What inspired you to pursue a career in music, and when did you first realize you wanted to be a musician?
- I first realized I wanted to be a musician when I was 6 years old, I was around my father and older brothers who made music and my uncle had a home studio. I would be around them while they made their music and I thought it seemed interesting and fun. My father helped me write a song once and he engineered while I recorded, it was fun to me and in that moment I told myself that making music was something I could see myself doing. When I was 13 I took songwriting seriously and started writing a lot of songs and poems and eventually started recording them when I was 17. Now that I’m 18 I’m getting in the groove of filming music videos, learning how to pose for photo shoots.
What are some of the biggest challenges you've faced as an emerging artist, and how have you overcome them?
- My biggest challenges as an emerging artist is my shyness, I’ve been shy for quite a while and it’s more of a mental thing but I’ve been overcoming it and socializing more because networking is very important especially in the music industry.
Who are some of your biggest musical influences, and how have they shaped your sound and style?
- My biggest musical influences are Juice Wrld, Xxxtentacion, Big Scarr, Lil Baby, and Melanie Martinez. Juice and X’s music is lovely to my ears, I admired how diverse they were and fell in love with the genre of melodic rap because of them. Melanie Martinez is my favorite singer and I love how creative and intelligent her lyrics are, she puts symbolism and metaphoric lyrics in her music and it’s like she’s telling a story with each song. Big Scarr and Lil Baby have nice flows and that’s something I analyzed about them when it comes to my music.
How do you approach the songwriting process, and where do you draw inspiration from for your lyrics and melodies?
- When I write songs, the whole process is euphoric to me. I let my creativity flow and write down phrases, puns, verses and punchlines that randomly pop up in my head throughout the day into one note in my phone and come back to them to turn it into a full song, hook, or verse. Melodies come to me naturally, as I’m listening to the beat I get a understanding of how I wanna flow and sound.
What can listeners expect from your upcoming album or project, and how does it differ from your previous work?
- I’m currently working on putting out 3 singles in the future that has more of a melodic rap sound rather than my signature hard rap songs. As an emerging artist I’m working on marketing and promoting myself to gain enough buzz to officially drop my first album.
How has your background or life experiences influenced your music and artistic vision?
- All of my songs feature a story or something that I’ve experienced at one point of time in my life. My background influenced my music by my voice having a southern slang to it.
Can you talk about a particularly memorable or inspiring performance you've had, and what made it special?
- I’ve only performed twice so far since I’ve just started releasing my music. My first performance I got picked out the crowd to perform and as I was walking onto the stage I was very nervous but as my song played and I had the mic in my hand everything washed away and I did what I had to do. Music has always been my outlet and the way I express myself, it’s where all my confidence comes from.
What do you hope listeners take away from your music, and what message do you want to convey through your art?
- I hope my listeners take away confidence and happiness from my music. To be a reminder that what they may be going through they aren’t alone.
What advice would you give to other emerging artists who are just starting out in the industry?
- To invest in themselves and take their imagery serious, as in beautifying their Instagram page, posting snippets, trillers and videos to their accounts frequently to draw in their audience. And stepping into the character (brand) that you are as an artist.