Artist Interview: Timi Turnup
Tell us about yourself and your music
I’ve been an independent recording artist for a little over a year now, although most of that time was spent struggling my way past the learning curve. Over that time, I’ve developed a very versatile style, which I think was spurred on by my being raised in England and then moving to the US. I appreciate stylistic differences in music so I don’t just try to sound different from what other artists are doing; I also try to sound different from the rest of my own songs, as well. Lyricism is very important to me, too. The subject matter can range from silly to profound but in every case I think it should be delivered in a clever and innovative way. As far as I’m concerned, you’re not actually good at rapping unless you can keep a crowd’s attention with nothing but your voice. No beat, no instruments, no backing. Just the words you’ve come up with and the strength that you can put behind them.
Talk to us more about your latest release
My last release, “Regular,” was my most successful song to date. It is about vices and ambition and sounds better and better the higher you turn up the volume. The track’s energy is all bravado and indulgence but the underlying idea is that all vices need to be paired with genuine talent and discipline in order for them to be enjoyed. Making excuses or succumbing to fear of failure is not acceptable, even when the excuse is valid. I am also releasing a song titled “All I Need” on February 15th which hopes to continue the energy and success of Regular but with a more unique and introspective vibe to the music. Hopefully, Regular won’t be my most successful song to date for much longer.
What inspired you to write this release?
I’m always writing. I just really enjoy it. I heard the beat and I immediately got an idea in my head so I had to put it down and see how it turned out. I liked it when I recorded it so I decided to do it properly and release it.
Any plans to release a video?
Absolutely! I’m hoping to get a video done this March, so keep an eye out. In the meantime, there’ll be more music and other projects, too. I’ve even got a video game coming out! The beta version is already up for testing on my website TurnupRapsNow.com
If you’re still interested in seeing a music video, I currently have one out for my song “Banco.” You can check it out on YouTube.
Any plans to hit the road?
Hopefully this Fall I’ll be on tour. I’ll be performing around the DMV consistently until then. My tentative schedule includes a show on March 10th and on April 1st with more to come.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
One branding point is the Geebs. It’s not a very common method but it was hella popular around Howard County where I went to high school. It’s also mad cost efficient and a brother gotta ball on a budget so I been utilizing it to the utmost. The other branding point is just my energy overall. I don’t sound like other artists. I got Harry Potter and anime references in my tracks and whatnot. I got different flows, clever gut-checks, and just an original charisma and aura about me. I stand out inherently.
Who have you been listening to lately?
There’s this song called Sunroof by Boogie that I fell in love with a couple days ago. And Prblms by 6lack is relatable as hell for me, too. I’ve also been playing a lot of the Brent Faiyaz AM Paradox EP and 3 Pack by Jizza Raw. The Lil Uzi vs the World tape still getting spins from me as well. My favorite rapper is Chance so he’s always in the rotation and then, of course, a lot of myself. I make good music.
Tell us about your passions
I really love basketball and I dabble in a lot of hobbies and crafts. I’m in school right now, though, and I work weekends so I don’t have time for much else at the moment. I’m either grinding or on moves with the fam.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Timi!