Check out the new song from Loui$iana Youngin – I Got Next
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I’m just an all around southern boy raised in Pineville/Alexandria, LA which myself and the rest of the city call the 318. Well being unsigned and still working a 9 to 5 is the position I’m in today (lol). First off God is the reason I’m where I am. And with the help of my mother, sister, brother who have been supporting me from day one. My son and daughter are the reason I wake up to do this and give you all of me on a daily.
Now as far as my talent goes, honestly and I have to be straight up with you, my friend B.J put me on the writing side of music you know. I remember many freestyle sessions in school, after school, and at home with my sister and my friends just going in on instrumentals having fun just doing it, just to do it you know. And one day he came over to me with a notebook and just start spitting some serious rhymes with metaphors and after that I was all in from there.
From that point on I knew music was what I was put on this Earth to do because I was always positive and entertaining with a sense of humor. It all mixed and blended so well with my music you know. It’s not just one big ass message I want people to receive when they listen to my music, it’s all the messages I’m sending out because no matter how different you are everyone is a part of someone in one way or another.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
This song is for all unsigned/unknown artist who are out there making a name for themselves, who are really dedicating and committing their time to make a dream become reality while keeping the BS at a distance, and staying true to who they are as an artist and the message they’re trying to deliver to the people. Of course I have my own personal thoughts of what I think comes along with the process of being the next big thing as they say, but I know it’s not only me who thinks like this so I’m saying it for the ones who think it as well.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
Knowing whose really out to help you and not themselves you know. I mean it sounds good when someone tells you what they can do for you and how far you can go and in your mind your like hell yeah! But at the same time you have to stay humbled and level headed and let God lead you and use the sense your mama gave you (lol). Even if it doesn’t come out the way you expected it just know that it’s something positive behind it that will help you out in the end.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
I remember feeling like no one would hear my music and the gift I had was useless even though I knew I had the talent. I was like what’s the point because I’m seeing all these new artist getting deals and putting in work and I’m like WTH are you doing Dwayne? Well I’ll tell you what I was doing smoking, smoking, smoking all day everyday to just make it through the day without stressing over what my life is going to be like, thinking to myself how would I be able to provide for my family if I’m sitting around being a real couch potato.
I felt like a nobody who used to be somebody that let everybody down. So one day my girl said, “baby I believe in you and your talent and I know everyone else does as well so I want you to try and get back into your music.” I was like you know what you’re right, so I started back writing rhymes and slowly got back into it. Then one day I was sitting around the house and got a knock on the door and UPS started handing me all this studio equipment and all these boxes and you know I’m like WTH. I call my girl and she’s like “I love you and I wanted to help you get back into your music any way that I could and I felt like you having your own studio would really motivate you.”
What! You know what they say behind every strong man there is an even stronger woman and I thank her for being that woman aka Mami Mel.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
Separate the real from the fake. Be careful of who you let into your circle even if you’ve known them for years because if they haven’t given you support then or you aren’t close as you used to be then they won’t do it or be as close now. Even if they seem like they are now that your getting exposure just know that they’re really just looking out for themselves and you have to know how to separate the real from the fake and being 100 is something I take as serious as the love for my family.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Stay true to who you are as a person and as an artist because you get no respect for portraying to be something or someone you know damn well you’re not. If you’re from the South, North, East, West, represent it to the fullest because that’s what’s going to set you apart from millions out there trying they’re hardest to be someone or something they’re not. Just keep this in mind “Life is a picture frame and we are just the photos.” Yeah straight from Loui$iana Youngin, so don’t bite it come with your own and do you.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
WWS Mag, Twitter, Soundclick, Revrebnation, Facebook, Our Stage, Pure Volume, Soundcloud, oh my Jesus! There’s so many more but social media networking to sum it all up. “Hold up wait a minute,” I forgot one more, me; who else is better to promote your music and yourself than you. Yeah I go from street to street, gas station to gas station, person to person, it doesn’t matter where I am I will give out my CD’s to anyone and everyone.
It doesn’t matter if I’m in the car and we are at the red light, if that window is down, “hey check out my CD at no charge.” On the job with customers, “hey this is on me free of charge, enjoy.” Paying at the toll I’ll give you a dollar and a free CD. I get pulled over because of my car and when they’re done with the search and they say OK you’re clear to go I say, “thank you officer, here take this in return;” OK I’m lying on that one but if i could I damn sure would.
Where can people visit you?
Get to know me on www.wwsmag.com.
Talk to/Follow me @LouiYoungin318 on Twitter.com