Interview with Flowjo Stevo | Edition XIX.4
• Performing Artist •
Brand Name: Flowjo Stevo
Name: Steven Pacheco
Hometown: Highbridge, The Bronx, NY
Location: San Diego, CA
Describe your art as if we were blind:
My music is fun. My music is pain. My music is entertainment. My music is enlightening. My music is ignorance. My music is charismatic. My music is empowering. My music is seductive. My music is life. My music is clearly too much for words. haha
How is the internet changing your craft?
The internet changes my music for the better. It allows me to discover all sorts of inspiration & innovation, while at the same time making sure I deliver top notch music! There’s a lot of over-saturation in music these days, mainly because of the internet. So, in order to be heard you have to really bring that phunk!
Do you feel like what you are doing is important?
I know what I’m doing is important. I’ve had friends who I’ve looked up to most of my life tell me that I inspire them, & that they admire me. I have had strangers tell me that my music has gotten them through major situations. More importantly, my music has restored hope within my family. My mother is happy. My little sisters are happy. My aunts, uncles & cousins are all rooting for me. Shoot, even my nana [grandmother] (as pessimistic as she can be) believes I can remove the family from poverty. & just making music alone makes me happy, so all of that is a plus! It’s a beautiful thing.
When you started out did you think it would be a serious business?
Not at all! haha I started rapping around 11 years old. My big brother, who is 6 years older than me, got in to rapping & every kid with a big brother usually looks up to their older brother. I was no different. So, with the resources at my disposal, I began writing my own raps & recording. I was so scared of exposing it to the world back then. Mainly, cause I was rapping a bunch of fictional stuff. haha
Who are some people you want to be interacting with this year?
My favorite rapper of all time is Kanye West, so he goes on this list by default. The biggest inspiration of mines for the past couple of years has been Wiz Khalifa. I dream of going on tour with him one day. You can add him as well. I’d also like to meet the legendary Skateboard-P (Pharrell). Chris Brown is my dude, despite his incident. We all make mistakes. Add Breezy to the list. For the last two, cause I don’t want to make this too lengthy, A$AP & The Weeknd. Mega shout outs to the whole A$AP Mob for putting NY back on the map. The Weeknd has been another major inspiration to me as of late.
They say great art is stolen, what have you stolen/learned from another artist lately?
Well first off, thanks for considering my art great. haha I can honestly say I’m probably one of the biggest thieves in music. I take bits in pieces from damn near every artist in just about every genre. There’s too much inspiration out here! But the most prevalent of the lot has to be the way I write my hooks. I model my formula behind Young Jeezy & Rick Ross very often. I just like that their hooks are consistently catchy & people always want to chant them out loud. That’s trill.
Must art have a relationship to the rest of the world?
Art is life. Life is art. I know that vague, but at the same time it isn’t. The people who are supposed to get that will & vice versa.
Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals you have in mind?
I got a ton, but to keep it short, headline at Madison Square Garden, perform at the VMAs, perform at the Grammys, & lastly, go diamond on atleast one of my records. You gotta shoot high. haha
Social Media Links?
My biggest social media tool is my twitter. The people can find me by typing in @FlowjoStevo on their. My facebook page link is www.Facebook.com/FlowjoStevoTheWeirdo. You can catch my visuals on www.Youtube.com/FlowjoStevo. & I also have a Tumblr, which happens to be my website, where I post not only my material, but anything else that interests me. That link is merely www.FlowjoStevo.com.