Moddaw Artist Bio
Moddaw is a Lesotho born and Ficksburg based recording and performing trap artist. He was first introduced to HipHop in the early 2000s and started recording his own music in 2008. He has since grown as a musician and has tapped into a variety of musical genres including dancehall, rnb and kwaito. As music is ever evolving, he started off as a rapper but has now switched to the new age genre of Trap music also known as EDM which is a sub-genre of HipHop. While he speaks Sesotho as his first language, his music is widely written in English with small patches of Sesotho here and there. His style would simply be put as a mixture of at least three music styles that are dance music, hiphop and dub. As unique as any artist would try to be, Moddaw has been inspired over time by the likes of american trap sensations like Future, Young Thug and T.I.
His most recent release is a fourteen track trap album called King Solomoni released on 4th October 2017. It is for this very album that he is a Best HipHop Award nominee in the Lesotho Ultimate Music Awards. Through it he describes himself, tells the story of his struggles, prays for a better life and highlights what sort of life he is currently living. He has graced stages with performances locally and internationally including the Finite Women Appreciation Awards, TY Goes Mad music festival and Lesotho Reggae and DanceHall Music Festival just to mention a few. Currently he is on his new album promo tour covering at least two areas in Lesotho and South Africa per month.
Besides being an artist himself, Moddaw is an artist manager, music blogger and journalist, a video producer and music promoter.
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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 in a small town of Butha-Buthe, Lesotho. I became an artist after I was introduced to HipHop by the likes of Tupac, Jay-z in the early 2000s, my brother was a small time rapper then and I think I just took after him, but my family has always been a musical one, especially the maternal side.
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, while promotion deals will cost you anything for $70 to even a $1000, you can constantly keep making submissions through email and links all the time, it helps you get on to something when you are saving for a major deal.
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
Mistakes happen everywhere, though we try to deliver perfect performances, it's not easy, but my DJ and I are very communicative, he realises my mistakes quick and covers me, if he hasn't seen anything that bad he let's me roll and I act like nothing happened, I just swim with the flow.
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
I do tour, well not very often though. There was this other tour I was on a few weeks back where a quite elderly lady came to me and asked me to sign a CD for his son, according to her, her son was a big fan of mine and she never understood why until she saw me on stage, on that day she became a fan too
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
Yes, my team and I have major plans for our studio upgrade early next year, we are currently in a home booth but I must mention the quality is utterly pro.
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
The internet, there are many online promoters that work real hard if paid well enough, I think it works for me, thing is I'm trying to get my music around the world and as a result I have come to realise that local promoters are exactly that, local, but on the net there are bigger fish ready for shockwaves, be mindful though, a lot of scammers are on the internet though.
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
London, definitely London with Future, I think London people accept music quite, at least that's what I've seen on TV and I think future is quite a gifted performer
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
Global music promotion, I can't be talking about new projects, I just released a fourteen track album called King Solomoni and I believe the music there is very powerful hence I must first exploit all chances to promote it, I plan to shoot a video for one or two of the songs there before Christmas though.
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
Graphic Designing, I'm a gifted graphic designer.
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
world class videos, I think I'll have aired on MTV and Channel O before end of next year, Trace Africa too.
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
Yeah man, shoutout to my manager for hooking me up with you guys, shout out to my producer Nejah and Dj Bull, and most importantly shout to my squad, Mechini, the only family I got.