14thLieutenant: Interview With Small World LA

14thLieutenant: Interview With Small World LA

  • What inspired you to pursue a career in music, and when did you first realize you wanted to be a musician?
Pursuing it as a career hasn't become an option for me until this year 2023, I've made my music over time throughout highschool since about 2015 but I haven't really wanted to push myself to dedicate real time to it until recently

  • What are some of the biggest challenges you've faced as an emerging artist, and how have you overcome them?
One of the biggest challenges is being able to beat my everyday life (work, school, ect.) in order to make this music shit happen. Overcoming it is still an everyday struggle but there are so many hours in a day that to overcome you have to cut out distraction and hone your craft when you get chances

  • Who are some of your biggest musical influences, and how have they shaped your sound and style?
A couple I could name would be Xavier Wulf and my rap sensei OGTee, and these people have influenced me through their own music and have more inspired me to even start writing and spitting flows. Pi'erre Bourne is definitely an influence on how I like my sound though, best producer in the game in my opinion

  • How do you approach the songwriting process, and where do you draw inspiration from for your lyrics and melodies?
I like to find a real nice beat first and start experimenting with freestyles and different flows and find somethin I like before I even start to write, then if i find that im liking what I'm hearing, I start writing it down and continuing off of that. Inspiration definitely stems from goin out wit the crew on missions and just overall struggles/accomplishments im goin thru at a particular moment

  • What can listeners expect from your upcoming album or project, and how does it differ from your previous work?
I'm comin out wit a bunch of singles as of right now I haven't been on the scene for a few years and I'm tryin to dip my toes before taking a dive, but expect the new sounds and styles I've been trying to go for compared to old stuff I've done in the past

  • How has your background or life experiences influenced your music and artistic vision?
To be honest just bein and feelin alone for a majority of my life made me feel like I've had nothin or no one to talk to, so even if I was just letting my silly ass thoughts out on paper, people liked it because its what was genuinely runnin thru my head and I always tried to keep that in mind with my music because I dont wanna be a fake person in any aspect. My music has shifted from happy places to sad places and all it takes is to press play because I stay real in my raps

  • Can you talk about a particularly memorable or inspiring performance you've had, and what made it special?
The one I had at The Location in Ventura since I haven't done many live performances, it was special because it showed me how being a stage performer impacts how your message is being heard. It's different than listenin to it thru headphones or on a speaker with the homies when the person is right there performing it for you, and the crowd showing that to me was special in its own way

  • What do you hope listeners take away from your music, and what message do you want to convey through your art?
Theres not much takeaway from my music its more of a vibe to listen to when u smokin up or when you want sum to turn up to, but hearing feedback and knowing that people can relate to sum of the things I be sayin, I guess im just tryin to relate to the people that listen and push it back out through music, cuz music is as much for the listener as it is for the artist

  • How has the music industry changed since you first started, and how have you adapted to those changes as an artist?
The industry has always been saturated with the same type of people trying to do the same thing to get to the top but i feel like it's finally starting to evolve with independent labels and people just branching off from convention, so one way I've been trying to adapt is to try and be original and not try to put on a facade to go big, time will come when people start hearing and liking what you got to say

  • What advice would you give to other emerging artists who are just starting out in the industry?
One piece of advice is make no excuses and put in some time, even if its a little
bit every day, to make sure you practice and not only practice: make sure to WORK WORK WORK in order to make that practice mean something. The grind will only ever give you what you give it.
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