Interview with our ReverbNation Winner, Baltimore’s Wordsmith!
1.Who are you as an artist? What is your story?
I'm a purpose driven artist making music to move the soul of blue collar society. I was born in Germany and grew around the world thanks to my Dad serving 27 years in the Army. I feel growing up around so many cultures helped shaped me as a man and musician. I don't see color and judge people on their character.
2.Who are some of your favorite artists and music influences?
I would say my taste in Hip Hop is more with the older artists like A Tribe called Quest, Public Enemy, EPMD, Nas, Redman, while overall my favorite band is Coldplay followed by Alina Baraz, 21 One Pilots, Betty Who and RUFUS Du Sol.
3.What is makes your music worth it? To the world? To your fans?
My music speaks to the heart of human struggle, politics, the homeless, pitfalls, success and seeking your path in life. I feel those factors make my music relatable to all ages.
4. What is the future of music and the industry?
I think the music industry will continue to be more and more saturated with people who aren't really musicians. I miss the days when any and everybody couldn't do music or record a song in their room. The problem is at its peak in Hip Hop over other genres, but there doesn't seem to be any filter between musicians who have true talent, play instruments, etc. to someone who decided one day to make a random song. There has to be a way to separate the playing field again and push through good music to the masses.
5. What surprises you the most about the music industry?
Probably that it's filled with too many people who aren't legit and don't have your best interest in mind. Music is the riskiest career choice in my opinion because each artist makes it in their own way. There isn't any true blueprint as what one artist tried may not work for the next.
6. What’s your Poison?
Lack of promotion and I know alot of indie artists feel me.
7. How is your Art “your religion”?
Art represents my thoughts and opinions. The hope is you connect with other like minded fans who share your interests.
8. What are you truly creating with your music that changes the world, changes society?
I'm trying to show everyday people to be better to one another and help those in need more. Music is a great way to spread a message so I use it to the fullest.
9. What is the message of your music?
Conscious Commercial Music for the Masses
10. Have you been “lucky” or “gifted” in the music industry so far? Tell us more:
In the music industry I would say you need more luck over talent. There are so many talented artists, but alot of them aren't on major labels; you can have the best song in the world, but if the promo isn't right it will never get heard by the masses. That's where the major labels will always win because they have the capital to get there artists the promotion needed to brand and break them.
11. What do you really think it takes to make it in the music industry? Tell us 3 keys.
Research, Business Mind and Great Music!
12. What is your main inspirational philosophy in life? Favorite quote?
Let your brilliance shine
13. What do you regret the most in your music and would have done differently?
I wouldn't of trusted so many people early in my career because I lost alot of money I never recovered.
14. Where do you see your career going in five years? 10 years? Next year?
Winning a Grammy and Independent Music Award!
15. Legacy: At the end of the day, how do you want your fans to remember you and your music?
I want fans to say I had a purpose in life, created opportunities for others and was a productive member of society.