Tell us about yourself and your music
Micah DuBeau is an American Hip Hop artist known by the alias Motor Mouth. Currently, he resides in the Los Angeles / Orange County area in Southern California where he is focusing on the release of his second studio LP with Multi-Platinum Producer Darren Vegas (former Head Producer for Death Row Records ) in Huntington Beach, California.
He released his debut studio LP “I Always Rise” on February 12, 2019, his first single “You & I” featuring Empress Kush on August 1, 2018, and his second single “Live Fast Die Hard” on October 31, 2018.
Shortly after being born in Honolulu, Hawaii he moved to Seattle, WA where he would lose his mother and soon to be little brother in a fatal accident involving an alleged 19 yr old drunk driver.
He would then spend the better part of his life growing up in and out of homes rising above “the system” while battling abuse, neglect, and abandonment. He found early on in his life that music helped him get through it all.
In June of 2002, he joined the US Army Infantry and served honorably being released in 2008 including a tour in Iraq in 2004.
Talk to us more about your latest release
My latest release was a single I released on Memorial Day of 2019 in honor of those that have lost people to suicide. I served in Iraq back in 2004 in the army of injury and they had come to my attention recently that we had lost more guys to suicide since we’d been home than we did overseas. They greatly affected me so I wrote about it.
Currently, I’m working on the release of my 2nd studio LP called “Next Level” with Darren Vegas and that should be releasing in about a month. I am extremely excited for it as I feel I have stepped my game up on this one. There will be a night and day difference noticed and those that have heard behind closed doors would agree. Most recently, DJ Symphony (official DJ of the Wu-Tang Clan) heard some samples and shouted out on Instagram as well as invited me to be a guest on the Wu Invasion Podcast. I’ve always been a big fan of Wu-Tang Clan growing up so that was an honor.
What inspired you to write this release?
What inspired me the most was hearing the feedback I had after my 1st album and so many of my fans asking me for more content. I was very excited to get right back in the studio with Darren and start working on a second album that I could really step up and work hard on and give my fans something that I felt they deserved. Daring and I have been working nonstop on it the last 7 months or so and I think our work shows when listening to the difference between the 1st and the 2nd studio album. I’ve always been one who is never afraid of hard work so I like working with people that think the same way I do. Its what we do, it’s what we love, I mean who doesn’t like music?
Describe the writing and recording process
Whenever I write a song the very 1st thing I do while we are creating the beat is I close my eyes and I picture the story the music tells. If the beat and listening to the music doesn’t put a story in my head or an image in my mind then I can’t work with it and I move on to the next. I always let the music tell the story 1st and then I let the words be created and bring it to life.
If a beat or a song doesn’t capture me in the 1st 5 seconds of listening to it I won’t even start writing it. I know I’m in a position different than those like Eminem or G Eazy or Logic whereas I haven’t earned the ability to have people listen to every second of my songs to determine if they like them so I know I have to capture them within the 1st 5 seconds or less otherwise I’ll lose them. That’s what I strive for, perfection.
Any plans to hit the road?
At this point I don’t have any set plans for touring, but I have it in my goals to be to arraign and possibly opening for a headliner within the next year or so. That would be what I would want.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
For starters, I was in the army infantry so I use a lot of kammo and I made my logo look like an army patch. I thought that was kind of cool. Giving my fans something that they can attach to whatever they want to feel like they’re a part of something. I also work hard to separate myself and make myself different than others. I also write everything that you will ever hear me create. I’m a strong believer that the music I make is taking experiences in my life both good and bad that I’ve been through and share them with others with the hopes that those who are experiencing the same thing can relate to what I’ve written know I’ve been there and maybe I can help them through it or celebrate what they’re going through as well.
Who have you been listening to lately?
This answer ties a lot into who my influences are, but the answer since 8th grade is always been Eminem and Tupac, these days mixed in a lot with G Eazy logic Macklemore and Hopsin. I know they are mainstream artists and I very much support underground artists as well, but you just can’t shake the fact that these guys are lyrical geniuses and they have helped me through so much of my life to this point.
Who are your biggest influences?
Starting earliest would hand down be Tupac, Dr. Dre, Eminem, and Macklemore. Those are not my only influences but they are my biggest. Of course, I listened to everything else growing up like NWA, Tech Nine, Easy E, Too Short, and E40 but my biggest influences we are those I named 1st. They are the artists that reached out and captured me and drug me into the hip hop scene and gave me the love I have for it today.
Tell us about your passions
Music is my biggest, but I think my 2nd would be helping people. Especially the veteran community. There’s just something about giving your time or resources to somebody that doesn’t have them and watching a change your life that affects me in a good way. If I’m not doing that I don’t feel I’m being the best me I can be as cheesy as that may sound so I enjoy giving back. Aside from that I love high Adrenalin things, I went skydiving recently and that was absolutely dope. We did a music video shoot the other day where I had a chance to take the Lamborghini out for the day and that was pretty dope too. Hopefully within the next year so I’ll be able to try flyboarding or some type of extreme sport would be cool too.
What else is happening next in your world?
Aside from releasing my next studio LP, “Next Level”, I plan on finishing the creation of music videos, touring if possible, and getting to work by growing my fan base and meeting them/getting to know them more on a personal level. I know I have a lot of fans in Australia as well, and I’d love to get out there and meet them as well. They’re almost listening to my music more than in The States at this point so that’s pretty cool.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Motor Mouth
Connect with Motor Mouth
Website: http://www.micah2pt0.comInstagram: http://www.instagram.com/therealmotormouthYoutube: http://www.youtube.com/motormouthmusicSoundcloud: https://www.soundcloud.com/motrmouthReverbnation: https://www.reverbnation.com/therealmotormouth