Indie Artist Papa Yon Drops Past Dubb Spot Records
Papa Yon is an indie artist that clearly is confident in his rapping skills.
As with each indie artist we interview let’s check out what Papa Yon is up to.
DSR: How old were you when you developed an interest in music?
Papa Yon: I’ve been interested in music as long back as I can remember. I played a lot of instruments as a kid and my mom used to take me to music festivals at a young age.
DSR: So where are you from? How is it being an indie artist in your area?
Papa Yon: I’m from Albuquerque, NM. I live there the last 11 years. I grew up in New Haven, CT but haven’t been there much since my childhood.
DSR: How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard it before?
Papa Yon: My sound is my own. I can think of anyone to compare myself to. I sing and rap so you can take what you want to from it.
DSR: I’m sure with creating your own style it’s harder to make people believe in your music as an indie artist. But what influences shaped this musical style?
Papa Yon: Growing up I listened to all kinds of music. My mom would take me to bluegrass and blues festivals. I used to be heavy into Rock, Metal, Pop, pretty much every type of music at some point while I was growing up. I’ve just always lived music in general so that helped me develop a unique sound.
DSR: If you had to put yourself into a genre as an indie artist or create your own, what would it be called?
Papa Yon: My genre is MUSIC. I won’t box myself into anything I make whatever I feel.
DSR: Who is in charge of writing the songs? Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Papa Yon: I write all my music. I don’t need anyone to write for me. I don’t have a problem when it comes to creativity.
DSR: Do you feel like you have more to prove as an indie artist? And does it make you work harder at your music?
Papa Yon: I’m not worried about proving myself as an indie artist. I’m just worried about making quality music and always improving each project I put out.
DSR: What is your main goal at this point? Where do you possibly see yourself 5-10 years from now?
Papa Yon: I see myself being successful. Whether that’s from me as an artist or doing sound engineering, graphic design or video editing. I’m gonna make it doing one of them.
DSR: Tell us about the musical giants who profoundly inspired you to begin making music, such as the pioneers of the golden era.
Papa Yon: I came up listening to Nas and Jay Z, they were the ones that open my eyes to hip hop and got me excited about it.
DSR: Are there any artists you wish to work with in the future?
Papa Yon: I don’t work with very many artists. I’m not in this to shine off other people. If it’s gonna happen it will be because of my talent alone.
DSR: If you could create your dream tour, who would be a part of it?
Papa Yon: Nas, Jay Z and Drake
DSR: Have you learned any lessons so far as an indie artist and if so, what are they?
Papa Yon: I’ve learned that the music industry is just as much about and image and branding as it is about the music itself.
DSR: Are you working on any new projects at the moment?
Papa Yon: I just put out my fifth Mixtape, “Music Is My Life Vol. 1” on September 20. I’m putting out a Compilation Mixtape, “SouthWest Coastin’ Vol. 2” on January 1, 2014 and “Music Is My Life Vol. 2” in February 2014.
DSR: Where can we find your music? Online and offline?
Papa Yon: http://www.papayon.net
DSR: We ask each indie artist that we interview, what’s the best piece of advice someone’s ever given to you?
Papa Yon: If you keep doing something and you’re not getting better then you should give it up.
Thanks Papa Yon the opportunity to interview an indie artist is always a pleasure.
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