MHC CED, Will be making his initial radio debut on next Tuesday's show, 06/01/2021. Hard beats, smooth melody will accompany his flow with his song: "Destined". Check out our interview as we get to know, MHC CED.
1. Q: - Hey, very happy to welcome you to the Radio Show and Podcast community. Tell us a little bit more about yourself. Introduce yourself to the community.
A: - What’s going on guys? I’m MHC Ced. My real name is Cediq Stone. I’m nineteen and I’ve been making music for two years. I grew up in Atlanta, where all I really hear is hip hop and trap music. I grew up with my twin brother and he started making music before I did, actually. I was always a shy kid. Never really spoke upon my thoughts, but I always had a passion for music. I started off trying to make beats, but writing down my feelings is what did it for me. Everytime I wrote down how I felt, my words turned into lyrics. It was just a matter of time before I started recording.
2. Q: - One thing that I’m always interested in, when I sit down and chat with artists is, what their defining moment was that they knew that they wanted to be in music… What was that moment in time for you?
A: - I would say when I saw one of my closest friends start to put out music and it was just inspirational. MHC CJ is his artist name and he’s cold. I didn’t have the studio equipment to record at the time, so I recorded on my phone. I only had headphones and that was my mic. It took two years for me to finally get a mic and a laptop, but I started to get more equipment to build my home studio. I recorded songs back to back and I noticed how I had the talent. That’s when I knew I wanted to be in this.
3. Q: - Do you mix and master yourself or do you have an engineer or a producer that works with you?
A: - I had a friend of mine who guided me, Og Herm. He really taught me almost everything I needed to know about producing and engineering. He helped me in the beginning, but I learned so much to the point where I was able to do it on my own. Only you know what sound you’re looking for and that’s why I had to earn for myself. I learned how to make my own beats down the line as well.
4. Q: - What motivates you? Not just in your music but in your normal life as well.
A: - My family motivates me. And when I say family, I mean my closest friends and the people who raised me. They motivate me to be better everyday. I’m never satisfied because I want to be great. I don’t want them to worry about anything. They push me to my limits, even when I don’t feel like I can keep going. They have always been there for me.
5. Q; - I am personally on a mission to get good music heard by everyone. What is one thing that bothers you the most about trying to come up in the music world today and, do you prefer being underground or, is the mainstream something you strive for?
A: - I hate the fact that people don’t really support you the way they do others. It doesn't seem like other artists are willing to help other artists grow because they got a lil buzz. We’re supposed to be helping each other make it. I feel like making a change in the way artists help one another could change the game for sure. I prefer being mainstream. I didn’t really listen to underground artists and that’s one of the reasons I want to be mainstream. I want people to know who I am. I want people all over the world to know my music.
6. Q: - Who, musically, is one of your bigger influences?
A: - A boogie Wit Da Hoodie is my biggest influence. I gave up on music multiple times because I wasn’t getting the results I wanted. Just hearing his melodic flow and the way he uses multiple voices is amazing to me. He’s like a rockstar, honestly. It’ll be cool to have that feeling everytime I perform.
7. Q: - One question that I like to ask artists is, how did Covid affect your music in particular and the music scene in your area?
A: - Covid really allowed me to know what I truly want. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, whether it was R&B or just Hip Hop. Covid really allowed me to see how versatile I am and I just want to illustrate that in my music. I started making beats at the end of the year due to Covid and I already saw that as an advantage.
8. Q: - I, myself, personally think that there’s too much social media out there to keep up with. I understand why it’s necessary but there’s a ton of it out there. What are your feelings on social media and music today?
A: - I don’t really do social media. I feel like it’s just filled with drama and distractions. I know I’ll need it for my music to get heard, but that’s about all I use it for. I feel like in this era, social media is big for artists who have a big following. I, personally, feel like it’s not the best for those with a small following because it’s going to be hard to get your following up, but at the same time it pushes you to get your music heard.
9. Q: - Do you create music often? When can we expect another release?
A: - I have songs under my belt, but not that many, to the point where I can say I like. I have recently been consistent and I’m pushing myself to stay that way. I’m working on a project now and my newest single, Destined, was just the debut single for the album.
10. Q: - I grew up in the 90’s, I listened to everyone from Dr. Dre, to Weezer, to Pink Floyd, Metallica, Cypress Hill and back again. I truly believe that the 90’s were one of the greatest era’s for original music. Which era of music is one of your favorites?
A: - I also mess with 90s music. I listened to some 50 cent before I started making music and I listened to some Dr. Dre as well. I can't quite remember everything, but N.W.A. will never leave my mind. Tupac too! The 90s had music that’ll make you bob your head for hours.
11. Q- If you could swap yourself into a different artist, who would it be?
A: - I wouldn’t swap myself into a different artist because everyone is unique. Everybody got their own sound, you know? I’m me.
12. Q- What tips or advice would you give someone that’s just starting out in the music game?
A: - Be consistent. Never doubt yourself either. Coming into the game, you should know that every session isn’t going to go your way. Perfect your craft. The biggest tip of them all is, PATIENCE. It’s not gonna happen overnight.
13. Q: - I want to thank you for this Q&A, Is there anything you want to say to everyone out there? Shout outs?
A: - Thank you for having me. I would appreciate it if you guys follow me on my social media and follow me along this journey. I want to connect with you guys and don’t forget to keep streaming Destined. Album on the way! I would like to shout out to my boy Og Herm, MHC CJ, and my bro Kiid Law. Y'all go check them out! Peace.