Gordon Victor

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

Gordon Victor. Born in the US; I’ve been composing since I was 8 and playing piano sooner than that. I’ve been musical since I was very young; my parents have always supported that.

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Tell us your academic qualification. 

I’m a senior in high school and am dual enrolled at Providence High School and NCSSM.

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

I just started hip-hop, only started producing since May, 2017. I am mainly a composer of baroque music. I love J.S. Bach and Vivaldi; they are my greatest inspiration. I think I’m really good at making interesting music and being creative.

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

I feel this song falls under being experimental rap. It’s based on a poem; included in the Soundcloud description. I wrote this poem after being told about the Ghazal poem form by my mentor Pete K. It’s really about hiding from stress and “life problems” through naps. I extend this to the world’s desire to escape from these problems — racism, crime, sexism, war, etc… Everyone can relate to naps.

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

Just value the art and creative process. Don’t limit artists.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

Not much, I’m just talking to my friends and people that help me with songs. I’m trying to really refine what I do before I send it to everyone.

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

Music and family makes me happy while hateful people make me sad.

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Explain clearly the story or concept behind the song. 

It’s based on this poem:

Naptime Ghazal

When I was in kindergarten, I ran away from naps.
Hiding from dusty blankets and cold padded leather matts. Naps
were the last things on my mind. I would rather draw
Knights fighting wars with swords and shields before I took a nap.
I would rather pretend I was a policeman and demand that my friends put their hands up before I shot them with a crooked stick. I never wanted to nap.
Eleven years later. I see the value of naps after a day of disappointing grades, I love to nap.
I’d rather be hugged by a feather comforter than think about 58 dead in Las Vegas. So I nap.

My blankets a bulletproof vest: I don’t feel the heat threatened from Nuclear war when I nap.
When knights capable of shooting 30 rounds per minute don’t nap.
when policemen that shoot their black crooked sticks at people without crooked sticks don’t nap.
I bet presidents wish they could cover themselves in blankets sewn with tax money and sleep on matts of Electoral College votes; and nap.

But until populations aren’t bruised with ism and prisons,
the world can’t lay its head down and nap.

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Give us links to where the song can be purchased. 

It’s for free right now!

Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/gordonvictor/naps

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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 produce and write everything. My friend Bryce Gotta, or Belis, recorded the hook.

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

Months, just since May, 2017. I just want to make good music, refine what I do, and impact people with my music. I want to change and innovate music.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others. 

I really like to be purposeful with what I do. My lyrics are thoughtful, my beat relates, etc… I really value meaning and consciousness. I don’t really think that’s very common in the mainstream hip-hop. Also, I’m classically trained and know a lot about music theory and classical music.

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining music. 

Strengths:

Instrumentals

Lyrics

Sampling

Meaning

Weaknesses:

Delivery

Sometimes Flow

Vocals

I often get too obsessed with what I make.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists. 

All made by J.S. Bach:

Art of the Fugue

The Musical Offering

Magnificat in D Major

Well Tempered Clavier Book II

Mass in B Minor

I’m a big baroque fan.

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Tell us your position on “DIY” Do It Yourself” and signing to a major label. 

I think that creativity can occur in or out of a studio. I like doing stuff myself because I feel intimate with what I’m making.

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Tell us the instruments put together in this song. 

I sampled drums from Karadeniz by Karl Hector & the Malcouns and A Garden of Peace by Lonnie Liston Smith. I just added some drums and a pad for the hook.

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Tell us other activities you will like to pursue apart from music. 

I make poetry and study quantum physics and chemistry at the North Carolina School of Science and Math. I have written many scientific papers. I still compose some music but not as much as hip-hop. I also really like cooking.

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Tell us about gaining the confidence to sing in front of a large crowd for the first time. 

I haven’t done that yet. I feel like I could though.

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

Just do something new. If you do something new and you refine your craft, success will come.

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Narrate your recording experience. 

I just practice and practice until I get it perfect and then I record a couple of times. I cut the best parts of each recording and mix.

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List your various works. 

Here are some songs I’ve made:

https://soundcloud.com/gordonvictor/sets/ode-to-us

https://soundcloud.com/gordonvictor/sets/the-fall-break-mini-pack

https://soundcloud.com/boy740/touch-me-prod-gordon-victor

https://soundcloud.com/gordonvictor/naps

I’ve also made a bunch of classical and choral works. Masses, concertos, cantatas, and sonatas.

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State links to connect you on social media.

https://twitter.com/gordonnvictor

https://open.spotify.com/artist/4DQpI76Hp7yuqpBf74IGH8

https://soundcloud.com/gordonvictor

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