Check out the new song from B.I Bang – Brighter Days
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I’m from Jersey City, NJ and my journey was very interesting to say the least. I started taking music serious in 2005 and 1 year later I won Sucker Free NYC Showcase and found myself on various websites and being featured on G-Unit Radio with DJ Whoo Kid and DJ Mandog on Shade 45.
Then releasing a mixtape called The After Party hosted by Hot 97 DJ Megatron, also from 106 and Park (R.I.P), moved 30k copies. Then added Lion of Judah mixtape hosted by DJ Don Demarco from Desert Storm, linking up with King Malik from Da Furnace Ent and people like Charles Dyson from DMV and support from NJ and NYC radio is the reason I’m here now with WWSMAG. Oh, shout out to #DumpOnSightBoyz #DFE #Teamsters #Local973 #BangHouseMusic.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
Brighter Days is a record produced by Squirt Ent from DMV, I took a trip to see Charles Dyson for a potential production deal in the D.C area. He played various records and I proceeded to freestyle to all of them except that one because it really stuck out with all the live drums and horns, etc.
So on the trip back up to Jersey I started writing to it and the stars lined up and soon as I hit Jersey I called Isis Crespo who at the time was doing work for MTV, she came through and blessed the record and here you have it. A record about my struggles between the good and evil of life and the struggle to be original in these crazy days of the music industry.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
My hardest challenge would be proving to everyone I’m more different than everyone else who raps. I’m not a rapper, I’m a hip-hop artist who emcees on a daily basis and who loves the musicianship of our communications of vocals over bass lines in between horns and snares. Nowadays people want you to sound like whom ever the radio is playing. And that isn’t what music is about.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
In 2007 I suffered a mild stroke on air at Shade 45 and I rehabbed back by not smoking, drinking, and living a rock star lifestyle. But in 2011 I was sick with diabetes and became blind for 2 weeks which changed my entire outlook on life and began to realize how precious everyday was. With proper exercise and diet I’m back healthy.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
I can only speak for myself about what I need to be aware of is snakes and paper work. People always have an agenda, I just don’t want to be used for they capital gain. This is why I always stay on top of the paperwork. Most importantly, we need to keep God first and the rest will fall into place.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Always have a plan. Learn to execute that plan with a strategy, never quit and never listen to what people have to say in regards to what’s best for your entity!
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
Word of mouth is the best way too promote yourself and today that word of mouth is by hitting venues, promoting, and also websites. Instead of always dropping a record saying it’s a single, send it out to record pools and also bloggers; let them drop an exclusive joint from you. People will always respect if Flex drop a bomb to your music rather then your mans and them (lol).
Where can people visit you?
Check me out on Vevo also on Reverbnation and Google. B.I Bang’s also on MTV New Artist or just hit my Twitter @bi_bang or my FB Fan page B.I Bang.