KargoVanDam - Interview 06
KargoVanDam - Interview06
Tell us your name and a bit about yourself!
My name is KargoVanDam and I’m 18 years old. I hail from PG County, Maryland and in 2012 I moved to the DFW area. I got my name from the word Cargo, meaning I HAVE PLENTY to bring to the music game, much like how a cargobob has a lot to bring to a shipyard or whatever, ya know? Also my favorite wrestler growing up was Rob Van Dam, he wasn’t afraid of any competition that he had to face, big or small he went out and fought his heart out. With saying that, I combined the two words and I was birthed.
What made you start making music?
Just the love of music and seeing how many different types there are! I used to write poetry, I even do a little now and I was somehow blessed with freestyle capability at an early age so I thought if I actually wrote seriously, it would be fire haha.
Growing up, I was accustomed to listening to different music all the time due to my heritage and the different phases of my adolescence. My parents showed me African/Traditional type music, I picked up alternative/rock/metal music from my skating days and hip hop came from my older cousins and my older sister. I was so mesmerized by music I wanted to hear everything! I listened to Japanese trance music, Ireland Drill music, UK hip hop, Swedish Vibe music..I was always around some type of music and I loved it! The overall mainframe of my sound is to make music that people have never heard and I know I’ll accomplish it with time.
Who are your influences?
A$AP MOB as a whole, Eminem, Tyler The Creator, Playboi Carti, XXXTENTACION (rest in power), ODD FUTURE, Flatbush Zombies, Joey Badass, Mac Miller (rest in power), This Japanese artist named Hako Yamasaki, Green Day, Frank Ocean, Palace, Bob Iver...I could go on for days. I’m inspired by soo many people. I’m even inspired by stuff like movies and anime! The Japanese culture has always been the peak of my international interest. They’re soo dope, from their instruments, to architecture, to fashion, to art..they are dope!
What is your take on the underground rap scene right now?
In my opinion, it’s honestly been getting kinda trash. Nothing against any artists out here grinding! You gotta feed your family somehow so I respect everyone’s grind whether I listen to their music of not. But I miss the old underground scene, you know the, Unotheactivist, the Cash Carti (before Playboi Carti), Thouxanbanfauni, 6Dogs, Peep, Wintertime, Black Kray, Xavier Wulf, Lil Herb (Before G herbo), Da$h, Terrence Escobar..etc. Music was soo versatile back in 2012-2015, but i understand that change comes with time and I’ve adapted to the change. The overall new underground scene isn’t as versatile as it used to be and that’s why I’m here. I’m here to return that “outside the box rap” and you’ll see soon that I have what it takes to potentially bring the best out of every other artists/listener that hears my music. STAY TUNED!
What are your goals for 2019 regarding music?
Definitely to get some dope, creative ass videos out. I’ve been lacking in terms of that but it’s all because I’m OCD with my craft. I want everything I release to be an exact depiction of how it looked/sounded in MY head. Some crazy shit goes on in there and I know if it sounds/appears crazy to me, it’s going to sound like it’s from another dimension or planet to you. I’m convinced that my music will make you think about something you probably have never thought about. If not every song, you will like at least one. STAY TUNED!
You have 1 person to thank who would it be?
The higher power. The person that’s been orchestrating my life, the lives of the people that made me, the lives I see everyday and the lives that have affected mine up to this point as it continues on for however long.
What is your process for recording music ?
My process has always been wild. It’s honestly pretty random to be honest. I write a lot and I treat every song I make like it’s the best song in existence so, as soon as I finish I want to record ASAP but up to a couple weeks ago, I didn’t have a home studio, so I’d have to walk to one of my parter In crime’s house, Xzae Da Zestgodd, which was down the street. I’d go and get my songs out the way, then he’d play me some beats he found on YouTube and we’d freestyle for a little until he finds a chorus, then from the chorus, there’s no telling what happens next. But yeah, definitely a weird recording process.
Any upcoming projects or singles fans should be getting ready for?
I’m dropping an experimental type track in a couple days called JungleShortz. I pay homage to Earl Sweatshirt in that track, very technical, very chilling but, very dope. I’ll be featured on my other brother, Dey$ix4’s mixtape coming soon! Date not yet released but, just know it’ll be here soon! Also, I plan on dropping a tape early 2019 called METANOIA, it’ll definitely be my best work and I can’t wait for y’all to hear it because I literally have every type of song on it.
What is your favorite part about being an artist/musician/rapper?
Being able to show people what goes on in my complex brain and bringing a new sound to the game. I feel that music nowadays is very predictable and I don’t like that. You WONT be able to predict my sound and not because I’m purposely doing that, but because that’s just who I am. I want people to think. That’s my whole goal in being an artists, I want people to chill and think, because that is something that people don’t do a lot nowadays. They just listen for the beat, and that’s not an issue at all, but there’s more to music than just the beat. I want to bring that aspect to the light and I will do so.
What impact do you want to have on the world?
I want to unite people through opening their minds! There’s so much ignorance going on in the world and that leads people to think one-tracked. I hate that! You’re a manikin at that point. With being a minikin, people tend to forget where they are. I want to bring people down to Earth, then once my music starts, once I begin to speak..boom! We all blast off into space together and experience everything that we were suppose to. People will stop being the same and remove the “rust” that’s been placed over their shine.
What are your ambitions with music is this just a hobby or is this a full blown 24/7 lifestyle your embodying?
Like most people, it began as a hobby but I’m in the process of making it my lifestyle. Im committed. I’m currently in college so I have other responsibilities prior to my craft that tend to slow me down at some points but I’m doing all that I can to get out there so that in the future, I wont even have to deal with college due to having an income, and doing exactly what I love to do. School will always be available but people won’t. A sound will only catch someone’s attention for soo long and if you don’t take that opening, you’re done. Plus, what better time to be a musician than right now! There are so many opportunities available for you if you put your mind to it.
Who is your favorite artist in the rap game right now and why?
I don’t have one and I never will. I like too many artists. I can give you my top 3 that I listen to the most though, being:
xxxtentacion- His versatility and wisdom really stuck with me. He can do it and his awareness/energy was unmatched. For that reason, I have the utmost respect for him. RIP!ASAP Rocky- From his fashion to his visuals to the way that he operates his creativity, he’s a true visionary and in a position that I will be in someday. He’s also a veteran! I’ve been listening to him since Long Live A$ap and I still love dude. Big ups to him!Playboi Carti- He’s just soo dope! He embodies the playful side of my life in terms that, he reminds me soo much of myself. From his chill mannerisms yet lit outbursts on stage , his evolution from his early tracks to where he is now and his crazy flows. Carti knows how to surf on the beat like no other!