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Dead$txrr - Interview

1. Tell us your rap name and where are you from?

My name is Dead$txrr and I’m from the northern Kentucky area. 

2. What made you start making music?

I’ve always had a big love for music ever since I was a youngin. No matter the genre, I could always find something that I could vibe with. I remember back when I was little, I had this Blues Clues notebook; and I would always be remixing old G-Unit and Eminem songs while walking around my front yard. I could never forget those moments. I’ve always had a dream to become an artist ever since I was a child but I never really pursued it until a little over a year ago. I was going though some rough patches in my life. Dealing with Family problems, Relationship issues & slight drug abuse. My life was spiraling out of control until one day me and my homies got together and had downloaded a cracked copy of FL studios 12 (I don’t recommend the cracked version) and made one track. Then from there we wanted to work more and more on our craft. Progressively getting more in tune with the music and picking myself out of the rut I was in. 

3. Who are your influences?

Shit, that question has ALWAYS got me. I take so many influences from so many different artists and just mash them together to create my own sound. If I had to name a couple of the big influences I would have to say: Odd Future, Wu-Tang Clan, XXXTENTACION & Eazy Mac. It kills me to stop the list there but I could dead ass go on forever. I just love music, man. 

4. What is your take on the underground rap scene right now? 

I absolutely love it! There’s so many different artists and unique sounds coming out here recently. I sometimes take hours out of my day just to dig through SoundCloud to find the most slept on artists. 

5. What are your goals for 2019 regarding music? 

My goal for 2019 is to keep progressing and to get my work to a larger audience. I would also like to network a lot more, communicating with more artists, producers, designers etc. 

6. You have 1 person to thank who would it be? 

I would want to thank my mother for not giving up on me and for being there no matter how ignorant I acted or how secluded I Kept myself.  I don’t know where I would be without my moms, yo. 

7. What is your process for recording music ? 

For recording I like to wake up at 7am sharp And as soon as my eyes open I’m sitting at my desk listening for flow and jotting lyrics. Typically I like to record the hook first, get that mixed properly and place it where it needs to be. Then after that I’ll start writing my verses.

8. Any upcoming projects or singles fans should be getting ready for? 

Yeah actually! I have one project that’s almost finished and many many singles to look out for. I try to release a song every Monday with occasional breaks. So there’s most definitely TONS of music to look out for in the near future! 

9. What is your favorite part about being an artist/musician/rapper? 

The people you meet, bro. The people are literally everything. You can have fire tracks with the best bars, but without networking and connecting to new people; Nobody’s gonna hear that shit. There’s so much love and constructive criticism that comes from the music industry, it really makes you feel at ease. Of course there will be the occasional hater, but nobody’s opinion matters but your own.

After all, who are you really making music for? Yourself? or some stranger talking shit through a phone screen?

10. What impact do you want to have on the world? 

I really want to prove to the people that I’m not like these other artists. I’m versatile, I have an open mind, I’m creative, and I never step down to a challenge. I plan on revealing my sound to the world and proving that you can put your mind to anything as long as you put the work in to achieve it. 

11. What are your ambitions with music is this just a hobby or is this a full blown 24/7 lifestyle your embodying? 

Music is everything to me, bro. I have a day job of course; but this music shit is coming with me til the day I die. Any off days I have from work, I wake up early and make music till it’s time to go to sleep. Whether it’s making beats, writing lyrics or just recording some verses. I’m ALWAYS working on something music related. 

12. Who is your favorite artist in the rap game right now and why? 

I’d definitely have to say Eazy Mac, for sure. Dude is constantly killing it! I’m not sure if you’ve heard of him, but he’s an MC out of Canada. His lyricism and flows are out of the fucking world. Even the production on every single one of his tracks are god like. The smooth slightly raspy voice mixed with the trippy, drug fueled antics and metaphors; make me go fucking berserk. If you haven’t heard of Eazy, you definitely will soon!! 

13. what does the music you create make you feel?

My music makes my emotions bounce all over the place. I have tracks that make you want to punch a hole in the wall, tracks that make you sad, happy, even some that make you feel sedated. Overall I would say I’m really happy with the style and sound I’m creating for myself. It fits me really well. 

14. why is music so important and dear to your heart ?

It’s the only thing that really keeps me going. Day by day I’m thinking of new beat ideas, new lines, hooks. Even when I’m not thinking of music to make, I’m promoting myself and making content for my social media’s. Music is on my mind 24/7 and I don’t plan on changing that. 

15. Taking this as a passion what works best with you for endeavors you may face (regarding to music)? 

You just gotta keep pushing. Even when things get slow or ideas are getting cut short. Just know there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel and you can over come that. If your stuck in something, take some time off, take a breather. Then, When you come back to it, you’ll have a fresh mindset to approach that endeavor in new way. 

16. whats your best collaboration experience with another artist or producer?

Artist wise I would say Jeremy Lost has given me the best collaboration experiences. His talent is remarkable. Every track we’ve done together has done killer with the fans. Now, producer wise, I would have to go with my homie Kyle (prod. kyle). His production is complete fucking insanity!! If this man doesn’t get noticed for something I’ll honestly off my self. He does sound design and shit so he makes all his work from absolute scratch. Anyways, he just knows me and my sound better than I do myself. No matter what vibe I’m trying to get across with a certain track, he knows exactly what I want and usually much more. The man is a pure musical genius! 

17. who does all of your cover art or do you make your own?

I mainly make all my own. Sometimes I’ll reach out to the homies or another outside source to make them. 

18. who makes most of your beats or production? 

I typically make all my own beats but I work with my dude Kyle a lot as well. Once you get the two of us together it’s game over. 

19. who is one artist you wish to work on music with and why?

Eazy Mac!!! Ever since I stumbled across his YouTube channel in 2017 I have wanted to work on a track with him. I take big inspiration from his style, it would be a dream come true to work with him. 

20. who is one producer you wish to work with and why?

I’d probably say RONNYJ. He’s worked with some of my favorite artists and his overall production is great. If you want a hard distorted no melody beat, he’s got it. Soft melodic shit, that’s him. Maybe just some normal trap shit, HE CAN DO IT! Ronny J is a god tier producer. 

21 do you have any upcoming shows in the next couple months ?

Not any that I have booked at the moment, no. I’m working on getting some shows lined up but I don’t have too much information on it right now. I want to have at least one performance before the end of the year. 

22 for people who havent heard of you what sets you apart from other artists?

The diversity. I don’t sound like any other artist, for sure. My style bounces around consistently. Going from boom bap to dark trap, or from melodic to a heavy rock inspired track. I’m always changing. 

23 at the end of the day what does music mean to you ?

Life or death. If I don’t make it in music, I don’t know what I’ll do. I have nothing set up for myself other than this. So I’m going to give my all until the day I die. At the end of the day, music is the future. 

24. Any live shows or projects you got coming up? 

No shows planned at the moment, sadly. I’ve definitely got some projects on the way though!! Be on the look out for those!

25. Where can the people that checked out this interview find you? 

All of my music and social media links can be found here:

I’m on all platforms but SoundCloud will always have a couple extra tracks. 

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