My name is NoTrace, I currently live in Minnesota, about a hour and a half from the Twin Cities. The music scene is not really moving where I live, but in the Twin Cities it’s great. A lot of talented artist that people will start to hear about, along with myself.
What genre(s) and/or styles do you identify with?
I am Hip Hop/Rap with a mix of R&B & Pop or Pop Rap.
At what age did you realize you wanted to be a musician? Which bands and artists were you, or are you currently influenced by? Have those influences changed much as you've gotten older?
It was around 14 or 15 after being homeless, I decided basketball wasn't it for me. The artists I was listening to at the time that may have influenced me were 2pac, Three 6 Mafia, No Limit, and Cash Money, but life was the main influence for my music. As I got older other artists started to have less influence on me. I try to focus on being who I am to let that shine through the music, but there are a lot of artists today that inspired me to have a career & fans like they do.
What do you enjoy most about your artistry? I.E. Creating music, the process, the fame, the recognition, co-writing? Etc.
Creating music is the best, It’s a sense of accomplishment, but also therapy, and release. You also get to learn a lot about yourself and others, and sometimes you surprise yourself with some of the things you come up with. Also it would be performing and connecting with people on the spot.
Who or what most inspires your song-writing?
Life, current situations, & people in my life inspire what I create. Also the production and what the track pulls out of me.
Tell us a little about your new release. Is there a story behind the title?
The story of "Layers" is about finding someone who you feel like you love everything about; the good, the bad, and the many different sides that people can have. We all have different layers that make us who we are. In this song I'm letting this person know that I want to learn all about them like a book, reading through chapters. But this song can have different meanings depending on the listener.
Who produced this track? Can you or the producer provide some insight to what that process was like? What was the inspiration and/or creative process?
The producer was Sean Ross who has produced for acts such as Logic, Nipsey Hussle, Huey Mack, Brother Ali, Skyzoo, YONAS and more. I was listening to a few tracks from Sean one day, and as soon as I heard it, I just started recording what I heard for this track. I don't write, I just record everything, and then I listen back to it, and then write all the lyrics so I can remember them for back up takes.
What are your upcoming tour/performance plans?
Right now the plan is to perform as much as possible, especially locally to build a great show for touring in the future.
Which band or artists (living or dead) would you most like to perform with and why?
J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar, 2Pac, Logic, because I feel like I connect with them personally, and as an Artist. I also feel like we would have similar fans that would make for a great show.
How much do you let critics affect your music? Do you find it hard to focus on the positive side of things, and if so – how do you keep yourself motivated to keep going?
Critics don't affect me at all. Music will never be loved by everybody, I think Music is too subjective to even debate. Music connects with people differently, So as long as I'm happy with what I did, my spirit can't be broken by someone that dislikes it. I love music too much to ever let something or someone stop me.
How important do you feel social media is in your career? Do you enjoy it? Please expand upon your opinions, and what you’ve learned while making music in 2017.
Social media is very important, It was just about accepting it and working my way into it in a way I felt comfortable with. I'm starting to enjoy it because it’s another way of connecting with fans and networking with other people. It also helps when you want to let fans know what you are working on and letting them see the process. I learned that people want to see how things are done and they really get a chance to take the ride with you opposed to seeing only the finished product.
What else does the year have in store for you?
Releasing music all year, Performing, Networking, and really being busy and active making a way for my work.
Finally, where would you like to see yourself five years from now and what's your ultimate ambition as an artist?
I see myself as a successful Independent Artist, and hopefully in a position to be able to start my own crew of upcoming artists. The ultimate goal is to not be a struggling artist, but to be able to be comfortable, and be able to help others who need help. I'm hoping this will affect generations after me in a positive way.
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