Gobbana - 10 Questions Interview
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I can't say I was naturally drawn to make music. As a child growing up in a religious household my early exposure to music was limited to gospel, jazz and classical music. My mom recognized my talent at an early age enrolling me in years of piano class which at the time I HATED! Being raised in Philadelphia projects my view of how men should act was damaged by what I saw on a day to day basis. Drug dealers, corner boys and murders did not take piano nor singing lessons (another class mama tried to enroll me in). Sad to say at a young age I looked up to these gentlemen so I shied away from music at an early age.
It wasn't until receiving an internship at Radio One Philadelphia that my love for music really begin to sprout. Eventually I became a radio host interviewing recording artist all while growing appreciation for sound in general. After making a couple of songs and having the opportunity to go on tour to Barbados where I was featured on television and radio on over 5 Caribbean nations, I knew that being a recording artist was going to change my life.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
By far the craziest story ever was traveling to Atlanta to walk in a fashion show as a model, just to be asked to open up for Migos and KCamp performing my single at the time "Jumpshot". I was actually performing while models were walking around me and I must say it was quite an experience. When they say "Luck is simply when opportunity meets preparation" i'm here to tell you that is 1000% true.
What has been the high point of your music path?
The most rewarding part about being a recording artist has been launching my own non profit GoBelieve. Our mission is to use apparel and entertainment to empower the youth. Having the image and talent of an artist makes me that much more relatable to a child as opposed to a traditional educator.
Learn more about GoBelieve
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Songwriting is a very emotional process for me. Though I am a gemini, I've come to learn that my moon sign is a pieces. Therefore I naturally have the creativity and innovation of an air sign, but my emotions are controlled by water. Having a background in acting, I imagine having a conversation with an individual and I just pour out whatever in my heart at the time.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
The biggest challenge I would say is market overs-saturation. As someone that takes originality very seriously, I'm not a fan of countless artist sharing the same style just because its popular. I miss the time in music when everyone had their own sound. When record labels controlled the airwaves they were more selective and also encouraged artist development. I'm a fan of the power that artist have today, but not a fan of everyone sounding like one artist.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
This is a great question I honestly don't have an answer for. I have a group signed to my label Music of the Covenant called "TooKnow" and I really enjoy performing with them. I'm going to go out on a limb and say I would have a rap battle with Lucifer. lol thats right Satan himself. He was supposed to be the angel of music before he got kicked out of heaven. Why would I want face anyone else. It would be the biggest rap battle of all time.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
My rehearsals are typically a-lot of energy. Light choreography and non stop intensity, I believe that practice doesn't make perfect, but perfect practice makes perfect.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Its a tie between two songs. The Count and Go's Story (pronounced ghost story). They both force me to face the traumas of my past.
What's coming up in the future?
Elite Entrepreneurship! I'm continuing to build my brand based off of music, modeling, acting and scriptwriting. Apparel and skincare lines are on the way. Also to date I have created a stage play entitled "Karma 101" which has toured high schools and colleges helping boost the college retention rate. We are currently converting a-lot of our in in-school educational features of our non profit GoBelieve to online curriculums.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
All music for Gobbana and my artist TooKnow can be featured on this site below
The world needs a Philly rapper from the projects. One who influences us all with the tenacity and maturity to talk about solutions rather than a stagnant rapper complicit with their complaints. Gobbana utilizes eloquent lyricism, visceral melodic lines, and witty punchlines over a dancy, modernized trap/rap sound to communicate his message of empowerment. Opening for Migos and K-Camp, creating an award-winning stage play to improve college retention rates, modeling, constructing a fashion line, hosting a radio show, and educating at schools solidifies his mark on the world.
Learn more about Gobbana at Music of the Covenant