For those who have not heard your music, how would you describe you style?
I would describe my style as honest, heart bearing & sometimes uncompromising. I’d say it is entertaining, but enlightening all at the same time. Whatever your preferred type of sound or music I believe I have something for everyone. My style is forever changing so at any time you’re guaranteed to get something different.
Tell us about your musical movement ‘For The Love Of Music’, what do you hope to achieve with this?
Inspiring others first & foremost. For The Love Of Music came from a place somewhat random & it’s grown into an idea/brand which I believe has the potential to take off in a commercial world. It’s still at its baby stages of having a label but the intentions are to create a scene just like the MMG’s & YMCMB’s of America. Bridging gaps with singers, rappers, songwriters, musicians, PR teams, A&R’S & labels. A place where artists such as myself don’t have to feel alone when they need help or guidance. Commercially, I feel it has the appeal to go national/global as a brand. We’ve already seen it being tattooed on people’s skin so I know how infectious the idea is even at this point in time.
How important is it for you to use your music to convey a message?
It’s VERY important. Music has become my therapy. Sad times, happy times, and also being able to document my own growth has been such a great feeling. The message is so vital. It’s the core of a good song with longevity. Lately I’ve noticed I can like or love a track & not know what it’s about until maybe a few plays even sometimes a few months but once I do, I can take that song around with me & see I’m not the only one feeling this way or dealing with a situation similar to its subject matter.
What messages does your music send out to your listeners?
It lets you know how human I am and what I think & feel on a daily basis. My music displays messages that I’m very much making sense of life around me. Songs like “My Kinda Girl” or “Tears” taken from my EP ‘The Story So Far’ let you know my views on relationships & the death of my family members, also even how I cope with these situations.
Tell us about the tracks you have put out ‘Useless’ and ‘Child Of Fortune’?“Useless” was originally based around the music scene I’m in. Being unsigned, it’s trials & tribulations. Work life doing a 9–5 to sustain life while maintaining a career breaking into the industry, making music even selling cd’s on street corners. It was that ‘sometimes I just want to give this all up’ song
“Child of Fortune” was my own version of Jay-Z’s “D.O.A” no hook just venting my dreams as well as my realities. Me & Gambit Ace used the music video to paint a bigger picture paying homage to the old school. Wearing Gold chain American apparel, even throwing in skits/drama scenes into the mix for comedy & excitement.
What other music are you working on?
At the moment me & Gambit Ace have just stepped into the studio to complete a collaborative project called “FTLOM VOL 1” . It’s an EP set to be released on September 9th 2013.
What are your thoughts on the current state of Hip Hop?
If we are talking about the UK then I think it’s a little quiet. The unity isn’t really there. There are some really cool events on around London like “London Lyricist Lounge”, “FAT GOLD CHAIN” or “SHOWTIME” but musically it’s not as strong as it should be. I feel commercially not many want to dabble in that realm even though financially it could be very lucrative. One thing I’ve noticed is artists haven’t learnt to come together. There’s this battle for what’s real. How we should dress, think & feel. I’d like to see a change soon.
Are you working on any other projects besides music?
I’m working on an online platform called “THE FTLOM SESSIONS” which is like your A64, BBC live lounge’s which will showcase songs I haven’t made videos for which I feel should have a wider scope building up my online content. This project will take videography to a more exciting & dynamic viewpoint. So look out for that.
For further info visit www.ftlom.co.uk
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