1. Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Yeah. So, I went to the same college with Deige who leads N.E.O.N. He told me to come to the university studio and record a song with him. I’ve always had an ear for music but for recording my own music that’s a different story haha. So, I wrote a hook and laid it down. The song turned out pretty good. From that day I chose to
go to the studio whenever I could.
2. Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?
– The craziest thing happened when I and Deige dropped “Wanted” on SoundCloud. So, about a couple of days later we heard our song being played at college parties. We also got to perform the song for a late-night school event. The vibe felt like a show really. I just found that so interesting.
3. Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
– The funniest mistake I made was trying to copy many people’s styles. I would try to sound like Playboi Carti, Drake, and Young Thug. When truly I had to search for my own sound and practice what works for me. I had to use my culture to my advantage.
4. What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
Right now I’m working on dropping a new single in April which has a big UK influence in it. I want to bring in as many people as I can around the world to listen to my music. I am also working on two dancehall drill songs, for all my supporters that are ready to dance and have fun.
5. Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?
– The most interesting people I have interacted with has to be James, Deige, Andrew, and Dylan. We all ran track together in college which was the craziest experience of my life. O yeah by the way we are MAC Champions. One day our friend tried out for the track team and had to split the running work out into quarters because he was not used to the intensity. The laughter we had was insane. My guys Osei and Malik are mad funny really. Malik will
kindly but with such a serious tone tell you something is absolutely awful. Osei literally can freestyle all the time and it’s crazy as well.
6. Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
– To be truly honest. I would say take everything into perspective. Don’t think that you don’t have time because you do have time. The gratitude will come if you plan well and stay consistent. I would also say get a team that has the same vision as you and split things up.
7. You have been blessed with success in a career path that can be challenging. Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path but seem daunted by the prospect of failure?
– I haven’t made it yet but for the progress that I have made, I will say chase your dream. We only get one life, why just push what you want to do on the side. Everyone won’t be the next Drake but who said that you can’t be the Drake of your community or your region? We all can be successful in our own way.
8. Can you share with our readers any self-care routines, practices or treatments that you do to help your body, mind or heart to thrive? Kindly share a story or an example for each.
– What I do for self-care is either work out, which I have been lacking this past week. I also try to put music to the side for a day and meditate, talk to friends face to face, and really just empty out my mind. I think the best self-care is meditation in all honesty.
9. What are your 5 things I wish someone told me when I first started and why. Please share a story or example for each.
1) Not every verified person on Instagram is really going to get you to the next level. I would always think when a verified person on Instagram hit me up I was really on top of the world. Some of them have a business and are contacting you for business purposes not really to get to know you as a person.
2) Don’t Rush. You don’t need to rush to get all the followers and get lots of recognition. When you are not taking calculated risks that is when someone can take advantage of your hunger.
– 3) Just connect with people on a friendship level. Sometimes just talking to people. You don’t need to contact people to get something out of them or do business. Try and learn about them. This is how we can all come together and be united.
– 4) Stay true to yourself. Don’t try to change and be someone else. I
remember when I started rapping, I wanted to sound like Carti, Trippie Redd, but that wasn’t me. I tried to even act like them but that was never me.
– 5) If you have a significant other in your life that really wants to see you win just keep them and show them respect. I really messed up with this girl that had my best interest at heart and just wanted to see me succeed but I was caught up with all the social media and the little buzz I had. Do not be me hahaha.
10. Can you please give us your favourite & Life Lesson Quotes? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
– “People want to succeed so fast because they want to prove something to somebody else. That what makes them vulnerable.” – Gary Vee
Like I said before don’t rush, your time is coming. If you are planning and taking calculated steps to your goal, then don’t stress about what’s yet to come. Things will fall into place. Remember to keep realistic goals. This relates to me because I would try to rush getting my music heard and think that I don’t have any time. I would tell myself that time is running out but truly things just got started.
11. None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
– – I’m thankful to God for keeping me alive. I am really grateful for my parents because I was going the wrong way for a while, but they helped me stay the course to graduate college and find a career along with the music. They also taught me how to communicate with people and treat everyone with respect. In the music industry treating people with respect will get you a long way. One time my mom and dad saw that I was making bad grades in middle school,
they enrolled me in an after-school program that taught me maths and science in depth. I truly learned so much from that experience.
12. You are a person of enormous influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
– I would start a movement where people met up and talked. You can’t say your name or try to brag about your achievements. You are buddied up with someone to go get coffee or lunch and talk about your struggles. People would see how much they had in common. I think we need to try and look beyond skin colour and try to actually understand that we all have a lot in common.
13. We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂
If Five Foreign ever reads this, I want to talk no cap! He swagged out for sure and I want to put him on to Dancehall drill.
14 How can our readers follow you online?
– Readers can follow me on Instagram @lilgoodie and also follow my Spotify for new music.