself and things will pan out, never give up.

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

My career on the music scene is very short. I’ve just recently got my music on major streaming services and started doing shows around town. I’ve been grinding under the radar for a few years just working on my craft and getting to the level I want. I released a mixtape titled ‘After Hours’ on Soundcloud and DatPiff a few months ago. Since then, I’ve been dropping singles and have been focusing on trying to finish writing my EP, “Out the Blue”, which I plan on releasing in 2018.

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

When I start writing a song I try and get a feel for the beat and determine what kind of mood I want.  Then I try and think of a few different ideas and mumble a melody. Once I figure out some words, the writing phase can be quick or long it just depends. I usually will have a song written within a day or a week and when I finish I usually have it memorized.  The recording process is one of the hardest because I’m such a perfectionist and sometimes I’ll do 20-30 takes and it gets the result I want it just waste time.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

My five major influences: (No order) 50 cent, Eminem, Big Sean, J. Cole, and Logic.

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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.

My biggest collaboration was with a local artist Anthony Jacob on our song “Distant” (available on iTunes and Spotify) and that was really cool cause we are both from the same school and have different styles but they mixed well. I’ve worked with other local artists in my area but no one really big. I’m really hoping to work with some female singers in the future and some upcoming rappers like JZAC who has been an influence.

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

https://www.facebook.com/Bobcat419/

https://www.instagram.com/bobcat419/

https://twitter.com/Bobcat_419

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

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/bobc/1277780919

https://soundcloud.com/bobc-3

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day was probably Christmas at my grandma’s old house a few years back before we lost some family members and everyone was together and things were simpler. My saddest day isn’t a specific day, just looking back and knowing things aren’t the same as they were is my saddest feeling. Feeling powerless.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

If I had a million dollars I’d make sure everyone in my family was straight before anything else, then I’d build a way better studio than I got, promote my upcoming project and fund my own tour. Also, I’d defiantly buy a sports car.

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