Tell us your real names, country of birth, and childhood experience.
My real name is Sommy Onaga. I was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and my family and I moved to the United States in the summer after my first birthday. I was raised in Staten Island, New York.
Tell us your academic qualification.
I am a college graduate, recently graduating from the City College of New York with a Bachelor in Psychology.
Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience, and skills.
I am a Rapper, Singer, Producer, and Engineer. My public work spans back to 2012, in which I have since accumulated blog placement and gradual recognition. I have been writing since elementary school, and first began recording in 2011. All of my work is traditionally self-written, produced, and mixed, and some of my most notable songs have garnered tens of thousands of plays on Soundcloud thus far. My latest album, entitled “By the River”, currently remains available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, and more, with new material on the horizon.
Tell us about your genre, concept, and idea behind your music video and the song.
I craft Rap/Hip-Hop, R&B, and Alternative music. “Et cetera” is my first single in over a year, crafted with dense and skillful rhymes that are backed by a powerful 808 progression and synth. The idea behind the music video is that it is a music video shoot gone wrong. Its single take and raw approach are meant to illustrate a take that does not work but essentially does work.
Tell us how you are promoting your music.
I currently promote my music through my social media and provide it to numerous blogs and services for possible placement. I also perform at various open mic events in the area.
Explain clearly the story or concept behind the song.
The concept behind the song is the satirical assessment of the lifestyle that we strive for as upcoming musicians; the allure of what it is to be a celebrity, the “etc”.
Give us links to where the song can be purchased.
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.
The song was recorded and engineered in my home studio, and the music video was shot in downtown Manhattan, New York. The DP for the music video was my fellow West Shore member, BanNah.
Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience, and your future goal.
My ultimate goal is to be among the most renowned artists in the industry, simply put. I want to touch as many people as possible. I want to preserve a legacy. I want to live when I die.
Tell us what makes you unique from others.
I think I am unique in that I write, rap, sing, mix, master, and that I am a filmmaker as well. I think I am an exceptional songwriter, a potent rapper especially, and that my mixes are well done.
Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining to music.
I think that I need to continue to work on my singing ability and that my production with regards to songs can adopt a simpler approach.
List your five favorite songs including the artists.
My favorite songs right now are “Ninety” by Jaden Smith, “I Get Overwhelmed” by Dark Rooms,
“BLEACH” by BROCKHAMPTON, “Provider” by Frank Ocean, and “Stir Fry” by Migos.
Tell us the instruments put together in this song.
This song features 808s, rap percussion, electronic pads and synths, and a couple of vocal samples.
Tell us other activities you will like to pursue apart from music.
Apart from music, I would certainly like to pursue film: screenwriting, cinematography, acting, directing.
Tell us about gaining the confidence to sing in front of a large crowd for the first time.
As corny as it sounds, I would say what worked for me is imagining that no one was watching me; that it was just as if it was me practicing on my own. Soon, you get comfortable with looking at people in their eyes.
Tell us the best way to make money in the music business.
The best way to make money currently would seem to stem from profits made if you are an independent artist, whether it is from sales and streams, but of course, mostly from touring.
List your various works.
My 2016 “By the River” album, which is available everywhere, and “Hourglass”: 2017 single, is also available everywhere.
State links to connect you on social media.