Enter the DOME (Death of My Ego) is a 6 song EP to showcase artist vulnerability. From heartbreak, lack of support, to confusions amidst a spiritual journey, and coming out on the other side triumphant.
1) What inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
I’ve been writing music since age 7. It’s always been a passion of mine, & it’s therapeutic. The money is simply a bonus.
2) Talk to me about the making of your latest project. What was the inspiration behind it?
I wanted to give more perspective into my life, while giving hope to listeners facing obstacles, as well as letting them know that they’re not alone.
3) What was the process behind making the project?
This project was over a year in the making. The songs had already been written mostly. The hardest part was finding the perfect canvas (beats) to paint the picture to. I knew I had a feeling I wanted this project to convey, so I wanted to take however long I needed.
4) What are your thoughts on the hip-hop industry at the moment?
Hip Hop currently is hard to judge. In the 90s it felt like each artist had a song that we liked and we had no favorite artist. Now with payola and marketing on the business side, and repetitive subject matter and cadence from the artists, the market has dwindled down to there being maybe 2 to 3 artists at a time that everybody is listening to.
5) Do you enjoy grinding it out independently or would you prefer to be signed to a major label?
I love the indie grind, I want to own 100% of everything, and the work that goes into funding yourself is worth the reward of the money you make in return.
6) What do you think goes into building a loyal fanbase?
Marketing is the best way to build a loyal fan base. Word of mouth and hand to hand sales are no longer driving the game, regardless how high quality your music may be. Repetition is a must, the attention span of the consumers has lowered and it’s out of sight out of mind.
7) What sort of online promo and marketing are you doing to reach your fanbase?
I do Cash App giveaways for people that repost my music on their social media.
8) As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
I brand myself as the ultimate business man; I use my connections in other forms of business to bring together people of all backgrounds. This works merely as a pyramid scheme of sorts. Product placement in videos, shout outs in lyrics, clothing etc. My music is based on real life as well as turning up. It allows the listener something to play for all moods. This helps make it timeless because of the memories and connections each song will have to them.
9) How do you currently make a living as an independent hip-hop artist? What sort of income streams do you have?
I have my own record company (Suavelous Records), I’m part owner of a clothing line (Senoj), I invest in stocks, and I do advertisements for other up and coming businesses.