Prhymetime

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.

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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.
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Go into details on what have 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.

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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 gets 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.

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Tell us how you will manage fame as an established artist.
I’ve had this vision for a couple 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 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.

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Elaborate on the story line 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.
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Tell us 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’s fan base.

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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.

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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.
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Discuss your experience pertaining 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 in within the next couple of months.

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Tell us how you relate 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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 from it.

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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 & Beyonce, and Bob Dylan.

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Tell us about your moment of rejections 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.

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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.”

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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.

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Tell us how you plan to make an impact on the 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.

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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.

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State the official date of release.

January 23, 2018.

Prhymetime

Tell us your real names, country of birth and childhood experience. 

My name is Brendan O’Neill and I’m 20 years old. I was born and raised in Martinsville New Jersey, USA but I currently live in Denver, Colorado.

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Tell us your academic qualification. 

I’m currently a sophomore at Regis University. I’m majoring in music production/ studio engineering.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills. 
I go by the name Prhymetime. I was exposed to music at a very young age. I started playing bass guitar when I was in fourth grade, and then I played standup bass in fifth and sixth grade, but gave it up when I got seventh grade. I started rapping when I was in eighth grade after I lost my father to a stroke. I used music as my outlet. After I picked up the pen, I started to get into the production side of the music. Although I don’t really make too many beats, I mix and master every one of my songs. I’ve been working in Logic Pro since I was in eighth grade. I own a pretty nice home studio where I’m able to get pretty high quality recordings.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song. 

I try my best to find a different sound in each song. Although I do believe I have a pretty distinct sound that is recognizable in each song, I try to switch my flows and cadences up, depending on the track. I got the idea for the song after my philosophy professor assigned us a question to answer for homework. “What question do you want most answered in life” and I said, “I want to find out how to make my dreams into reality, and still be financially stable.”

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Tell us how to run a record label independently and successfully based on your experience as an artist. 

I haven’t had too much exposure to any record labels. I’ve been doing this on my own for the past 6 years, although I’ve really only kicked it into high gear the past year. I’m not anti-record label or anything like that, but I believe it is possible to make an impact on the rap game being an independent artist.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music. 
“Money Thoughts” was actually the first song I’ve ever posted on Submit Hub. My buddy Drunk Girl, who produced the song told me I needed to get some exposure and it definitely worked. Other than that, I use my Instagram and Snapchat, where I post stories when I release a song, and everything I release is on my Soundcloud. Because I go to school on the other side of the country from where I grew up, I’m able to expand my reach to different audiences.

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Tell us what makes you happy and what makes you sad. 

I get happy when I get positive feedback from people when I show them a new song or rap it to them right after I write something new. It is a really good feeling when you know you’re good at something, and you know that other people think that too. I love the feeling of watching the numbers go up after I drop a song. I get sad when I do something for someone trying to be a nice, genuine person, and they end up walking all over me because they take advantage of my kindness. I’ve learned over the recent years there aren’t too many people you can trust with your life, so it’s important to keep those few people close.

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Explain clearly the story or concept behind the song. 

I wrote this song as a way to try and help figure out where I’m supposed to go in life. I’ve made the decision to make music in to my number one priority, but I’m stuck again with a problem. I feel as if I have until my senior year of college to blow this up, or it’s not going to happen. If I can’t get a degree in something that will set me up financially like nursing, business, etc. how am I supposed to make money off my music? Right now, because I’m young and a college student, there are so many opportunities to make quick money. But it seems that even though I’m so caught up in worrying about the future, I have no problem blowing the money I make now on things that don’t really matter. So that was sort of the mindset that I was in when I wrote the song.

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List the radio stations, TV stations and blogs that have aired or featured your new song. 

Samurai Music, as well as BuffaBLOG approved the song.

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Give us links to where the song can be purchased. 

The song is available on Soundcloud for free.

https://soundcloud.com/prhymetimeproductions/money-thoughts-prod-drunk-girl

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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. 

A good friend of mine that goes by the name Drunk Girl made the beat. We aren’t a ground or anything; he’s just an old friend that I look up to as a mentor in the music world. He’s mainly an EDM artist, but he can cook up some fire hip-hop beats that are always an honor to spit on. I recorded the song in the closet of my dorm room where I have the walls and doors lined with studio foam to cancel out any unwanted noise. I use an AKG C214 Condenser Mic with an Apollo Twin Interface. I recently tore my ACL, so I recorded the song on my crutches. I think it came out pretty dope.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal. 

I started releasing music in 8th grade. I dropped a song that blew up in my town and I got 15,000 plays. As I went through high school I lost focus and didn’t make as much music as I would have liked to. I really started putting in a lot of work about 6 months ago, and it’s been a nonstop grind ever since. I hope to gain a larger following on my Soundcloud, which has been the case recently. I also want to start performing in my area so people can see me lay these bars down in person. From there, I believe the possibilities would be endless. I just really want to stay focused on making music, as well as getting a degree in studio engineering. I would also like to start putting a lot of my focus into making beats so that when I come up with an idea for a song, I can make a beat that would fit perfect. I wouldn’t have to wait to find it or get it from someone else.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.
I had to mature at a pretty young age. After I lost my dad when I was 13, I found that I had lost myself as well. For a long time I was having a hard time trying to figure out why things happen in life the way they do. Once I found music, it allowed me to get these feelings out. I realized you must accept the things you can’t change in order to live a happy life. When I was down, and made a song about it, I was able to get feedback from people. Gaining insight and getting older, I had very few people to guide me in the right direction. Music was the only thing I had. Now, I’m 20 and I’m definitely in a completely different place than I was when I was 13. I’m at a place musically where I can share these stories and experiences I’ve had over the years. Although I’ve done and seen a lot of things that most people haven’t, I’m able to share that through my music. I try to paint a picture for the listeners, almost bringing them into my thoughts so they can see what I’m going through.

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining music. 

I believe a weakness I have is that I can sound a little monotone in some songs, or almost like a robotic flow in some parts. “Money Thoughts” is probably the slowest song I’ve ever spit on, at 90 BPM. I’ve been trying to really put a lot of effort into working on my sound and my delivery in songs. A strength I believe I have is the ability to record, mix and master for myself, and not only that but after I lay down all the vocals, I turn into a perfectionist and I’ll listen to the song 50 times in a row while mixing everything up, trying new reverbs and different compressors. My roommates get sick of my songs before I even release them.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists. 

“Tha Mobb” – Lil Wayne

“Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” – Paul Simon

“Say Wassup” – Black Hippy

“Dreams and Nightmares” – Meek Mill

“The Heist” – Big L
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Tell us your position on “DIY” Do It Yourself” and signing to a major label. 
Well, I’ve been doing it on my own from the start so I have the confidence to step into this industry as in independent artist. But, I’m completely aware of how important connections are in this world, and a major label would do exactly that.

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Tell us the instruments put together in this song.

Drunk Girl used a variety of different computer generated instruments to make the beat. I think he did a great job at making a perfectly chill beat that was super fun to flow on.

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Tell us other activities you will like to pursue apart from music. 
My best friend had a Clothing line called “As I Should” and I try to get involved with it as much as possible. I try to wear their clothes or promote the logo any time I’m dropping a new song or promoting my music. Especially in the world we live in, the term “As I Should” is definitely something people can, and want to support.

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Tell us about gaining the confidence to sing in front of a large crowd for the first time. 
I’ve yet to do a real performance, but a good friend of mine that goes by the name l3tariat (pronounced Latariat) does a couple shows a month and I plan on performing with him once I’m off my crutches. I have full confidence in my ability and believe I’d be able to put on a great show.

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Tell us the best way to make money in the music business. 

The song “Money Thoughts” is asking that exact question. I want to make music into my career, or “Turn my dreams into reality” but I’m worried on how I’ll be financially stable if I don’t blow up by the end of college. This is a question I don’t have the answer for yet.

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Narrate your recording experience. 
I’ve recorded almost all my song in my studio. I laid down a few tracks at Drunk Girl’s studio back in New Jersey, but for the most part everything is done in mine. I’ll usually have one of my buddy’s on my laptop while I’m in the booth so he can bring me back when I screw up. I plan on working on some music at KMG Studios in Boulder, Colorado in the new few weeks. There has been a lot of delay the past month due to school and my injury.

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List your various works. 
My most recent songs:

“Money Thoughts”

“The Vibe”

“Young Lady” (Part 1) Feat. l3tariat

“Young Lady” (Part 2) Feat. l3tariat

“M.O.B.”

“Therapy”

All of these songs can be found on my Soundcloud.

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State links to connect you on social media. 

https://soundcloud.com/prhymetimeproductions