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Label Spotlight: Polexx Xtra Records

Today, we sat down with Polexx Xtra, the CEO of Polexx Xtra Records, 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 shaped me as a man who’s honest and real with you. A lot of my people help me up tame my equipment that I still use till this very day. Everyone is counting on me to make a difference in the music industry. My mother is a big part of my music and inspiration. My friends actually are the people I talk about in my music.

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

If I can single out one band or musician that influences me, I’ll have to say Ice Cube. I aways respected him for standing up for what’s right and making away for us to actually do what we love to do now. I learned how to be more aggressive when I record and preform.

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

If I won the lottery!? Now, I’ll invest my money into upcoming businesses and actually buy my own studio building.

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

To just stay humble and always work on your craft. I’ve put blood, sweat, and tears into this and lost sleep. Just be smart and stay humble to who you are and what you do as a musician.

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

Yes, always make sure you get the cleanest sound as possible. Don’t be afraid to be and sound different. Also most importantly: FIND YOUR VOICE.

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 Mom and friends actually support it. They actually help me network and tell me what songs are good and with ones are trash. I’m thankful for them cause of that. They play a big role in my career.

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

I’ll say lil baby. Only cause I feel like he’s style can ride with my music. Not saying anyone can’t, but just saying I feel like our energy will make a club lit. I also make beats that I know that fits his style, so it’s just vibes.

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

Tupac for sure. I just wanna learn more about the history and to be able to learn more about music. Tupac had a lot of wisdom and guidance to give and I would like to learn from him.

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’ve enjoyed everything, you all rock! The best thing is the fact that you are there when I need ya, great communication and listening skills, fun to work with and last but not least, great cover art work. I can’t wait to see what else is in store. I recommend LiquidSound Records to everyone.

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

In ten years, I see my music career being like one of the greats. I wanna be able to make sure my kids kids are good. I see me actually owning my own label and actually being able to pass it down. I have a lot of great things to come just stay tuned and find out!


Artist Spotlight: Young Grav

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Young Grav

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

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

Baltimore is a crazy place my city definitely has a part in how i turned out not only as a artist but it taught me a lot at a early age being on the streets u see a lot of violence and crime and u can definitely tell in my music how that has played a roll in my life now i just try to stay on my grind. And avoid the streets cuz its no place for anyone to be successful.

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

I would have to say someone that was very big in my own city the late “Lor Scoota” was a big inspiration when i was coming up before i was in the studio. He helped the city out in so many ways and he was so close to being a star before he passed. He turned down several deals with major labels And i watched him come up from his first mixtape so that just really made me believe anyone can make it in the rap game if u got barz and know what u doing. Rest in peace upnext.

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

If i won the lottery tomorrow i would move and get myself right but mainly i would try to build the biggest music empire anyone ever could i would make music all day because thats what i love to do.

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

My advice to artist like me is just to have confidence always stay active with making music and being on social media and most important is to always invest into your craft Nobody will take u serious as a artist until you take yourself serious and make yourself as legit as possible.

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

I don’t really have any techniques when it comes to making songs i just put on beats and if i can vibe to them i see what melody i come up with to it . But if i had to say one thing for advise its to learn about song structure and always practice.

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?

Nobody was really to supportive mainly because the music style but after everyone started seeing a few thousand views here and there and me taking it seriously and treating myself like a business. Then i got more respect and approval once people realize its a lot harder to be an artist than just making songs.

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

Nba Youngboy because he’s the g.o.a.t of this generation he’s always dropping hits he got on top and he never fell off thats how i wanna be myself.

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

xxxtentacion because he was so intelligent and such a interesting person he made himself relevant at a very young age and was an extremely versatile artist able to produce great music in several genres Another big inspiration to me rest in peace X.

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?

My most enjoyable thing about being with LiquidSound is that i have someone to go to whenever i need help or have any questions about ways to progress myself as an artist i always get all my question answered with a very fast and informative response Advice to artist wanting to join id say u should seriously consider I’ve dealt with several management programs and none of them have help as much as LiquidSound Records.

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

I honesty wish to reach G .O.A .T status in 10 years I want to be looked at as a Eminem . p diddy . gucci mane . snoop dog kind of a OG in the rap game i wanna have artist’s on my own label and be focused on business and steady making hits.

Artist Spotlight: illiminate

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

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

When I was young I felt like probably most people do, any town is better than the town they’re in, just have to get out. Especially me being so close to Nashville where everything seemed to be country music focused. But as I got older I started realizing that because my town had MTSU and it was like the third leading University in the country for recording majors, every semester musicians from all over the country pour into my town. Where exactly was I actually trying to go? The right place to be was right where I was. Being so close to Music City definitely influenced me into music my whole life.

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

 Hands down, the most influential artist in my life would be Rage Against the Machine. There was something about the speaking with passion and conviction I believe, that grabbed me. And stylistically, it also had me developing into a more aggressive flow type style than most.

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

 If I won the lottery tomorrow I would be trying to snag someone very seasoned and experienced in the music industry and looking to recruit the best and the brightest straight out of college to start building a beast of a record label, focusing on the new strategies to make tomorrow’s record label successful. I can’t say it’s the first purchase I would make but it is the first move I would be plotting on.

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

 In regards to remaining disciplined in my craft this is something I also struggle with. I believe the ones who make it do so because they keep pressing forward. If you want it bad enough you’ll keep pressing forward. If you can’t press, then then you weren’t cut out for it.

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

 I don’t have much tips on writing music I will say maybe try not to force it. I do buckle down and focus to get writing accomplished but when it comes to things like hooks, it seems like the best ones I’ve ever done came when I was sitting and listening to the beat and having a conversation and then some words came into my head on the conversation topic and I sang them to the beat. That’s where I found my melody then I just changed the words to the context of the song I’m writing.

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 great grandpa on my mom’s side was a songwriter and my mom was a singer so me doing something in music always seemed like a natural thing and she was very supportive. My dad on the other hand was a preacher and my choices in music never did and were never going to meet his approval, so there was a lot of struggling. He’s glad to see me do good but even today I’m sure he’d rather see me do good at anything besides rap music.

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

This is a difficult question because logically I would like to open for whatever artist would have the most audience of people who might be interested in my music, any artist with a large enough audience. My favorite artists come through and I have opportunities to open for them. If I had to choose one that I would hope for the largest audience it maybe would be Eminem. This is a purely logistical answer.

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 with one artist who has passed it would be 2pac. This man had insights well beyond his years and I’d be very interested to learn from his experiences.

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 like the most about LiquidSound Records is a steady stream of interaction. To a new artist, I would say just be prepared to put in work if you expect to take advantage of the opportunities they have.

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

 In 10 years, I hope to have built Grind Hustle Hustle Entertainment into a powerhouse like Strange Music, ready to groom and put out the hottest new artists.

Artist Spotlight: Zu Kapo

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

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

I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. My hometown has shaped me in many ways.Coming out of New York City, one thing I have learned was the ability to adapt and become versatile in life itself. From growing up in a rough neighborhood to seeing crime on a daily basis, it has taught me how to fight for what I want in life before it’s too late. Music has always been a passion for me since the age of 10. Being surrounded by all types of genres of Music has evolved me into the creative and lyrical Musician I am today!

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

There are so many who has inspired and motivated me in many ways from different Genres of Music. The one Artist that comes to mind would be Jay-Z. From his business mind to his lyrical wittiness, he is truly an Icon of Hip Hop. Jay-Z taught upcoming Musicians aboutOwnership and how to build your own empire instead of being a slave to one. That is just one of many reasons why Jay-Z would be the go-to- guy on this one.

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

The first thing I would buy if I won the lottery would have to be a Financial Advisor. We all say what we would do and what we would buy but not too many people think of how to invest and continue the flow of that money to make more. Instead of just giving everyone tons of cash which would hurt them more in the long run without proper money management, I would teach my friends and family how to handle such amounts of cash and how to grow more financially. At the end of the day, Education is key!

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

Some advice I would have today for underground Musicians is to stay persistent and always believe in yourself. All it takes is one hit record to change your life. Also, study theBusiness side of the music before you fall victim to the industry. Learn the terms and what steps to take in regards to Copyrighting your music, earning royalties, learning about publishing, etc. Even though a lot of Musicians dislike that part, it can be crucial to your career as a Musician.

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

I produce my own instrumentals off of emotion and how I feel at that exact moment. To produce a beat is something that is very hard to explain. It’s more of an emotion and marriage of instruments mixed with rhythm and energy. Always branch out and experiment with different sounds and find your own path to greatness. The first thing that comes to mind in regards to Recording tips would have to be invest in quality equipment for quality results. The worst thing any Musician could do is tarnish their brand by releasing poor quality music. You have one shot to prove why you’re the next big thing. Don’t let that opportunity pass you by from not believing in yourself enough to invest in what will one day make you great!

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 have built an organic following of over 10 thousand supporters from all walks of life on all social media platforms. It has been said that I am the next big thing coming to the Music industry. From being a Producer, Songwriter, Promoter and much more, I have grown my own platform of people who genuinely love and support me. Since day one, I have had die hard fans and family members supporting me right by my side. With so many people behind me, I have grown into what people call a true “People’s Champ.”

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

Even though there are so many Artists with so much talent, the one Artist I would love to open up for would have to be Tech N9ne. With his energy, charisma and lyrical ability, that would be the closest match to my type of show.

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

The one Musician I would love to have a dinner with would be The Notorious Biggie Smalls. The way he came and crushed the music industry have never been done in such a way like he did it. He would be able to shed light on the exact techniques and the do’s and don’ts of the music industry.

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 number one thing I have enjoyed the most being with LiquidSound Records is the professionalism and the unlimited amounts of knowledge Ryan Katz has to offer. He walks you step by step with each task to make you and your brand much stronger for competing in the music industry as we know it today. The best advice to Artists who is interested in joining the LiquidSound Records family would have to be stop waiting and jump in! The longer you wait, the longer it takes to reach your goals in life. If you are serious about becoming a successful Artist, the time to start is now! Time waits for no one and with so much resources and guidance from Ryan Katz himself, what better than to join a team who wants to see YOU win!

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

In ten years, I see my music career as a new gateway for others to become better Artists for the next generation. From owning businesses, licensing music to movies, commercials, etc. I will eventually branch off and teach others how to build a brand for themselves.

Artist Spotlight: Emcee AG

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

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

Well my hometown had really shaped me, especially since I’m from 2 places. South Carolina and Texas. South Carolina since not many artists come out of the Carolina’s such as J.Cole and Speaker Knockerz. They don’t really recognize people from those parts of the Carolina’s. I mean Texas is big for artist, so its hard for people like me to get noticed, with the talent I have.

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

J.Cole would definitely be my top choice, being that he came out of the Carolina’s and makes so much sense when he’s on the microphone. He tells stories and his word play is phenomenal. I mean ever since the first time i heard Roc Nation, i have nothing but been hooked on him. Always eagerly waiting for a new album to release. But also, I can’t narrow it down as much like that since there are plenty of artists out there that I also like and can really vibe to.

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

Honestly, I probably wouldn’t buy anything. I’d definitely give a big portion to my mother. She has been there for me through everything I’ve put her through. She deserves the best out of me and I would like to give her as much as I can. 

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

My advice would be to do it your way. I mean advice is good, and it helps in every way possible. However, too much advice can hurt you in the long run. I take criticism in every shape and form. I use it as much as i can, but i don’t like to stray from a craft that I’m starting to master. Or at least improve in. It’s never a bad thing to be fluid in different areas or departments though.

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

Open your mind to anything. I mean i mostly like to write about relationship type vibes, since that’s what really opens me up. I’m sure there’s plenty of things to write about. In fact you could write about the first thing that comes to mind. It’s pretty hard at times, but I’m always up for the challenge.

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 family is very supportive of my music career and the path I want to follow. It also helps since I have other members who make music, or even sing in the choir at church. I didn’t really think i’d branch out to make music like i do now, but it just hit me like oh i need to do this, since I can’t really express myself to people like that. They have always been supportive ever since they heard a track I had did with my cousin, who started making music before I did. 

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

If i could open up for any artist, that’s a really hard decision. To throw one out there, i would have to say Roy Woods. I can listen to any of his tracks and not even say nothing bad about them. He is so underrated and unappreciated for his style. Michael Jackson would even be proud, I’m sure of it.

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

It would definitely have to be my man Mac Miller. He seemed so down to earth, even with the issues he was going through. He looked like someone who would understand and talk to anybody that was having issues. The way he composed himself really left a impact on myself. May he rest in peace. I really wish i would have had the opportunity to work with him but that’s another story lol.

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?

Honestly, how the management has been fluent in helping the artists manage themselves. How patient and understanding they have been. Being this the first time I’ve been managed, I can at least say I’m in good hands lol. Anybody out there who needs a type of management or needs somebody to work with them, this would be a great staff to go to.

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

In 10 years, I can see myself as making it, but not slowing down. I know I may not be as big as other artists out there, but I really do see myself making an impact. A guy can dream right? There’s nothing wrong with not being as famous as the popular artist out there. But to be able to say you’ve work with them would be pretty big and a lasting memory.

Artist Spotlight: N.A.K.O.

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Today, we sat down with our artist N.A.K.O. for an interview. Here is what they had to say:

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

My hometown shaped me as a musician by its authenticity and creativity of a wave that is forever lived which is screw (R.I.P Screw) Screw music was created in my hometown S.L.A.B which is slow loud and banging for those who don’t know that is a car tricked out to the fullest even if it’s a hoopty with 12’s and rims it’s considered a slab but my hometown shaped me as a musician from my surroundings I grew up off homestead in scenicwood on Yoe Street in the back I use see stuff like candy apple red slabs sky blue lacs with a fifth wheel all type of things you wouldn’t see on a car or you think you wouldn’t see we idolized those things hustled to get it was the motivator you would hear loud music like S.U.C Swishahouse color changing click lil flip all them coming from the cars we was aspired by that you wasn’t nothing if you didn’t have that or knew someone who did that was my motivation because beyond all that in my mind the music spoke out.

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

I would definitely say weezy, Wayne, Tunechi Y? You asked because he’s most definitely talented gifted and real hiphop legend I never seen anyone get the awards he’s got in rap and hiphop alone and to this day he’s still going still surpassing and breaking down barriers for hiphop. He has influenced me in more ways than one he crossed over to rock and merged it with hiphop and was still winning from his punchlines to his metaphors from him being young rich black and successful and still going to college to succeed he’s smart he’s more than hiphop and I admire that about him so therefore he has influenced me.

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

Land property stocks bonds and my freedom from my reality I want to get out from under my situation to a better one I want to look out the window and see hills and a lake and just the sky I want to not have watch my stuff so with that being said I would improve my situation then give to others to help them do something that they’re unable to do for themselves.

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

I would say keep your eyes on what you desire let that first determine you to push and let the desire motivate you I sing my song I can’t lose I was going through a rough patch with a few close people and wrote about only that situation and turned it into a song and I just say those 3 words I can’t lose when I feel like giving up or get down and discouraged. You know that you got a talent you know what you foreseen so keep going 2pac (keep your head up). 

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

Just a few that I am sure the artist are aware of but for those who are fresh in the music I would say write your music make sure your comfortable your surroundings is where you want be and write make sure your comfortable with it and it fits you as a person memorize and be confident when your in the recording room and just have fun with it listen to your music in the headphones over & over while in the studio to make sure you didn’t forget anything or you want to add something or the ad libs ain’t all the way on point and just to make sure it suits you. 

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 can say some of my family been supportive & the rest just them but that’s about all I want to say on that. 

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

Lil Wayne no doubt why because he’s versatile from back then to now things has changed from then to now and he blends right in and kill it every time plus he’s wise and talented he’s talented. 

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

Michael Jackson why because you can put on his music and a kid would know his song he was beyond legendary I still listen to I wanna rock with you to this day I’ll jam that but ima old soul Michael Jackson wrote music for everyone they think they want to say was great his music still lives on for real for real.

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?

With LSR, I enjoy the consistency constantly giving us work that will benefit us and enhance our music career and actually caring about where we go in our career and we have access to our manager. The advice I give is to have patience and be ready to work focused and determined to get the job done of course they understand your personal life and work just make sure to stay on top of things.

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

Still rapping and performing doing tours advancing in clothing start up acting and branching off into different fields expanding & utilizing my different gifts I have.




Artist Spotlight: Df Lepperd

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

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

Im the 90’s and early two thousands I would always see black though Beanie Sigeal ram squad and other celebrities which show me (for one shit real) (for two I gotta be dope)

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

Kurt Kobain showed me it was a lot more to be artist and to take my two best talents writing and drawing and paint the perfect picture whether it my words or pencil.

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

A record label and flood the world with df’ness that’s what I call my style whether producing or rapping.

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

Focus on your craft and leave certain people alone the ones stand in your way nobody can stand in the way of what u can create for yourself one step brings you closer just take the next one and don’t look back.

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

Make sure you write an hour a day you gotta make it automatic all good guitar player got good from practice.

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?

Only my family supports me I’ve dealt with a lot of hate during my short career that’s why I push so hard.

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

It would be Wu Tang because they raised me.

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

Old Dirty cause dude was funny as shit.

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?

It’s been a blast being with LiquidSound Records so far it’s pointed me the direction I needed to be and I’m learning more about the game I’m chasing my 2nd deal and feel this is way better management the what I had the first time I was signed.

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

I see my self running established record label loving my job and giving the world df’ness.


Artist Spotlight: TheRapperRiot

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Today, we sat down with our artist TheRapperRiot 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 always been said to be Seattle, WA but I live in a small town in the greater Seattle area known as Bothell. Growing up in such a suburban middle class environment has helped me see the misfortune of other communities and shape the message of my lyricism. I enjoy pointing out the unfairness in society through my music and hopefully push for a better tomorrow.

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

As a teenager and in my late teens I was a big fan of Eminem and habitually picked up a lot of the aggressive vocal tendencies that he had displayed throughout his career.

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

Honestly the first thing I would purchase is more music equipment for my recording studio and design a professional setup for recording tracks.

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

I would suggest that any musician of any genre simply does not lose sight of what they enjoy about their own art. As an artist people have a natural tendency to flip flop between outlooks on their own work. I’ve grown to the idea you have to acknowledge the flaws in your craft but also focus on the positives as much as possibly as a method for growth.

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

When it comes to lyricism and vocals the best tips I can give is to try to be consistent with the concept or “theme” that you decide to put behind your tracks. Having a full circle of reflection through your music and a clear conveyed message is the most important thing to me. Energy is also a big part of an entertainers image and can absolutely become a trade mark of musical style if you develop it in the right way.

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?

In the past my family and close friends have always been supportive of my music. Showing up to open mics, giving feedback on stage presence or song quality has been huge in this regard. It has substantially helped me progress and enjoy my music more.

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

I would love to open for an independent artist like Chris Webby. I respect artists that haven’t taken any short cuts in their careers and that consistently show a good work ethic towards being an artist. Flow and delivery is also something I value when it comes to rap and hip hop as I learn from it and adapt my own style to that research.

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

Kurt Cobain would be my choice even though grunge has never been my genre. I grew up listening to Nirvana at very young age and have always enjoyed the live representations the band had during the successful run before Kurt Cobain’s passing.

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 best thing I’ve experienced so far at LiquidSound Records is the consistency in opportunities given from management to artist. The management team truly wants you to succeed and my best advice would be live by the rule that you get out what you put in so always work hard and follow up on opportunities.

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

I have hope’s that I will be touring nationally if not globally at that point in time. The stage has always been my favorite part of being a musical artist and truly live for displaying my form of entertainment in front of a large crowd.

Artist Spotlight: Aubren Jay

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Aubren Jay

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

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

I grew up all over Texas so I have a very big Texas sound. I was born in Galveston, TX but raised in Galveston County, Houston and Dallas area. Texas is home to a lot of big names in music and I feel like I’m inspired by all of the greats as an artist from TX.

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

The most influential artist to me was Bob Marley. He was true to his beliefs and faith and sang songs of positivity through his struggle. One thing we lack as a generation is positive music and positive energy. Bob was about love, peace, and spirituality. Thats the type of man, and artist I try to be.

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

First thing I would buy is land!! I’m not too worried bout the “famous life” like most artist. I just want to take care of my people.

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

My advice is master your craft. Perseverance and dedication is key. On your the journey to the top, never lose focus of your purpose. Don’t let the distractions of life blind you of your destiny. Being HUMBLE is the KEY ingredient in the industry.

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

Study your craft. Read. Build your vocabulary. And don’t cuss as much so radio stations can play your music with out having to block out bars of the song.

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?

It’s half and half. I got people who have had my back since day one. Before i even took music serious. And I have family and day ones that wont even click a link. I don’t if it’s out of envy, hate, or jealousy but it doesn’t bother me at all. Most of the time you have to “make it” in the world for people to take you serious. As long as they don’t ask for hand outs when success comes. If you weren’t there for the struggle you will not be there for the come up. Family included.

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

It would Lauryn Hill. She is a knowledgeable artist and one of the most complete artist of our time. Her message is also spirit based like Bob Marley. Her music has gotten me through a lot and would love to perform with or in front of her. She has no idea the level of inspiration she has on my music career.

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

Pimp C “Chad Butler” of UGK. UGK is one of the most influential groups to step out of Texas. Before Pimp C’s death he preached to his people and community about change and holding each other accountable to make change. He also had a message of knowledge to young black men about self awareness and how the system works. I would just like to sit and gain knowledge from him. He was a true Texas prophet and i pray i can do something great for TX through hip hop like he did.

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 knowledge. Ryan Katz’s program is great for indie artist who are ready to progress from a hobby to a career. The information and connections are great to start yourself ways to make money and build yourself as a brand. I thank God for the opportunity to be able to be apart of something like this. Coming from where I’m from, most people don’t make it out the struggle or obtain success. This is big for me just to know I’m on the right direction and success is less than a mile away. My advice to artist is it takes money to make money. Get involved with people and companies that will benefit you. Spend the time and make an artist budget for yourself, and market yourself accordingly.

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

10 years from now I hope to be paying my bills from my brand. Prayerfully I am doing what Ryan Katz is doing for me, and thats helping indie artist get to the next level. 10 years I should have a grammy, awards, a full resume that will be able to fund some businesses. 10 years I will probably not be an artist. I will probably be behind the scenes producing or doing A&R work. I want to be able to help other artist like me. On the brink of breaking through and all they need is the right team to help them be successful.

Artist Spotlight: Geno Siah

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Geno Siah

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

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

Because growing up in Cleveland was nice but at the same time ruff and then moving to Atlanta gave me the ropes to being a savage.

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

That would be Lil Boosie cause he rap what he really lived/living and I respect the realness.

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

I would buy a family restaurant.

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

Stay humble pray always remember God will is first and never stop working.

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

If I’m writing I like to write it as soon as it comes to my head cause it always comes out best.

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 family likes that fact I’m into my music but some think it’s not possible to make it big for whatever reason.

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

It would have to be Wiz Khalifa cause he is a stoner so am I and we could lite the stage up while smoking fire.

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

It would be TuPac so that we could sit and talk about a game plan on being a rap legend.

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 really like the direct communication.

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

On the top of the game and the market living it up for what I was blessed to do.