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Artist Spotlight: Reflection

Reflection

Today, we sat down with our artist Reflection for an interview. Here is what he had to say:

1. How has your hometown shaped who you are as a musician today?

My hometown was always a moving concept because I was always moving each place though was a piece of my puzzle in Yreka, California was where I became aware of loss because the things I gained where always short lived ether be people or things but in various towns in Montana is where I would come to understand why those losses where happening things would come and go so much it was hard to keep track of my stuff and theirs my stuff being the stuff on my back and theirs being what I had till someone took it away such as home and family.

2. If you could single out one artist or band that has influenced you, who would that be and why?

Even still I found influential people to be inspired by such as 50 cent, tupac and twizted when I was feeling beaten and week pac taught me how to survive 50 taught how to thrive and twizted well they taught me it was ok not to be ok win or lose I always wanted my music to reach out in that same way to speak at the same volumes to make pain seem like a tool not a short fall in the way sometime my influence by artists was as good as asking family for advice because music was and is my family.

3. If you won the lottery tomorrow, what is the first thing you would buy?

If I were to win the lottery I suppose I’d try and create a platform where I was living not just surviving something to take away the temptation to look back standing alone and standing strong would be paid off indefinitely because theres no guarantee anything we do in our moments of strength and perseverance will ever pay off other than just another day to do it again.

4. What is your advice to fellow underground musicians in regards to remaining discipline in your craft?

If I were to give advice to someone in my shoes I suppose I’d say maintain the best you can as cheesy as it sounds but what else you gonna do when giving up isn’t an option there is no easy way to say just do this or just do that we just do what we can I guess other than that I would say budget and pay attention nobody is gonna do it for you from my experience this is all mostly business and some music but if you love it actually you’ll figure out how to do both well.

5. Do you have any songwriting or recording tips you’d like to share?

When I write music I try and keep track of when I’m writing from my heart and when I’m writing from my head the too are very important for different outcomes and messages when it’s from the heart I go slower because its important not to stumble and to not sounds fake when it’s from the head I suggest you use your head don’t just say things just cause they rhyme words speak to people whether from the heart or from the head I know writing from the heart sounds romantic and strong but it’s not the only place that can say something impactful and important.

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?

My friends have always been my family and in general they support me they way they understand to sometimes its saying I did great some say they would do different but most of the time its patience for the outcome which can mean a lot when you feel like nothing is happening for you it helps to be reminded that it’ll be ok and to just breathe my family has for the most part just allowed music to be in our lives everyday as a way to communicate so when they hear me I think they understand it’s my love for the craft that pushes me and they don’t have to say much else.

7. If you could open up for one famous artist or band, who would that be and why?

If I was able to open for someone it would be twizted because I’ve been a juggalo for years and the fan base is family and while I don’t identify as a juggalo rapper I do identify as a rapper who is a juggalo the love and friendship within that community is outstanding and unlike any other fan group I’ve seen twizted on top of that has saved my life more times than I could count so it would just be an honor to be a part of any show they did hands down they are my favorite rap group by far.

8. If you could have a dinner with one musician who is no longer living, who would that be and why?

If I was able to have dinner with any past artist who was no longer with us it would be pac hands down pac was a teacher and a leader and I would love to hear what he had to say about pretty much anything I’d ask him he was a life changing force in the world not just for me but for millions life only gives you so many people like pac and you don’t just let that go if I could do half of what pac did for the world I would feel completely satisfied in my career he was and is a legend that deserves as much respect and admiration one could give rest in peace most definitely.

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 being a part of LiquidSound for many reasons first and foremost it has help me stay afloat in a music world that sometimes seems fleeting to me especially with my personal hardships I’ve had to deal with as of late so much appreciated for that aspect also I feel like there is a lot of hard work put into me and I can see a measure it in the weeks that have past it is definitely an eye opener when life is breathed into a dream like this I have gotten further in music with the short few months I’ve been on the roster then ever before so I definitely appreciate everything they do for me.

10. In ten years, where do you see your music career?

In ten years I just hope to be in a place where music in my main income and my main passion doing what I love for a living is my dream in ten years I hope to have done so much and be able to show all the hard work I’ve done and be able to measure the road I’ve walked in miles of successes a lot can happen in one year let alone ten so I have hope for that future and I have hope for my career I wanna keep at it till I’m satisfied then keep going and with any luck make something of myself along the way.

Artist Spotlight: HTX_Z

HTX_Z

Today, we sat down with our artist HTX_Z for an interview. Here is what he had to say:

1. How has your hometown shaped who you are as a musician today?

My hometown didn’t shape me into making music. Most of my inspiration came from other cities and artist within them. In many cases people believe I’m from the Midwest when I’m actually from the south. I have a lot of favorites from that region and the east coast as well.

2. If you could single out one artist or band that has influenced you, who would that be and why?

The artist that has me doing what I wish to achieve right now is Kanye West. When he started out, he seem like a kid that was fresh out of school or college. I saw myself as that type of person, whenever I got older. He has his hands on a lot of things now when it comes to songwriting, making beats and so. I want him to take it to the next level though like Jay-Z who is also another influencer of mine. I want to have my palm on some executive stuff like film, companies and estates. The business mentality is what I’m looking forward too.

3. If you won the lottery tomorrow, what is the first thing you would buy?

If I ever won the lottery, I wouldn’t do anything with it except invest in stock.

4. What is your advice to fellow underground musicians in regards to remaining discipline in your craft?

One thing I would tell other artist of my stature, is never let people distract you from what you’re trying to obtain. If you plan strive for success, go for it. Family will be supportive no matter what, friends come and go. But you as the artist need to stay on the ball.

5. Do you have any songwriting or recording tips you’d like to share?

No.

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?

I don’t have the best support within my own home, but outside, it’s splendid. Sometimes I’m just walking into a store a people notice me and point me out. It’s crazy, they be asking for signatures and shows and much more. These are moments I can definitely say that I cherish.

7. If you could open up for one famous artist or band, who would that be and why?

It honestly doesn’t matter to me. I’m just enjoying the moment with the artist, the crowd, and family as well.

8. If you could have a dinner with one musician who is no longer living, who would that be and why?

From a business and mentor perspective, HOV. He’s the guy that’s going to tell it to you straight. He tells it to you in the music and so much more. Why not take the chance to listen to him and hear his advice. That’s a type of investment that should be acknowledge, and it will pay off in the long run.

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?

So far with this agency, my time hasn’t been as extensive compared to some others, but the interaction with the team is A1. I have work that I’m stacked on, and they help out as much as possible every time. If any artist decides to come along, the experience is worthwhile.

10. In ten years, where do you see your music career?

In ten years, I plan to be on the status of Grammy awarded, nominee, and an educator of the industry.

Artist Spotlight: FireWater

Firewater

Today, we sat down with our artist FireWater for an interview. Here is what he had to say:

1. How has your hometown shaped who you are as a musician today?

Growing up in Decatur, IL showed me that i was different from other individuals both musically and mentally. At the age of 13 after the death of my mother, I started to hear music differently. After awhile i started to hear my thoughts inside of the beat, so i started to write them down as poems. then one day i found out that one of my older cousins and his homeboy were in a rap group by the name of TOTAL CHAOS. I used to watch them then in my head would freestyle along with them. Then one day I found myself inside of a make shift recording studio, while I was there I started fitting my poems to random beats and while doing so found that it was quite therapeutic it was. I have been recording music ever since.

2. If you could single out one artist or band that has influenced you, who would that be and why?

Tupac Shakur, because he showed me how not to give a fuck about the consequences for being truthful. Also, he taught me how not to give a fuck as an artist. One that I heard from Pac, that always stuck with me believe it or not was a lyric that he spit on his best album in my opinion, Makaveli (the 7 day theory). The bar was “It’s not about east or west. It’s about niggaz and bitches, power and money, riders and punks. Which side are you on.

3. If you won the lottery tomorrow, what is the first thing you would buy?

If I won the lottery tomorrow, the first thing that I would buy would be upgrades to my recording studio.

4. What is your advice to fellow underground musicians in regards to remaining discipline in your craft?

The only advice that I have to offer is to make sure that this is what you want to do before you head down this path. Once you start, it’s a one way street that at times it does get lonely, and a lot of time gets spent being misunderstood. On the other hand, if you are one of the lucky ones passion that’s gets misunderstood becomes a tool to help the people that get misunderstood. That feeling is unexplainable.

5. Do you have any songwriting or recording tips you’d like to share?

Actually I do, if you don’t feel it, don’t drop it. If you don’t buy it as the seller, they won’t either.

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?

At this point, they all just have come to terms with the fact that this is who I am. They realize how making music makes me feel as not only an artist, but as a person. Basically as long as it don’t interfere with business they don’t have a personal opinion about it. Plus, they know that I make dope music.

7. If you could open up for one famous artist or band, who would that be and why?

Anybody that let me get my point across honestly, I don’t feel like I”m an opening act kind of talent. I would coexist with anybody. 

8. If you could have a dinner with one musician who is no longer living, who would that be and why?

Same answer as the 2nd question hands down (2pac). It would be an honor to be able to pick his brain and get some insight on his life as an outlaw. Plus, I would like to used that time to thank him for unknowingly motivating me to ask questions and find out things for myself, rather than just taking somebody’s word for it.

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 haven’t been with them long enough to honestly answer that, but what I will say is that I respect everything that they are doing with and for artist. Any advice that I would have to future artist considering joining the roster would be to just keep it 100 with your intentions and that’ll limit miscommunications.

10. In ten years, where do you see your music career?

In 10 years, I see my career will have become a self propelled machine in itself. By the point in my career, I will have hoped to have influenced others to ” talk they shit.” Also to be at a point where whatever I say will help anyone that needs it.

Artist Spotlight: VCK SODAH

VCK SODAH

Today, we sat down with our artist VCK SODAH for an interview. Here is what he had to say:

1. How has your hometown shaped who you are as a musician today?

My hometown is a rough area with all the gang activities. I’ve grown to become strong.

2. If you could single out one artist or band that has influenced you, who would that be and why?

THREE.6.MAFIA because their beats have a ton of motivation and meaning behind it. The message I received was to keep it legit with your peers.

3. If you won the lottery tomorrow, what is the first thing you would buy?

Mouth grille, body guard, and in-home studio.

4. What is your advice to fellow underground musicians in regards to remaining discipline in your craft?

Hear my thoughts. Can you imagine how I feel hahaha it’s just new horror sounds.

5. Do you have any songwriting or recording tips you’d like to share?

Yes. I have a few secrets about writing, but I can’t share that information. As far as any recording tips – ‘try not to stop talking in the middle of saying your verses & don’t take breaks, Get them records right.’

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?

My people’s love my music and my close friends thinks it’s actually good. I get my fair share of support!

7. If you could open up for one famous artist or band, who would that be and why?

Travis Scott, because he is the top dog in the game. I support his music.

8. If you could have a dinner with one musician who is no longer living, who would that be and why?

Lord Infamous, because he is the creator of CRUNK ”my favorite musician”.

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?

Facts! I get live help from music experts to accelerate my career.

10. In ten years, where do you see your music career?

On stage or on a tour bus writing 1# hits.

Artist Spotlight: Justin Case

Justin Case

Today, we sat down with our artist Justin Case for an interview. Here is what he had to say:

1. How has your hometown shaped who you are as a musician today?

My hometown has helped shape me as a musician today because of the diversity I endured and the struggles of being a white boy growing up in predominantly African American schools.

2. If you could single out one artist or band that has influenced you, who would that be and why?

It wasn’t one band or artist it was 2. Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. When I was younger, I heard them growing up listening to Led Zeppelin and the Beatles then all of sudden I hear Ain’t nuthin but a g thang I was hooked my world had changed.

3. If you won the lottery tomorrow, what is the first thing you would buy?

If I won the lottery, I would buy a house for my family.

4. What is your advice to fellow underground musicians in regards to remaining discipline in your craft?

Never ever listen to haters, stay on your grind, keep going, never give up on your dream.

5. Do you have any songwriting or recording tips you’d like to share?

Yes, if it feels right, put it down on paper, then start building til you create something special.

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?

Well being my age and a real grandfather, not a lot of support but I defy the odds. There’s only one Justin Case Rapping Grandpa so why be normal its boring.

7. If you could open up for one famous artist or band, who would that be and why?

Kevin Gates or Travis Scott or Lil Wayne or Drake

8. If you could have a dinner with one musician who is no longer living, who would that be and why?

Man, if I could have dinner with Eazy E or Tupac or Biggie, those were the creators and the beginning it would be like meeting Hugh Hefner at his mansion and women everywhere and you have never been laid.

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?

In my time with LiquidSound, I have enjoyed the creativity and guidance and mentorship to help me grow as an artist, and would recommend this to anyone in the struggle this is building and growing.

10. In ten years, where do you see your music career?

In ten years, I hope to be heard in 80 percent of the world and as big as Biggie Smalls, Big Pun, Tupac, Dr Dre, Snoop, and more.

Artist Spotlight: Nick Nubz

Nick Nubz

Today, we sat down with our artist Nick Nubz for an interview. Here is what he had to say:

1. How has your hometown shaped who you are as a musician today?

My hometown actually had a big play in the musician I am today. In the beginning, the local a scene was almost all punk, no rapbbv at all. There was a few white kids who tried to rap but nobody taking it seriously as a craft and an art. I came up into the local discussion around 10th grade and by senior year… everybody and their mother was a “rapper”. This geared me more into recording others including myself from a home studio. I went to school for Audio and graduated 2013. I heavily maintained my home studio while performing at local venues in Asbury like The Stone Pony, The Saint & and Strand Theater in Lakewood. Meeting bigger local acts and event coordinators like Chris Rockwell helped my act transform into a tangible brand and not just the ideas in my head charting back to 14 years old. To this day, I still perform rarely, but my company Nublife Entertainment aims to push New Jersey into the rap conversation. From my experience Ocean County in general has produced some quality material and I believe there’s something here in this tiny state. My hometown Lacey is filled with my supporters and friends as well. It has shaped my music and myself as a man.

2. If you could single out one artist or band that has influenced you, who would that be and why?

Eminem is the obvious answer being that I’m white and he had a big play on the rapping end of things but honestly.. Childish Gambino was more of an influence on me and my music. The man is versatile, clever, rhythmic, innovative and more than anything he’s honest. I love that, I look for that in other artist and I expect it out of myself. Hopefully what I’ve released so far under the Nick Nubz name has made that at least somewhat visible to my listeners.

3. If you won the lottery tomorrow, what is the first thing you would buy?

Hmm after taxes takes their piece of the pie, I’d probably pay off all of the debt I’ve ever acquired throughout my life and take one long breathe of relief.

4. What is your advice to fellow underground musicians in regards to remaining discipline in your craft?

My advice is never look at this lightly. Never take an opportunity at face value and follow the plan God has laid out for you. Any show, any sized crowd, any reason to be loud in what you do and why, take it! If you don’t have a why additional advice would be to get one because you already barely have a chance let alone with an under-developed act. DON’T BE COCKY/ARROGANT & RUDE because you think you’re fire, kiss any relationship worth anything beneficial later goodbye. Oh and be real. If you lie to me in your song, I will immediately feel you are a liar and honestly dismiss it as some clown sh*t.

5. Do you have any songwriting or recording tips you’d like to share?

Sure, always double check, triple check, run through it until your sick of it because that’s when you’ll see what the song/beat/mix whatever needs to improve. You may change your delivery, the mix, the overall recording itself, anything needing to be re-done, shows you what could be better or what you liked more after the changes, change back. Take the hours needed to perfect what you’re doing, overall check over everything.

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?

My brother Christopher Alu is a professional actor so we’ve always had a connection in our respective fields. My uncle Donny was a musician and he has always heavily believed in me. My father and I don’t really speak and he doesn’t like rap but he has enjoyed a handful of songs. My Mom on the other hand has always been extremely supportive of all of us. She was wearing a neck brace and still jumping front row at The Stone Pony years ago, we’ve never had a lot of money but she’s been a big help since moving out and living on my own with the music/business life. Some friends are real big fans and crazy supportive, some good friends became enemies, it goes that way when you give your everything for a vision.

7. If you could open up for one famous artist or band, who would that be and why?

I would kill to open for Eminem or Childish Gambino with the same enthusiasm. I feel like our sets could be the same vibe plus #biggoals.

8. If you could have a dinner with one musician who is no longer living, who would that be and why?

Hmm I’m going with Tupac, I feel like we’d have some great lively conversation and I know I’d leave that table and would have learned a lot.

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?

The thing I’ve enjoyed most would be just the fact that they are consistent. The feeling of growth is in every message and opportunity and it’s a wild notion to me that we are across the country and yet able to rely on one another. My advice for the new artist joining the roster is don’t say yes to working together unless you are ready to put the time in necessary and the sacrifice needed to make the big doors open!

10. In ten years, where do you see your music career?

If all goes according to plan in 10 years, I will have at least 5 or more full length albums released following the 3 I have already made. A large catalog of commercial singles that I also like. The tickets will be less than what my show would be worth and I am hopefully still building and only growing more. I hope in 10 years from now I’ve not only made it into the mainstream discussion but I have earned it through the very hard work I mentioned multiple times in these answers. Famous? who knows. Successful? Absolutely.

Artist Spotlight: Krystal Brown

Krystal Brown

Today, we sat down with our artist Krystal Brown for an interview. Here is what she had to say:

1. How has your hometown shaped who you are as a musician today?

I am from Chesapeake, Virginia originally. Things are a bit slower there. It is not like LA or New York. Maybe that is why I really don’t jump on trends. I make the music that I consider good music. I don’t worry about “is trap hot now?” or” is this hot?” or “is that hot?” Everything is hot to someone I suppose. I just make what I consider good. Being that the music scene is not really “happening” here, you really have to put yourself out there and promote, promote, promote. You just cannot rest on your laurels. This is not a town where people get a lot of big breaks. Things don’t happen by accident here. If you want to be great, an opportunity just doesn’t fall in your lap. You’ve got to really pursue it.

2. If you could single out one artist or band that has influenced you, who would that be and why?

I try not to copy anyone. We can only be ourselves….all other positions are taken, you know? That being said, I have always liked Depeche Mode. They make good moody electronic music. Their songwriter Martin Gore is just phenomenal. He has written songs that have dealt with almost every facet of the human experience. I do admire them and the fact that they’ve put out good music over a period of decades. They are not a flash in the pan. And they’ve overcome a lot and have not given up. They’ve dealt with cancer, alcoholism, drug problems etc., and have not given up. I also admire Solange Knowles a lot. Growing up in the shadow of Beyonce had to be a bit difficult and even when she grew up and released her own music, people still compare them. She just does her own thing regardless of what is trending and I admire that. She also have a very beautiful and soothing voice.

3. If you won the lottery tomorrow, what is the first thing you would buy?

To be honest, I probably would buy some land and open up an animal shelter/sanctuary. I am a major animal lover. Animals are my other passion besides music. I have a bearded dragon, a cat, a crested gecko and several different types of toads. I would also do a lot of music promotion, record another album and do some investing. I am not the type of person who likes to put all of her eggs in one basket.

4. What is your advice to fellow underground musicians in regards to remaining discipline in your craft?

I would advise them to be yourself as everyone else is already taken! The most interesting musicians are the ones who don’t try to be the next Rihanna or the next Beyonce. Those positions are taken. Just be yourself and don’t worry about the trends. Also just persevere. It can be depressing to think that you are putting all of this time and effort into making music and that people aren’t listening. But you never know who you might influence or when that big break could come. And you want to be ready for it.

5. Do you have any songwriting or recording tips you’d like to share?

I always use index cards to help me in songwriting. I will have one for the pre-chorus, one for the chorus, one for the first verse and so on. You can then put the cards in the right order and then you have your song together. And if you need to switch up the order, you can do that easily. I find it easier to write by hand than on a computer for some odd reason.

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?

They’ve been supportive. But at the same time, sometimes people believe that you will not ever really “get there”. Which is understandable because a lot of people don’t make it and are unable to make a career out of their music. A lot of times people lose interest or stop paying attention because they think it is not going to happen for you and they want you to have a back up plan. So, you cannot take it personally. You have to believe in you and just continue to do your thing.

7. If you could open up for one famous artist or band, who would that be and why?

Kelly Rowland. She has done everything from R&B (“Dirty Laundry”) to dance/EDM (“Commander”, “When Love Takes Over”) to rock (“Stole”). Her tastes are very eclectic and so are mine. She has also been in one of the biggest selling girl groups of all time, so I know she has some good tips on longevity in the industry.

8. If you could have a dinner with one musician who is no longer living, who would that be and why?

Jeff Buckley. I loved “the Last Goodbye” and his cover of “Hallelujah”. I think he was a very talented musician and songwriter. He also had a fantastic vocal range.

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 the fact that someone is always checking in on me multiple times a week. A lot of times, people are not that attentive to their artists and you feel like people are really slacking on trying to help you in your career. At LiquidSound, they do really try to help you and personalize their program to fit your needs. My advice is to go for it and give it a shot. You could easily waste the same amount of money or more trying to “go at it alone” so you might as well give that money to someone who knows what he is really doing and has been there and done that with regards to pushing artist careers. Ryan Katz is really great and does try to help his artists!

10. In ten years, where do you see your music career?

I see myself selling albums and singles and doing very well. I will be financially stable and releasing the type of music I want to release….the type of music that is true to me. I want to have at least one platinum record or EP. I am speaking it into existence. Our thoughts create reality!

Artist Spotlight: Cheef Bali

Cheef Bali

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.

Artist Spotlight: Justo

Justo

Today, we sat down with our artist Justo for an interview. Here is what he had to say:

1. How has your hometown shaped who you are as a musician today?

My situation is rather unique, due to partially being raised in multiple cities. I would like to explain how each city has influenced my musical background. First, New York City in the 80’s was full of culture, from Hip Hop to Latin Jazz. Growing up and being able to witness street musicians and having a DJ’ing uncle, who taught me how to mix vinyl and use a turntable, gave me a head start. Once I felt the power of spinning vinyl and selecting songs in which I liked, this is a major contributing factor of later creating my own music. My second home town is Detroit, which blessed me with further exposure by having a DJ’ing cousin. My cousin was spinning Hip Hop and I was able to provide him with the newest Hip Hop songs from my summer trips back to NYC. Detroit’s music scene with deep rooted in R&B, Techno, and later Neo Soul, which helped build the foundation of my current style. This is why you’ll hear lots of instrumentation on Boom Bap lyrics.

2. If you could single out one artist or band that has influenced you, who would that be and why?

LL Cool J, Nas & The Roots have influenced me the most. From mid-80’s -90’s it was LL Cool J with his lyrical abilities to come hard and story tale, and he always had a song for the ladies. His videos were always state of the art and he was ultimately a great performer, and who has become a great actor. LL figured out the formula for a hardcore street MC to cross over without losing creditability. Nas — his first album, Illmatic was life changing.

3. If you won the lottery tomorrow, what is the first thing you would buy?

The first thing I would do is pay off our current home. Next purchase would be land, preferably by water, and I would build homes for family members.

4. What is your advice to fellow underground musicians in regards to remaining discipline in your craft?

First, develop your own style. Stay true to your art and the fashion in which you have been blessed with. understand your gift in your lane. Continue to work on improvement, but also add to the skills that you already feel efficient in. Never be afraid express your art from your heart. Ultimately don’t lose passion and having fun.

5. Do you have any songwriting or recording tips you’d like to share?

Writing: Stay on topic. Stay relevant. Have purpose to each song. Recording: Be prepared, practice, and fully know your song prior to recording at a studio, I’ve written a couple courses at the studio, but the majority of my work has been prerecorded and perfected at home.

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?

Family and friends have always respected my music career, but very minimum support.

7. If you could open up for one famous artist or band, who would that be and why?

The Roots, just because of how much of an influence they have meant to me and inspired me. To gain their respect and potentially have an opportunity to rock with them, would be a dream come true.

8. If you could have a dinner with one musician who is no longer living, who would that be and why?

I would say Prince, and why because he’s fucking Prince. He is one of the greatest artists ever. He is a great musician, composer, writer, producer, coach, business man… performer. A very close second would be J Dilla, although I was able to go to his home and hang out with him, I wasn’t able to have the in-depth conversation, I would have with him today.

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?

Knowledge, and the almost daily updates and the opportunities are astounding, which leads to me answer of the second part of the question, please get an assistant to help you with these opportunities.

10. In ten years, where do you see your music career?

In ten years, I hope to have a minimal of 1 dozen full length releases. This includes personal LP’s and instrumental albums. I also hope to have multiple lines of businesses revolving around entertainment. I hope to have multiple artist, which I’ve developed, as well as a diversified stream of revenue coming in. I also hope to have major support from the music industry, have a Grammy or two, and have movie credits. Lastly, I hope to have a chain of community centers in Urban areas, that teach music, and have sports as an outlet.

Artist Spotlight: INF Black

INF Black

Today, we sat down with our artist INF Black for an interview. Here is what he had to say:

1. How has your hometown shaped who you are as a musician today?

Well im from Parkhill, STATEN ISLAND NEW YORK….known as the fifth borough. Home of the WuTang CLan. I grew up under some of those guys…knowing members personally. Back when i was a lil sponge…growing up…when they made it….i wuz about 11 yrs oLd. Seeing them on television….and shooting the music videos around the way….gave me alot of inspiration. See where we come from in that section of Staten Island…many dont make it. Not onLy is it politicaL being from Staten Island as compared to BrookLyn….which is rite across the bridge. …In the music worLd….itz also a geographical thing. So in a nutshell….we have to fight harder to be heard….within the 5 boros of New York City. Politically…the people in power always wanted Staten Island to be considered a clean…no crime area. MeanwhiLe…itz full of Dope heads…and several low income areas where the people…mainLy of my complexion suffer the most. Unlike Brooklyn….Bronxx …etc….we dont get no light….but aint no difference on them streets….onLy difference is the agenda. WuTang had to open them doors and really let the worLd know wat was goin on. Being from SHAOLIN…also where Caucasian sneva wanted us there anyway. Most black families in Staten Island since the 70s…were not born in Staten Island….they migrated there from the other boroughs.(HarLem..BrookLyn…Bronx…Queens)

2. If you could single out one artist or band that has influenced you, who would that be and why?

It would have to be the WUTANG CLAN. I grew up knowing Method Man…Raekwon…UGod…etc…and alot of their famiLy members. Goin to shows….being back stage…was all great experiences for me that made me. Also if yall remember “KING JUST”…from Black Fist…which was distributed by Select Records back in the 90s…..is also from my neighborhood. Grew up younger than them dudes….but rite under them….gave me alot of inspiration.

3. If you won the lottery tomorrow, what is the first thing you would buy?

If i won the lottery tomorrow….i would buy my momma a house. She deserves it. WouLd take her far away from these project buildings….pissy staircases and elevators. Make her comfortable….for the rest of her precious years.

4. What is your advice to fellow underground musicians in regards to remaining discipline in your craft?

My advice to my fellow musicians on the come up. Same advice I keep telling myself. Stay studying your craft. Stay diligent….persistant… neva give up. Everybody is someone special….in their own way.

5. Do you have any songwriting or recording tips you’d like to share?

I usually…listen to a beat for a couple of days….sometimes…something might hit me as soon as i hear the beat. It all depends. But i always follow my heart and vibrations. Some words come out non stop…some take a min…..but i zone in on my topic…and constantLy…tryin to catch the rhythm as i go along.

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?

I get alotta support from my friends…who constantLy tell me to keep going….think deeper. My family iz there. Sometimes itz difficult for certain people to see happening….especially if itz not there DREAM. Especially when less then 5 percent…or lower actually can sell tickets or generate a fan base…to create a suitabLe income….u dig.

7. If you could open up for one famous artist or band, who would that be and why?

If I could open up for an artist….it would be NAS… AZ….or DMX….because….i respect real raps and reaL personas…..real life….speakin on real shii. A couple of my favorites. Plus i feeL like those guys were big influences on me as a young fan.

8. If you could have a dinner with one musician who is no longer living, who would that be and why?

If i couLd have dinner…wit a deceased artist….i probably could name a few….but i would have to say….NatKingCoLe…Miles Davis…and Tupac & BiGGie…to name a few. Legends*

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 enjoy the information that LiquidSound provides. If you are an independent artist like myself….you need all the help you can get. Everything from information ….to know how….promotion and marketing….and most importantly….”THE PLUGS”. The bridges or links we need to success….that we probably cant attain on our own… A link to one meeting….conversation….or event*

10. In ten years, where do you see your music career?

In ten years i see my music career growing…wit every fan …person…or consumer….i can touch. I also see my music growing. If you compare my verses from ” UGOD PRESENTS THE HILLSIDE SCRAMBLERS”…COMPILATION ALBUM BACK IN 2005….THAT I DID WIT UGOD OF WUTANG CLAN….DISTRIBUTED BY SYNERGY DISTRIBUTION…..TO MY DEBUT SOLO MIXTAPE “CONCRETE JUNGLE”…RECENTLY RELEASED….THEN YOU KNOW WAT IM TALKIN BOUT. IN TEN YEARS….I SEE MY MESSAGE BEING PLANTED ACROSS THE GLOBE. I ALSO SEE MY MUSIC IN TELEVISION..AND CINEMA. I SEE MY CAREER GOIN FROM MUSIC TO FILM. I ALSO SEE MYSELF INVOLVED….CONSTANTLY LEARNING…AND EMBRACING ANY NEW ENDEAVORS THAT RUN PARALLEL.