Interview with Chef Geech
What drew you to the music industry? I have a lot of influences when it comes to music and what inspired me to start rapping. HOV, Nas, Drake, Kendrick, But I’d have to say what honestly drew me to the industry, the business, was all these wack rappers lol. I just knew what I did was way better than these guys making tens of millions of dollars off of it so it’d be kind of dumb for me to not take advantage of my gift and profit off of it.
Who are you inspired by?
My inspirations stem from the greats Jay-Z, Drake, Kendrick, J.Cole. I’m a really competitive type of person so anytime I listen to their music I’m always wanting to make music just as great and write music just as creative, and if not then I won’t even bother to release it. I also get a lot of inspiration from my City, Detroit, My friends & family and just wanting to create a better opportunity for them through my music.
Please explain your creative process?
It’s hard to explain honestly lol. It’s so many different ways to create but it’s usually never alone. I’ll sit down with a producer and come up with the beat from scratch, then we’ll both play with song ideas and if the beat fits and the idea is relatable I could write the song right then and there, sometimes it takes me days to write a song though cause I have to be in my comfort zone. It’s rare that someone just sends me a beat and I rap on it, although it does happen from time to time, I work best when I feed off of others experiences, personalities, and ideas.
What’s an average day like for you?
An average day for me is get up, go to work (Yes I still have a job), get off work at night and go to the studio because usually I’ll have someone book a session (Yes I own my own Studio & I engineer), if no one has a session I’m either starting a new song with someone or skimming through beats or finishing up a song I started. I spend close to 8 hours doing that then go home in the morning, get a few hours of sleep, then I’m back to it.
Is there a hidden message in any of your music?
Not really, everything is pretty much straight forward. I rap about my life. My definition of the greatest rapper is someone who can rap their life story the best and most creative, to the point that it makes people relate to it even if they haven’t been through it because they can feel it, and it makes them want to sing along with it. My name “Geech” is an acronym for the G.reatest E.mcee E.ver C.reated H.ere
Do you collaborate with others? What is that process?
I do. Most of my collabs are features tho so someone will already have the song ready and I just write a verse to it. But with my collabs it’s the same process as making a song. We’ll sit Down and either skim through beats or come up with a beat from scratch and bounce ideas off one another.
Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans.
Most of my engagement is via social media. But when I’m out at shows it amazes me to see that I actually have real fans, like people I’ve never met before that want to see me in person. I treat everyone equally too so no matter what your characteristic is I have an open mind to whatever it is you want to talk about and I love listening to people and engaging in conversation with them. It helps me create lol.
What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite? Why?
My favorite part about the line of work is just how fun it is to make music. And when you’re good the perks of it such as the rapper lifestyle which I’m not going to get into detail about lol, can be quite delightful. But what I hate about it is the politics of it. People that only rock with people because of their name or following or relation to another person rather than their talent and desire and personality. It really bugs when I see people who wouldn’t dare lift a finger to help me earlier this year who will now give anything to work with me and “see where they can help” push my career forward.
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
Never lol I don’t even know what that is. I LOVE PERFORMING!! Just as much as I love making music. The energy of the crowd, and the challenge of welcoming people to music that they’ve never heard before and making them vibe just off of your energy is one of the best feelings I’ve ever experienced.
Tell me about your favorite performance venues.
In Detroit there’s this legendary venue called St. Andrews. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve performed up on that stage but everytime I have, it’s been incredible. I’ve had the owner of the venue come up to me on 2 separate occasions and tell me, “that was one of the greatest performances we’ve ever seen”. That place holds a special part in my heart.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Someone wanting to do y what I do, my best advice may sound cliche but I promise it’s all true and the best advice I have to offer. First off, find yourself. Go into solitude and find yourself and build a relationship with god or whomever it may be that you believe in Of higher power. Find out what it is that you’re truly here on earth to do because you may find out it isn’t music it may be something else, and be ok with no it. Everyone’s purpose on earth is to do something that helps others, and I know I have a way with words using it to people get over things they are going through in life. My only other advice is network NETWORK NETWORK! Go out and meet people connect with people and work with them, and build a relationship with them. Publicist, rappers, singers, future execs, managers, DJ, radio or podcast personal, it doesn’t matter if the person you meet is a nobody because everyone that’s somebody started out as nobody. You never know who someone is going to turn into so always network and go to events and festivals.