"What inspired you to pursue a career in music, and when did you first realize you wanted to be a musician? I discovered a natural talent and love for rhyming before I was a teenager. I fell in love with music when I was very young. For me, it’s always been a dream. I attempted to pursue a music career as a teen, then again in my mid-20s, but this time around, I’m taking it a lot more seriously.
What are some of the biggest challenges you've faced as an emerging artist, and how have you overcome them? Being an independent artist means you have to fill the shoes of every essential person in a record label. The biggest challenge so far has been the process of finding and purchasing instrumentals. It’s a problem I’m still solving today, which is why my music is only on YouTube and SoundCloud, but that will all change with my next project.
Who are some of your biggest musical influences, and how have they shaped your sound and style? My biggest influences, as far as my style and my flow, would be Eminem, Lil Wayne, and Cassidy. They set the bar very high for me when it comes to wordplay and lyricism.
How do you approach the songwriting process, and where do you draw inspiration from for your lyrics and melodies? The most important part of my songwriting process is my general vibe for the day. I like to write when I’m at my most chill and my head is most clear. I start with my instrumental, and then I let the first line lead me. After that, I write what comes to my mind. I like the lyrics to come naturally. I never force a song.
What can listeners expect from your upcoming album or project, and how does it differ from your previous work? My next project is titled “GRAVITY,” and it will be my first project that will be available on all platforms. This one will be special. I hope it is a clear representation of me. I want this to be sort of an introduction to the world.
How has your background or life experiences influenced your music and artistic vision? My life has taught me many lessons and has sent me on the spiritual journey that I’m on now. I’m also a hoarder of knowledge, so I use my music to sneak in some wisdom and knowledge and to show people we all go through similar situations. There’s power in positivity, and I’m just trying to pass on the information.
Can you talk about a particularly memorable or inspiring performance you've had, and what made it special? I went to a private school in elementary, and we had a Christmas performance every year. My dad would always be in the crowd making funny faces trying to get me to laugh, and that taught me to just have fun, and that’s what makes me most comfortable. So I try to enjoy myself at every show I do.
What do you hope listeners take away from your music, and what message do you want to convey through your art? I have so many messages and lessons in my music. There is a lot of ancient wisdom in my music. I also put some tips on life's hardships in there. Listen closely, there’s a lot of "forbidden knowledge" in my lyrics.
How has the music industry changed since you first started, and how have you adapted to those changes as an artist? I think the music industry is probably the same as far as the commercial side of things, but there are so many new doors opening for the independent and underground artists. I now approach the industry from a "student of business" point of view.
What advice would you give to other emerging artists who are just starting out in the industry? Remain yourself at all times. Don’t let what’s current change your style .