- What inspired you to pursue a career in music, and when did you first realize you wanted to be a musician?
- What are some of the biggest challenges you've faced as an emerging artist, and how have you overcome them?
My biggest challenges have always been being a perfectionist and being open. I always find myself writing through a filter instead of saying what I actually want to say and I think it holds me back. And because I'm such a heavy critic of myself, it's hard for me to release anything to the world because it's always imperfect to me. I'm also a hermit so social media has been difficult to keep up with as well.
- Who are some of your biggest musical influences, and how have they shaped your sound and style?
My biggest musical influences are probably mavi and Monte Booker in the new era. But, I have a lot of respect for Jay z and Nas as far as their rapability goes. A lot of inspiration comes from jazz music as well. But to me, the most important is the 50s music that always keeps me strapped to the basics. It's very impactful music to me and It always forces me to be more creative.
- How do you approach the songwriting process, and where do you draw inspiration from for your lyrics and melodies?
My songwriting process is really just feeling my emotion and locking myself in a room until I get them all on the paper. The flows come naturally to me. I just search for pockets within the beat and try to fill them in. Because I started my career as a producer, I'm able to find spots in the beat that could use an instrument and instead I use my voice that instrument.
- What can listeners expect from your upcoming album or project, and how does it differ from your previous work?
Right now I got a couple more singles on the way before I'm ready to drop an album. I'm still understanding the marketing aspect of music so it's just experimenting. But you can can always expect good music. Lots of sampling and lots of soul. My next song is happier than most of my past music, so it's good to have a change of sound.
- How has your background or life experiences influenced your music and artistic vision?
I was born in Watts Los Angeles. We were broke. It wasn't anything but ranch in the refrigerator. But I was blessed enough to have two parents that were able to move us into a better lifestyle out in the suburbs. My music is kind of a reflection of the confusion that comes with being in each place.
- Can you talk about a particularly memorable or inspiring performance you've had, and what made it special?
My first performance was at a tour small world open mic where performed in front of like 10 people. It was memorable because it was the first I ever saw people react to my music. I never truly expected to happen so, that was a moment where I realized it was possible.
- What do you hope listeners take away from your music, and what message do you want to convey through your art?
I hope listeners feel what I'm saying in my music. I rap about how I feel and I pour my heart out in every song so, I just hope it makes somebody feel the way I felt. Most of messages are just about the struggle to improve myself. I just wanna push the fact the even though it's hard it's possible to do better.
- How has the music industry changed since you first started, and how have you adapted to those changes as an artist?
My career is only just starting but, the biggest thing I've seen is the importance of media presence in order to grow your brand. I think music has always been a popularity contest but, social media has made it infinitely more evident.
- What advice would you give to other emerging artists who are just starting out in the industry?
My advice to people is always just do it. Ask people questions, drop bad music, record your own videos, post, and stop being scared. And moreso than anything be genuine. In your music, your intentions, and in your everyday life. Always be you and be genuine.