|Featured, Indie Focus Published: August 28, 2012
Famous – I’ve Got To Know Your Name
Check out the new song from Famous – I’ve Got To Know Your Name
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I’m from Syracuse, New Your – shout out to my home town! In ’08 I started a YouTube channel where I could receive constructive criticism and they don’t hold back (lol)! To make a long story short, I started getting a lot of views and subscribers so I knew I was on the right track. I moved to New York city in ’09 and I’ve been making progress ever since. I got recognition from Jermaine Dupri, he’s placed me on his popular blog global14.com and I had over 400 comments alone – it was amazing. He even shouted me out on live television 106 and Park during his artist Dondria’s interview.
While in New York I auditioned to play in the web series “Which Way,” I ended up having my character added on. I play the character “Famous” in the web series “Which Way,” look out for that (www.youtube.com/whichwaytv & www.whichwayshow.com)! I had the pleasure of working with some amazing songwriters and writing with Kevin shine and Black Elvis in Atlanta that was a movie! I was recently featured on popular blog thatgrapejuice.net as a cover star, they said my sound was “refreshing and authentic.” That means the world to me! And just recently I performed at the legendary BB King’s in Time Square unsigned. That was a moment I will never ever forget. Huge shout out to Cory Taylor.
God is working and I’m standing out of his way and letting him work! Dealing with a lot of situations, but everything is slowly, yet surely, falling into place – I’m in no rush. I’m currently independent, but will soon be on a major label when the right deal comes.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
The current song I’m promoting at the moment is a record from my mixtape that’s coming soon. The song is titled “I’ve Got To Know Your Name,” classic r&b record for you music heads! I sampled Tony Toni Tone’s “That’s All I Ask of You.” I wrote the song, it just has a classic 90′s sound/vibe and I’m really trying to bring that sound, that feeling, when music just felt good and when male r&b singers actually sung! No disrespect to the current r&b males, it just isn’t the same! And I’m coming to feel that void! Hope everyone enjoys the record!!
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
One of the hardest challenges I’ve had to face in the industry is staying true to myself. People can be very manipulative and persuasive when it comes to this industry. And I’ve learned you don’t have to compromise, remain stern and hold your ground.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
One of the biggest set backs in my career was probably moving to NYC. I left everything and everyone, all my family and friends; literally me and my brother packed one suitcase over night left Syracuse and went to live in NYC with one of my friend’s from school. That was the hardest thing I’ve had to do in my life, we had to literally start from scratch but the setback is turning out to be a come up! If you want something bad enough you’ll fight for it.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
Some things artists need to be careful of are compromising their music. Stay true to yourself. Know your worth and never settle. Also there’s a lot of people that are full of sh*t, they don’t have your best interest at heart so do your research and educate yourself. Also be careful of your ego! It’s unattractive. Being humble comes a long way, trust me.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Some suggestions that I have for artists like myself: If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything! Know your worth. Hone in on your craft! Practice makes perfect! If you wanna be great, study the greats! I’ve dealt with the “go to college,” “singing isn’t for you,” “your not good enough,” “whats your plan b?” Plan b is to make plan A work! The strong will survive the weak shall parish!
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
One of my favorite ways to promote myself and my music is social networks! They are so important in this generation. Twitter is so powerful, YouTube, Facebook, blogs! Seriously use your resources wisely! I wanna give a huge shout out to WWS Magazine, I’m so grateful thank you for this opportunity – you guys rock! Remember the name “Famous,” I’m coming!