Double A Batteries - Interview
1. Tell us your rap name and where are you from?
My rap name is DOUBLE A BATTERIES and I'm from a city called Brampton, just outside of Toronto, Canada.
2. What made you start making music?
I've been wanting to make music since I was in high school. I was introduced to rap in middle school and always wondered how people were able to just spout words so fluently on a mic. I never thought I would do it myself until me and my friends were playing around after school one time and we decided to rap battle each other. I said a line that had like a supahotfire type of response (shouts out to him). From that point, that gave me the motivation to keep practicing and get better. although, i didn't think i was ready to really start making full on songs until I was like 19.
3. Who are your influences?
My biggest influences are Biggie, Juice Wrld, Earl Sweatshirt, Xavier Wulf, and XXXTENTACION (Long live Jah). I also have alot of respect for Midnight Society
4. What is your take on the underground rap scene right now?
Rap is evolving into something much bigger. With all the new artists that took over in 2016, I feel like the wave of hip hop as we see it will change in 2020 and bring new faces to the top. I think this is a good thing because there used to be way too much of the same cliches going mainstream while artists that pour their heart and soul into their tracks go unnoticed. More specifically, I have a lot of respect for metal rap, emo rap, and cloud rap. these genres have evolved into a community instead of just a couple artists and styles which is something I like to see.
5. What are your goals for 2019 regarding music?
In the end of 2019, I have a couple collaborations I'm going to finish and release. I'm also trying to be more active on social media so i can push my music to more people. If possible, I might also get back into learning how to produce again so i can release my own artistic visions more often.
6. You have 1 person to thank who would it be?
It would absolutely have to be one of my close friends. I think he would only want me to share his Instagram account instead of his name, but he helped my choose my rapper name, and motivated me to start making music when noone else beleived in me. If my music career takes off one day, I'm taking him with me because we both struggled together. His insta is @scrubbypotato
7. What is your process for recording music ?
I often do get writers block when it comes to writing music. To snap myself out of it I take a break from socials to focus on life, and when a idea comes to me, I write it in my phone. I then later expand the idea into a full song. Sometimes I write real life things that have happened to me or I'll just have fun with something I think may be a fresh idea.
8. Any upcoming projects or singles fans should be getting ready for?
My goal is to drop music at least every three weeks. One of my producers, who names himself Yung Chef Aled is dropping a collab producer EP that I will have 2 songs on. Later on, most likely in 2020, I plan on dropping an album with about 15-18 songs and this album will be my best work to date. The release title of this album will be announced in a couple months, but expect the album to have hype, emotion, and the real me.
9. What is your favorite part about being an artist/musician/rapper?
Being able to do something I genuinely enjoy doing. I've loved music for as long as I can remember, and the fact that I can be apart of that is an insane feeling. The icing on the cake is the fact that eventually, I could make a living off of my passion, and that is what motivates me everyday to keep going, no matter how hard it gets for me.
10. What impact do you want to have on the world?
I want to be real. I want to tell people how it is and have a community of people in which we can communicate as humans. I want to help people in need and get my fan base involved beyond just dropping music. There's way too much corruption in the game and most real rappers know this. Finally, I wanna show people that music should make people feel good and motivate them through positive and negative attributes of life. Real recognizes real.
11. What are your ambitions with music is this just a hobby or is this a full blown 24/7 lifestyle your embodying?
Music used to be just a hobby and I started actually posting music for fun in 2015, but when I dropped my "Facts" freestyle in 2018, and saw the feedback I was getting from my friends, I decided to dedicate my time to learning how to be more and more consistent so I can eventually create music full time. I would make music more often, but I got a job I need in order to help my family.
12. Who is your favorite artist in the rap game right now and why?
My favorite artist right now has to be Earl Sweatshirt. His artistic vision is very rare to see in the rap game and I heavily relate to his message.
13. what does the music you create make you feel?
It makes me feel good to be able to vent out my feelings in a creative way. Some ideas I have for songs were feeling I felt years ago, but kept inside because I thought noone would understand otherwise. I try to make my sounds dreamy so that I can be put into a deep, hype kind of feeling.
14. why is music so important and dear to your heart ?
Music has helped many people vent about their feelings. It has helped people find a way out of poverty, although sometimes people do let it get to their heads, the ones that know exactly what their doing have been able to change their own lives and the people around them forever. The amount to creativity and different branches of music goes so wide, and it's unbelievable how far we have come in general in history. I think the best part of it all is the feeling you get when you hear specific sounds and it brings you back to a sound that you've heard at an earlier part of your life.
15. Taking this as a passion what works best with you for endeavors you may face (regarding to music)?
I balance my schedule so that I have time to consistently do everything, including school and work (yes, I go to college as well). Unfortunately, that gives me little time to chill with friends or play video games, but I think it's worth it if you think about the end goal. I usually work on music whenever I get the chance because I feel like it's the only flexible task I can move around really.
16. whats your best collaboration experience with another artist or producer?
Any song I have created with a producer named fair (yonvh on instagram). He hit me on a sample sharing website and we got to work on a song. That song was my first song to ever hit over 100 listens on sound cloud. I plan to make many more songs with him in the future.
17. who does all of your cover art or do you make your own?
I make all my cover art myself on my phone through this app called pics art. I think its the best app to use if you only have a cell phone to edit, and it's free!
18. who makes most of your beats or production?
I like to have a mix of producers on my track list, but majority of my songs were either produced by fair (mentioned above) or myself.
19. who is one artist you wish to work on music with and why?
The number one artist I want to work with one day is Night Lovell. He's really popular in the underground scene and also represents Canada as well. He was one of my motivations to become a rapper.
20. who is one producer you wish to work with and why?
I want to work with Ronny J one day. His bass is one of the most distorted in the game and I think that makes him one of the best producers currently around.
21 do you have any upcoming shows in the next couple months ?
I currently do not have any booked shows at the moment. I am hoping to get my first show booked by 2020. It always helps to lead me to venues that would be willing to host me though.
22 for people who havent heard of you what sets you apart from other artists?
I don't clout chase, I don't rap about stuff I haven't done or experienced, and I try to be as versatile as possible. I avoid sticking to one flow or genre and often like to mix ideas into new concepts.
23 at the end of the day what does music mean to you ?
Music is the embodiment of human connection and emotion grouped and organized into levels and sound and poetry. The purpose of music is to transport the emotions that one person may convey in this medium to another. that's the best way I can describe it.
24. Any live shows or projects you got coming up? Like I said earlier, I have no shows planned at the moment, but I plan to. and I have a collab EP and album most likely releasing in 2020, date and titles to be determined.
25. Where can the people that checked out this interview find you? I am on most social medias. feel free to hit me up, I don't bite (I just bark). Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/doubleabattry