Discuss your personality.
I’m extremely social and talkative in front of everyone. Usually, when I talk it’s without a filter, but that helps me when I’m writing lyrics because I gravitate towards writing about what’s really on my mind. While people may perceive me as an extreme extrovert, I often enjoy my downtime in my room, at 2 AM in the morning, reading a book while the rain splatters on my window. In a way, this gets my creative juices going, and brings a sense of peace in me.
Brief us about you as a musician.
I started making music in 8th grade, messing around with the settings on GarageBand, and recording myself with earphone mics. I did it for fun at first, making low-quality music that were comedic to make my friends laugh. On my 14th birthday, my friends put their money together and bought me a microphone set. They believed I had the potential to do more, so I believed it too. Ever since then, I took music seriously, learning how to use the MIDI keyboards, samplers, and other studio equipment. I taught myself mixing and mastering, and now record and audio engineer all of my songs.
Go into details on what has changed in your life for choosing music as a career.
Before I dropped my debut mixtape “Validated”, music always seemed like a faraway dream—I never thought that I was good enough to pursue this goal. But after “Validated”, I got a lot of mail in my SoundCloud from people across the world saying that my music was inspiring. I realized that my music can make a positive impact on people, so I stuck with it ever since.
Tell us the benefits and drawbacks of choosing music as a career.
Making music is therapeutic, especially when you go through every step of it by yourself. From the recording to the mixing to the mastering, you really pour your soul into the tracks you make. I’d say the best part about music is the moment when you realize that other people can relate to the experiences you talk about in your songs. It makes you feel like you aren’t alone and that there are people who support you. Once you realize this fact, there are no drawbacks.
Tell us how you will manage fame as an established artist.
When I become famous, I would still find every opportunity I can to interact with my fans, because they are the ones who support and love me. I’ve got to be thankful.
Elaborate on the storyline of this song.
This song was written late at night, around 3 AM in the morning. I had just realized that this girl I’ve been trying really hard to get did not feel the same way about me, so as I was lounging on my friend’s couch, the idea of the song sprouted in my head. I found a perfect beat online for it, and just poured my raw emotions over it.
Tell us the means of connecting you and purchasing your music online.
Let us know the greatest moment of your music career.
My fondest memory was of my first performance. My comedic trailer for my latest mixtape “Voices” was playing for the crowds, causing them to laugh in joy. I stepped up on the stage with just a microphone in my hand, and the crowd went wild. Everyone was cheering for me, and it felt indescribable. That memory still brings me adrenaline rushes to this day.
Tell us the highest amount of money you have ever received from your music career and how it happened.
I haven’t received much money for my music career so far—my first monetized release “Voices” only racked up around 30 dollars. I’m going to keep working hard!
Discuss your experience pertaining to live performances, gigs, shows, and tours.
During performances, I’m a charismatic individual, joking around with the audience and involving them in chants. My gigs are always high energy and I hope you can watch me perform in the near future!
Tell us how you interact with your fans.
Every time I make new music, I think of the raw emotion that will power it. Whether this emotion is love, anger, fear, I base the song around it and develop a theme. The purpose of my creative approach is to allow my fans to be able to have songs they can always relate to, depending on their mood and situation. The music I make is meant to connect.
Tell us what you will like to change if you have the chance to turn back the hands of time.
If I could turn back time, I would make my first couple songs more of what I want to hear, rather than what I expect other people to want to hear. I need to be honest when I’m making music so that people can see and relate to the genuine me.
Tell us the most important people that have boosted your music career and how you met them.
First, a huge shout out to Dr. Hundley, for letting me use his studio for free. He definitely helped me get my music to a professional level. Secondly, thank you to my best friends Andrew, Simon, Chan Woo, and Marcus for inspiring me on a daily basis, allowing me to make music that really flows from my heart. Lastly, I’d like to thank my parents for believing in me, even investing a little bit of money in me to promote my latest project “Voices”.
Brief us on what you have in mind before considering music as a career.
I want to create a small startup that powers a music platform for independent artists. This is still a part of my plan for the future.
Discuss your good and bad experience in life.
My good experience is my first time in a studio, after hearing my good buddy Chan Woo play a sexy guitar riff. The creative juices kept pumping through my body that day.
A bad experience of mine was back in tenth grade when a student told me that my music was “absolute garbage” and that I should not pursue this path. Luckily, I did not listen to her!
Name the artists that have influenced the world.
Nas, Tupac, Biggie, Immortal Technique, and the members of A Tribe Called Quest are definitely artists who have changed the world. Their music styles, political messages, and pure energy shifted hip hop in different directions, inspiring their fans to take political action when all seemed to be against them.
Tell us about your moment of rejection as a musician and how you are able to cope and move on.
When I initially started making music, a student would make fun of my releases, which prompted me to feel like I was not good enough. Luckily, my friends were always there for me, encouraging me to do what I feel passionate towards.
Tell us the most negative comment you have ever received about your music.
I was told that my music was absolute garbage. By then, I already developed a pretty thick skin and laughed it off. To me, if a person wants to spend their time putting others down, they aren’t worth my time anyway.
Tell us how to become a famous artist.
I think one has to be very savvy with social media. An important part of attaining more fans is the connection you have to the ones that you already have. The more prevalent you are in your fans’ life, the more they would want to listen to you. This doesn’t mean bombard them with notifications 24/7; rather, one must stay connected to fans enough so that they feel like they know you enough to like you.
Tell us how you plan to make an impact on society.
I want to make socially conscious songs as I become more famous—that way, I could be a good role model for my fans.
Elaborate on the recording process of this song.
I wrote the lyrics for this song on a car ride home and recorded it in Hundley’s studio in Shanghai. This song took pretty quick to record since I rehearsed it so much at home. After around three takes, it was completely finished and ready for mixing.