LyriczMuzic is a Hip-Hop artist out of Albuquerque, who is working his grind and looking for the top spot in the music game.
- How long have you been in the music business?
LyriczMuzic: I’ve been in the business for about 2 years. I offer my music for free download on all my sites because I know it’s important to fans that they get to know the artist before they spend a dime on them and that’s what I try to provide.
- Who were your first musical influences that you can remember?
LyriczMuzic: I have a lot of influences but as far as I can remember it was always Outkast and Eminem. When it comes to legends, these artists will always be in my top inspirations.
- Which artists are you currently listening to?
LyriczMuzic: Currently I’ve been listening Kendrick Lamar, Joey Badass, and Mick Jenkins. Always try to put some new school into my playlist.
- Have you suffered any ‘resistance’ from within the industry, and if so how have you handled that, and how do you handle criticism and haters in general?
LyriczMuzic: I actually haven’t had any “resistance” in the industry so far. I know resistance is possible in the future and I feel like I’m ready for it. When it comes to haters, you do you, and I’ll do me. Hate or love I’m gonna make this music to my full potential.
- What are your thoughts on visual media and Youtube? Do think that video is an appropriate marketing tool for your music, and do you have any videos published for fans to see?
LyriczMuzic: I love YouTube. Youtube is a great platform just in general. I feel like it’s a great way to get exposure for your music if you have videos. I actually have videos up on my YouTube page but they’re not actual music videos. I have ideas drawn up for the videos in the future and I plan to have some out very soon.
- Which do you ultimately prefer? Entertaining a live audience or creating songs in a studio setting?
LyriczMuzic: It’s been hard getting shows in the 505. We don’t get a lot of exposure here and you gotta really have dedication for this game if you want to make it outta here. I love recording in the studio but I’d much rather perform in front of a live audience.
- Tell us something about your lyrics and music production on your releases. Which part of these processes do you handle, and which do you outsource generally?
LyriczMuzic: I write all my songs and I feel like that’s key when it comes to being an artist. Of course there’s artists who have writers but if you wanna be a rapper, a poet, you gotta have your own material. When it comes to the beats, I actually get up on youtube and work with some of the producers on there. But I do mix and master all my songs as well.
- What is the title of your latest music release and where can fans find it?
LyriczMuzic: My latest song is called Honesty and you can find it on my all my pages like Soundcloud, Reverbnation, and FaceBook. All under LyriczMuzic.
- Which ingredient do you think makes you special and unique as a performing artist in a genre thriving with newcomers?
LyriczMuzic: I feel like I have a certain drive that others don’t. I take time with my music and the fact that I could do this for the rest of my life just to do it I believe makes me stand out from the rest. I’m all about staying true to myself and my peers and that won’t change no matter what happens with my music. This is what I want to do for the rest of my life.
- If you were forced to choose only one, which emotion, more than any other drives you to be a part of this tough business. Is it joy, anger, desire, passion or pride and why?
LyriczMuzic: I’d have to go with passion. I’m more than passionate about releasing good and meaningful music. I have a passion to make an amazing life for my kids and I’m gonna try my hardest in this tough biz to make it to the top.
- Which aspect of being an independent artist and the music making process excites you most and which aspect discourages you most?
LyriczMuzic: Some things I like about being an independent artist is that I have a say in all my decisions whether it be the hook or the verse and the beat. I control it all. Some things that discourage me bit would be making it and paying all of my friends to basically be friends. What worries me the most is fake people.
- How do you market and manage your music career? Do you have a management team or do you control everything by yourself?
LyriczMuzic: I do it all for my music. Soon as I’m finished writing the song I record it, mix and master it, make the cover photo, and post the song on all my sites, and finally market the music to the best of my ability. And I love the whole process every time.
- How do you achieve your sound? Do you work from a private recording environment or do you use a commercial sound studio?
LyriczMuzic: I actually record out my pad in the back room. I have the whole mic setup and the room almost all the way soundproof. It’s been a work in progress that’s for sure.
- The best piece of advice in this business you actually followed so far, and one you didn’t follow, but now know for sure that you should have?
LyriczMuzic: So far I haven’t actually had any professional advice in the business but I do my research on the industry and I’m open to any advice given to me.
- If you had the choice which famous and/or successful producer would you like to collaborate with?
LyriczMuzic: There are so many awesome producers in the game but I’ll always go with Dre. He’s accomplished so much as a producer and has the best ever under his belt, Eminem.
- Do you consider Internet and all the social media websites, as fundamental to independent artists and indie music in general, or do you think it only creates ‘fake of fabricated fame’?
LyriczMuzic: I believe the internet provides way more opportunity than others had in the past. The majority of artists today wouldn’t be around if it wasn’t for the internet. But there is no doubt in my mind that the internet does throw a lot of false hope around and for that reason some rappers claim their spot before they even experience what it would be like.
- If someone has never heard your music, which keywords would you personally use to describe your overall sound and style?
LyriczMuzic: When someone asks me how I describe my music I always describe it as meaningful. I put my heart and soul in my music and I try to make it known when I record the song.
- Straight off the top of your head, how would you describe the current state of Hip-hop, R&B and Rap?
LyriczMuzic: Today’s Hip-Hop and Rap is in a state of crisis. There are very few artists in today’s music that do this because they love to do it instead of for the money. It’s seems like there isn’t effort put into it anymore. No heart put into the music. One of my main goals in my career is to change that attitude.
- As you work your way through your career, which more than any other fires-up your imagination – A Grammy award, Platinum music sales or any other tangible milestone?
LyriczMuzic: A milestone I would love to achieve more than anything, would be releasing my first album. Just my 100% effort into an amazing album that everyone can listen to and relate to. That right there would be the most successful feeling you could ever feel in my book.
- What is the ONE thing you are NOT willing or prepared to do EVER, in your quest to achieve a successful musical career?
LyriczMuzic: One thing I’m not willing to do or prepared to do in my career is change the way I am and the way I treat others. I plan to always move forward and learn from my mistakes no matter what the circumstances are.