I take a bit of a deeper dive into the man behind the music. Depth in lyrics and sound, when asked what his motivation is, he answered with just one word... Family.
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) - Thank you for having me, my name is Super5Stoned and i am out of College station, texas. I have been doing music since 14, but started to take it the professional direction almost 4 years ago. I started this off a app on my phone (bandlab) for a studio, upgraded to a in home studio, and taught myself everything recording and mix wise. When people ask are you a rapper or what kind of music i do, i tell them, Im a musician. I make music that incorporates rap, rock, blues, soul and edm all in one track, that will touch your soul. i make music for you to feel not just hear.
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) - My defining moment was 4 years ago, when anytime i would freestyle for anyone, they would ask me, why are you not pursuing music. Some was self doubt and being worried what people would think of my music. The other half, was i didn't know what step to take first. i was not happy working the job i had, and 4 years ago, i decided, no matter what, i will make it in the music industry. My mindset was and still is, i came into this with nothing, so i have nothing to lose, but everything to gain, failure isn't an option.
3. Q: - Do you mix and master yourself or do you have an engineer or a producer that works with you?
A) - Before i met Vyblektro off of slaps, i mixed my own music. I had not in almost 4 years, found one engineer who could give my vocals the sound i wanted and also transform a track into a complete song. Then i came across on slaps.com - his instrumental for whispers, and i commented, i would love to get this beat, i promise i will kill it. Now there were a couple hundred comments and i wasn't expecting to hear back from him, but he sent the beat that day, and i told him, give me 2 hours, i will send you back something epic. In less than two hours time, i sent him back our first single whispers, and after he sent back his half of it, i was blown away/ Without him, the sound would not be what it is, and its definitely a team effort.
4. Q: - What motivates you? Not just in your music but in your normal life as well.
A) - One word. Family. I have 2 daughters, 5 and 1 and another one due in 2 months and an amazing wife who has supported me since the beginning. I want to give them the best things life can offer and with my music, i will be able to do that.
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) - Industry plants is a huge problem and trying to get any mainstream radio exposure, usually costs 250,000 to break a single, thats where the labels and big machine come in play. Also the biggest problem is artists owning there masters. Its essential you own your music.
6. Q: - Who, musically, is one of your bigger influences?
A) - Vocal wise, robert plant from led zeppelin and jim morrison from the doors. There vocals will never be replicated and when they sang, you felt what they were singing about. Stevie Ray Vaughn as wel;l for his vocals and guitar playing. Rap would be 2-pac and eminem. The way pac was able to paint such a vivid portrait of what he went through, was like none other. Eminem, lyrically the way he created his bars and melodies and different syllable and structuring of the words, hooked me. lastly, z-ro out of houston texas. He was the first rapper i ever heard go from hard hitting bars to a beautiful, melodic vocal transfer.
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) - It affected live shows, but in all reality, was a blessing to me. I now had time to be able to learn new mixing techniques, eqing, different effects, all due to covid and me now having the time to learn. It really came down to, you have this time, teach yourself something new. Youtube literally has someone showing you how to do what you're looking for.
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 think social media is beyond over saturated. It has allowed people to be people they are not, it has destroyed communication on a human level, Instead of having conversations face to face, people just send emojis now. i do think for a brand, or artist ect, social media is needed to bring in new fans, but not overdoing it, is walking on a fine line.
9. Q: - Do you create music often? When can we expect another release?
A) - Yes, at least 5 times a week, I'm in studio. i plan to release 4 singles within next 2 months, all produced and mixed by Vyblektro. Music is my release and my therapy.
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) - My favorite era was the 70's classic rock and 90's music, Alice in chains, nirvana, the doors, zeppelin, black sabbath, influenced my vocal range immensely. houston rap in the late 90's really influenced me as well, particularly the style of rap known as freestyling. Off the top of your head, nothing written or prescripted. just you and the beat. I have now utilized that in every track i do. i write no lyrics down. My mind is my pen and pad, and artists like z-ro, lil keke, slim thug and chamillionare really influenced my music that way.
11. Q- If you could swap yourself into a different artist, who would it be?
A) - no one, because i want to be a artist that sounds like no one else, but himself. I dont envy what other people have or accomplished. I focus on how i can get to that point myself.
12. Q- What tips or advice would you give someone that’s just starting out in the music game?
A) - Stay true to yourself, keep your circle very small and learn and understand, positive criticism is designed to help you grow, not hinder you. Always keep god and family first and stay grounded.
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) - Huge shout out to my brother vyblektro, if you are wanting professional sound, he is the guy. Also huge shout out to my brother Euphoria disc golf, supplies me with clothing and is the most comfortable clothing you will wear. Lastly and most importantly, my incredible wife sara for always believing in me and being right by my side. Thank you for having me, was a honor.