Spotlight Interview: Hip Hop Artist and Producer @Lyriqs!
Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me! Please tell us a bit about yourself and what you do currently…
No, thank you for your time. Well, I was born and raised in Linden, NJ the oldest of 3 siblings. I am an artist, producer & poet.
What inspired you to start creating your own music?
I started writing songs since I was a kid. Music has always been a passion of mine especially hip hop.
I remember always being around music constantly digging in my fathers record collection, which inspired me to start DJing.
From there it led me into teaching myself to become a producer & music engineer. Having the desire to always want to create pushed me to want to create my own sound that had a message that would inspired others.
What has been your biggest achievement so far?
For me it’s been being able to release 5 studio albums on my own without any help from a label.
Doing everything on my own from the production, mixing & mastering to the marketing aspect.
Being told that making music was a waste of time and being doubted and proving those doubters wrong was my greatest accomplishment.
It was a personal achievement knowing that something I created is out there to inspire someone, or help someone through rough times, to being able to use this art that I love to keep food on the table means a lot to me.
What do you have planned for this year?
This year is a big year for me. My new album will be released on March 30th.
I also have my online store coming soon that will sell clothing related my music.
I’m also working two other projects for artist on my self owned label, Spoken Music Entertainment. So stay on the look out for Jermey Raphael whose an up and coming R&B singer and hip hop artist Black Los.
Who are the top 3 artists you’d love to work with? And why?
Without a doubt Q-tip from a Tribe Called Quest. They have been my biggest influence In hip hop.
Second would be Quest Love from the Roots, I would love to just sit and talk music with him.
Third Erykah Badu. I would love work on a song with someone as soulful and talented as she is.
Take a moment to close your eyes. Where do ideally you see yourself in 5 year’s time?
Enjoying life the best I can and growing as an artist.
If you could get the perfect help from an online tax return service, what would they do for you?
Help me to make sure I’m not missing any deductions & my taxes are correct.
Can you give our readers 2 key tips for staying creative?
Live life & observe everything around you. In order to be creative you have to experience things to draw inspiration from.
If you were stuck on a desert island and could only bring 3 things what would they be?
Laptop, a mic, and a notebook.
How do you describe yourself in 5 words?
Introverted, loyal, humble, creative, optimistic
Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me! Where can we find and follow you online?
You can find me lyriqs.net