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Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
I believe I was born an Artist I didn't become one. I'm from Chicago's South Side...My grandma used to keep me and my cousins quite often and that exposed me to the Church and Church Music and Preachers... When I was a 6 year old I would get up about 5am or 6am when all my cousins and sister were asleep and go outside and down the stairs and there was a little spot before you enter into the basement from the outside that I set up as a Stage and I would Sing and Write music and Preach Sermons. Soon the neighbors caught on and would come out and listen without revealing themselves... They told my Grandma that I could sing and she approached me and told me to sing one of my songs. And when I did she had me sing it in Church and I did. And that was the beginning of being myself... The more things change the more they stay the same. I found that in life, I needed that same getaway as that boy did at 6 years old and I need that creation of music and lyrics. Thats what makes me an Artist. I am simply being myself and thereby finding some happiness in this world..
Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
Yes, Practice and treat your shows like its your job.. Being on time and being focused. Get your music to the management of as many venues as you dare but have your shit together and tight. That goes a long, long way..
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
yes, And I've always improvised. lol I figure I wrote the lyrics anyway why not write new ones right now.. lol But its best just to be very practiced, that way lessens your chances and making mistakes.
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
Reaon 9.1 is my best friend now. Even 7.1 is off the chain.. All respect to Pro-tools but when reasons decided to include Vocal track production the game was over... lol
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
You do as much as you can and you hire out some of it to someone with a much greater network. But by all means do as much of it yourself as possible. Being Persistent and Visible is the key.
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
Janet Jackson at the Time Square.. 🙂
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
Dropping a New Hip hop Album Produced by myself and Performed by SlimCapone from Englewood California.... Slim is more than just a raper on my Label dp Productions but more of a Partner and very much a part of the promotions etc. This will be his First Solo Album and a very personal project. Slim Talks about his life behind bars, Real life outside the bars and he's a hell of a Battle Rapper. If you love hip hop you'll love this Project.. A dp Production, I'm not sure what he has decided on the title of the project just yet.
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
Opening up more and letting the fans inside of my life and studio more. Even though I love to perform and make music. I also love my privacy and I forget sometimes to let the Audience in.. A couple friends have pointed that out to me. So this year More Video footage of life in the studio and recording sessions. And soon to pivot to Internet Radio. I believe that would carry and great platform for what dp Productions is about.
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
Shout Out To SlimCapone, D'Smoke, HG, and all the fans and family that I've been blessed with. Much Love