Noxious of AZ aka The Green Eyed-Killa, resides in Phoenix, AZ. He is a solo artist, who also represents a Phoenix group known as BPS (Been Pushed by Society). Noxious is not your average artist in either his portrayal or pursuits. Considered AZ’s oddity, he stands at an offset angle of the game. Noxious’ primary goal is to open minds with the sound waves that penetrate them. He advocates ability over appearance in an inconsistent industry that praises image over talent. Noxious is completely independent and he plans to retain his independence, regardless of his future ventures.
IAA: What city and state are you from?
NOXIOUS OF AZ: I am from Phoenix, Arizona.
IAA: What is your music background?
NOXIOUS OF AZ: Music has enticed the soul since its first vibration unto my mind. From jam sessions to studio sessions, my background is decorated with a musical touch, stemming all the way back to time spent in elementary school playing with percussion, whether it was with drumsticks or pencils. I picked up a guitar in middle school and that instrument brought out melodic behaviors, but something else always called out to me, and that was my love for words, along with my way of arranging them in a poetic sense, which came hand in hand with my learning them. After a few impromptu battles during my high school era, I soon found myself sitting in the works of creation during studio sessions. I recorded my first rap around the age of seventeen sometime between 2002-2003, when I was featured on a group’s track, “We Rydas, We Hustlas.” As time passed on, the connection with those cats (known that time as KMP) grew and I worked closely with their engineer and beat-maker, Isolyst, who I still work closely with at the present. Isolyst and I constructed a solo Noxious EP album during 2005-2007. After our first show on 3/11/2007, we realized the next step needed to be a leap, so work was put in to make more music toward a complete LP. The first album finally released 3/17/2009 was entitled Inside the Mind of Nox. The following year I brought The Rapper’s Rapper (4/2/2010), and Helepolis (10/10/10). I just recently released my greatest work: RedrO (10/11/12). During intermittent time between releases, I worked with several artists on their projects, by way of an artist and later an engineer.
IAA: What inspired you to pursue music?
NOXIOUS OF AZ: A huge source of inspiration comes from the ever-growing desire to guide others toward a better alternative than the disastrous direction our entertainment industry has turned us to, due to the few unseen hands that pull the strings behind the scenes. Beyond that, my musical pursuance gives me a gratifying purpose that I find nowhere else.
IAA: What are your songs about? (themes)
NOXIOUS OF AZ: My songs are about my walks of life along the road to enlightenment. I consider each track to be another page in the journal of my life that depicts my steps on that rigorous road full of challenges, both personal and societal. Some tracks show the hedonistic Dionysus in me, revealing the desire to disassociate myself from the grasps of a cruel reality, while other tracks reflect my sincerity and true empathy for fellow beings. Regardless, I still have many steps to walk and many pages to write about.
IAA: Do you write your own music?
NOXIOUS OF AZ: I try to have a hand in all the facets of my music’s production, so I not only write all my music, I generally record, mix and master my music as well, especially nowadays, with the exception of some of the various collaborations. To take the seed of idea and nourish it into a blossoming state of wild growth to be picked by those who particularly pursue its produce is beyond beautiful, and truly a fruit of life.
IAA: Who are your musical influences?
NOXIOUS OF AZ: My influences are traced to no one specific, because all music is an influence toward betterment, regardless of genre or success in the artist(s), as there is always a gift to be found, given by any and every artist that produces music. Anything and everything acts as a stimulus and all stimuli stimulate growth in influential ways, music being no different. From classical to experimental, each stream feeds the river and the rivers come together to feed the many seas and oceans beyond them, thus quenching society’s insatiable thirst for the moment.
IAA: How would you describe your music to people?
NOXIOUS OF AZ: My music needs no description; the description needs my music. To reverse the question, what makes the person out of the people or better yet the voice out of the echo? The most obvious answer is found in a difference and that is the best descriptor of my music: something different!
IAA: What makes you stand out from other artists?
NOXIOUS OF AZ: My mission makes me stand out among other artists as I am in the game for reasons beyond possessions and monetary gain. I stand for my purpose: making music; opening minds. It is purpose that drives one’s will, and without it, one will fall for any enticement.
IAA: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
NOXIOUS OF AZ: My upcoming projects involve a few collaborative efforts, one of which is an EP involving a badass producer across the pond in England, Black Dragon Records, and another EP is a solo effort with Isolyst. Fans should expect another completely Noxified LP album in 2013 as well. Much to come in 2013.
IAA: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
NOXIOUS OF AZ: My career goal is to utilize my trade to influence a worthwhile purpose. The further out one observes in time, the blurrier one’s vision becomes. I cannot imagine what a decade will bring to me, but I do see what I want to bring throughout that decade and that pushes my movement. My goal is change and I hope to bring it about in every way that is considerably feasible, because I understand what the common person endures, and as a whole, we deserve so much more than we are given.
IAA: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
NOXIOUS OF AZ: The best spot to access my music and find updates about Noxious of AZ is by way of NOX602.COM, which has links to my social networking establishments. Much of my music can be downloaded free of charge and my hopes are that the tracks are shared with those who do not think like the average fan, as that is the point and purpose in spreading the message, opening the mind, and pushing the movement. Beyond that, my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. Get at me through whatever outlet is best and let’s keep the energy going!