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Interview With North Carolina’s Own SWATS

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1. How would you describe your musical style?
“Due to the music I was surrounded by growing up, my sound is a combination of Hip-hop, R&B, and EDM with a Jazz undertone.”
2. What is the first album you owned?
“Though I had plenty of singles before it, the first album I bought with my own money was likely Busta Rhymes Extinction Level Event.”
3. How do you prepare before going up on stage?
“Days to weeks before, I will vibe with my setlist to make sure song order and lyrics are on point, plus think about anything crazy I want to do physically. Right before I go up I will usually zone out, find a place to have some peace and quiet, then thank the stage and venue.”
4. If we’re going to buy you a drink, what should it be?
“Bourbon/Whiskey. Matter of fact, go ahead and grab me an Angel’s Envy Finished Rye.”
5. What’s a song that has been stuck in your head these days?
“What’s Next by Drake. The beat is crazy.”
6. Who’s your favorite artist?
“Busta Rhymes is still my favorite artist. Can’t lie though, Drake is dope too.”
7. Tell us about the first song you made. Was it a success or a failure?
“The first official song I dropped was a song named “Hard Edge” which was on my band’s (GameBreax) album. It’s a Hip-hop/Rock mash-up based on my favorite fighting game character. I definitely consider this song a success because all the way in Japan, the guy who created this character bought the song, reposted it and gave me props for writing something dedicated to his creation. This is also why I wear a lot of red, white and black when performing. I can also say I’ve gone from writing this fan-made song to now officially writing music for this company which I’m very proud of.”
8. What is the story behind “SYCK”
“SYCK is one of the singles on my upcoming album, “Livewire.” This album is centered around an AI being gaining sentience and how he navigates the good and bad aspects of society. There are definitely parallels with being black in America. SYCK is dedicated to a night out on the town and is written for those who have loved and lost but not lost hope.”
9.If you could pick one or the other, what would you choose, the money or the fame?
“I’d choose money. As a tool, you can turn money into more money. You can invest it and let it work harder for you. You can let it grow and build something for your kids to live on and/or grow themselves. Stack it while you’re here, pass it on when you’re gone.”
10.If you could go back in time or in the future, which one would you choose and why?
“I’d go to the future. I love technology and I’d love to see how far we can go as a civilization. Could be an utter disaster, but I want to know. Not being able to see new inventions and ideas come to life is tough! And who knows, go far enough into the future, maybe they will unlock the secrets of time travel so I could knock out both.”
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