Tell us about yourself and your music
I am a 17 year old west coast hip hop rapper producer. I have worked with 3 artists from Sick Wid It Records (E-40’s label). I currently have over 33K instagram followers.
My genre includes West Coast Bangers, Bay Area Slaps, Old School Jazz and ATL Trap music. My style constantly evolves and is accompanied by authenticity, jazzy flow and positive tip.
Talk to us more about your latest release
My new CD is self produced. I did all the beats and mix and mastered all tracks. I have features with numerous Bay Area artists including Work Dirty of Sick Wid It Records (E-40’s lable) and Chippass (NHT boys).
What inspired you to write this release?
Music is my passion. All my proceeds go towards my next project. I feel like I can inspire other young people to find their voice and passion.
Any plans to release a video?
Yes. I have just started a new video that will feature one of my tracks off the CD. My partner just got a new drone camera that we plan to have some fun with.
Any plans to hit the road?
With school in session, I will wait until summer to do a few local shows in the Bay Area.
Here is the new CD: https://soundcloud.com/shawmarksman/sets/big-name-small-town
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
Bay Area Hyphy. The kind of rap that inspires a frenetic dancing. Inclusive. Articulate and positive. I write what I feel at the moment and fuse with my collaborator.
Here is an interview from Slickster Magazine about my writing style:
Who have you been listening to lately?
Chippass, NHT boys, Big T. Lots of underground. Always trying to find young talent off of the Thizzler website to work with. Always looking for ways to increase viewership and fans.
Tell us about your passions
Music, music and more music. hanging with my hommies. Working on video shoots and finding new locations. Working out at the gym is part of the routine.
What else is happening next in your world?
As discussed, I am working on the beats for my next CD. I will be in San Francisco next month and will do some live promotion on the Embarcadero with my hommie and marketing rep Fondreas. Finishing up the video and featuring my clothes sponsors (Darn Tough Vermont lifestyle socks, SAXX Underwear and Urban Sape of France).
Going to a a 2 week Digital Music Production camp at Stanford University to work on my production skills. Super hyped.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Mark!
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