Artist Interview: Karatesyd

Artist Interview: Karatesyd


Tell us about yourself and your music

My name is Karatesyd I have been making hits for over 10 years. I am a singer/songwriter with a bachelors degree in Science with a major in music production. Born and raised in the hill district of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Karatesyd overcame poverty, drugs, gun violence, and crime. I used my surroundings to build my story and that’s what’s at the core of my sound the pain.

Talk to us more about your latest release

My latest release is a double EP called Ruthless King. This is my fifth official release and one of my best pieces of work. I’m proud of this EP because it shows my growth not only musically but my growth overall. My leading song is titled out my system produced by Tone Jonez it’s has smooth hip-hop feel with a soul all in it.

What inspired you to write this release?

This release was inspired by my personal life and personal demons I had to conquer in order to move forward towards success. When I was writing Ruthless King I was going through a divorce which tore me apart from the family I made and my oldest son. I lost 4 loved ones in a years time due to gun violence and the rest to prison. Ruthless King was my redemption release in thanks to growth and survival.

Describe the writing and recording process

I’m always creating music weather is instrumental for placements or writing songs for other artists. But when I’m writing music for myself to release I have to use concepts. I create a brainstorm bubble with a topic and create the context around that. After that, it just comes together like Lego blocks.

Any plans to release a video?

My new track out my system has a trailer video out now. The official video coming soon as I build hype and interest in it. Full Visuals and release will be June/5/2019.

Any plans to hit the road?

Tour coming soon in June to The east coast and the Southern States and West Coast dates will be available soon.

As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?

As an indie artist, I intend to use many different techniques to establish my brand. Currently, I’m working with a small telecommunications company that supply’s me with electronic merchandise. This not only stretches my brand awareness it also gives me a financial platform to create my music comfortably.

Who have you been listening to lately?

I listen to lots of music daily. Rick Ross and Jeezy headline my playlist because I can relate to their music. I also have Kendrick, Jay-Z, and Nas on my playlist. Tyga, Soulja Boy, Gucci, Kodak Black, and Bruno Mars are also on rotation especially Wake up in the sky that’s my favorite song right now love it.

Who are your biggest influences?

My biggest influence is my children. I have been an artist my whole life since 9 years old. I have played every role from a producer, musician, DeeJ, the artist you name it I have done it. This desire is what drove me to strive for success in music and show my children if you work hard you can make it. Working for the big break and payoff is what life is about.

Tell us about your passions

Besides music, I have an intense passion to cook. I love to cook and have been cooking as long as I have been active in music. My grandma taught me everything I know and I hope one day to pass it on to my children.

What else is happening next in your world?

My goal is to build a sturdy fan base. I will be touring soon so I’m preparing for that. I also want to focus my attention to one day be a radio DJ and or on-air personality. I intend to keep growing and learning and creating.



Thanks for an awesome interview, Sydney



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