by the partae
Where are you currently based?
Atlanta, but originally from Cincinnati.
How did you first get into music?
When I was in high school, my friends invited me to the studio.  I found that I was impatient with their creative process, so I got up and went in the booth and started freestyling. They were impressed with my rhythm, cadence, and my voice.  When I saw their reactions, it was the first time I felt gifted with entertaining. I’ve always wanted to be in entertainment but mostly as an actor.  But when I got the reaction, and it was different than when I acted, danced, or played basketball, I was hooked.
What’s been happening recently and how has your Covid experience been so far?
I just dropped new music for the first time in two years.  I’m pretty excited about it and I’ve been working super hard on that. The quarantine has been a blessing in disguise, as it made me concentrate on the music.  I wrote the 9 new singles on the mixtape, while in quarantine.
You’ve recently released three singles being ‘Like Me‘, ‘Reset‘ and ‘Side to Side‘ how has the response been from fans so far?

The response has been awesome.  Each released single has gotten a “this is the one” from a different demographic.  Like Me appeals to the trap rap fans, the dancers like Reset, and the r&b lovers love Side to Side.

This Friday the 27th you’ll be releasing a full album Mixtape ‘I’m Back’ what influenced the sound?

Honestly, the youth inspired the sound.  I tapped in with a lot of what the younger people were listening to and consuming.  At the time, I had been listening to a lot of Drake, Justin Bieber, Tory Lanez, and Dababy, and I was inspired by them.
How did you go about putting the album together?

I recorded about 45 songs and we chose the best 14. 5 of the singles on the mixtape were written 3-4 years ago and I was never able to release them prior to this project. So we took those 5 old songs and 9 new songs, and put them together on the mixtape.

Where and when did you produce/master and who did you work with?

I mixed and mastered in Cincinnati, OH with artist / producer / engineer Scott Simms.

What did you find most challenging and rewarding during the process?

The travel from home to Cincinnati to get songs mixed and mastered, and to get videos made was the most challenging.  It’s a lot to manage and I probably went back and forth over twenty times to get things completed.  The most rewarding was that I wrote every song by myself, in my living room, and I’m super proud of that.  From coming out of a depression, back to the height of where people expected me to be was a huge accomplishment. And of course the fan reaction and the love shown is amazing.

What programs/equipment did you use?

For Tik Tok, etc.  When I come across a person who thinks my music is dope, I work on coming up with ways to attract them to other areas of my likeness.

Favourite food and place to hangout?
My favorite food is Chipotle, but I love anything that is Hibachi-style.  I think it’s so cool when food is made right in front of you.  I’m old school, and love (and miss) seeing movies in the theatre.  I also love theme parks and I’m hoping to spend Christmas at Disney.

nal mixes, I used ProTools 10.  For the masters we used Mixcraft.

How did the concept for the Mixtape come about and is the end result what you were expecting when you started the project?

Because it wasn’t a conceptual project, I named it “I’m Back,” because the more I started to write and create, the more like myself I began to feel again.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

I’m not really into just one artist, per se.  I’m listening to a lot of Meg Thee Stallion, Lil Baby, Young Thug, K Camp, and my dog Rich Homie Quan has new music on the way, that I was able to hear, that I think is pretty awesome.

What do you like to do away from music?

I love to watch basketball.  I love to socialize, but with Covid I have not been able to do as much of that as I normally do.  I think my favorite thing to do is travel and experience different environments and cultures.  I love to constantly learn by watching documentaries, and researching / reading things for hours.  I love to spend my time with my dog, Panama Jack. I like to stay productive.  I’m still working on getting into acting.  I’m looking to venture out soon as a business owner.
What’s planned for the remainder of 2020 going into 2021?
My plan is to aim higher.  I’m already writing more music.  My focus is always on the art.  I’ll be concentrating more on content for YouTube.

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