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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 grew up mostly in the New Orleans Westbank. I now call Dallas, TX my home after living here for the past 15 yrs. As far as my decision to be an artist, it was never a decision. I grew up a natural entertainer. I was always rapping and singing around the house, and constantly making my siblings laugh. But everybody in the house had talent, I'm just blessed that I had the support from my family to pursue my dreams.
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?
Well I would say I'm no where near the level that I want to reach thus far, but I definitely have grown tremendously since I started out. I would say to a new artist that you should always be a fan of yourself first. You cant expect someone else to believe that you're dope if you don't believe it yourself. And that should be the fuel you need to constantly set, reach, and exceed new goals every year. But more importantly, make sure to stay on top of the business aspect of your career. The foundation has to be set before you can build, otherwise it will cost you more time and money to start over and re-build.
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
Of course, but the key is far no one else to know that lol. And if its obvious somehow, you have to do it in a creative way to let the audience believe in your honesty. People have the tendency to appreciate your willingness to be open with them.
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
Haven't had my first official tour yet, but I've traveled out of state for different performances. I'll say that some of those venues I've traveled to were no where near what I was expecting lol
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
I plan to get back into production, so I'll be looking to incorporate a mixture of some new hardware and software techniques to expound on my creativity.
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
Honestly, in this day and age, any and everything is fair game. Social media has allowed all different types of ways to gain visibility, so I will try almost anything until something sticks. But at the same time, the best form of promotion will always be out there in the streets with some type of personal interaction.
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
The ultimate goal is to headline an arena with an R&B legend. So of course MJ would have been a dream come true, an opportunity to learn from THE greatest entertainer ever! Not to mention his fanbase reached (and still reaches) levels I can't even fathom
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
My new EP titled "After Dark" will be available on Valentine's Day. It's a 5-track romance project created as my contribution to help encourage some healthy romance in the world.
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
I would probably be some type of counselor. I'm a great listener and I've always wanted to be a position to help people.
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
Growth. 2016 was great and allowed me to reach new heights, but 2017 will only be greater! My main objective is to continue to get better and expand each year, while growing my company SMOOVE MUSIC.
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
A big shout-out to my wife and family that supports me, to my artist King Deezy for being on this ship with me, and to each and every person affiliated with SMOOVE MUSIC that has assisted us to come this far (too many people to mention).