Updated: Mar 7
TCB: Thank you so much for joining us here at The ChaCha Blog! To start things off, do you mind telling us about yourself?
artistnameleon: I’m a recording artist based out of Atlanta and I love making music.
TCB: How did your journey with music start? When did you know it was going to take off for you?
artistnameleon: I’ve been into music since I was a kid. I started with poetry and it grew into rap. Fast forward to 2017 I began experimenting with my voice and singing melodies. Once I started doing that I knew I had something.
TCB: What artists and styles in particular influence your music and style? What albums did you grow up listening to?
artistnameleon: Michael Jackson and Tupac were definitely big inspirations growing up. As I got older I gravitated towards artists like Kid Cudi and Drake. I learned from them that it was ok to be emotional and vulnerable in music.
TCB: How has music played an important role in your life? How has it impacted you?
artistnameleon: Music has always been a thing for me. My dad used to write R&B music in the early 90’s so I got a lot of that passion from him.
Watching how he created something from nothing by himself influenced me to pursue my own path in music.
TCB: What is your creative process like? Where do you find artistic inspiration?
artistnameleon: My process is pretty simple. First, I’ll load up a beat, freestyle and mumble melodies until I find something unique. Once I have that it’s just a matter of filling in the words and making it make sense. My artistic inspiration can come from anywhere or anything. I try my best to just be in the moment and let source guide me.
TCB: If you could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would they be and why?
artistnameleon: I would have to say Michael Jackson for his ear in music, Jim Henson for his creative mind, and Huey Newton for his knowledge and leadership.
TCB: In your experience, how has Hip-Hop/Rap evolved over time? (changes in style, culture, etc. from decade to decade). How have those changes affected your sound?
artistnameleon: I think Hip-Hop is sort of in limbo right now. No one really knows where it’s going or what it’s becoming.
Trends and styles come and go more so now than they ever did so it’s hard to say what the next wave is or how long it’ll last. I just know in order to sustain a long career you have to adapt to whatever that change is but still stay true to your sound and who you are as an artist.
I personally keep my ear to the streets of what’s hot but I don’t let it interfere with what I’m building.
TCB: What has been your biggest success so far in your career?
artistnameleon: There’s been so many and I’m grateful for every one of them. If I have to choose one then it would be my last show at Catch One in LA.
It was my biggest turnout and one of my best performances yet. The crowd was really engaged and they showed love the entire set. It felt amazing and it’s something I’ll never forget.
TCB: We like to keep it real at The ChaCha Blog and not hide our faults or struggles, so with that, have you experienced any pitfalls? If so, do you mind sharing what that struggle was, and how you bounced back?
artistnameleon: I would have to say my biggest struggle was believing in myself. It’s like, I knew I could make music that I thought was hot but it was hard to believe that other people would feel the same.
It impacted my confidence a lot but I never gave up. Once I let go of that mindset, things began to flourish. My confidence went way up and so did my work ethic. I feel better than I ever did.
TCB: What advice would you give to other aspiring artists just starting out?
artistnameleon: My advice would be to believe and love yourself for who you are.
Embrace your imperfections and what makes you different because that could be what separates you from the rest.
Stay humble, work hard, remain patient and your time will come.
TCB: Last but not least, where can people find you to stay up to date on your work?
artistnameleon: You can follow me on IG @artistnameleon and you can go stream my latest release Let Me Know available on all platforms.