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Go into detail on why you decide to choose music as a career.

Well I’ve been a performer since I was very young. I can also play three different instruments as well. I started in the church choir, and then joined the school band. I started doing musical theater around freshman year in high school, and continued all the way up until I graduated. From there I went to an acting conservatory in NYC called The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts or NYCDA for short. I always loved hip hop music because I grew up listening to Eminem and Ludacris but I never thought I’d end up doing it myself. So after I graduated from acting school, I immediately started auditioning, but I wasn’t booking roles as often as I needed to pay bills. So I got a real job just to pay bills and had to spend less time auditioning. I’m obviously a creative person so I needed an outlet that didn’t cost me money to do. So I started writing. First I was writing, skits, and screenplays, and then it eventually turned into poetry. I started adding music to see how it would sound and the poetry became rap verses. Some of my friends in the neighborhood liked to get together and freestyle around my kitchen table. I didn’t spit anything the first few times, and I wasn’t good at going off the top of my head but I worked up the courage one day and I spit a lyrics that I had memorized. And the fact that they reacted in such a positive way, to my flow and my lyrics, just made me want to keep doing it, and I’ve been making music ever since. Since then I’ve just been learning for the most part. Learning how to make a good song, learning, how to put an album together, and how the business side of the industry works. I’m about 7 years in right now, and I’m still constantly learning and adapting.

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Brief us the feedback you are getting from fans concerning your music.

For the most part I get positive feedback about my music, but you know there will always be haters who don’t want to see you doing well. So I take the good with the bad, but for the most part, I’m pretty well respected for my lyrical ability, and I always try to show love to other artists when I can.

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Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.

I think social networking helps get your name out to a much larger number of people, but what I have found, is that the most loyal fans you could have probably live right down the street from you. I mean it’s great that I have a small fan base over in the UK but unfortunately I don’t have a real way to interact with those people, so most of them will either find someone else to follow or become uninterested. Now the guy that lives down the street, the guy that bought all my albums and merch and is a big fan of all my music. He’s going to be a fan for life, because I can interact with him on a weekly basis. There’s a chance I could bump into him at the grocery store and then tell him personally about the new music I have coming out. And now since he’s so excited because we had a conversation in person, he’s going to recommend my music to his friends and then they’ll all come to shows I perform at. I still believe gorilla marketing is the best way to build a fan base, but there is no doubt that social media has its place as well.

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Brief us about the recording of this song.

I mean after doing music this long, it sometimes becomes just a routine. Chris (aka) Spyder my Producer/Engineer/Manager and I work well together so it’s never stressful to record.

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Tell us the story behind the song.

Well it’s kinda like a sequel to a song I did when I was first starting out, called “Gat”. And that song is basically a metaphor, saying that my gun, or my weapon, is my mouth/lyrics. So I decided to do a song that was kind of a sequel or homage to the original song.

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State your area of specialization in music.

Well I’m a lyricist. That would be my number one strength, but I’m not too bad of a singer either.

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Tell us how long it takes to finish a song from the start.

It usually takes me an hour or so to write the song, and then recording it takes about an hour to an hour and a half depending on how complicated the song is. So in total, I would say 2 and a half to 3 hours. But that doesn’t include all the work Chris does on the track, with the mixing and mastering.

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Go into detail on how you develop your lyrics and melody.

I just write it as it comes. So I guess you could call it stream of consciousness. But I always edit. So if I’ve come up with a concept for the song, and I’ve got the hook already written, I’ll kinda just freestyle until I hear something, I think it’s dope and topical and I’ll write it down. Then I’ll either keep free styling to see what I come up with or I’ll write based off the 4 bar phrase I just wrote down. What I’ve learned about different flows, I’ve learned from listening to other artists, so sometimes I’ll try out their flow for 4 or 8 bars and then I’ll switch up to something else or back to the style of flow I used in the chorus.

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State your five favourite genres of music with reasons.

Jazz, Old School Hip Hop, Trap, 90’s Punk Rock, and Horrorcore/Nerdcore.

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Discuss your rehearsal.

After I write something, I will spend hours spitting it to the beat. Memorizing it and getting my mouth around the words, basically making it become muscle memory. That way when I get to the booth, I know where I have to take breaths, I know what inflections and pitches I want to use, and I feel fully prepared.

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State your favourite musical instruments.

Growing up I played the Trumpet, the Drums, and something called a Mellaphone, which is basically a French Horn in the shape of a Trumpet. But if we’re talking on a beat, I’d have to say the bass is my favorite.

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Describe the chemistry between you and your fans during a live performance.

Anytime I perform, I try to get the crowd as hype as I can, because I feed off the energy they put out. Like even if it’s just 3 people in the crowd but they’re smiling and singing your lyrics with you, I still get turned up on that stage because I see how much fun they’re having and it makes me want to have fun. So I always try to stay positive and have a good time, because I want others to do the same.

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Discuss your personality in full details.

I’m just really goofy, and a nerd. I love making people laugh, and I think that’s because of being an actor and a comedian before I did music. I do have some social anxiety in large crowds but smoking some dankity dank clears that right up.

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List your musical work.

I made about 5 different projects that really only made it to Soundcloud, but within the last year and a half, I’ve released 3 singles, an ep, and a full length album. The first single was “Robin Hood”, and that can be found on my album “Beast From The East” and then shortly after that I released an ep called “Blast Off’. Next, I released a collaboration with JL B. Hood from Strange Music called “Imma Beast”. And lastly the most recent single is called “Whatcha Know About That” and will be a part of my newest project, still in the works, called “N.W.B” which stands for Nerdy White Boy.

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Give us the links to purchase your music and contact you.

http://www.aboverealitymusicgroup.com

Contact would be my manager Chris and he can be reached at

aboverealityrecords@gmail.com or 330-373-8001

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State what takes your time apart from music.

Not a whole lot to be honest. Like I said music is my life and I want to become big someday to show the world what I’m about.

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Share your memorable experiences with us.

My most memorable experience was probably spitting a verse on stage with G Shock at the Gathering of the Juggalos. At the end of his set, he let a few people come up on stage and test out their MC skills. I got a great reaction from the crowd, and a handshake of approval from G Shock, so I had a blast.

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Tell us the good and bad side of mankind you know.

I mean I’m sure everyone has good and bad experiences in their life. All you can do is learn from them, stay humble keep moving forward and never give up.

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State the official date of release.

January 15, 2018 was the release date of the single “Whatcha Know About That”.

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