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Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I’m originally from Frisco (San Francisco), but I also lived in Oakland for a few years. I’m living in L.A. now, the weather is way better out here. The position I’m in now, huh? Well the position I’m in now is just trying to get to a better position. Just stay motivated and positive, and trying not to get to fed up with school.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
Right now I’m focusing on having my mixtape heard more, it’s called 2081: A Music Odyssey. I’m also working on another project titled D.R.I.V.E. (Displaying Rap In Valued Expression). Drive is all finished, just need to hit the studio and lay the vocals. With 2081 I haven’t done much promoting because I’m not trying to get lost in the crowd with just promoting the way you see most up and coming artists nowadays. Hopefully the interview helps with that.
What are you currently working on and what can we expect to see?
Between 2081 being finished and floating around on the net, and Drive pretty much finished, I’m starting a new project titled Aeronautics. All three of these mix tapes will be out for free download. I guess what people can expect to see is a steady stream of music coming from me over the next few months. Also Aeronautics will have a lot more features on it from the OPM family.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
I’m pretty sure hands down the hardest challenge any artists’ faces in the industry is actually breaking into the industry. It’s all politics.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
I haven’t had any major setbacks so far, I guess the biggest difficulty for me right now is really getting my music out there and finding solid studios for a good price.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
Man presentation! I know for me it’s all about how you present yourself. If you’re not in the trap clocking don’t rap about being in the trap clocking. If you only buy dirt weed don’t rap about having the best weed. It’s one thing to say this is something you want or something you’re going after but it’s quite another thing to say you have or do things you simply don’t. Other than that I think an artist needs to be careful of maintaining your craft, if you’re not writing music every day, your music will reflect that.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Artists like me? I didn’t know that existed (haha), I’m just playing. I guess the best advice I can give is stay hungry, humble, and focused. Nothing is going to come over night and nothing worth anything will come easy. Be yourself and practice, practice, practice. When it’s Friday night and your friends want to go out keep your ass in the house and work. If you don’t find time for your music it will go nowhere.
What are the best ways to sell your products as an artist?
I have no idea what the best way to sell products is. All the music I’m doing now is to gain buzz and it’s all for free. Hopefully money comes soon, but I’ll have to cross that bridge when I come to it.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
I play my music in the shop I work at and it’s always a good feeling when people come in and start bobbing their heads and then ask “wait, is that you”? Yea, that’s always a good feeling. I’m not the kind of person to be all in people’s faces promoting myself, I mean you have to promote but at the end of the day the music will speak for itself.
Artist Website: opmpire.com (coming soon)