1. What drew you to the arts & how old were you when you realized?
- As a kid I always wrote, I taught myself different instruments and I loved to draw. I began to get serious with spoken word poetry when I was about 19 and decided poetry/hip hop music would be a career for me when I was about 21. I’m drawn to the arts because that’s where I express myself best. Creating art makes me feel very alive! I don’t think I have much of a choice when it comes to loving art…it’s simply who I am.
2. What bracket of the arts do you feel most drawn to? And why.
- I’m most drawn to music – hands down. I play(ed) 7 instruments (mostly past tense), I was in bands, orchestras and choirs and absolutely loved the long hours of rehearsals. I remember a time when I’d hear a song, and in my head I’d pick apart the track instrument by instrument and find as many harmonies as I could. Again, I don’t know why I’m drawn to it but it’s definitely “like a moth to a flame”. After music, I enjoy video production and editing. I like editing because it’s cool to make raw footage – nothingness, into something that communicates a message.
3. When did you first start writing songs and what prompted you to do so?
- I used to make up little songs growing up, and around 17 or so I remember trying my hand at writing rap verses. But I really dug into my writing when I came across spoken word poetry. I was invited to a workshop by a Def Jam poet and I was very moved by the way the words were lifted off the page and became a performance. I felt like I had a lot I wanted to say, so I started writing.
4. What’s your favorite part of the songwriting process?
- I’ve never thought about this. Probably that moment when you know exactly where the song should go, how it should sound and that feeling of “yes, this is good!”. Sometimes you’re writing and you get stuck, but when it just comes and everything clicks, it’s a crazy high!
5. Why did you choose this type of music?
- I chose Hip Hop because of the types of hooks I write and the mass appeal of my final product, I’d also put it under Pop. I gravitated towards Hip Hop because of the original culture of it – the sense of community, rebellion, story-telling. Other than those qualities, I just love the beats and putting poetry to them.
6. Would you say your personal style perfectly reflects who you are as an artiste?
- I think just in general, a person’s style says just about everything about them. Personal style alludes to a person’s values and I think my style says I value creativity, fun, strength, professionalism and comfort (being real & down to earth).
7. How would you describe your everyday sense of style?
- I wouldn’t. I’ve never thought about it that hard. I really just put on whatever is at hand, and try to mix and match to come up with new ways to wear the same articles of clothing. Most ‘daes’ my attire is a chilled out, urban look.
8. Do you enjoy fashion? (b) What does it represent to you?
- I love and hate fashion. I used to think it was the most superficial crap ever, until I started being placed in that world. I started to gain new perspective on what fashion is and how impactful it is to society. Now, I enjoy fashion more and have embraced it as art to wear. To me it’s like writing, painting or editing – somehow in my head, all the arts are connected and fashion is just expression with fabric and accessories. I’m enjoying this exploration phase.
9. Any plans to venture into fashion? (Why or why not?)
- Yes, for sure! Why? Because I get the feeling to do it, more and more, whenever I write a new song. I enjoy designing and styling. I think that just like I have things to contribute to music, as I mature in fashion, I’ll have a lot to contribute.
10. In terms of your journey as an artist, what has been the greatest lesson you have learned thus far?
- Wow. That’s hard. Can I cheat and name three? I’ve learned the importance of patience - everything has its own time. I’ve really learned to value my talents and ideas, and never sell myself short. I’ve also learned the importance of humility and having motivation that is bigger than self.