Check out the new song from Trufe – Second Time Around
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I’m from Pompano Beach Florida, it’s the place where I draw all my inspiration from because around here everyday is like a struggle. I think coming from nothing is a humbling experience that people need to go through and I think that’s what has gotten me to this point now, by making honest music that people can relate to.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
It’s actually the intro track to my mix tape Reality Slap Vol 2. I’ve gotten such a great response from that track when I play it so we decided to run with it. It’s a little unorthodox to go with an intro, but that’s what’s so great about music – there is no rules and there is no barriers and boundaries. You just leave it all on the mic and go with what feels right and that’s what sets me apart from everyone else.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
Honestly the hardest part is just staying true to who you are. It’s easy to get caught up in what everybody else is doing for the sake of getting radio spins or to get people’s attention, we’re in a field now where lyricism is second and cliches and catchy hooks are first. But I think true art and good music will win every time, so I stay true to what I’m doing.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
My biggest set back was trying to trust in the industry again. I’ve been signed before and like many who are unwise their first time around, you jump into things without paying attention to the fine print. Needless to say I lost years of my life I can’t get back, but what it also did was give me years of experience and knowledge on what not to do when that point and time comes again. So now I’m doing things on the independent side and taking the time to really pay attention to the business side.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
I say trust papers not words, meaning everyone in the game claims the have this connect or they can do this for you or that. That’s why they call it the game, but you can’t lie about facts on paper. The rules of the game are just something that you have to learn over time, but what you can do to protect yourself is research people, check to see if they are who they say they are, look at their professionalism and if it smells fishy then nine times outta 10 it’s fishy.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
I would say just keep grinding. I know there are artists out there like me who really love music and really wanna see music back at at a place where you actually like listening to the radio again or people trying new sounds and concepts and just people who dare to be different. I know y’all are out there and we hear you, just keep making progress.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
The internet makes it so easy, there are so many social media sites right now that pretty much give you the tools to do everything you need to do to get your music out there. So I’ve been hitting those pretty hard. Also don’t be afraid to go back to the basics and do the foot work and actually put CDs in people’s hands, go to your local music spots reach out to people and gain fans because at the end of the day they matter the most.
Where can people visit you?
You can visit me on Facebook at: Facebook.com/thetrufemovement954
You can also download the mix tape for free at: www.audiomack.com/album/trufe/reality-slap-vol-2-perfect-timing-?ref=nf