Xio - Interview 21
1. Tell us your name and a bit about yourself!
I’m Xio and I make music. I’m 16 years old, I live in Upstate New York but am originally from Syracuse.
2. What made you start making music?
One day $lather, Schoolboy.c, and I were all hanging out and $lather had already had FL studio but didn’t know how to use it so we said fuck it and decided to mess around with it and see if we could eventually get a song recorded. The next day we tried to record and the mic was making a high pitch sound so we decided to figure out what was wrong some other time and then we kept grinding with writing and just trying to figure out FL Studio. Shoutout Monica’s Playhouse, those are my boys.
3. Who are your influences?
I’d have to say my influences are my parents because music has always been a part of my life since I was young. My dad plays guitar and used to be in a couple bands in his teens. My mom and dad have showed me a lot of music such as metal, rock, and rap.
4. What is your take on the underground rap scene right now?
I think the underground rap scene right now is great and a lot of these artists in the underground right now have inspired me to make music and try to be versatile when it comes to my music. I have so much respect for every artist in the underground because it takes a lot of work to make music and can be stressful.
5. What are your goals for 2019 regarding music?
My goals for 2019 is to get to at least 30,000 plays on Soundcloud. I would like to make as much music as possible this year with other people and do a solo project. Also I want to make a music video at some point with all my boys and just turn up.
6. You have 1 person to thank who would it be?
One person I want to thank is my friend Bobby because if it weren’t for him I would’ve never met $lather or Schoolboy.c and start making music with them. Now $lather is my manager and me and Schoolboy.c just drop fire tracks.
7. What is your process for recording music ?
When recording I like to take a rip off the juul then put my headphones on and listen to the beat while I read my lyrics in my notes. After i’m done recording I like to lay on the ground on my back and rip the juul more.
8. Any upcoming projects or singles fans should be getting ready for?
Yes. I have a song with tommyice coming out very soon and it’s gonna go so hard. Shoutout tommy I love his music and can’t wait to drop this song with him. Also, I have a song with leavemealone that’s gonna drop at an unknown date but stay posted!
9. What is your favorite part about being an artist/musician/rapper?
My favorite part about being an artist is connecting with people through music and talking to artists I never thought I would ever talk to. Making music with your friends is probably the best part about being an artist because we always have a lot of fun when we are together recording.
10. What impact do you want to have on the world?
Right now i’m not too worried about impacting the world, I feel like I have to better myself as an artist and just grind before I can impact anyone but when I do reach that point, I want people to listen to my music and get turnt and go crazy.
11. What are your ambitions with music is this just a hobby or is this a full blown 24/7lifestyle your embodying?
At this point it can’t be a 24/7 lifestyle because i’m still in high school but eventually I would like it to be my lifestyle. Right now I feel like it’s a little more than a hobby though. Something that keeps me ambitious is looking at how many plays each of my songs are at and to get more views on the next song I make.
12. Who is your favorite artist in the rap game right now and why?
My favorite artist in the rap game right now is Ohgeesy. Ohgeesys got the most drip out of all the rappers right now. His flow is killer and no one can compare to him. One day I wanna get a song with him, that’s like my dream collab. Ohgeesy and Shoreline Mafia are taking over 2k19.
13. Anything else you have to say ?
Keep an eye out for my song with tommyice coming out, bout to be a banger. My insta and twitter is @mp_xio. I’m up next, watch out - Xio