NXLL - 10 Questions Music Interview
Nxll is a rapper from Prince George’s County, MD. Always having a strong inclination towards music, he started his career off as a music producer during his junior year of high school and was rapping by his freshman year in college. Nxll draws influences from the works of Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Travis Scott and Tyler The Creator, just to name a few. Now at the age of 23 he has crafted his own unique sonic style which has many dark undertones to complement his voice and give him the perfect soundscape to convey whatever image he sees fit.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Yeah so crazy story is my Sunday School teacher at church actually got me into taking music seriously. I was a junior in high school and trying to figure out what I wanted to pursue as a career path since college was coming up. Long story short, I told him I was into creating beats and wha not so he suggested I pursue a career as a music producer. Since he's someone I had a great deal of trust in I went home and did my research and saw that a lot of my favorite artists like J. Cole, Kanye, and Pharrell all produce they own music. So I then decided to become a music producer. By my freshman year in college I decided to start writing my own music because I thought it would be cooler to be the person in the spotlight rather than the background.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
I'd say the craziest thing that's happened to me in my music career would be my first live performance. It was dumb lit! You always know you did a good job when the crowd looks like they bout fall asleep from the last performance, then they just come alive when your track comes on. The crowd was rocking with me. Gained a lot of fans and exposure that day.
What has been the high point of your music path?
A high point in my career was doing my first radio interviews. I felt like things were really starting to move.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
My creative process is pretty simple. I always have a beat that either I or another producer produced. Then I mumble freestyle mainly to find pockets of flows and what lyrics naturally come out. I try to make it as natural as possible. If I feel like the song is being forced then I move on to another beat. Everything just has to feel like it makes sense.
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?
I would say the COVID pandemic is definitely the biggest challenge Indie Artists face today. We have to figure out how to adapt our marketing and promo strategies to the current climate. Funding and exposure is also always a challenge that Indie Artists face and with new changes coming to Spotify that will allow more exposure at the expense of less compensation Indie Artists have another difficult situation to deal with. If everyone is sacrificing money for exposure then no one is really getting exposure. Thus we're getting less money for about the same or or less exposure.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
That's a hard question but I'd have to go with Travis Scott. He's easily one of the most energetic artist in this generation and his fanbase is crazy dope!
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I prepare for a live show just by rehearsing lyrics and maybe a few other things I might wanna say during the performance. Sometimes though, you just have to go off the energy of the crowd you can't be too rehearsed.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
My song 'Emotional Damage' from my last EP was definitely the hardest song for my to write. It's about the heartbreak and betrayal that me or someone may face in life. I cried so many times writing it.
What's coming up in the future?
I'm definitely finishing up a new EP I have planned to drop either late January or early February. Before that I'm going to be dropping a new single, but that's still TBD.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
My music is available now on all streaming platforms
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