WDSR Radio – Flawless Interview provides a great insight on an artist that not only appreciates his craft but lives by it daily.
What’s up Flawless? So you’re a native of Rhode Island huh?
Hey what’s up! Yes I am originally from Providence, Rhode Island. Smallest state in the country with some of the biggest talent. Very proud of my home.
After reading about you, it says you started doing this at the age of 16. Going on the road on the tour bus with your stepfather inspired all of that?
I began writing poetry at a younger age, but started doing hip hop when I was 16. My step father at the time was a tour bus driver and would take me out on the road with him during school break. I was exposed to many aspects of the business and was able to study many artists in the music industry. He drove for Destiny’s Child, Nelly, Cash Money, Wu Tang, and many more artists. It was an amazing experience and inspired me to want to pursue a music career to the fullest.
What kind of obstacles did you experience by getting involved at such a young age?
Well due to some family issues, I was on my own for a period of time. My mother was going through a lot while in the middle of a divorce. Things kind of fell apart and I had no choice but to grow up from that moment on. I was in the streets making a lot of bad decisions, I had a baby on the way, and technically no where to live. After bouncing around for a while, I began to put my emotions and pain on paper. I had no idea what I was creating. I just knew I had to get it off my chest. Hip Hop found me again. It motivated me to get my life together and get back on that tour bus only this time as the artist.
Now that you’ve been doing this for quite some time, have you learned any lessons and if so, what are they?
I’ve learned to never forget this is a business first. I put a lot of trust in people early in my career and found out the hard way. I have to protect the brand that I have built with everything I have and always remember that it’s never personal. Just business.
Do you find it easier writing to original beats and working with a producer or using industry beats from major producers (like for mixtapes and such)?
I prefer original beats. Even my mixtapes rarely have any industry beats. I like to create from scratch and be as original as possible. I can rap all day on an industry beat, but I’d much rather create an original masterpiece such as “Doctor” that is going to solidify me as an artist.
Sometimes it can be hard trying to attract the type of attention you’d want to from your fan base. What type of feedback are you getting from fans within your area and around the globe?
The support has been amazing! Not only locally but globally. We are reaching fans from all over the world and it’s a great feeling. The main reason I think they are gravitating to me is the authenticity. The realness we bring with everything we do, everything we say, and everything we represent. It’s genuine, gimmick-less, REAL.
Moving from Rhode Island to ATL, what was the difference in the indie scene that you noticed?
There definitely was a difference in style. With Atlanta obviously being a bigger market for music, the opportunities were more accessible. We were able to capitalize off of those opportunities and create a market for ourselves.
About the birthday bash, how did you get involved with something so huge?
Well the local station, Hot 107.9, and Wendy’s partnered up for the Birthday Bash 15 Competition. The grand prize was the opening slot for a sold out concert in Philips Arena with Ludacris, Rick Ross, and many other major artists. The contest was held in 5 locations where artists had to purchase a meal and write their name on the back of the receipt to be placed in a jar. The chances were slim to none! God was on our side and our name was called. We auditioned, made the cut, won the online voting, and killed the show!
Okay all indies like this question. You have the opportunity to create a concert with you and 3 majors artists, what three do you pick?
I don’t like this question just for the record haha. Jokes! Ok 3 major artists. With holograms being out I guess I can choose some of the greats that have passed? Well I would say 2Pac, J.Cole, and the last slot would be given to Eminem! What a show!
If you had to put yourself into a genre or create your own, what would it be called?
I would create a Genre called “Mood Music”. Inspired by a great artist named Joe Budden. For me that name represents my music. Whatever mood you’re in, we got something for you!
With all of your accomplishments, has any majors stepped to you about signing with them? And if so would you?
There has definitely been some conversations along the way. The way I see it, it’s like love. When you know, you know. The right situation comes along, we will consider it.
If someone wanted to get their hands on your music, where can they find it online and offline?
My music is available on almost all digital outlets. Itunes, Spotify, Google Play, Tidal, Xbox Music, Pandora, Amazon Music, and more! You can also find everything Flawless on FlawlessRi.Com.
This is a crazy Hip Hop game. What change would you make if you could change one thing about the music industry?
I would make it about the art again. It is very difficult for talented artists to get major exposure in today’s industry. I feel like the standards of lyricism have been lowered. I would make it about the music again. The talent.
So with opening up with Rick Ross, Ludacris and Tech N9ne, what’s next for Flawless on a performance level?
Just taking the stage show to another level. We take pride in our live show. I feel like it’s second to none. Listening to my music is one thing, experiencing it is a totally different monster!
We ask all the artists we interview, what’s the best piece of advice someone’s ever given to you?
I can’t really give away too many secrets but what I can say is that you never know how close you are. Never giving up is the smartest thing you can do. Work as hard as you can at all times because you never know how close you really are. Things can happen overnight, life can change instantly, the question is will you be ready?
Thanks Flawless! It’s always a pleasure to have the opportunity to interview artists such as this WDSR Radio – Flawless interview!