Indie Artist “General” Drops By The Dubb Spot Today.
He’s an artist with a unique style created from his extensive love for music.
Let’s see what the artist General is laying down for us today.
DSR: Welcome General! Let the people know where you are from.
General: I was born in the Midwest, Chicago. I moved from there when I was 5 and moved to my desert home Las Cruces NM. Small town.
DSR: What is the significance of your artist name?
General: My name I got from always stepping up and taking the lead position I never step back. General is a name used in the military and it is given to leaders of the army. Commander of the Army is a 5 star General. I’m the Commander of the Rebels and MBG so that’s why my name is General. I’m not the only General but I am the only General of the MBG Rebels.
DSR: How old were you when you developed an interest in music?
General: I started to enjoy music and dream at the age of 7 this was because I heard my first Rap song which was introduced to me by my big brother. The song was by Nas “Nas is like” shortly after that I began trying to develop rhymes but I was young so of course they were lame but I got better. The metal and rock influence came from around the same time I heard a song by the legendary Metallica “One” it was like being born again my love for metal stretches longer than my love for hip hop. So I started to develop a natural style to be both like a hybrid musician.
DSR: Have you learned any lessons so far as an artist and if so, what are they?
General: I’ve learned too many lessons to tell in one interview. One lesson that keeps me going that I learned early was no matter what keep learning and searching for the right ways in the industry and don’t just think that everything is given. In my early days before I was anything I thought I could give one song to a label and I’d be the next Kanye. I learned fast that this is not how things work and in learning that I learned the key lesson that put me where I am today and that is “No one will invest in you, until you invest in yourself” to anyone starting out that may read this interview you’re going to have to learn this for yourself.
DSR: After reading your bio, it seems as if you stayed on a constant grind and was determined to get your music in front of everyone you could. Can you speak on how you managed to handle all of that?
General: Well once you realize that this is the road you want to take work never stops and yeah being an a musician is hard work and at times degrading. I say that because some of the professionals I’ve dealt with have talked down to me and made me feel low and stupid for even trying. How I handled all of that was by finding solid people to call partners people to keep me up when I’m down I may be General but I’m still human and this industry can kill you. Also I find my escape by delivering my story and message through my music and keeping that vibe that positive vibe and knowing in my heart that no one can touch the Rebels. It’s all about never backing down and never giving up because I’m just as good as the next guy if not better and I am not afraid to get out there and lay it all on the line.
DSR: Sometimes it can be hard trying to attract the type of attention you’d want to from your artist fan base. How did it feel to be putting out a lot of money and not seeing any of it come back in from your failed promoting attempts as an artist?
General: It was hard in the beginning before I realized that key I spoke of early. No one will invest in you unless you invest in yourself. It killed me to bust my ass every day and not even have one token of approval from anyone or anything. In the beginning people really close to me doubted me and hated me for my life choice. I lost them along the way so yeah it was hard in the beginning. As for the fans I stopped putting so much energy into getting attention and more into my craft developed myself to the best of my ability and budget and here I stand.
DSR: And with perseverance you managed to come through it all! Where can the people find you performing these days?
General: You can find the Rebels performing right now from the southwest to the wild-west to the west coast. The Rebels have two shows coming up in April out in Arizona stay tuned in to the official Facebook and Website for further details.
DSR: How would you describe your sound as an artist to someone who has never heard it before?
General: New!!! Rebel!!! hah nah it’s not what your use to hearing from the message all the way down to the voice all I can say is witness it for yourself. The way it has been described to me from others is inspirational and that’s a great start. The best way to describe it is Punk Rap we mix so many different types of influences into it. It’s raw and real.
DSR: Who is in charge of writing the songs?
General: I’m in charge of writing my songs I’ve always written my own songs and recorded them too. Most of the time the most complex sounding songs I’ll make were made in 5 to 10 minutes music is truly in my veins in my blood in my soul.
DSR: Where or which artist do you draw your inspiration from?
General: Sounds crazy but I draw most of my inspiration from positive rock bands. Like one of my favorite bands that saved my life at a time when I felt I had nothing left to give the world is Black Veil Brides I love this band and their message is so powerful it helps me to remember why I want to make songs that help people get through their days. Like my song “Reborn” was written on one of my darkest days and in writing it, it didn’t only help me get back up but also the people who hear it. Reborn can be downloaded directly from my website.
DSR: If you had to put yourself into a genre or create your own, what would it be called?
DSR: Are you working on any projects at the moment?
General: Yes I’ve completed my freshman mix tape titled Rebel and put out a 3 track EP also titled Rebel and is set to be distributed shortly. Currently I am working on my new project O.A.R. X A.A.R. Once A Rebel X Always A Rebel. It’s gonna be my second mix tape and it has an even more different sound I’ll be straying away from the early sound to give the audience a different taste.
DSR: Where can we find your music? Online and offline?
General: Online you can find my music on my official artist Facebook page and of course if you want to stay in touch with everything you can go to my official website http://therebelgeneral.com Offline you can pick up the 3 track EP depending on the area you live in. The Title is “Rebel” and also you can come out and support my shows where we will also have the 3 track EP.
DSR: If you can change one thing about the music industry what would it be and why?
General: I would change what they allow the public to see which, is only half of it. If these kids really knew what some of their favorite artist were like it would change the way they look at them.
DSR: What other talents do you possess other than an artist?
General: I’m a business man I co run a magazine in LA called PUSH magazine and I’m also an athlete I was a track star I could have went to a D1 program for track. I also played football. I have a lot of talents I’m a nerd I can hack too so watch your back haha.
DSR: We ask each artist that we interview, what’s the best piece of advice someone’s ever given to you?
General: The best piece of advice I’ve gotten was develop yourself choose your own path be yourself and never let anyone change who you truly are. Find a lane and run with it to the top.
Appreciate you General. It’s always a pleasure to talk to an upcoming artist on the Dubb Spot!