Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
My father. He was in the industry for several years and I watched him throughout his time in the business
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Being almost trampled by fans... Scary !
What has been the high point of your music path?
Having a song nominated for a Grammy ( Digga) Best New Artist.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I get to a quiet place Put on the track that Im working on and let it take me to a mindset Whatever it makes me think about that is what I write.
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?
Getting exposure. With so many people attempting to rap. You have to make yourself stick out.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Kendrick Lamar. Love his dexterity and fluidity. I can relate to his flow.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Just work on my clarity and endurance, I like my energy to last throughout the whole set.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Be Around... a love song
What's coming up in the future?
More music and touring
Tell us where fans can access your music?
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