How long have you been playing?
I began writing poetry at the age of 15. Love poems, short rhymes, and on-the-spot freestyles were the origin of my passion for recreational writing. I wasn't a very good freestyle artist in the beginning, but once I found that battle rapping would be my niche into that world, it stuck and I ran with it.
What are you looking for from Fandalism?
Im really excited to meet other entertainers who are branching out to network and progress. Relying on social media can sometimes pigeon-hole us into believing that our musical world is enclosed to our local avenues. This will provide another outlet for me to possibly meet and hopefully collaborate with other great artists.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
My first time seeing a live recording artist was during my 2001-2002 year at The Ohio State University. Because I was sheltered from secular music until I was well into my teenage years, I really didnt understand the energy that a performer could bring to a live crowd. Finally having that opportunity, I went with my college buddy Tanisha to various shows as JadaKiss, Genuine, Mystikal, and more made there way to Columbus, Ohio to tap into the college scene. It was an energy that I knew that I would want to one day bring to an audience that's willing to listen to my music
What gear do you use?
I played the violin for 11 years, so I have an appreciation for German manufactured violins. I grew up playing those of lesser quality so finally owning a good one meant a lot to me. I've also owned a few keyboards and enjoyed playing my cousin's drum set when I would visit home in Ohio
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
I grew up on soul music because hip-hop wasn't allowed in my house. Frankie Beverly & Maze, The Ohio Players, and The O'Jays rang through my ears as a child. My father enjoyed barbershop harmonies and blues so I became versed in those sub-genres as well. Once I was able to purchase my own music, I evolved into my growing love for R&B and Hip-Hop. SWV was the first cassette tape that I ever purchased. Bone Thugs N Harmony's "Thuggish Ruggish Bone" was my first hip-hop cassette given to me by my older cousins. So, as you can see, I was very limited and had to break away into my own musical journey
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I've never been a part of a band, though I've grown up in church and school choirs. It took a while for me to gain confidence to sing aloud when instructed to, but after a while I began to enjoy it. I currently perform in Honolulu, Hawaii. I've been a part of car-shows, birthday tributes, nightlife performances, etc.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
There are so many to name!! I would definitley love to work with Missy Elliott, Nicki Minaj, and Lady Gaga. They have all taken what was in front of them and expanded it into their own flair. That's a skill that I would love to learn coming into this industry; innovation.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
The smallest audiences would be those in Honolulu, at various hip-hop showcases. These are shows that allow us to perfect our deliveries for the bigger scenes, so I appreciate them greatly and all of the artists that come out to perform and to support each other. The energy at these shows are always at its greatest because you can see the effort put forth and all of the talent just oozing from the artists. My largest audience has been gained during my military career, starting in Basic training where I had multiple opportunities to write songs, mottos, etc. for hundreds of soldiers to recite during teambuliding drills or while marching. Knowing people all around the world will definitely benefit my career and I can't wait to share my music with the world
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
Hmmmm.....I'd have to say Missy Elliott's "Supa Dupa Fly." There are so many eargasms on that album. So many different things to pick apart and put back together again. From the beats by Timbaland, to the crazy and outlandish lyricism that Missy brings to the table, plus their overall grind during that period...all of it is heard on that album and it would definitely help in maintianing my sanity during a period of being stranded
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