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1) What inspired you to be a part of the music industry?

Well, like everybody else I grew up around music. That was apart of my life. Until I started to learn how to compose music at the age of 15. It was really fun to make different sounds come together to make one song and it made me feel proud of myself. So I guess it became a passion.

2) Talk to me about the making of your latest project. What was the inspiration behind it?

My latest project was more instrumentals I worked on. Taking samples from here and there and just mixing all kind of different sounds and genres to make one project. But its mostly hip-hop.

3) What was the process behind making the project?

It was just raw creativity. Every time I heard a song I like. Id sample it the next time I began making a beat. I thought that’d make it sound even better to listen to. Songs that didn’t have samples were just an idea of sounds put together. Maybe something I wanted to rap on but thought it’d just sound better as an instrumental.

4) What are your thoughts on the hip-hop industry at the moment?

At the moment id say I like what I’m seeing out of the hip-hop industry. Its being pushed forward in all sorts of ways everyday. The sounds are so diverse now. Artist are mixing hip-hop with electronic and rock and actually making it their styles.

Like thats what defines them. I like that. Theres also a ton of trap rap now and thats okay. But as for some the artists on those beats. Id like if their messages were a little more mind-blowing. But they know what sells so they probably wont say anything mind-blowing when the same message sells more.

5) Do you enjoy grinding it out independently or would you prefer to be signed to a major label?

I think major label funding would be totally better to push your career forward. But I just do this as a hobby so independent is fine with me. Your work pattern can be however you want it to be.

6) What do you think goes into building a loyal fanbase?

Consistency and hard-work. Putting your best into everything you make whiles making sure you drop your music at a certain time is what people want.

7) What sort of online promo and marketing are you doing to reach your fanbase?

Certain websites that you upload your projects onto have their own promos. You can sponsor your project to get it more viewed or a better spot on the website. From there you’d have to share your stuff around so that people can rock with you or know whats happening.

8) As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?

As an indie artist the way I try to make myself distinct from other artists is mixing all of the different sounds that everybody like into one. Taking different aspects of other songs or genre that people like and composing it into one song.

9) Where do you distribute and promote your music and why do you think this channel works best for you?

Usually Youtube, Got Instrumentals or DatPiff. The other social medias I just use to share em around.

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Written by Hao Nguyen
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