Today, we sat down with our artist Razklot 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 a melting pot of different people with different cultures and different styles from so many directions it enabled me to be exposed to various subcultures of rap and hip-hop thus making me a versatile artist with plenty southern music East Coast boom bap West Coast bounce and Midwest Chopper flows melodic Tunes smooth rhythms and trunk Thumpers all kinds of ways to make music.
2. If you could single out one artist or band that has influenced you, who would that be and why?
He’s not exactly a rap artist but an artist at what he did and I’m speaking of DJ Screw. The whole Chopped and Screwed movement, the slow music, deep tones and trunk rattling slabs Cadillacs Lincoln’s box Chevys riding clean I’ve heard some amazing songs become one thousand times better by chopping and screwing it when I came across the Chopped and Screwed sound and changed my life why was seeing life in slow motion anytime I heard it.
3. If you won the lottery tomorrow, what is the first thing you would buy?
If I was to win the lottery the first absolutely hands down first thing I would have to bye is a decent-sized house that’s in a perfect location where I’m out the way but not too far off so I can have my spot I can get away to when I feel reclusive but close enough to wear if I feel like stepping out I’m right down the way and ready to go. After that would have to be a 67 Cadillac Eldorado all original.
4. What is your advice to fellow underground musicians in regards to remaining discipline in your craft?
My advice would have to be to make a schedule make realistic goals stay consistent and don’t forget to live life and become disciplined in the sense of training everyday riding everyday learning and growing everyday figuring out the next move and finding influence on the flip side of proper discipline brakes are needed and sometimes you just gotta live life and enjoy the ride some of the best songs get written in between you know?
5. Do you have any songwriting or recording tips you’d like to share?
When it comes to songwriting I would have to say just keep an authentic be honest and what you say and how you feel I’ve heard too many wannabes and farm few real life spitters personally I love music that draws from real life. I enjoy truth. As for recording feel yourself give a great performance and in my preference keep the effects to a minimum if you tend on performing live at least that’s what I do I want people to hear my real voice just in case I might goes out or from spitting on the spot you know you got to make it sound distinct so when people hear you they know that is 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?
My family is always been supportive in my earlier days I was a lot more kept to myself but my brothers and sister knew I was always working on something always asking and checking up on my progress always asking if I’m still making music and they somehow committed I was overtime I would show a handful of friends unreleased songs songs it was still in the making and even new ideas that I didn’t feel sure about myself they became like consultants, giving opinions and lending an ear giving constructive criticism and altogether helping my growth.
7. If you could open up for one famous artist or band, who would that be and why?
I would love to open for Tech N9ne. Aaron Yates is and has always been a major influence for me the Showmanship the incredible lyricism the way he never change regardless of people’s judgement given the opportunity I would have to perform my best songs straight up / strictly instrumentals not only showcasing talent but the dedication and effort of putting on an incredible performance.
8. If you could have a dinner with one musician who is no longer living, who would that be and why?
If I could sit down and have dinner with anyone, it would have to be Barry White, mostly because of the song which way is up to be able to learn from from such an iconic artist required wisdom the industry experience the overall life advice I could get from someone with so much experience that came before me I’ll do my best to soak up as much game as possible until I’m soulful myself/ full of soul.
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 enjoy about LiquidSound is the responsiveness. Personally, I’m out of state but Ryan Katz has done a great job working with me. My advice to any artist looking into getting on with LiquidSound Records, I’d say no to a direction because it makes for smoother workflow a good co-op relationship makes the workflow easier.
10. In ten years, where do you see your music career?
In 10 years, I see myself doing shows worldwide, having a catalog of songs so good you would never want to skip through it and to be an influential artist for all people who appreciate music and all genres I ain’t to make history to be remarkable to be the kind of artist that people will look back on and always be impressed.