Featured Rapper Oktayne Is Interview On Dubb Spot Records
We had the chance to discuss his upbringing, some of his music goals as a rapper and lessons learned along the way.
Check out some of the things that the rapper Oktayne had to say.
DSR: What Is The Significance Of Your Name?
My name came about when I was looking for something explosive or flammable. I came to the realization that gas is flammable. So me and my homie Kevin aka Da-1 came up with Oktayne. There is a term going around the industry defined as gas and where I am from originated. Gas means a rapper can murder or dominate a beat.
DSR: Let’s get to know a little bit more about you and how you grew up. What was it like in your hometown? What kind of kid were you?
Living in Rodeo as a kid was pretty much fun especially having the neighbors I had living there. I have tons of childhood memories there that I will never forget. I was the kid struggling to fit in until I realized it was better to make your own circle.
DSR: How old were you when you developed an interest in music?
I was about 9 years old and I picked up every cd my dad had owned and I would act like I was fading from track to track. Fast forward a bit and I joined a rap group in 7th grade and we made an actual mixtape to Dr. Dre Chronic 2001 instrumentals. I look back at what I wrote as a rapper then and what I write now, major difference.
DSR: How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard it before?
My sound is like LL Cool J being best friends with rapper Lupe Fiasco while making songs with Talib Kweli.
DSR: What are some of your musical goals?
My goals are to work hard and perform until I get a tour. My other goal is to play three big festivals next year and if not three, one of them.
DSR: Are you working on any projects at the moment?
No, I’m just focusing on getting this album out. But I have other projects like mixtapes almost done with the plan mode.
DSR: Have you learned any lessons so far and if so, what are they?
Make sure you have contracts on everything; some people have their agenda or get busy. Let’s say you put a deadline on that contract then you make someone make you a priority instead of putting you on the back burner. Some folks I worked with I can trust with no contract but others I just got to be careful, you know?
DSR: Are there a rapper or artists you wish to work with in the future?
I like to work with any artist right now but the one I want to work with most is an R&b artist from Sacramento that I seem to never connect with on the song hype. She a great artist and I have respect for her team. Her name is Amoni.
DSR: Where can we find your music? Online and offline?
www.oktayne.com or www.soundcloud.com/Oktayne
DSR: If you had to put yourself into a genre or create your own, what would it be called?
Gasoline Dreams, jk. Lady Killer Music hahah something rapper Cee Lo Green would say.
DSR: What do you think needs to be brought to music in this decade and how do you plan to add to that?
Some of the today rapper lack artistry, lyricism, flow, delivery, creativity and all they have is marketability. By continuing by mixing up my topics, I have the thing I typically rap about and then I go outside of the box.
DSR: What was the first album you ever listened to? Can you remember back that far?
The first album I ever listened to on my own was Usher’s My Way, but the first hiphop album I listened to on my own was LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE BY RAPPER COMMON.
DSR: Are you ever frustrated with the state of music where everything kind of has to have that same sound for radio?
You bet I do, too many artists have the same sound and it is annoying. For example rapper 2chainz and chief keef sound is similar.
DSR: If You Can Change One Thing About The Music Industry What Would It Be And Why?
I would make sure all the Independent Labels ran the mainstream like they did from the 1980s-1990s
DSR: We ask all the artists we interview, what’s the best piece of advice someone’s ever given to you?
Surround yourself with people that will be positive towards your journey and not be negative. The negative energy can travel to you and if you’re negativity prone then that’s bad for your future.
Thanks Oktayne for stopping by the Dubb Spot. It’s not everyday we get to talk to a rapper with true lyricism.