Check out the new song from Bir Witness – That’s Boston
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I’m from Boston, Massachusetts; Roxbury aka The Bury to be exact. I started taking my craft seriously while in college. At Club Hope which was held every week, I would perform a classic song on my solo project by the name of Hustle Hard. My city took notice of me first, but it was at the 5 spot in Brooklyn where it all started to make sense.
A group outta New York didn’t show up and I had my show CD on me, so I said my prayers in Arabic and took the stage rocking a NY crowd for a 20 minute set. Once I got back from New York, I recorded a song at Nox House Studios by the name of Train Of Thought, I still remember 2009 like it was yesterday. Twenty shows later I’m opening up for DMX, established an online presence through working with Philly’s Own Young Legend, and a hustler’s spirit that will never die.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
That’s Boston is a classic for my city. The anthem is for Massachusetts as a whole. When you listen to it you hear elements of the many places in Mass I’ve recorded in, built a following, or where I went to high school. It’s a song MCs in other cities can replace my words and add there own like that’s Compton (lol). Now go remix that! I’ll send you the beat!
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
When I started getting industry attention, I had to learn patience and be realistic of where my career was at and how fast it could be giving its big break. I’ve had deals on the table, offers, many music celebrities take notice but nothing solid. I’ve had people work for me and contribute time and energy to my movement and it can be a huge headache when everyone’s not on the same page, so I would say I love being creative but it’s the business as a whole that’s challenging. I’ve done everything in my career without a manager. Check my resume. What’s your email? I’ll send that to you too.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
As I stated before, the business side of things can be a major setback. I’ve seen the highs and lows of being an indie artist from having your own indie label to firing everybody and building a new team just to get on the right track. My current team has been with me since 2010 and they definitely helped me bounce back after dealing with life’s low rider effect, ups and downs.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
Watch out for the snakes in the grass. This industry can be real depressing if you let people cheat you or take advantage of your career. I’ve managed artists, but I’ve never been managed. I’ve built relationships and learned from many industry professionals I could trust, but sadly to say, this industry is full of snakes, so watch out!
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Know yourself and what you want out of your career and all them snakes will slither away without you paying them any mine. Stay focused and be patient and consistent. Don’t be all talk, no music artist. Plan, promote, execute properly. Do everything professional and don’t be afraid to spend money. Most of you artists are (lol).
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
I love doing music videos. I’m gearing up to do a music video for my album’s next single. Check me out on YouTube and remember the album Perfection, online soon!
Where can people visit you?
@birwitness on Twitter
YouTube: Birwitness (check out my music videos)
Google: Bir Witness