KARMAA - Interview
1. Tell us your rap name and where are you from?
KARMAA from Cali but living in Texass.
2. What made you start making music?
it was the easiest way for me to communicate my thoughts
3. Who are your influences?
80's and 90's artists of all genres.
4. What is your take on the underground rap scene right now?
i think underground and indie artists are better lyrically than mainstream.
5. What are your goals for 2019 regarding music?
with 2019 nearing an end my focus is to keep growing as an artist, keep developing and keep creating music without being someone I'm not.
6. You have 1 person to thank who would it be?
My mom. She always told me I could be whoever and whatever I wanted. She's supported me financially, emotionally and musically. She's my superhero and I've always wanted to be like her.
7. What is your process for recording music ?
It depends on the track really. Sometimes I write a song in the middle of the night and search for a beat to match. Sometimes I find a beat I can't live without and write that way. Recording takes me forever because I'm a perfectionist. So I may have written a full song and rehearsed it perfectly then while recording rewrite until I'm completely satisfied.
8. Any upcoming projects or singles fans should be getting ready for?
Dec 13 I am dropping a collab ep with JDiggs Tha Prodigy called Controversial Thoughts. Dec 25 will be a single feat. E.M.P called ET. Then Jan 3 I will release my ep Patience over Pride which is different than anything I've done.
9. What is your favorite part about being an artist/musician/rapper?
Music is the best for of expression. It allows you to showcase any emotion, your passion and most importantly your creativity. It gives people an insight into my mind and who I am.
10. What impact do you want to have on the world?
My goal is to inspire the uninspired. I know my music isn't for everyone, but I know people can relate to some of my music. My words are meant to help people realize everyone struggles, everyone hurts but it's not what happens to us that matters. It's how we recover, grow and move on. So I hope I make people smile and realize their worth whether it's through my music or how I treat them.
11. What are your ambitions with music is this just a hobby or is this a full blown 24/7 lifestyle your embodying? After my divorce I decided I would pursue music the way I initially wanted to two years ago when I put out my first album. This isn't just a hobby for me and never was. This is my deepest passion and I intend to make it my career.
12. Who is your favorite artist in the rap game right now and why?
Russ, Phora, NF, and Snow Tha Product. I just enjoy Russ'a music. Phora tugs on my heart strings. NF speaks on taboo topics like depression and I relate heavily to his music. Snow Tha Product is just a dope female who is independent and not willing to let anyone tell her what she can or can't do.
13. what does the music you create make you feel?
My music makes me proud. I hear the progression and I hear the growth and it reminds me that not only am I improving but I'm reaching different crowds of listeners.
14. why is music so important and dear to your heart ?
Music is universal. I love that no matter the language, the genre, the topic you can hear the passion. I love that anyone can make music. Obviously not everyone creates the best music, but if it makes you happy and you believe in it, roll with it.
15. Taking this as a passion what works best with you for endeavors you may face (regarding to music)?
My passion stems from 80's/90's music. With that being said, I realize I don't have a completely modern sound or take on music. Though I'm a female, I'm not selling sex. My music is deeper than that. I may be suggestive at times or get a little rowdy but I'm not like Meg Thee Stallion or Cardi B or even Iggy Azalea for that matter. Being a part of the LGBTQ community allows me to speak on being gay. My passion for music allows me to make tracks for the ladies without selling my body but also make tracks that men can relate to as well.
16. whats your best collaboration experience with another artist or producer?
Ive done over 20 collabs in the last two years and I can't say that I've had a bad experience. Knock on wood.
17. who does all of your cover art or do you make your own?
I have made a few of my covers, Mateus Seth has made a couple for me and I've paid for a few. It really just depends on whether or not I can create it myself or if I need assistance.
18. who makes most of your beats or production?
I've used several beats from Legion Beats. I've used a beat by Mantra Beats. My January Release uses 4 beats by E.M.P who also mix and mastered 4 of the five tracks. The 5th track is an Anno Domini beat. So I don't just use one sp circo beat maker.
19. who is one artist you wish to work on music with and why?
I would absolutely love to work with Kehlani. I love every song she's put out. She's so passionate about her music and it shows. She's also so down to earth and interactive with her fans. Sometimes I forget that she's a celebrity.
20. who is one producer you wish to work with and why?
Timbaland! I've been listening to his work since I was a kid. I always said, "one day I'll work with him." To this day he's still the first producer I'll say.
21 do you have any upcoming shows in the next couple months ?
I have my very first show Dec 20 in Fort Worth! Hopefully after I knock out my first one I'll be doing a lot more.
22 for people who havent heard of you what sets you apart from other artists?
It's like I said earlier, as a female artist I'm not selling my body. I will work with anyone. I don't charge for features. My turn around time is quick. I'm just really passionate about music and my goal isn't to blow up by myself. My goal is to bring a whole team with me.
23 at the end of the day what does music mean to you ?
It means the entire world to me. Without music, I wouldn't have much else to do. Music has saved me time and time again.
24. Any live shows or projects you got coming up?
Dec 13 I'm dropping a collab EP with Jdiggs Tha Prodigy called Controversial Thoughts. Dec 25 I will be dropping a track called ET feat. E.M.P. Then on January 3 2020 I'm dropping the ep that changes my music direction which is titled Patience over Pride. Dec 20 is my very first show.
25. Where can the people that checked out this interview find you