• 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: - Hi I’m Raajmusic and I’m a rapper/emcee from Jamshedpur. I’ve been into hip hop for 4 years now. I was freelancing initially and I began making music back in 2017. I’m more into old skool boom bap vibe but I also love experimenting new genres.
• 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: - When I shifted to Jamshedpur a couple of years back, I was into a bad group of friends and a lot of things were happening and I was going through a lot emotionally and physically and one of my friends shared me Eminen’s and Kendrick's songs over Bluetooth. I listened to those songs and I was blown away with that music. So I started researching about Hip hop and it was then when I fell in love with Hip hop and my journey an hip hop artist began.
• Q: - Do you mix and master yourself or do you have an engineer or a producer that works with you?
A: - No I don’t mix master songs myself. I have a team and I also work with different engineers because each song requires a different approach. But I do wanna learn sound engineering sometime for sure
• Q: - What motivates you? Not just in your music but in your normal life as well.
A: - Kendrick Lamar and other artists motivate me but that’s distant motivation. My thoughts and actions on a particular situation motivate me, a part of it also comes from my self evaluation after I’ve done things. I also draw motivation from day to day struggles that one’s been through and I feel that’s what the audience connects with the most. I’ve always been surrounded by independent strong women ever since my childhood. Be it my sisters, my mother and so on. Their strong opinions and the how they find their own ways to situations is what motivates me.
• 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: - What bothers me the most is the fact that artists these days try to imitated others. I want artists to be genuine, to be themselves and narrate their own stories in their own unique sounds than just imitating other artists.
Mainstream in India is bollywood and every movie demands a different sound and the underground scenes have their own ways. It’s not about striving for underground or mainstream because I don’t know what’s in store for me in future. All I strive for is to be heard and taken seriously as an artist which I am, fortunately and being authentic and delivering good hip hop music.
• Q: - Who, musically, is one of your bigger influences?
A: - Kendrick Lamar is the one I’m influenced by.
• 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 has devastated almost all sectors including music. I don’t know about others but for me, I’ve also struggled mentally but the lockdown gave me time for self evaluation and soul searching and focusing on the areas I need to improve and the areas I’m good at.
In Jamshedpur we used to hold Jamming sessions physically but they weren’t possible due to the lockdown so we made a Discord server and held up sessions online which helped us to reach new audience. Not many people can be present at a place physically but the web has no bounds so people living far off could also join us in the comfort of their homes.
• 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: - Social media and internet has been a great blessing to all of us. I remember back in the days when we used to sell CD's we could reach only friends and friends of friends. But now with social media we have infinite possibilities to reach out to infinite people. But with great exposure comes great responsibility so if we fail to meet the audience’s benchmark or say something that’s inappropriate in anyway, there’s a lot of backlash. So we need to know our possibilities and limits. Despite all this social media is a great tool for exposure.
• Q: - Do you create music often? When can we expect another release?
A: - Yes, I create music quite often and I’d like to believe that I’m a consistent artist.
I have a lot of projects piled up and I’m waiting for the right time and correct execution. By the way, I have a mixtape coming up real soon.
• 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’m glad that you appreciate the 90's Hip Hop culture. Even I think that 90' and early 2000’s were the greatest eras because the audiences knew how to preserve great music which was delivered to them by artists like Dr.Dre , Big Pun, and others. Dr. The albums like Dre's album Chronic, Big Pun's Capital Punishment and so on are pure classics.
• Q- If you could swap yourself into a different artist, who would it be?
A: - I wouldn’t want to swap myself with anybody. I say this with much respect to every artist, because I’ve learnt a lot from different artists and I admire their unique styles. But if I’d swap myself I’d loose my originality like I said before. My sound, my lyricality and other elements can be inspired by artists but should have that unique touch which I can call mine.
• Q- What tips or advice would you give someone that’s just starting out in the music game?
A: - Firstly, I myself have just started but I’d say that be genuine, discover yourself, take the longest route, be positive and don’t give a shit about what people say and most importantly, take every criticism positively.
• 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’d just say that the nights might be terrifying but a brighter day will surely come. Support your local talent and keep listening to Hip Hop music.
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Here’s my new song Inquilab. Stream it here.