Discuss your personality.
I’m a very outgoing person. I try to find the good in things in life. I always use personal experience or current emotions to write new songs. I find it as the best way to cope in a world like this. I believe music is the reason I’m able to see the good things.
Brief us about you as a musician.
I’ve been rapping for 7 years now, but it has only recently been kicked into high gear. I got into studio engineering around the same time and I’ve taught myself everything. I’ve been building my studio over the years, to what now I believe is a top-of-the-line home studio. I record and mix all my songs there unless it is a track done by a professional, like my good friend Drunk Girl.
Go into details on what has changed in your life for choosing music as a career.
I lost my father when I was in 7th grade. A few months after that was when I picked up the pen. I fell in love with it right away. I’ve never had that type of connection and drive towards something like I had when I found rap. I used music as an outlet for losing my father. In the years to come, my mother got remarried, close friends backstabbed me, girlfriends cheated on me, and I just had a lot of terrible things going on in my head. I use music to deal with all of the awful things life has to constantly have to throw.
Tell us the benefits and drawbacks of choosing music as a career.
The greatest thing about being a musician is that nobody can tell you what you are supposed to make. Yeah, obliviously there are certain subsections of hip-hop that get more “hype”, or will get more listens or plays on the radio. But, I make music because I enjoy making music. The process of creation from the very start is something unbelievable. I’m not making music to get on the radio. I’m making music because I love doing it. It just so happens that people enjoy what I create.
Tell us how you will manage fame as an established artist.
I’ve had this vision for a couple of years now. I’ve made it very clear to my family, peers, and music partners that I have 100% confidence this will turn into something major. My best friend/manager owns a clothing line, “As I Should” that stands for individuality and standing up for what you believe in. I’m an experienced engineer so I know how to work my way around the studio. I believe that the fact that I’m surrounded by people who, don’t only believe in my vision, but also have visions of their own, will take us to incredible places. I’m also currently on track to get a business degree, as I plan on using it to help me in the music industry.
Elaborate on the storyline of this song.
So Drunk Girl, who’s a good friend of mine, told me to check my email one night because he had some “fire” for me. I listened to it in a room with a couple of my buddies. As soon as the beat dropped everyone was nodding their heads with a smile. I knew I had to get on it ASAP. Later that night I wrote the first verse and the chorus. I came up with the chorus as sort of a message to an EX. I had my heart broken by this girl a little while ago. She cheated on me with someone I was told to “not worry about”. I made it very clear after I found out that I can’t put my all into music while trying to fix an already broken relationship. Five months after we broke up (On Christmas day) I got a text from her saying, “I know you always told me losing you was the biggest mistake of my life, but I didn’t truly realize it until now. You’re going to do great things with your music. I know it.” It was a satisfying feeling knowing that I made the right decision. I hope she can continue to watch from a distance as I continue to accomplish my many goals.
Tell us the means of connecting you and purchasing your music online.
I believe that my craft is at a point where it can be released on the main streaming services, but I’ve been focused on growing my Soundcloud fan base.
Let us know the greatest moment of your music career.
The greatest moment in my music career so far has to be the day I purchased my Apollo Twin interface. This was about 6 months ago. I reached out to my best friend and asked him if he could spot me the money to buy a new interface. He knows how dedicated I am to this and believes in what I’m trying to do. He gave me the money without hesitation. I’ve been able to step up the quality of my music production, and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without his help.
Tell us the highest amount of money you have ever received from your music career and how it happened.
I have yet to see a single dollar of profit from my music.
Discuss your experience pertaining to live performances, gigs, shows, and tours.
I haven’t performed at a legit venue yet. I’m fully confident in my ability to perform well in front of any crowd. I’m working on getting to perform at a couple of venues within the next couple of months.
Tell us how you interact with your fans.
I feel as though I’ve experienced a lot for only being 20 years old. I think that because I have, there’s so much I’m able to talk about on songs. With the couple hundred people out there listening, something that I talk to is bound to relate to them. If not, then you can at least listen to my story and gain an appreciation for it.
Tell us what you will like to change if you have the chance to turn back the hands of time.
I would have never taken a break from making music through my late teens. I feel that if I never stopped for those couple of years, I would be much further in my career right now.
Tell us the most important people that have boosted your music career and how you met them.
Drunk Girl. He’s a very well accomplished DJ/Producer. He’s produced 5 or 6 of my most recent songs. I’ve known him for a very long time and I’ve been lucky to have the opportunity to make some pretty awesome music with him.
Brief us on what you have in mind before considering music as a career.
I finished my freshman year of college and realized I can’t live a normal life of having a 9-5 job. I’m still going to school full time because I’m on a scholarship, but I’m planning on enrolling in a studio-engineering program once this semester is over.
Discuss your good and bad experience in life.
I’ve had a lot of bad experiences in life, like losing my father at a young age. My mother remarried 6 months after. My brother was then admitted into drug rehab several times, before becoming sober, which he is for 6 years now. I had to deal with all of that before I even got to high school. Back then, I couldn’t figure out why all this “bad” was happening to me. It took me a couple of years to realize that God has a plan for everyone. Although I did have to deal with all that “bad”, so much good has come as a result of it.
Name the artists that have influenced the world.
I believe 50 Cent has had one of the biggest influences in the hip-hop world. But as far as influencing the world, probably Diddy, Jay Z and Beyonce, and Bob Dylan.
Tell us about your moment of rejection as a musician and how you are able to cope and move on.
I’m a white, middle-class, educated man, who has wanted to be a rapper since 13 years old. I’ve faced nothing but rejection from the start. Obviously, I have the people close to me that know my story and see the vision I have, but I feel that it’s hard at times for people on the outside to see past this image of white rappers, and actually listen to my story.
Tell us the most negative comment you have ever received about your music.
“The track has this unearned emotional gravity to it that puts me off.”
Tell us how to become a famous artist.
First, make sure you are willing to sacrifice your life to this. Next, surround yourself with other visionaries that also support you. Last, never give up. No matter what.
Tell us how you plan to make an impact on society.
I believe that with the help of “As I Should”, my crew and I can make a serious impact on today’s society specifically. Everything we stand for is exactly what people are looking for. A way to stand out and be a proud individual.
Elaborate on the recording process of this song.
I actually laid the track down eight days after I got ACL reconstruction surgery. I got in the booth with both my crutches and we recorded the whole track over the span of two days. It was definitely challenging at times because I had to constantly get in and out of the booth to listen to the recording on the monitors. But, it was definitely worth it.