Prhymetime

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

My name is Brendan O’Neill and I’m 20 years old. I was born and raised in Martinsville New Jersey, USA but I currently live in Denver, Colorado.

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Tell us your academic qualification. 

I’m currently a sophomore at Regis University. I’m majoring in music production/ studio engineering.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills. 
I go by the name Prhymetime. I was exposed to music at a very young age. I started playing bass guitar when I was in fourth grade, and then I played standup bass in fifth and sixth grade, but gave it up when I got seventh grade. I started rapping when I was in eighth grade after I lost my father to a stroke. I used music as my outlet. After I picked up the pen, I started to get into the production side of the music. Although I don’t really make too many beats, I mix and master every one of my songs. I’ve been working in Logic Pro since I was in eighth grade. I own a pretty nice home studio where I’m able to get pretty high quality recordings.

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

I try my best to find a different sound in each song. Although I do believe I have a pretty distinct sound that is recognizable in each song, I try to switch my flows and cadences up, depending on the track. I got the idea for the song after my philosophy professor assigned us a question to answer for homework. “What question do you want most answered in life” and I said, “I want to find out how to make my dreams into reality, and still be financially stable.”

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Tell us how to run a record label independently and successfully based on your experience as an artist. 

I haven’t had too much exposure to any record labels. I’ve been doing this on my own for the past 6 years, although I’ve really only kicked it into high gear the past year. I’m not anti-record label or anything like that, but I believe it is possible to make an impact on the rap game being an independent artist.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music. 
“Money Thoughts” was actually the first song I’ve ever posted on Submit Hub. My buddy Drunk Girl, who produced the song told me I needed to get some exposure and it definitely worked. Other than that, I use my Instagram and Snapchat, where I post stories when I release a song, and everything I release is on my Soundcloud. Because I go to school on the other side of the country from where I grew up, I’m able to expand my reach to different audiences.

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Tell us what makes you happy and what makes you sad. 

I get happy when I get positive feedback from people when I show them a new song or rap it to them right after I write something new. It is a really good feeling when you know you’re good at something, and you know that other people think that too. I love the feeling of watching the numbers go up after I drop a song. I get sad when I do something for someone trying to be a nice, genuine person, and they end up walking all over me because they take advantage of my kindness. I’ve learned over the recent years there aren’t too many people you can trust with your life, so it’s important to keep those few people close.

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Explain clearly the story or concept behind the song. 

I wrote this song as a way to try and help figure out where I’m supposed to go in life. I’ve made the decision to make music in to my number one priority, but I’m stuck again with a problem. I feel as if I have until my senior year of college to blow this up, or it’s not going to happen. If I can’t get a degree in something that will set me up financially like nursing, business, etc. how am I supposed to make money off my music? Right now, because I’m young and a college student, there are so many opportunities to make quick money. But it seems that even though I’m so caught up in worrying about the future, I have no problem blowing the money I make now on things that don’t really matter. So that was sort of the mindset that I was in when I wrote the song.

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List the radio stations, TV stations and blogs that have aired or featured your new song. 

Samurai Music, as well as BuffaBLOG approved the song.

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Give us links to where the song can be purchased. 

The song is available on Soundcloud for free.

https://soundcloud.com/prhymetimeproductions/money-thoughts-prod-drunk-girl

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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. 

A good friend of mine that goes by the name Drunk Girl made the beat. We aren’t a ground or anything; he’s just an old friend that I look up to as a mentor in the music world. He’s mainly an EDM artist, but he can cook up some fire hip-hop beats that are always an honor to spit on. I recorded the song in the closet of my dorm room where I have the walls and doors lined with studio foam to cancel out any unwanted noise. I use an AKG C214 Condenser Mic with an Apollo Twin Interface. I recently tore my ACL, so I recorded the song on my crutches. I think it came out pretty dope.

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

I started releasing music in 8th grade. I dropped a song that blew up in my town and I got 15,000 plays. As I went through high school I lost focus and didn’t make as much music as I would have liked to. I really started putting in a lot of work about 6 months ago, and it’s been a nonstop grind ever since. I hope to gain a larger following on my Soundcloud, which has been the case recently. I also want to start performing in my area so people can see me lay these bars down in person. From there, I believe the possibilities would be endless. I just really want to stay focused on making music, as well as getting a degree in studio engineering. I would also like to start putting a lot of my focus into making beats so that when I come up with an idea for a song, I can make a beat that would fit perfect. I wouldn’t have to wait to find it or get it from someone else.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.
I had to mature at a pretty young age. After I lost my dad when I was 13, I found that I had lost myself as well. For a long time I was having a hard time trying to figure out why things happen in life the way they do. Once I found music, it allowed me to get these feelings out. I realized you must accept the things you can’t change in order to live a happy life. When I was down, and made a song about it, I was able to get feedback from people. Gaining insight and getting older, I had very few people to guide me in the right direction. Music was the only thing I had. Now, I’m 20 and I’m definitely in a completely different place than I was when I was 13. I’m at a place musically where I can share these stories and experiences I’ve had over the years. Although I’ve done and seen a lot of things that most people haven’t, I’m able to share that through my music. I try to paint a picture for the listeners, almost bringing them into my thoughts so they can see what I’m going through.

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining music. 

I believe a weakness I have is that I can sound a little monotone in some songs, or almost like a robotic flow in some parts. “Money Thoughts” is probably the slowest song I’ve ever spit on, at 90 BPM. I’ve been trying to really put a lot of effort into working on my sound and my delivery in songs. A strength I believe I have is the ability to record, mix and master for myself, and not only that but after I lay down all the vocals, I turn into a perfectionist and I’ll listen to the song 50 times in a row while mixing everything up, trying new reverbs and different compressors. My roommates get sick of my songs before I even release them.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists. 

“Tha Mobb” – Lil Wayne

“Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” – Paul Simon

“Say Wassup” – Black Hippy

“Dreams and Nightmares” – Meek Mill

“The Heist” – Big L
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Tell us your position on “DIY” Do It Yourself” and signing to a major label. 
Well, I’ve been doing it on my own from the start so I have the confidence to step into this industry as in independent artist. But, I’m completely aware of how important connections are in this world, and a major label would do exactly that.

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Tell us the instruments put together in this song.

Drunk Girl used a variety of different computer generated instruments to make the beat. I think he did a great job at making a perfectly chill beat that was super fun to flow on.

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Tell us other activities you will like to pursue apart from music. 
My best friend had a Clothing line called “As I Should” and I try to get involved with it as much as possible. I try to wear their clothes or promote the logo any time I’m dropping a new song or promoting my music. Especially in the world we live in, the term “As I Should” is definitely something people can, and want to support.

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Tell us about gaining the confidence to sing in front of a large crowd for the first time. 
I’ve yet to do a real performance, but a good friend of mine that goes by the name l3tariat (pronounced Latariat) does a couple shows a month and I plan on performing with him once I’m off my crutches. I have full confidence in my ability and believe I’d be able to put on a great show.

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Tell us the best way to make money in the music business. 

The song “Money Thoughts” is asking that exact question. I want to make music into my career, or “Turn my dreams into reality” but I’m worried on how I’ll be financially stable if I don’t blow up by the end of college. This is a question I don’t have the answer for yet.

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Narrate your recording experience. 
I’ve recorded almost all my song in my studio. I laid down a few tracks at Drunk Girl’s studio back in New Jersey, but for the most part everything is done in mine. I’ll usually have one of my buddy’s on my laptop while I’m in the booth so he can bring me back when I screw up. I plan on working on some music at KMG Studios in Boulder, Colorado in the new few weeks. There has been a lot of delay the past month due to school and my injury.

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List your various works. 
My most recent songs:

“Money Thoughts”

“The Vibe”

“Young Lady” (Part 1) Feat. l3tariat

“Young Lady” (Part 2) Feat. l3tariat

“M.O.B.”

“Therapy”

All of these songs can be found on my Soundcloud.

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State links to connect you on social media. 

https://soundcloud.com/prhymetimeproductions

 

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