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Glxtchxn - Interview

1. Tell us your rap name and where are you from? Hi, I’m Kris, but in rapping I go by Glxtchxn. I’m a Bronx native but I currently reside in Orlando, FL. 2. What made you start making music?During my first year of college I met 2 dudes named Eddie and Zach, they both freestyle after we finished classes in Zach’s car and I was always in the backseat listening to them, sometimes for an hour just spit, and I was like, “I wanna do that!” Over the year spent in that college I learned a lot on technique, keeping a good flow, and always having some ideas in your head when freestyling. The person who got me into Rap in more of a global sense is my mentor Naxxir, a rapper in the group Ugly N’ Atlanta currently. I remember meeting him in the new college that I went to in one of my first classes, I saw him and told him I rap too cuz he was spitting I. The class during break, he hit me with one sentence, “Spit a freestyle”, I got shock in that one moment, but it’s been history ever since. 3. Who are your influences in rap? My first influence in rap was Mac Miler(RIP), he was one of the first rappers I listened to back in middle school, before transitioning to more boombap type rappers in NY like Nas, KRS One, Wu Tang, Fabulous, 50 Cent, etc. Before then, I was heavily into R&B, Soul, Gospel, and Reggae. Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Keri Hilson, Whitney Houston, Lauryn Hill, Mary J Blige, Kirk Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Ne-Yo and a few others to name some of my inspirations before rap came in. 4. What is your take on the underground rap scene right now? Man, great fucking question, I think that it’s amazing. The biggest problem within the underground scene is that nobody is willing to give it more of a chance. There are literal millions of different artists who won’t get the light of day simply because they don’t have a following and that sucks. These artists don’t deserved that type of flack for something they can’t control. And I also hate the argument that people make when they say “there’s no good music”, clearly these guys have no ears cuz I could name a few underground artists who make BETTER music then the ones who are in the highlights, but that’s a story for another day. 5. What are your goals for the new year regarding music? The biggest goal for me right now in the year 2021 is to develop a fanbase that I can leverage a lot of myself too, it can be damaging tryna impress a whole bunch of people and convince them I m a certain way when I’m not. I really just want to develop a core that can fuck with me and my music for just me being me. Also, developing a strong and sustainable catalog of music. That’s more for me, not much for labels, cuz I love the idea of being independent, but I wanna have something that people will remember for years to come. 6. You have 1 person to thank, who would it be? My mom, and it’s more than just that answer. I was raised in a single parent household in NY, my mom was the hardest worker I know, and still to this day, but she went through a lot, to some extent I had to grow up a bit quicker then normal kids. She taught me everything that I know and was really like a second father to the one that didn’t really exist in my life. 7. What is your process for recording music ? I have multiple processes. Chances are I can hear a beat and already freestyle to it, if I find myself freestyling to a beat for over 10-15 minutes, I’m making a song, that’s how Gelato came to be. But, if I really have some bars that just pop up in my head from just freestyling off the top with no beat, I work off of that. When it comes to recording I also don’t like to hear myself, I like to be fully Immersive to the music I’m listening too so I can get the vibe I’m looking for. 8. Any upcoming projects or singles fans should be getting ready for this year? Hell yes, I have a 6 song tap that’ll be dropping on April 16th called “Just Some Songs (Prod. By Nnovad), I have 2 joint EPs with an artist named Sa!nt, who’s also underground like me and a future powerhouse, I’ll speak that shit into existence, and another EP that’ll be worked on in July with a new group formed by Sa!nt, Sa Lanea, and me called “Hey Gang” 9. What have you been doing music wise while in COVID times? Mostly writing, during 2020, one of the roughest times of my life especially towards the end of it, my engineer left to Pennsylvania and I didn’t really have a place to record, so I decided to develop my own home studio and work on my music and other peoples music. It gives me a chance to work with some more talented artists, gain a lot more experience on the backend of things, and develop my sound a lot more. 10. What impact do you want to have on the world? I want an impact that can give my family a legacy in a field they’ve never been a part in. None of my family are artists, the only person I know in my family to sing was my Grandma and that was in church. My Mom was an amazing writer and though i didn’t know much about my pops, he’s great with Art, all of that culminating together helped make me more of a music head, and I want my music to change my generation into more fun and less anxiety induced trauma. I want people to remember my music as a vibe, something they use when they’re down, something that they can get a good laugh at if it’s bad, and to be able to entertain the world in more ways then just my music alone. 11. What's your best collaboration experience with another artist or producer? So far my mentor Naxxir, Sa Lanea, Sa!nt, and Dtrxll. All of these artists are incredibly consistent with their workflow, Naxxir is a damn beast of a rapper, and the same with Sa!nt, and Sa Lanea is a breath of fresh air as a singer. I also had an experience with a new rapper/producer named Dayne and he’s fire too. 12. Who does all of your cover art or do you make your own? Out of all the cover art done for my singles, only 2 have been made by other people, those 2 being Noseblxxd P2 and Gelato. But every other cover made was done by me through photoshop, and I know how to make covers for other people as well. 13. Who makes most of your beats or production? A lot of my beat credit goes to Nnovad (Nnovad on YouTube). Everytime I’m in a sms IMO or got writers block, his simple beat structure and good sample ear makes my process soo much easier to rap over. Shushu (shushu boi on YouTube) is a fire ass LoFi type beat maker. Everytime I want to fit the beat style of Smino, Amine, Saba, and/or NoName, he’s the guy I go to, and also I new producer found a week ago, named mulade(mulade on YouTube) and man, this persons beats will put you in a mood. So smooth and the beats almost sound effortless. Straight heat. 14. What can we expect next from you ? Eventually an interview with Ruff Ryders Radio Station in July, a lot more music in July, the 2 EPs I’m working on, and videos. 15. Link the fans your Twitter & Instagram @ Below so they can follow Twitter and Instagram: @Glxtchxn

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