Artist Interview: Amagiri Young
Tell us about yourself and your music
Well I started out at age 9 rapping over 2pac, biggie and doo wop tapes. Then at around 13/14 a older friend told me to start writing songs and we went to the studio and made a mixtape in 2003 that was the beginning. Also i’m 29 from Long Island NY
Talk to us more about your latest release
My latest release is my debut independent album titled “Forever Young” and that’s just me expressing my life from the ups and downs, growing up w/out my mom or dad, time I spend incarcerated, the good experiences as well as songs where I’m giving knowledge or political. Forever Young is about my life’s Growth
What inspired you to write this release?
The particular song link I sent was inspired by love. Song title – Is This Love
My relationship inspired this release, trying to build a music career and my girl crying for time and not feeling loved etc…
Any plans to release a video?
Yes I’m planning on releasing a EP this year and shoot videos for every song.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes after I finish writing and recording. I plan to set up a tour and also some free shows and perform some of the best song out of my catalogue.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
First I educate myself by taking music business courses also production courses. Therefore I’ve learned from trial and error it’s about knowing first than applying. To stand out I have two websites one for the label and brand rgassociation.com and then amagiriyoung.com then I also have budgets in place to market and promote.
Who have you been listening to lately?
I’ve been listening to Jay Z, 2pac, Ron Isley, Yo Gotti, Gucci mane, Lil Wayne, Drake, J Cole got some good out. The list is long including myself.
Tell us about your passions
My family, My business, and my determination to be successful
What else is happening next in your world?
Well I lost my best friend Aug 2016 then I lost my grandfather Nov 2016 the man that raised me, so it’s been a difficult 3rd and 4th quarter for me but I’m turning that grief into inspiration because I know they would want me to keep striving with my music.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Javon!
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