MOST delves into his latest album, musical influences, and more.
Tell us about yourself and your music
I began my musical journey by teaching myself how to play the piano. After that came the guitar, bass guitar, and drums. I became infatuated with the hip-hop genre and rap. My biggest hip-hop influence is Mac Miller. With learning a variety of instruments and rapping along to my favorite songs I realized that I was good at it. I started to make my songs, with my first full-length project being released in 2015. Since then my music career has only excelled. I’m beginning to experiment with different musical techniques and genres to figure out who I am as an artist.
Talk to us more about your latest release
My latest album entitled: Kings & Queens is my next chapter in my musical career. Bringing in new influences from hard rock, I put a new spin on the traditional hip-hop feel of my music. On first listen it is a great album with a variety of songs that are fun to listen to and draw you in every second. Upon a second listen you begin to realize that there is a story that links all the songs together to turn Kings & Queens into the concept album it was meant to be.
What inspired you to write this release?
Every album I make pertains to my life in one way or another. This body of work centers on where I am in my musical career. I am an independent artist, but I’m growing very fast. I have dreams of being an international star, and those dreams are just starting to become a reality; however, even with my large and expanding fanbase people still don’t take me as a serious artist. These people are the “Kings & Queens” who tell me what I am and am not capable of. When you’re constantly told you can’t do something there are two options: you can give up, or you can prove everyone wrong. This album is me proving everyone wrong.
Describe the writing and recording process
With this album, I spent a much longer time on writing and recording then I am used to. I wanted to make this as good as it can be. Each song was different. Some like the lead single, Red Wall, was written and recorded in one night. I feel that when you have the right energy to make a song, you should finish it. You don’t know when you’ll have that energy again, and even if it doesn’t come out the way you want it you can change it with an already solid song to work off of. Other songs were written over a longer period. Two songs in particular; Dotted Lines and Here We Go Again, I wrote, composed, and recorded. At first, I was satisfied with them, but after a while, they lost their luster. I revamped the songs with different lyrics, structure, and composition but still kept the central ideas the same. Recording wise, due to financial limitations, I recorded the album in my home studio. The greatest difficulty in recording, as I mentioned before, is finding the right energy to successfully capture the mood of the song.
Any plans to release a video?
Any plans to hit the road?
Due to the current status of the world with the pandemic we are facing, there are no current tour plans. As of now, I am an independent artist not signed to a label. My next goal in my music career is to get signed to a label to make future tours even better.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
One of the things I do to stand out from other artists is to get my music on recognized major platforms. Some platforms such as SoundCloud have developed certain stigmas. If an independent artist sends you a SoundCloud or YouTube link, you won’t take them seriously. It costs no money and anyone can post almost anything on platforms. From the very beginning, I made sure I got my music on platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music. This shows listeners and fans that I take this seriously, and I am willing to commit myself to this craft.
Who have you been listening to lately?
Lately, I have been listening to my usual artists. Mac Miller is my favorite, so I do spend a lot of time listening to him. I also frequently listen to known rock bands such as Led Zeppelin and The Beatles. And of course, I am always listening to my music, so I can learn and grow as an artist.
Who are your biggest influences?
My biggest influences are all the artists I mentioned above: Mac Miller, Led Zeppelin, and The Beatles. Some other influences, specifically for my latest album, also include Childish Gambino, Kanye West, Lil Dicky, Ted Nugent, and Drake. Just to name a few.
Tell us about your passions
My number one passion is music. I wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t. One of my other passions is astrophysics. I am currently going to school for both of these, and although they seem to have nothing to do with each other I believe that both passions help me excel in the other.
What else is happening next in your world?
I am always working on new music. Before I even finished recording for Kings & Queens, I already started recording for my next project. I took a break the day Kings & Queens was released, but the day after I was right back at it making music. Besides that my next real goal is to look for a record label to get signed to. I want my music to be the best it could be, and I believe a record label will help me with this. As a growing artist, with Kings & Queens receiving over 50 thousand streams its first week, it is only a matter of time before I get signed.
Thanks for an awesome interview, MOST
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