Today, we sat down with our artist Cheef Bali for an interview. Here is what he had to say:
1. How has your hometown shaped who you are as a musician today?
Funny I was just telling my brother in law this. Although I’m not from the suburbs I wouldn’t change growing up in Newark for anything.The city has taught me how to survive,How to think on my feet, how to appreciate community and family there’s a certain pride that comes with being from Newark and Jersey Period.
2. If you could single out one artist or band that has influenced you, who would that be and why?
Stevie Wonder personally is the greatest singer/songwriter ever! The way he visioned (ironic) words and the texture of his songs and how they were written still to this day is incredible. Jay-Z would be my second.
3. If you won the lottery tomorrow, what is the first thing you would buy?
Major stock in something.
4. What is your advice to fellow underground musicians in regards to remaining discipline in your craft?
Always stay current. I never get when rappers say they don’t listen to other artists when they are asked. To me, there’s no basketball player on earth who doesn’t watch basketball lol! Always stay 5 steps ahead of your competition by staying current and innovative.
5. Do you have any songwriting or recording tips you’d like to share?
Find your voice, meaning don’t be afraid to be you. When recording if you think it record it it just might be a smash or a great idea. Remember, you can always edit it later if not.
6. How does your family and close friends feel about your music career? Have they always been supportive or have there been issues in the past?
Shout out my whole 420ent and 8squadrebelradio family and my M.O.B squad. I am blessed to be surrounded by much love and support for years.
7. If you could open up for one famous artist or band, who would that be and why?
Jay-Z. He is the greatest rapper of all time to me. It would be an honor to open up for him. I already opened up for Kool Herc which was a milestone for me.
8. If you could have a dinner with one musician who is no longer living, who would that be and why?
James Brown/Kurt Cobain. Both because they created new sounds and genres in music. The impact of their personal lives and music has inspired generations.
9. In your time with LiquidSound Records, what is the number one thing you have enjoyed the most? Also, what is your advice to those artists who would be interested in joining the roster in the future?
I have enjoyed all the learning and useful info that LiquidSound Records provides. Outlets that I didn’t know existed, and my advice would be to stay consistent and take advantage of all the opportunities they present you with.
10. In ten years, where do you see your music career?
In 10 years, I see my music being impactful and therapeutic like it is to me for people. Music has always served as a way for me to vent and or tell my truth without feeling like it wouldn’t be accepted or valued.So I would hope that I could share that same gift with someone that listens to my music and or the world eventually.