Now what you witness is a full-fledged Rapper/Singer/Beat Producer all rolled up in one. I believe in getting things done independently so that's how I do it. And that's the Big Deal.
Inspiration behind your music?
There are plenty. To name a few of my favorite musicians: Eminem, J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Jay Z, Nas, Lupe Fiasco, Bob, Macklemore.
I am also inspired by circumstances and real life situations. An experience; good or bad can inspire me to write a song about the same. But competition is the biggest factor that drives every day; I wake up and sleep thinking to the best at what I am doing in India.
Any memories of your musical journey which you want to share?
I remember when I got on MTV recently, that feeling was surreal. I mean I was on it before too but the fact that I was on an entire episode with Blaaze made it all the more special.
Till that day, my dad hadn't really paid attention to my music or supported me in any way. But when I told him I am on television, he was ecstatic. He informed all our relatives and his friends about the same. He also arranged a party for his people so they can all watch me on TV together. He was proud of me. Finally.
The thing with Indian parents is that they all want their kids to be engineers, doctors, etc. So when you are trying to break that norm, it becomes really difficult in convincing them otherwise. Parents want their child to live their dreams, and sacrifice his own. That is the reason why so much talent goes waste and unnoticed in India. Sad but true.
You started your journey at a young age so what difficulty you faced at the earlier stage?
Well I started rapping at the age of 17 but I stepped into the music scene only as late as 2011. Around that time, Hip Hop was still not recognized in the Bangalore circuit, so me along with couple other artists kept the genre alive by constantly dropping songs or doing live shows.
I had troubles with event organizers expecting free shows or paying us a meager amount in the name of promotion. There were other individuals that gave me lame hopes and fed me pipe dreams that never came to exist. I was only a student back then with minimal pocket money, so I had to save up money to record songs in the studio.
I recall I used to spend so much on auto fares just to be able to go to perform at a hip hop night in Pebble-The Jungle Lounge that didn’t pay me any remuneration. It’s all love though because my live gigs took off thanks to those performances at Pebble with Low Rhyderz and my former crew mate Zing [Two Much].
I still have people call me to perform free at their shows or expect free collaborations, ignoring the fact that an artist has to pay his bills. I’d strongly advice all the Hip Hop artists in India to stop doing free shows; it is detrimental to the live scene. Many organizers believe that rappers do not have any monetary value and hence provide them no compensation. They do not respect the Hip Hop culture or your skills if they are offering you no money. Kindly do not perform in the place of the other rapper that refused to do the show because there was no payment. Respect the genre, respect yourself.
Rap is a new thing in India so what is the response of the people to this?
Well trends take time to penetrate India and it has always been slow in adapting to the western culture; for good or bad. Likewise, Hip Hop as a genre is taking its time to establish itself and have a foundation. But the revolution has started, and thanks to artists like Honey Singh, half of the population is familiar with the genre already. With that being said, there is more to the genre than what Honey Singh has to offer, with all due respect to him. But young India is more than ready for RAP! Labels have to see that and start signing young talents and provide them the platform that they deserve. Sony and Universal have already started doing that; I think it’s time for Tee Series to catch on. RAP is going to be the next big thing here, I know it.
What is your practice regime?
Well I have no regime or discipline as such; I do music naturally like it was a part of my every day activity. I love doing it, I enjoy the process and I can go hungry/sleepless/weary to perfect a song. I love the whole creative process of making a song from scratch; from making the music to writing down the lyrics to performing it in the studio.
I also have my moments of brilliance in between my everyday activities, where I happen to come across a clever punch line or a certain tune that I want to convert to a track. To facilitate those sparks, I have my smart phone where I store punch lines [vast amounts of it] and I have a music making app that I use to store tunes running in my head.
Any message to the budding talents and your fans?
Follow your heart, follow your happiness, be patient, be grateful, stay hungry, and NEVER stop believing. Your dreams will be realized.
And to my fans, who I like to call as B Dealers, I am nothing without y’all and I love y’all like you love me. Support me like you always have, you know your boys going places and I’m taking y’all with me!