WDSR Radio – Stryker & MFT Interview
WDSR: Welcome Stryker & MFT! You’ve been doing music for a while now. How did this collab/group effort come about?
Stryker & MFT: We Started taking the music industry serious in 2008 When we started our Hip Hop group Stryker & MFT. We came together as a group because of our love for music and decided it was time to move forward with our dream or leave it behind.
WDSR: Can each of you speak on remembering music from back in the day that formed your love of music and inspired you to pursue it?
Stryker & MFT: We grew up on music groups like Too Short, Ice Cube, 2 Pac and Notorious Big. The passion for music and lifestyle we lived helped inspire us to make the music we make as it is all real life.
WDSR: Let’s get to know a little more about Stryker & MFT and how you grew up in the music industry.
Stryker & MFT: Stryker grew up in west Denver and MFT grew up in the Northside of Denver. Both sides of town were hard growing up in , you had to be street smart to get by. With our real life experiences we put together music that people could feel and got a lot of good feedback. We had connections to many booking agents that could get a hold of pretty much any major artist in the industry and decided to take our music to the next level by acquiring features for our albums and conducting events with these major artists. We also had family in the music business who worked with many major artist before which led us to the connections we do have today.
WDSR: So let’s talk about your music. If you had to put a description to the type of music that you all make, how would you describe the sound to someone who has never heard it before?
Stryker & MFT: Our First album “Love it or Leave it” was more raw, we went gangster style on that album with a Texas sound mixed in with Colorado. For our Second album “Money Come & Go” we made it a little bit more about blues and soft Hip hop to showcase a little bit more style and versatility. On our third album labeled “I would rather eat crumbs with bums than eat steaks with snakes” is more new age rap. We made it more trap music and club vibe so more of the newer listeners could relate. We move with the times and since this is the music industry it is constantly changing which you have to also do. A lot of people are stuck in their old ways so they become history.
WDSR: Tell us more about what you have done to change the industry in your state?
Stryker & MFT: We have toured all across Colorado in different cities from Fort Collins to Colorado springs to Grand Junction and are known for traveling out of state time from time to perform for local and major events in which we get paid for. We have performed alongside many major artist’s such as E40, Paul Wall, Slim Thug, LiL Scrappy, Youngbuck,2 Pac’s Outlawz,Pitbull, 2 Chainz, Yukmouth of the Luniz, Project Pat, All of the Original Three 6 Mafia, Do or Die , Twista, LiL Bibby,LiL Flip, Oj Da Juiceman of Bricksquad, R&B Singer Johny P, Project Pat, Lucky Luciano & Filero of Dopehouse Records, & many more from earlier events and to come about in the future. We also have had much great success with our music by gaining almost 900,000 Tracked soundscan sales online which as gotten us much recognition nationwide and it continues to grow monthly.
We are also one of the first Hip hop groups in Colorado to have features with Platinum rap artist LiL flip,Gold Selling Hip Hop artist’s Do or Die with Johny P, and up comer Lucky Luciano from Texas on our second album called “Money Come & Go” We are also the first Hip hop group in Colorado to open up for all of Academy award winning Three six mafia and are the first ones in Colorado to have recorded tracks with members of the group. New Album coming soon called say Good night to the bad guy featuring Koopsta Knicca & Lord Infamous of Three 6 Mafia.For more proof you can look up them shouting us out in videos on our record label youtube page called 50/50innertainment.
Another thing We Stryker & MFT did to change the Colorado music industry is at one time we topped the Myspace music charts and were trending in 2012 next to major artists like Kanye West,Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Eminem, Drake and more off the distribution and promotion of our second album “Money Come & Go” and gained over 850,000 Tracked sales for our music through soundscan and much recognition in the music industry nationwide and in Colorado.
This resulted in us getting contacted by a major scout of Def Jam for a competition they were doing for A&R Lenny Santiago. We Stryker & MFT performed in front of him and won putting our name and music on another plateu for the state of Colorado and our music was approved good enough for the Def Jam label and had a chance to win a Major Record Deal. We were in negotiations to sign contracts that eventually fell through because the offer was not negotiable and high enough for the needs of Stryker & MFT, since their music was already making money independently online.
WDSR: What are your requests when you’re being booked for an event?
Stryker & MFT: We first before anything make sure contracts are signed and we are booked with the right people. We send out our contracts and flyers to make sure everything is agreed on and price we are to get paid between us and the promoter or venue owner. This includes a professional rider which we ask for specifics for the show and our appearance. When we arrive for the event we like to do a microphone and sound check to ensure we have the best sound for the event. While we’re at the venue, before the event , we like to practice backstage or in the green room to ensure our performance is on point for our fans.
WDSR: Your music creation, walk us through what it takes for you to prepare for a release of a new single or album.
Stryker & MFT: I first have to feel the beat and make sure it creates some kind of emotion in my body and vibe to it. If I can’t feel the beat you usually get a half ass verse to it, but if I can feel the beat I can create songs that are classics. I look to make more music that you can listen to over and over instead of just songs that get played out right away. We like to layout our verses and audios in an inhouse studio than send our audios to one of Colorado’s top recording studios called Decibel Gardens or Side 3 Studio which have engineered tracks for many major artists like Yelawolf, Justin Bieber, Eminem, Flo Rida and more.
WDSR: Having been in this game for a minute, what lessons have you learned so far?
Stryker & MFT: Get what you’re worth and earn it. Many music artists expect to get paid and everything to fall into their lap when it’s the total opposite. This music industry is commission based therefor the work you do takes time, promotion and hustle to make it happen. You must sell tickets to make money, you must invest into studio time to make music, you also must be dedicated to what you do on a daily not just when you want to because that’s half assing your own dreams and hustle. Watch out for snake promoters and club owners that also approach you in a business suit, just because someone seems like they are something doesn’t mean they are.
WDSR: What new projects can we expect from Stryker & MFT in the near future?
Stryker & MFT: New Album coming soon Featuring Lord Infamous & Koopsta Knicca of Academy Award winning group Three 6 Mafia and more. The Title of the Mixtape will be called “Say goodnight to the bad guy” . We are currently going on tour soon the the UK and across the country when booking opportunities come available as we are now on many major booking agents rosters for 2016.
WDSR: For everyone that doesn’t know, let them know where they can we find your music online?
Stryker & MFT: Stryker & MFT on Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/money-come-go-pt.-2-ep/id609404726
Stryker & MFT on Iheart Radio: http://www.iheart.com/artist/stryker-mft-736078/
Stryker & MFT on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_srch_drd_B003XDLQOA?ie=UTF8&field-keywords=Stryker+%26+M.F.T&index=digital-music&search-type=ss
Stryker & MFT on Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/album/2K1Zu0RnR3HMpKd5AAgid5?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open
Stryker & MFT on Napster.com: http://gb.napster.com/artist/stryker/album/money-come-and-go
Stryker & MFT on Reverbnation.com: http://www.reverbnation.com/strykerandmft
WDSR: What are the links to your music that has your features from major artist’s so people can check them out as proof??
Here is my link to my song called “Money Make the world go Round” featuring Do or Die where they even shout us out in the song https://www.amazon.com/Money-World-Round-Feat-Explicit/dp/B003XE6KJ0/ref=sr_1_9?s=dmusic
Here is the link to my song called “Gettin Props” with platinum selling rap artist LiL Flip https://www.amazon.com/Gettin-Props-Feat-Stryker-Explicit/dp/B003XE6KG8/ref=sr_1_4?s=dmusic
Here is the link to my song called “Ridin Fly” with Gold selling artist Johny P of Group Do or Die https://www.amazon.com/Ridin-Fly/dp/B00BMIH8PY/ref=sr_1_10?s=dmusic
For proof of our next album here is us eating Lunch with Koopsta Knicca of Three 6 Mafia after we bought a feature from him when it was his first time in the state of Colorado.
WDSR: We ask everyone that we interview, what’s the best piece of advice that someone has ever given to you about this music game?
Stryker & MFT: Never give up
WDSR: Is there anything else that Stryker & MFT would like to include in closing of this interview?
Stryker & MFT: Yes our Biography
Stryker & MFT is an American Hip hop music group, that produces, and writes their own music. Stryker & MFT have mostly become popular due to their Hip Hop blues style of music production, and a strong social media following. They’re an independent Hip Hop group,Record label owner, and music producer with hundreds of thousands of fans spanning all parts of the globe. They are currently signed to 50/50innertainment Record Label, and are the current owners of the label. Stryker & MFT have recently gained massive support from the Hip Hop music community nationwide, and has become one the most popular producers of the genre.
Stryker & MFT began producing music in 2008 and performing alongside some of Colorado’s most known local Hip Hop artists at concerts resulting in them becoming very popular in 2009. Continuing their career, in 2010 They made their second album called Money Come & Go which is most well known for it’s significant role in being the first Colorado Hip Hop group to feature songs on an album with Platinum rap artist LiL Flip, gold selling Hip Hop group Do or Die , and R&B Singer Johny P. At the end of 2010 Stryker & MFT was also scouted online from a Def Jam A&R to showcase their talents in a competition in which they did. They pursued the competition and with hard work and success of their music they won and were in the top three chosen to become Def Jam Approved by EX A&R Lenny Santiago & New A&R of Roc Nation.They continued their much success by releasing their 3rd album in 2014 under the name, “I would rather eat crumbs with bums than eat steaks with snakes.” It wasn’t until after years of success that they decided upon the name Stryker & MFT and began distributing original productions ,after solidifying their skills as young rappers and distribuing their music online to over 50 major retailers likes Itunes, Amazon, Napster, Rhapsody Iheart Radio & beyond.
Stryker & MFT has also opened up & performed alongside Major artist’s such as E40, Paul Wall, Slim Thug, LiL Scrappy, Youngbuck, 2 Pac’s Outlawz,Pitbull, 2 Chainz, Yukmouth of the Luniz, Project Pat, All of the Original Three 6 Mafia, Do or Die , Twista, LiL Bibby,LiL Flip, Oj Da Juiceman of Bricksquad, R&B Singer Johny P, Project Pat, Lucky Luciano & Filero of Dopehouse Records, & many more from earlier events and to come about in the future.
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We appreciate the interview and your continued grind in the game. Keep pushing Fam!
WDSR Radio – Stryker & MFT Interview