Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
I was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. Growing up in my household, it consisted of a lot of music lovers, which lead me to become a fan of music. I started rapping when I was nine, began recording music at the age of 13. I would have to say one of the leading factors that lead me to become an artist was just realizing I was good at something and capitalizing on it.
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?
I would tell all upcoming artist that visible progress doesn’t happen overnight, it takes a lot of dedication and time. At the end of the day, it all boils down to how bad someone really wants to achieve something. What worked for me may not work for the next person and vice versa, there’s a lot of self and world exploration that goes into gaining exposure. I would suggest any smaller local bands or artist looking to get gigs and airplay to do extensive research about opportunities that local bars, colleges, and startup businesses online may be offering. There’s always someone somewhere willing to give you a shot, just make sure that you always put your best foot (track) forward whenever you’re pursuing a new opportunity.
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
I have made mistakes during live performances. The worse is has been was me forgetting a line in a verse, and then that throws the rest of the verse completely off. Recovering is easy, basically what I usually do is allow the audience to sing along to the rest of the song and I just rock out for the remaining of my set. At some point, I get back on track, and the feeling of embarrassment is quickly overcome by the fresh adrenaline that I get from the energy that my music conveys and my fans.
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
I have toured before. My tour didn’t consist of many live performances; however, it was more dedicated to meeting my fans face to face to establish a genuine connection with them. I use to always want to have somewhat of a personal connection with my favorite artists when I was growing up, but I was unable to due to me just being viewed as more of a consumer than an actual die-hard fan. That’s the way the game is though, you have one superstar artist with millions of fans, there’s literally no way the artist can develop personal relationships with each individual fan. I want to be different than that and defy the odds. I try my hardest to learn more about my fans just so that I can strengthen my core fanbase. One of the important sectors of a core fanbase is that no matter what is portrayed in the media, they’ll always show you love and support. I want to be able to consider my fans as family and be as accessible to them as one of their biological brothers or sisters may be. On my promo tour, I was able to meet a lot of people who I couldn’t fathom knew about my artistry. The experience was amazing.
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
I don’t plan on upgrading much. The only thing I’ll probably do is purchase more external hard drives to backup my music and video files. As of now, I record independently through Logic Pro with the help of some studio monitors, a nice condenser microphone, interface, and a bit of sound treatment. Many people would be surprised, but nowadays, it doesn’t take much equipment to create music. I live by the motto of it’s not about what you use, it’s more about how you use it. I’ve been creating independently for most of my music career, which enabled me to fully master my unique approach to how I like to create. From time to time, I do record at industry standard recording studios, but only if need be.
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
The main ways that I promote my music are through my social media accounts. On each of my social accounts, I have over 20,000 followers, with high and consistent user engagements. Having such a large reach for someone in my position is great. I send out a post and let the public ingest it. I also work with companies such as Facebook and Reverbnation and other smaller companies who have an advertisement sector within their company for users use. As of recent, I’ve been running more advertisements online to spread awareness about my latest album release, Perfect World. Outside of an online approach, I also have a close knitted group of friends who are all in college. With them being as real as they are, they often share my music around their campuses, flyers, word of mouth, and share it through their social media accounts. One new person who has never heard my music before, it is very satisfying to me. I’m all about spreading awareness in the smallest of largest capacities, whichever one fits a specific situation. It is also helpful for blog write-ups as well.
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
If I could perform anywhere with any artist, I would want to perform with Kid Cudi and Wiz Khalifa anywhere in the world. Both of artist played a major role in my upbringing and are still relevant now during my early adulthood years. At some point in everyone’s life they’ll feel as if they’re experiencing a midlife crisis as they transition into a new phase of their life, growing pains almost. My “midlife crisis” phase was my junior year of high school. I was going through issues with my family, girlfriend, in addition to balancing academics, athletics, and music. I think it’s safe to say that I sunk into a stage of depression. I often felt hopeless and suffered from a lost in confidence, Kid Cudi music helped me cope with what I was going through at that time. He often depicted messages within his music of feeling neglected, misunderstood and felt he didn’t belong in the world due to him being so different than everyone who he was surrounded by. I related to the theme of most of his songs, which is why Cudi is so dear to me. As for Wiz, he just carries around an idgaf type of attitude. I like that. I consider myself to be somewhat of a rebel, I don’t like to conform to things that I feel aren’t thoroughly thought out for the betterment of all parties involved. I’m currently in college now, there’s a lot of partying, drinking, girls, etc. I like to embody it. As college students, parents and the outside world never seems to understand the lives we live...I guess we’re just all young, wild, and free hahaha. Shout out to Cudi and Wiz!
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
What’s next for me is more music. I want to be more consistent with releasing new music. People who are engaged in what I have going on for myself are always in need of new content, so I feel that it is my duty to provide it. I just released my album, Perfect World. I am already working on a new EP titled “The Rebel University: 1st Semester” in that series, I plan to describe my wild college stories and depict the lifestyles of college students who really want to live with no strings attached. I want to be the spokesperson for those who are not really able to express that at times they feel too much pressure from authorities to always abide by rules and regulations. At some point people just want to feel free...feel that the night is young and so are they. At some point within the next few weeks, I’ll release more about an in-depth theme of the EP and details regarding it. Also, I’ll be releasing some music videos for some of the top tracks off of Perfect World within the next few weeks as well.
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
It’s hard for me to think about what I’d be doing if I wasn’t making music. Music for me wasn’t something I made up my mind to do. I believe somehow it’s embedded in my DNA. I am very talented at producing films, screenwriting, acting, and marketing so I guess somewhere in between those fields is where most of my attention would have been focused towards.
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
Within the next year or so fans should be on the look-out for more music and tours. I also really want to focus more on allowing my cinematography skills to really transpire through my the creation of my own independently filmed music videos. I also want to travel internationally. I have a pretty solid fan base in France and in the UK. I plan to keep perfecting all of what I can on my end, network, and let God take care of the rest for me.
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
I want to give a shout-out to all of the music acts that I’ve worked with and am currently working with. In addition, I want to give thanks to my close friend group who I turn to for advice and guidance during difficult times.