IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – MR. BROCK – SOUTH CAROLINA’S HOTTEST STAR!

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IAA:  What city and state are you from?

MR. BROCK:  I am originally from Charleston, SC a.k.a. Chucktown, a very culturally diverse place to grow up. In my early teens I moved to Charlotte, NC until a few years after high school I moved back. So usually I just say I’m from Carolina.

IAA:  What is your music background?

MR. BROCK:  My musical background started when I was knee high to a grass hopper. At age eleven I got my first guitar and began teaching myself how to play, locked in my room for hours every day. I would hear something on the radio, and figure out how to play it. It wasn’t long before I started endeavoring to write my own material, which accelerated my love for music even more, with the joy of expressing myself. As I progressed along I began looking into recording my songs, and was challenged with yielding around equipment & facility limitations. Then it happened, my older brother came running in one day and was like “check out this program, you can make your own beats!” After that I was consumed with learning how to produce hip-hop compositions, and my guitar playing took a back seat. After school I used to have free-style battles at my house because my parents were never home, and soon after I had rappers in my town and surrounding areas coming to me for beats. I ended up learning how to record vocals over the music, and I started getting artists to rap on my tracks & began doing hometown mix tapes. Somewhere along the way after graduation, I had a lot of my artists telling me to jump on their tracks with them, I was surprised to be received so highly in my skill set, but I guess I’ve always been modest, and have found it to be a humbling virtue. So with much encouragement I started writing and recording. I remember people coming up to me from school that I would see out and about, telling me how they were digging my tracks. It was kind of crazy, but it really motivated me to put down a solid piece of work. As the years went by I continued my quest and I met my mentor, DJ Prueph. He shared a lot of knowledge of recording technics and engineering aspects, which before then I had to learn by trial and error. Meeting Prueph really helped get my music out to broader audiences. I would go to clubs downtown, and beg the DJ to play my tracks. I would do anything to have the clubs bouncing to my music. I remember the first time I heard one of my tracks over the p.a. at Bar of Charlotte, it was awesome, everybody in the club was going nuts, I was like a hometown hero in that moment. That’s when the fire inside me really exploded, I felt like what’s next? I wanted everybody in the world to hear my music. So I started hosting a hip-hop open mic contest at a club called NV. I would give out 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place trophies to the best artists and perform as well at the end of the competitions, just trying to get out there. I was blessed to meet some big artists along the way that the club would have perform on the weekends. I remember specifically when I met Fantasia, I’m not gonna lie I was a little star struck, one because she’s an awesome artist, and two because of the soul she puts in to her music, its real. So I walked up to her and told her how much I admire her music, and that I was an aspiring artist as well. She looked at me and said “come here and give me a hug” then she whispered in my ear “always follow your dreams baby.”  After that I moved to Charleston to have some solitude and concentrate on recording my first album. I ran into a cat named TrafficKing from Augusta, GA. who was the most impressive artist I’ve ever collaborated with. He really pushed me lyrically. I finished my first officially un-released album over a year ago, and that’s when I met my girl Natalie Rodgers from the UK. We hit it off immediately, which has been awesome to be with someone who loves music like I do. We’re currently working on some tracks together now.

IAA:  Why do you want to record and release your own music?

MR. BROCK:  I want to record and release my music for a lot of reasons. Spiritually, I feel like God has blessed me with a gift, everyone has something they’re good at. The guilty feeling I get at the thought of not circumscribing my passion throughout the world is almost enough to keep me going. Also, I always remember when I was traveling through the winding roads of life at an earlier age, how much music helped me get through a lot of challenges in life, therefore I feel like I have an obligation to society to reach out to people in similar situations. My vision is broader than most, call it arrogant but I feel like the world needs Mr. Brock.

IAA:  What are your songs about?

MR. BROCK:  My songs are about individuality, standing up and never backing down, not conforming to social norms. I like to think that my music content touches on relevant everyday situations, and also where we see ourselves sometimes heading.

IAA:  Who is your fan base directed towards?

MR. BROCK:  My fan base is directed toward a very broad range of people from all walks of life.

IAA:  Who are your musical influences?

MR. BROCK:  My musical influences are so sporadic; I love when people ask me that. I feel cliché sometimes, but I have to admit Eminem has had a big influence on me growing up. Also Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Nas, Wu-tang Clan, 2 Pac, Mos Def, the list is too long to go on. I guess you can say anyone with someone worth listening too has been an influence on me.

IAA:  How would you describe your music to people?

MR. BROCK:  I would describe my music as rap & hip-hop infused, capturing the essence of the moment, a vision of revolution, and the knowledge of the past. I like to code my music, so if you listen close, it’s like opening a map. People always tell me they like listening because they want to see what I’ll say next.

IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artists?

MR. BROCK:  What makes me stand out from other artists is that I have a different approach and lyrical content than anyone else. Everything from the beats to the persona I represent, the vision I look to instill, the inculcation that real life is stranger than fiction. I’m not all about money, and living some fantasy life, I’m a leader of a new revolution of people tired of the same old sell out artists. I have a different sound.

IAA:  What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?

MR. BROCK:  Currently, I am working on multiple collaboration projects of a newer sound you could say. Also, still finishing up tracks for my second album.

IAA:  What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

MR. BROCK:  My career goals are to be a successful artist worldwide. I see myself in 10 years, sitting in a studio working on my next release, or helping produce an album for someone out there like me.

IAA:  How can your fans access your music and contact you?

MR. BROCK:  I can be contacted at mr.brockalbum@gmail.com; https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/nameless/id456873170, http://www.reverbnation.com/mrbrock & http://www.soundcloud.com/mrbrock. Or just Google “Mr.Brock”

 

 

 

 

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36 COMMENTS

  1. Mr. Brock is not only an outstanding artist, he is a wonderful human being as well. His music represents well the constant hardships, intanglements and conflicts in his own life. He has overcome circumstances that would make 9 out of 10 just give up. Mr. Brock just keeps coming. Listen to his music and you can hear my truth.

  2. I love your music, I could listen to it all day over and over again because it’s something I can relate to. The content of your lyrics, rhymes and edginess of your beats inspire me. You’re cute, you have it all and I’m your biggest fan!

  3. Me and Bill in England are your second biggest fans.
    Love your lyrics and individual style. I must agree with above comment you are cute too!!!

  4. Brock, good luck in your endeavors man. We worked together in Charlotte years ago. When you swing up to michigan, drop me a note I’ll show ya around.

  5. Excellent music with a strong minded, goal-oriented work ethic. Have had the pleasure of watching Mr. Brock during his many studio sessions and learned first hand what dedication looks like. He produces success.

  6. I’ve known this dude since before he even began his music career. Watching his evolution over the years has been nothing short of amazing. He’s definitely produced some of the most diverse music out there and he’s got one of the most versatile musical backgrounds of anyone you’ll ever have the privilege of hearing! Keep on doing your thing, Brock! Much love from all of us here in the QC!!!

  7. And there you are!!!! You are an unmatchable talent sir. I would ad reggae to your sound influences~ it’s definitley in your tones. You have incalculable soul for a white guy. Good luck!!

  8. you have a very open mind to all types of music do wen you put it together I am sure it will or has given you a style that is truly unique. I know youll do great!

  9. I remember metting you when you were around 9 or 10, and you have come a very long way. Stay true to yourself and I definitly think you have what it takes to suceed in this industry. NEVER give up!

  10. I’m just being introduced to you & your compilations. I look forward to delving further into your music to piece together your message(s) & obtain a deeper understanding of what’s up… Keep up the great work & I like what you’ve done with pics, man, I’ll have to get some pointers from ya. D-BO

  11. I’m glad u have went these far and u see so much more forself.I’ve been there from the start and you only get beter each time you do more.

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