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IS - Interview


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

My artist name is IS. I have lived in Kansas for most of my life but was not born in the USA but on a naval base in the Philippines.

2. What made you start making music?

I started playing piano at the age of 5 years old and learned violin and guitar by the time I was 18. I began songwriting after learning the guitar but I didn't start distributing music until the Winter of 2019.

3. Who are your influences in rap?

The major artists that I liked in rap was Lil Tecca(Ransom), Da Baby(Rockstar), and Lil Baby(Woah). I do like a lot of rap, though.

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

I think there is a lot of talent and it really comes down to how bad someone wants it and makes it happen. There needs to be a secure love for the music where it just becomes part of who you are so you can always have that artform to help define your life.

5. As an artist who has to compete with thousands of others for streams/plays, what makes your music worth people clicking on? I believe that I am improving in my abilities and my music is becoming more marketable and enjoyable. Also, with the things I write about, I feel that there are ones that would like the music since I talk a lot about my independence as an individual and I feel the confidence can be heard in my music.

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

I definitely would thank my parents, hands down. They gave me a permanent and steady upbringing and were always there when I needed them. They stuck with me no matter what and I honestly feel like one of the luckiest people alive that they are still in my life and that we have a good relationship. There's been times that I was not allowed at their house, and even worse but they stuck with me as parents and helped me grow as an individual and they are the only reason I have what I have, today.

7. What is your process for recording music ?

I do all my writing and recording at the same time. I have a home studio so, you know, I can either begin with melody or the hook and I record each part as I play it out in my mind. I am not sure how people are able to write a song and then go into a studio because I have never done that. I write, record, mix, and master all within 1 or 2 days time per song.

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

I had a single that released December 2, 2021 called Timber and there is a bonus track called Goes the Heart on there. Actually this single precedes my album that is releasing December 24, 2021 which is called My Lavish. The two tracks from my single will be on this album.

9. What keeps you motivated and on path towards your goals for music?

I am at a point now that I do not feel like I could live without it. I work at it and I see the growth. Sometimes I get discouraged but I do know that these things take time and a lot of heart and determination. Making sure that I am improving in my songwriting skills also keeps me going because I know that my music is that much better and has a lot more potential for listeners to enjoy the music I make. This is all besides the fact that my music defines who I am and it gives me the confidence that I didn't have in the past. I don't think I could live without that.

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

I want to help people or the ones in the world find more happiness within themselves to bring more peace and contentment. I believe in living your own life and being in your own space. It's unfortunate that sometimes that needs to be fought for but where there is a will there is a way. Esspecially if you have love, can you find those things. A lot of things can be accomplished with love and passion and if you do things to help yourself and the ones you love, the potential is limitless.

11. What's your best collaboration experience with another artist or producer?

I really have never collaborated with anyone other than layering one of my prerecorded songs with a beat. I do like doing that but it is not the most professional way to collaborate and I have never released any of those songs. I would like to collaborate someday maybe if the opportunity arises.

12. Who does all of your cover art or do you make your own?

I actually have a film editor, and multiple apps that I use to make my cover art. I never just use one app but I use multiple.

13. Who makes most of your beats or production?

I do all my own production. I do all the parts of my music like vocals, guitar, base, and drums. I use some type of midi or keyboard to do this. Also, the guitar and mic.

14. What can we expect next from you in 2022?

Since I am releasing the album, My Lavish December 24, 2021, I will be promoting the album, making videos, and will hopefully be playing live in some way shape or form. I do not have a band and I am a solo artist so it is difficult to find a way to play my songs as they are multi instrument. I am also going to be working on my vocals.

15. Link the fans to your Twitter & Instagram @ Below so they can follow you!

Twitter: @isdiamondmusic

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