ARTIST NAME: Achileez
SONG TITLE: True To Me
Tell us your view of old and new school music in terms of preference.
I think it all comes down to where you’re looking. There are some new school artists out there really breaking the mold.
On that same note, there are some old-school songs out there that you can literally put on this very second and have an entire audience go crazy over.
If we’re solely speaking on my preference though, I’d say new school.
Tell us your most memorable day as an artist.
A while back I was part of a group. We’d made a decent name for ourselves in South Florida.
We had a show coming up opening up for an up-and-coming indie artist as part of a Grammy Academy Showcase.
Last-minute, the artist we were opening up for inked a deal with a major label and could no longer perform at the showcase.
It was our first really important show. The show’s producer was definitely hesitant to bump us up to the main act.
It was last minute though, there wasn’t much else he could do. We definitely did not disappoint.
By the time we got off stage, everyone treated us like celebrities. Signing autographs…taking pictures – It’s the feeling every artist is ultimately chasing.
Tell us how you protect your voice.
This might sound terrible but I don’t. Up until this point, I haven’t exactly run into a situation in which it was an issue so I’ll just keep my fingers crossed and keep it moving.
Tell us the major reason you are into music.
Over the years my inspiration has changed. Initially, I wanted to stay behind the scenes. Write for other artists…maybe some licensing here and there. That was short-lived.
I fell in love with being on stage. Now I’m constantly chasing that adrenaline rush of jumping around of performing in front of an audience.
Being that I was born without my right arm, a lot of my motivation comes down to inclusion.
There are kids out there with disabilities, even adults, that don’t realize what they’re capable of.
I hope to be their light. I hope seeing me on stage or hearing my music could possibly be the catalyst they need to strive for their full potential.
Discuss creativity and originality in music.
What’s there to discuss? There isn’t a ton of it these days. So it’s always refreshing to hear the handful of artists coming out with music that kind of pushes the envelope.
Tell us your plans pertaining to music.
This is only the beginning. Singles. Albums. Commercials. TV Shows. Movies. I mean why do this if I didn’t plan on taking it all the way to the top? If I’m taking my shot then I might as well shoot for the stars. I have every intention of being one of the biggest artists to ever grace the music industry.
Tell us the secret of success.
There isn’t one. Some say it’s luck. Others say it’s hard work. I believe it’s a little bit of both. I’m still tweaking the formula myself so if you happen to stumble upon it before me, please help a starving artist out.
Tell us how you get started as a musician.
My dad has been doing music long before I was even into it – Surprisingly enough though I didn’t even go to him when I started.
A couple of my friends started doing music and asked me if I was interested since I had a bit of experience with poetry. I kept it secret for months. I probably had a mixtape’s worth of material before I even presented it to my dad.
I was using a $50 USB microphone and a makeshift mic stand, while my dad had a studio full of equipment he could’ve given to me had he known. I feel like I needed that though…that awkward phase of trial and error before I could come to him as an actual artist that was ready to take music seriously.
Tell us what makes you happy and sad about this project.
This song is definitely my baby. It’s my first actual solo release. So it’s a bittersweet moment for me. I’m happy it’s out but now the pressure is on.
As an artist, part of the challenge is constantly outdoing yourself. I truly believe you’re only as relevant as your last song.
Tell us your point of view on rape and sexual harassment, and how to eradicate it.
This is a double-edged sword. Obviously, no self-respecting individual should be okay with rape or sexual harassment.
I think a lot of the issue stems from a lack of education. Some people are honestly just misinformed on what’s acceptable behavior and what isn’t.
Luckily I think there’s a lot more information becoming available.
More and more people are speaking out about their experiences which only adds to the wealth of knowledge people are able to draw from.
List the people that assisted in making this song.
Dylan “Achileez” Campbell – Writer
Geral “Tag” Yusef & Brian Campbell – Engineering & Mixing
Josh Petruccio – Production
Tell us how you get financial support to run your music career.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much. I still work a regular job to make ends meet.
My dad owns the indie label I’m signed to so all of my recording and mixing is done through him.
The label pretty much finances most of my project. It’s very much a sweat equity type of situation. Once one makes it, we all make it.
Tell us the genre of your music and the reason for choosing this genre.
I guess you’d describe my genre as something along the lines of hip-pop. I’m more of a crossover artist. Most of my music is fairly uplifting and upbeat so the genre pretty much chose me.
Tell us if you prefer to write your own songs or you prefer to write with professional songwriters.
I write all of my music. I draw from my own experience. It tends to make the music more relatable. Not everybody has fast cars or sells drugs.
But there are a ton of parents out there that can relate to a song about the struggles of parenthood.
The more personal experience I use, I believe the more appealing I am to the masses.
Tell us if you prefer to produce your songs or you prefer to work with reputable producers.
YouTube is full of “reputable” producers these days. There’s so much talent out there. I’ve found a few producers that I really feel fit my sound that I work with on a regular basis.
Tell us the story behind this song.
I feel like the title is pretty self-explanatory. True To Me – It might sound cliché but I have declared that I won’t let money or fame change me.
As my career progresses and the people around me start to change, I want to be remembered as the one guy that didn’t let my circumstance corrupt me. It’s all about staying true to who I’ve always been.
Tell us your favorite brand of microphone.
Telefunken TF47 Large-diaphragm Tube Condenser – Microphone.