Interview with PRO’Verb | Edition XIX.5
• Performing Artist •
Describe your sound as if we were deaf
My sound is a 5 course meal after being malnourished for weeks on end haha. Or maybe you can say it is conscious lyrics and catchy hooks over incredible production. Better yet, Imagine what medicine and vegetables do for your body…now mix that with a glass of merlot and some Stolis peach and you STILL haven’t quite reached my sound. My music is Mona Lisa meets the Sistine Chapel meets Salvador Dalis clocks painting. Prepare to be fulfilled, inspired and entertained all at the same time.
What producers, songwriters and/or artists do you see as your primary inspirations?
My Father, Bob Marley, Regina Spektor, Timbaland, Lauryn Hill, Ryan Leslie, Just Blaze, Kanye West, Sarah Vaughn, Mos Def, Eminem, Coldplay and Stevie Wonder. All of these artists played a special role in my development as an artist.Aside from all of these artists, the world around me inspires me the most. My inspiration comes in waves…it’s up to me to know when and how to ride that wave until another one comes.
Do you have a favorite musical project that you’ve worked on?
My most recent project called “While You’re Waiting” is my current favorite. I think every new work that I put together becomes my favorite because it represents where I am at the moment and I can relate to it more. I firmly believe that I have yet to create my best music, but I’m excited to be on the path that I’m on.
What was the main factor for launching your career when you did?
I was kind of forced to do so. I was in a group in high school that was getting some label looks along with some pretty decent buzz. The group disassembled, by my drive and passion for success did not. So I had one to make a choice at that point. My choice was to win. I was also a pretty popular freestyler at my highschool…that definitely helped. I also battle rapped, that motivated me to perfect my craft, you can check out a few of my Grind Time battles online.
Who are some people you would like to work with?
Regin Spektor, Stevie Wonder and Lauryn Hill are at the top of my list. They’ve inspired me greatly over the years. I’d like to make some classics w/ those artist before it’s all said and done. These artists will go down as legendary and EXTREMELY creative. I wish to be apart of their creative process at some point in my career.
How is the internet changing your craft?
The internet makes everything more interactive and interconnected. You have to be much more active on social networks and emails in today’s day and age. The internet also (especially youtube) has made it a LOT cheaper for people to be seen and gain exposure.The biggest thing I love about the internet is how quickly word travels and music can be heard. You have to be able to evolve with the game and adapt it to your strategy. GO PRO OR GO HOME!
Do you feel like what you are doing is important?
I absolutely feel like what I’m doing is important. I feel like this is why I was born. I actually wanna change things in my generation and inspire people to be better. If that sounds hippie-esque then so be it, but I feel like I was blessed with a burden for change. I can’t stop until I reach that level of influence and see that change.
Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals or talents you have in mind?
Grammys, Oscars, writing major hits for major artists…all of those would be nice. At the end of the day I just want to be heard, respected and understood. If people say they legitimately gained something from listening to my music then I’d feel like I won…I’d feel accomplished. My true victories will be shown in what people say about me when I’m dead and gone. I just pray they have great things to say.