MXN - Interview 41
Q: Tell us your rap name and where are you from?
A: MXN, and I’m from South Bend, IN.
Q: What made you start making music?
A: I was watching the music video for “Nike’s On My Feet” by Mac Miller, and I sat there and thought hey here’s this kid who’s just like but he’s out here making his dreams come true and if he could do it so could I.
Q: Who are your influences in rap or beyond?
A: My influences come from a bunch of different media, with music I gain motivation from Classic Rock, Lil Uzi Vert, Mac Miller, Juice WRLD, and Nelly. I am heavily influenced by my favorite childhood cartoons, Regular Show, Adventure Time, Spongebob, Hey Arnold, etc., as well as anime like, Bleach, Initial D, Yugioh, and Naruto. I also am influenced by the lifestyle that I have chosen, especially my ability to have my shit together even though I get fucked up way to often (sorry mom).
Q: What is your take on the underground rap scene right now?
A: I am a firm believer that music changes and this era is no different, I personally love the fact that more people are able to make music and learn how to display their emotion of their everyday life through song when in other generations it wouldn’t be possible. I also think that, due to this the market is unfortunately oversaturated.
Q: What are your goals for 2019 regarding music?
A: I plan to release an album with several collaborative EP’s and grow my following to the point where I can quit my job to live my dream.
Q: You have 1 person to thank who would it be?
A: I would have to say I thank an old friend, as he always hated on my music, never gave me any respect for following my dreams, and I believe this drove me into a faster development of my skills in order to show how wrong he was.
Q: What is your process for recording music ?
A: I have an extensive process where I start by making my beat and leave it in the 8-bar loop, then write everything out first and record in sections, then I structure the beat around what I come up with.
Q: Any upcoming projects or singles fans should be getting ready for?
A: I want fans to know I am dropping an album, called Leave Me Be… (Pictured Below) that’s so unique and I have really played around with my singing voice to make something totally different and amazing. I have put 4 months of total work into this album doing all the producing, rapping, and mixing, and now it is in the final mastering stage. I plan to have the album out on all platforms in late February or early March.
Album cover art for Leave Me Be… By MXN
Q: What is your favorite part about being an artist/musician/rapper?
A: My favorite part is being able to come home after a stressful day crack a beer, spark a blunt, turn on some purple lights to set the mood in the studio, and then just create until the crack of dawn. I love the grind and creative process.
Q: What impact do you want to have on the world?
A: I plan to change the way that the rap mentality is structured and try to get people back to the simplistic lifestyle we lived with love and harmony and less technology. I want to be an example for artists on how they should go about being a real person instead of being a clout chasing fake.
Q: What are your ambitions with music is this just a hobby or is this a full blown 24/7 lifestyle your embodying?
A: I work passionately on my music as soon as my work is done for the day I plan to make it my full time job someday.
Q: Who is your favorite artist in the rap game right now and why?
A: Since Mac Miller passed away, I have been looking for an artist that has been changing the game and is a real person as well. I see this in Lil Uzi Vert and I hope he comes back to rap some day.
Q: what does the music you create make you feel?
A: I place my music in two categories, my lit trap shit and my singing emotional shit. My trap stuff reminds me of how I came up and how much fun I had with it, while my singing stuff gets to express my real feelings and emotions in a creative way.
Q: why is music so important and dear to your heart ?
A: It’s important to me because, it gives me the chance to express myself and can change a mood in a matter of seconds.
Q: Taking this as a passion what works best with you for endeavors you may face (regarding to music)?
A: Just always staying positive and always believe in myself no matter what anyone says or does because, I know people will always be hating no matter what.
Q: what’s your best collaboration experience with another artist or producer?
A: All my collaborations with Neezy Macintosh have been the best because, we both are artists, producers, and engineers, and are chemistry is unmatched in the studio. The first time we worked together Neezy and I made an entire mixtape in a weekend and it was well received by all of our fans, and we’ve grown as artists together over the two years we been working.
Q: who does all of your cover art or do you make your own?
A: I usually try to make most of my cover art or have my trusted friend, IG: coldpressure, make all my cartoons for me.
Q: who makes most of your beats or production?
A: I always make my own beats and producer for many other artists I love knowing and creating every facet of my work.
Q: who is one artist you wish to work on music with and why?
A: I had always dreamed of working with Mac Miller, but since his passing I have been hoping to work with Gucci Mane because, he really is one of my favorite artists to ever make music and is more versatile then people think.
Q: who is one producer you wish to work with and why?
A: I really only fuck with my production personally, but I give props to supah mario he creates a similar style of beats as I do, makes a lot of hits, is fairly humble, and is slept on unfortunately.
Q: do you have any upcoming shows in the next couple months ?
A: I have a local show on March 1st in Bloomington, IN, and then supposedly I am going on tour with WoahLone$tar March 9th – March 17th in LA, Oregon, and Indianapolis.
Q: for people who haven’t heard of you what sets you apart from other artists?
A: My music is rap but really ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you my music different as fuck from the clout chasers. I never like to make something that sounds similar and I am always experimenting with random sounds and collabing with different artists to be even more different.
Q: at the end of the day what does music mean to you ?
A: Music is my sole drive and passion in life it makes happiness in a world that’s so dark and I love the fact that I can make a little light in it even if my music is not as positive message based as it could be.
Q: does your family support you with music?
A: At first it was a rocky road with getting them to accept that I wanted to make music instead of a full-time job, but they eventually saw my hard work and started supporting me. Now they are proud of it, except my mom still doesn’t like how vulgar my rap can get.
Q: at the end of the day when it comes to music we are in your world when listening to music by you...what type of vibe does your music bring ?
A: My music brings two vibes, one of recovering from sadness, drug abuse, and heartbreak, while the other vibe is lit and gets the crowd going and can start a mosh pit. I really make music for all groups to vibe and rock with so that I can be the most unique and different artists of all time.