Today, we sat down with our artist Shocace for an interview. Here is what he had to say:
1. How has your hometown shaped who you are as a musician today?
Yes, my hometown shaped me as a musician. I’m a product of my environment, which simply means, growing up in the ghetto and inter-city had a lasting impression on how I did music. I lived in poverty, surrounded by gang violence, drug dealing, and lack of jobs and opportunities. I was introduce to hip hop, and begin to write and rap about what I seen and what I had to go through.
2. If you could single out one artist or band that has influenced you, who would that be and why?
I have 2 artist that influenced me growing up. That was 2pac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. These 2 rap artist was the best rappers at the time. 2pac inspired me to what about real life and things I was going through, and Biggie inspired me to be witty with words, using metaphors and similes to entertain the audience.
3. If you won the lottery tomorrow, what is the first thing you would buy?
A house for my wife.
4. What is your advice to fellow underground musicians in regards to remaining discipline in your craft?
Perfect your craft. Write songs everyday. Develop a fan base. Record at the studio. Take your music serious. Invest in yourself.
5. Do you have any songwriting or recording tips you’d like to share?
As for as recording, memorizing your songs are key to not wasting studio time. Time is money. The more you are prepared, the more you can get done. As for as writing, do it daily. The more you write, the better you get. Find the best song writing format that works for 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 and friends are my biggest supporters. I have a great support system. Not everyone love my music, but everyone respect my grind and hard work. I focus only on those who support me, and not the folks that don’t.
7. If you could open up for one famous artist or band, who would that be and why?
I would open up for Jay Z. He’s the greatest rapper in todays hip hop arena.
8. If you could have a dinner with one musician who is no longer living, who would that be and why?
It would be 2pac. I believe 2pac was prophetic, and since I’m also a prophetic rap artist, I have a few questions I would as him concerning the path he choose that cause him to lose his life, and not the path God had for 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?
LiquidSound records is very professional. They keep their word on what they can do for the artist. My experience has been great. I have seen opportunities open through the help and services of LiquidSound.
10. In ten years, where do you see your music career?
In 10 years, I see my self on tour performing my music in front of thousands of fans. I see my music transcending through out history by entertaining people, and saving lives.