By: Pat Walsh
At what point did you find yourself interested in music? What was the “break out” or realization moment.
” Music played a huge role in my life before I ever actually started making it myself. I’m not one of those artists that can say “I started writing songs when I was 4 years old” and yada yada. But, music had a huge impact on me as a kid. It was this magical and powerful outlet that had the ability to change my mood, my perspective, and attitude towards life in general almost instantaneously. Hip-hop in particular grabbed my heart from a young age and I it has been the soundtrack to my life ever since. As far as making music myself, that did not really start until I was 16 years old. In my sophomore year of high school I would get stoned and freestyle with my friends. One day someone was like “Yo you are actually pretty good you should try and write and record!” And that is where my love affair with making music myself began. I had a USB desktop microphone that I would record in my closet with into Garage Band. Within a month or two I linked with Indy and soon after started recording with my engineer Marco at Shorefire Recording Studios. I just kept going and going and growing as an artist with Marco’s help. It has now been 6 years and I haven’t looked back since.”
Who are your top 3 influences and how do you see your self in them?
“I always find this question to be the most difficult to answer as an artist, for a few reasons. My musical influences change from week to week, and I honestly never can really tell which artists are influencing me and leaking into my sound. When I was young it was Lil Wayne, T.I., Jurassic 5, 50 Cent, and all the OG’s you always hear in typical answers. (I don’t feel the need to write the OBVIOUS Biggie and Pac, you should already know.) As I made my way into high school I was definitely getting more into the young stoner rap, listening to Wiz a lot and Mac Miller religiously. I was also diving deep into Kendrick and Cole and Big Krit as they grew. I will say the artists I listen to that kill my writer’s block and inspire me to write are Frank Ocean, Lil Peep, Future Islands, Tame Impala, BROCKHAMPTON, and a bunch of different artists that do not put themselves in any sort of box from a creative standpoint. Writing can start to feel repetitive if you don’t challenge yourself to explore new sounds and use your voice in different ways. Also thinking beyond the idea of labeling myself as a rapper/singer and detaching from the idea of genres in general helps me to remain creative and grow as a writer. That’s what keeps it fresh for me. I don’t know if I answered the question lol but take from it what you will.”
How does your connection to Sony benefit your career as an artist and in 5 years do you see your self independent or signed to a major?
” I signed with an indie label called Black 17, who is distributed through Sony/The Orchard. It has been a huge benefit to my career in many ways. First and foremost, 5 years into my career finally having the cosign of a label with a dedicated team that shares my vision has been game changing and reassuring to say the least. Being that they work out of the Sony offices in Manhattan has been incredible, bumping shoulders with artists and managers and really getting a behind the scenes look into the game has taught me a lot. I pinch myself every time I leave a label meeting and it helps me be grateful for how far I’ve come. I can’t say whether 5 years from now I will be independent or signed to a major. I think that there is a lot of stigma attached to signing with a major and a little naivety when it comes to remaining independent. I think a lot of artists close themselves off from potential opportunities by being totally anti-label. If the deal sucks, don’t sign. Keep working, and grinding independently and growing as an artist! If the deal is good for both parties, find a lawyer to guide you through the bullshit paperwork so you don’t get fucked over and move forward with it. There are a million stories of major labels starving artists, and I am not ignorant of the downside major labels can have on a career. But there is also a lot of stress involved with doing things independently, and for someone like myself who only wants to think about the music, having a team is super beneficial.
At what point in your career would you feel you’ve made it ?
“It was always to pay the bills from music and not have to work a shitty job. I am getting closer to that becoming a reality every month, but honestly once I have that I made it. After that we can start dreaming of plaques, but one thing at a time.”
What is your biggest motivation that keeps your pushing through the hard times as an artist. How do you overcome the struggle and keep the fire fueling?
“When I’m going through a rough patch, losing faith in the grind and feeling uninterested in writing, I take a step away from it for a week or two and clear my mind. I just live life. I try not to think about music at all. Sometimes, being a hungry artist, you put every second of thought and energy into trying to get to that next level and you burn yourself out. I also detach from the results of what I am doing and try and get back into the place of why I started making music in the first place: For the love of it. It is my therapy. It is my place to go and express myself without judgment, from myself or others. It is my one true love. When I can remember that, and remember that as a career or not, I will be making music for the rest of my life, I can relax and breathe. So pour some coffee, roll up whatever you prefer, and get lost in the music.”
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