WBM/AUTR: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
I grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I actually started writing music in the 10th grade, but didn’t decide to pursue music as a career until I felt like I was good enough to perform live.
WBM/AUTR: What was your inspiration behind your name?
I find inspiration from those around me. I feel like music should be used as a tool to connect people of all walks of life and that’s what I try to do with my music.
WBM/AUTR: What do you think about online music sharing? Do you ever give your music away for free? Why?
I really like file sharing and what the internet in general has done for the music industry. Artists have more opportunities now than ever before thanks to file sharing. Sometimes I still give away music just to gauge how my audience feels about different styles I might try out.
WBM/AUTR: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
Yes most definitely. I find that a lot of artists don’t spend a lot of timing researching companies and radio stations online. The music industry has changed drastically and because of this a lot of the power is now in the hands of the artist. I would suggest trying to find internet based radio stations and magazines to submit your music to so that you can gain the exposure of potential fans all over the world.
WBM/AUTR: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
Not so much now as I did in the beginning. I try and rehearse as much as possible to try and prevent any mistakes. The last time I did make a mistake though I pretty much continue the show as normal.(Laughs)
WBM/AUTR: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
Right now I’m gearing up for the relaunch of the album “Bankster”. After the release I’m sure we’ll begin touring.
WBM/AUTR:: Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What is your usual songwriting process?
Inspiration can pretty much strike at any moment. If I’m out and about I’ll usually just start writing lyrics in my phone or whatever I can find that’s close.
WBM/AUTR: Do you have a band website? What online platforms do you use to share your music?
Right now, we’re in the process of updating our main website which is beabsoloot.com. We have our music everywhere from reverbnation/Absoloot to soundcloud.com/Absoloot. We’re also on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and pretty much anywhere you can purchase music online.
WBM/AUTR: What are some really embarrassing songs that we might find on your mp3 player?
Honestly nothing that I can think of. I avoid bad music like the plague. (Laughs)
WBM/AUTR: If you were given half a million dollars and a year off, what would you do? How would you spend it?
I would definitely spend the money on creating more music and promotion. I’ve been doing music so long it would be hard to do anything else at this point.
WBM/AUTR: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
I do a few things at home, but I do all of my main recording out of AAMG Studios. It’s one of the studios that make it really easy to relax and just be productive.
WBM/AUTR: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
Social media has been the most beneficial for me thus far. It’s an easy way for fans to stay in contact with me and it’s a great way for me to contact radio stations and licensing opportunities.
WBM/AUTR: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
I would have to say Stevie Wonder and it really wouldn’t matter where we perform. I’m sure I would be in shock and awe the whole time. (Laughs)
WBM/AUTR: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
We have a lot of big things planned for this year. I just signed deal with Moon Landing Media so they will be handling all of the visual production going forward. We’re putting together the re-release of the album “Banksters” and will be teaming up with Ride To Awareness (ridetoawareness.com) to bring some much needed attention to mental illness. I’ll also be managing one of the hottest artists in gospel hip-hop, Josiah.
WBM/AUTR: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
I have no idea. I can’t really picture myself doing anything else.
WBM/AUTR: Do you remember buying your first album? Who was it? What was going through your head?
Yes, I do. The first cd I ever bought was “Lords of the underground”. I remember thinking I can’t wait to learn the words to the song “Chief Rocka”. (Laughs)
WBM/AUTR: How do you juggle the rest of your responsibilities while trying to stay ahead in your music life?
I actually work on the music with my family and this is something I do full time so things aren’t too difficult for me.
WBM/AUTR: What should fans look forward to in 2015?
I’ll be releasing a lot more music this year. Not only will we be re-releasing the album “Banksters”, but we also have a new album coming out towards the end of the year.