- What inspired you to pursue a career in music, and when did you first realize you wanted to be a musician?
I was inspired to pursue a career in music when I realized that it was the most effective way for me to connect with people and make a positive impact in their lives. As for when I first realized I wanted to be a musician, I can't really pinpoint a specific moment, but I've always loved music and knew from a young age that it was something I wanted to pursue.
- What are some of the biggest challenges you've faced as an emerging artist, and how have you overcome them?
As an emerging artist, some of the biggest challenges I've faced include dealing with shady promoters, getting my music heard, and managing a balance between my personal life and music business. To overcome these challenges, I've had to stay persistent and keep pushing forward, network with other musicians and industry professionals, and prioritize my time and energy to ensure that I'm able to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
- Who are some of your biggest musical influences, and how have they shaped your sound and style?
I have a diverse range of musical influences, including Nas, Chester Bennington from Linkin Park, Prince, Tech N9ne, Attila, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Corey Taylor from Slipknot, Usher, and Otis Redding. Each of these artists has helped to shape my sound and style in their own unique way, from teaching me about authenticity and lyricism to inspiring me to incorporate a variety of vocal styles and sounds into my music.
- How do you approach the songwriting process, and where do you draw inspiration from for your lyrics and melodies?
For me, the songwriting process is all about tapping into my emotions and letting the music speak to me. I draw inspiration from a variety of sources, including personal experiences, current events, and other artists and musicians who inspire me.
- What can listeners expect from your upcoming album or project, and how does it differ from your previous work?
Listeners can expect a wide range of sounds and styles from my upcoming album or project, as I like to incorporate a variety of genres and influences into my music. However, what sets this project apart is the high production quality that I've focused on achieving, which I believe will take my music to the next level.
- How has your background or life experiences influenced your music and artistic vision?
My background and life experiences have had a significant impact on my music and artistic vision, as they have given me a wealth of inspiration and perspective to draw from. From living all over the US to going through various life events and experiences, my music reflects the different parts of my past and present.
- Can you talk about a particularly memorable or inspiring performance you've had, and what made it special?
One of my most memorable performances was when I opened for Blueface and Mozzy in Fresno. The energy of the crowd was amazing, and I made some great connections as a result. Unfortunately, I also ended up contracting COVID from one of those connections, but the experience itself was still incredibly inspiring and unforgettable.
- What do you hope listeners take away from your music, and what message do you want to convey through your art?
Ultimately, I hope that my music can bring joy and positivity to listeners' lives, and that it can inspire them to embrace their own uniqueness and creativity. While the message of each song may vary, I always strive to convey authenticity and honesty in my art.
- How has the music industry changed since you first started, and how have you adapted to those changes as an artist?
Since I first started, the music industry has become oversaturated, making it less likely for talent to get "discovered." Nowadays, you really have to stand out and do something different to grab the right attention. One significant change is that you can now make a decent sounding song on your phone, which was not possible before, as it would cost around $300 in the studio. As an artist, I am building a team that focuses on doing things differently, starting with bringing back real music.
- What advice would you give to other emerging artists who are just starting out in the industry?
My advice would be to stay consistent and be aware of your brand, as it starts with your face. Follow through on your word, and be humble. You never know who might be watching and could be turned off by your attitude. Additionally, be authentic, be yourself, and be fearless in doing so.