One of the Shore’s best young talents has provided us with some insight on his music! Meet $tandard, and see what he has to say about his orgins of music, his influences, what motivates him, and whats next to come for the spitter out of the Jersey Shore.

At what point did you find yourself interested in music? What was the “break out” or realization moment.

As long as I can remember, growing up I’ve been around Music. Between my dad who plays the guitar and my older brother who plays the drums it was impossible for me not to wanna learn how to do something so captivating. To me it always seemed like art. To create something so meaningful to yourself and at the same time effect the life’s of others gives a irreplaceable feeling. When I was younger I would always sing and hum melody’s but I knew I didn’t wanna actually sing. Even with all the rock n roll that was playin in my house, hip hop was something I was always in love with. Something about the way rappers  could tell such detailed story’s and make it seem so effortless amazed me. I never thought I wanted to try it myself though until I went to my first concert in 2012. It was my freshman year of highschool, I went to see asap rocky and Joey badass at the pnc art center. Me and the people I went with all got there early and we were sitting on the stage while Joey was preforming. Seeing them up there made me get a uncontrollable feeling of needing to be up there myself one day. That same night I wrote my first rap down in one my school note pads. Still one of my dreams is to preform at pnc.

Who are your top 3 influences and how do you see yourself in them?

Being someone who loves every last thing about hip hop you could imagine all the sub genres within that i listen to. It could be from the 90’s or present day, so much music influences me on a day to day basis. My number one influencer and my favorite artist of all time is 50 cent. Reciting every single word to all his albums straight through, skilled me in finding my rapping flow. He created body’s of work that are timeless and will always be appreciated through the generations, something I strive to be able to do one day. Another one of my top influencers would be young thug. Being a newer rapper it’s hard to be looked at as legendary but I think that’s exactly what he is. I think he personally opened doors for hip hop and made it universally okay to be yourself. He freestyles everything he does and he’s a big reason why I do the same thing myself. I always wondered what it would be like to be on that level. My last influencer but my backbone with everything I do musically would be my producer lord Baha. Me and him started out together and if I ever felt like giving up he’d be there to slap sense back into me. Not only him producing the music for the majority of my songs but being my closet friend helps everything run smooth as can be.

What keeps you motivated, what pushes you through the hard times as an independent artist. What advice would you give someone who’s just starting 

I always try to remain super confident with my approach to music. At the same time you have to be humble enough to accept criticism so you can learn. When times seem foggy I have great people around me working reminding me what it is we have to get done and what we’ve already accomplished. If you just starting out you need to be open to working with everyone and obtain as much as you can from them. LISTEN carefully to the people who know what they’re doing. Don’t focus on the bigger picture right now focus on what’s in front of you and how you can be the best in that situation. I think will smith said it best don’t worry about building a house, worry about laying down that first piece of brick so perfectly it couldn’t be done any better. Work your way up.

Rumor on the streets is that you’ve been talking to some management. Is Standard about to blow up in NJ? Any secret debut projects we should be looking out for? 

I have a lot of people helping me with the business sides of things. I’m currently not in contract with anyone for management but as my career progresses someone will fill the roll. I have a lot of people on my team right now shooting for the same goal as me so I know very soon you’ll be seeing a lot more of everything. Music, videos, interviews, etc.

Soon I’ll release a project on all platforms composed of my favorite songs I’ve released so far. Currently I’ve been releasing singles every week on my SoundCloud and plan to for many more to come.

What is music to you ?At what point would you feel you made it. 

It’s my number one priority, I feel like if i can do good in it then I can put everyone on. Even if it sounds clichè it feels like music gives my life purpose. Its a powerful thing, I was fortunate enough to realize at a early age. When I make it big I’ll know It’s real when everyone around is set up in a position to be successful. Than I’ll be pretty content with what music brought me. Getting signed to a major label one day is something i would like to do as well. The big shows, the big checks, i want all that.

You can catch $tandard Tuesday, May 22nd at Starland Ballroom with 21 Savage and Bloc Boy JB. 

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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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Excerpt I

Opening Statement  

This right here is going to be my first talk to the public, I found in writing I’m able to express how I feel. I have a lot of trouble doing it talking because I’m thinking to fast for what’s coming out of my mouth. It hinders my communication. I must give a thanks to Trevon for letting join the shorelife team. We’re really gonna turn this whole project , into a real movement at the Jersey Shore. Im very excited, you should be too.This “blog” is really going to be my Journal. This is going to be the place where I can document my thoughts , actions and beliefs. I was unsure at first on putting out to the people but someone out there might be in the same spot as me and might stumble across this. Someone out there might have a vision to portray an wanna know what actually goes into it, to them I wish you good luck. It’s one hella ride.

Walsh 1:98

A mind of Artist is rough , a mind of artist is insecure, a mind of an artist is tunneled.

As days past by , you come to find different ways to paint your picture. Music , Art, film, scripture are all different mediums. Through experience one latches on to you like a Mosquito. That mosquito never lets go. It stays attached, tucked away for a life time. My mosquitos proboscis latched on to me around 5 years ago. Ever since then it’s controlled my my mind. I’ve been stuck, I’ve been lost in the wild trying to find my way out. You go through struggle , you go through pain, but looking from the outside , what’s the point . Why do we do this to our selves. Are we in love with the thrill, are we in love with the attention, are we in love with the place it brings us when creating, are we in love with the money. Me personally I haven’t found that reason. I just continue to do what I think I meant to do and hope for whatever it is to come out of it.

Through out the Journey, I’ve lost a couple friends, ended relationships, fell in and out of love, met incredible people, worked with insanely talented human beings , learned so many lessons, but turning 20 just made me realize I still haven’t even started. There’s so much more to come and so much more to do . We got time. It feels like I just woke up, and that’s the part that excites me, that’s where I find motivation. Me knowing that In 10 years if I fail 1000 times, I can still  regroup and try again.

Till next time , pat.

Pat Walsh – Interview

I decided to move this interview to monday, because I got the chance to be in the studio, hang out with, and make music with a very cool guy by the name of Pat Walsh. He was nice enough to answer these questions I sent him. Before I show you his answers to these questions along with his bio, I want to share something Pat once told me. He said that he wants every one around this area, THE SHORE, to lift each other up, make each other better and open doors for eachother (I am paraphrasing), but that is very important to understand. With that said here is the interview with Pat Walsh.

Patrick D. Walsh is a 19 year old artist from Spring Lake Heights, NJ. Along with being an artist he is also the co- owner of Simply Green Studios, and has released 6 full length projects along with countless singles. His music video ,” Keep Asking” and mixtape D.A.B. brought him out as a rapper while still in high school.

“One thing I’m proud to say is that I really fully on started from the bottom. Freshman year me and Matt DeConie started rapping on an xbox headset, recording into audacity and throwing shitty ass tracks up on soundcloud, fully pumped to get 100 plays and maybe one like. Now it’s 2017 and I still record in the same room, with a lot better gear, and send some tracks out to get mixed at ShoreFire (in Long Branch). I have different music across the web on all platforms. It’s been quite a journey so far and it feels like it just started. Only Big Things, and only Big things to Come is my motto and what i preach.”

Is music First? Are all your eggs in one basket on this journey?

1. Music is 100%, absolutely  the number one thing in my life. For the past 4 years straight the constant  thought of improving , promoting, and really understanding music has been a battle.

I have lost two girl friends due to me not making enough time for them, so they “stray away”.  
I have dropped countless friends due to the fact we have different mindsets.  Most importantly everything else has became second, School, work,and my Social Life. I came to understand that if i really put all my effort into one thing, shit will start to change. So for the second question, yes, all of my eggs and the chicken are in the basket.

What is the most important thing about music to you? Why?

2. The most important thing about music to me is that, with it,  I find meaning. For some reason, call me crazy, but i’ve developed a world inside the one we’re in. To explain this its kinda hard, but from trying to look outside the box in, if i were to stop creating and working there be no reason to go on with my life. I’m not saying that in a suicidal way, i simply stating that don’t know what else i would do with my time. When it’s the only thing you really know how do , its all you got. The best feeling in the world to me is when i sit back after a session and i listen to what i’ve created. It’s like a drug that you can’t quit.  If i were to never “make it” in this so called “game” Id still be wherever i am, in front of a computer , trying to put the thoughts and words i have to say on the mic.

What is your one pearl of wisdom? Something you would tell some one they need to know to conquer anything in life

3. The best wisdom i can share with someone is that give zeros f***s about everything, but at the same time give a f***k about little thing  possible. I know my advise wont mean anything until there are awards and plaques to back it but trust me. If you can some how wrap your head it around it , you’ll understand.

Who is your biggest influence, who do you emulate your music off of most?

4. Big influences that turned me onto making hip hop music is wiz, mac, berner, kid cudi, cole, chance,and 50 cent. Theres many more but those i feel are the ones whose music i can bring back many memories  and they place a certain time periods in my life. Other then rap i have certain cravings for bands like dirty heads, sublime, phish, Front Bottoms really all music is an influence to me and how i make mine.

What’s your favorite song lyric or song in general of yours?

5. Favorite Song of all Time, “another Night” by mac miller. Fav lyeric is by wiz. The songs called “On My Level” and it goes, “I keep some bad B*****s with me in the Back sippin rosey with some hash twistin” ha, its just great.