Interview with ShowTime
What drew you to the music industry?
Both of my parents were Hip Hop dancers; they actually met doing a show at the famous Apollo Theater. Therefore I grew up around Hip Hop artist and listen to hip hop music daily. Once I was old enough I begin writing my own music and poems.
Who are you inspired by?
I am inspired by Jay-z, Dame Dash, & KRS One, a mixture of inspirational lyrics, great business minds, and teaching through music.
Please explain your creative process
I normally listen to beats and allow the beat to tell me what to say or write. Sometimes I go and find a beat that matches a particular topic I have in mind or something that influenced me. My creative process looks different depending on the mood I’m in.
What’s an average day like for you?
I’m also a Full time Math teacher, so an average day for me looks different depending on the season. In the summer I’m fully off from work so I devote my summers to writing music, shooting videos, performing and studying the music business. In the fall/winter, I teach Middle school math, coach basketball, and overall do whatever else I can to help uplift the youth in my community. Even though I teach I still stay consistent with the music, dropping mixtapes, music videos and performing. I’m always trying to expand and build my buzz.
Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music?
I wouldn’t say it’s hidden because you can clearly hear the messages in my music.
Do you collaborate with others? What is that process?
Yes but I haven’t done as many collaborations as I would like to. Normally we would link up in the studio and create on the spot unless myself or the artist I’m working with has a concept or hook in mind and we go from there.
Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans?
I interact with fans anytime they reach out on social media or at shows. I’m a people’s person so I enjoy talking and connecting with people especially the ones that enjoy my music.
What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite? Why?
My favorite part is the creativity, adding something new to the world and having a positive affect on people. My least favorite part is not knowing when your time coming, I love the grind but sometimes I wish I knew what was next.
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
Not yet, I love performing because I feel like it’s the best way to show you have what it takes.
Tell me about your favorite performance venues
SOBS (New York City). It’s like the underground Hip Hop spot, before you blow up and you from New York, it’s like you have to do a show at SOB’s first. It’s a good feel rocking that crowd.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Be unique and study the game, the business, and successful artist. Never stop grinding and never stop educating yourself. Your mind is your most powerful weapon.