IAA: What is your music background?
TRU BARZ THE LYRICIST: Born and raised in Brooklyn New York, I was a quiet boy growing up on Ralph Ave. I was very spoiled but after my dad left everything changed. My family moved to Kings Boro projects, and shortly after that we moved to Sheepshead Bay.At age 9, I started in the cadet core, which disciplined me a lot. In the cadet core was where I was first introduced to music. One of the captains, Vaughn Armour, started a drum-line, and later recruited me. We practiced every Tuesdays and Thursdays and I would always show up early. After a while Brother Armour said that I was learning way to fast and that he wanted to teach me privately. My mom would pay him to practice with me every Saturday, and he would tell me to practice on a pillow. I practiced everyday. I finally became the snare section leader when I turned 13, but I had some competition. A kid named Matthew, started around the same time I did, and had almost the same skill set as me. We put our skill to the test by joining the best marching band in Brooklyn, known as the Brooklyn Steppers. The drum-line was called Black Fire Percussion. In school I started playing the trombone and the baritone. I just kept learning new musical instruments until I was eventually able to write my own music. Going into high school I got accepted to the M.A.P Program at the Julliard Music School in Manhattan, NY. This is when I also fell in love with orchestral music. During this time, I wrote my own pieces for my recitals. I was even more advanced than some of my teachers. In high school, I meet a producer name, Eli. Ever since meeting and working with him, production and writing has been my life.
IAA: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
TRU BARZ THE LYRICIST: I want to release tracks because music is what I love to do. I know I have talent. Everyone tells me I’m talented, but I’m very humble with it. Music is my life now, and I can’t do anything else. I have always dreamed of this. I want my dreams to come true now. It’s my time. A lot of people doubted me and still doubt me till this day, including family. But I want to show them that I’m worth something. I want to show people why I’ve been doing music most of my life, and why I stuck with it. I want to make everyone proud. I want to make everyone I lost proud. I don’t want to live under anyone’s shadow. I want to show the world who I am.
IAA: What are your songs about?
TRU BARZ THE LYRICIST: In my music, I talk about a lot of different things. But I make sure everything I write about is true. I love R&B, and as a kid I grew up around a lot of R&B music. I think I’m probably best at R&B cause I put meaning and feeling into it. If I’m not rapping about relationships with women, then I’m talking about making it, grinding, or telling a story. I believe that my lyrics and beats can make an impact on anyone. I make beats that can change your mood, God-like beats. I have a different sound. There’s no one that can compare to me or that sounds like me
IAA: Who is your fan base directed towards?
TRU BARZ THE LYRICIST: I don’t have a specific fan base because I think every male and female of every age will enjoy my music. I’m very diverse. I can make any type of music for everyone to hear. I can bring soul and blues into hip-hop. I love all types of music. That’s why I know I can combine anything with anything. I’m a musician myself, so I listen for tone, correct pitch, and quality in a beat.
IAA: Who are your musical influences?
TRU BARZ THE LYRICIST: I have many different musical influences. When I was a kid I used to love watching drummers on YouTube and my most favorite was Max Roach . Miles Davis and John Coltrane are my favorite jazz musicians. One of my favorite producers is Ryan Leslie. Watching him make a beat amazes me. I think he is the best producer because he’s super creative and he plays instruments live, which is something I also want to try. Although I am inspired by him, I’m very different from him as well. I don’t try to be like anyone. I’m my own producer.
IAA: What makes you stand out from other artists?
TRU BARZ THE LYRICIST: The thing that makes me stand out from other artists is that I have a God-like sound in some of my music. I started sampling orchestral music, which is something I haven’t really heard from the industry today. I tend to stay away from sounding like other artists. I like to think outside the box and try new things that some producers haven’t tried. I love God-like sounds. I’m a big fan of Greek mythology. I can also sample jazz music. I always change-up my style in music.
IAA: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
TRU BARZ THE LYRICIST: I’m currently working on an EP that I would like to drop before I drop an album. I have a new single I want to drop called “April 29th. “
IAA: What are your career goals? Where do you see you see yourself in ten years?
TRU BARZ THE LYRICIST: My career goals are simple. I just want the world to hear my music and see how talented I am. That’s my main goal right now. I want to be able to provide my family, and I think making music is the best way to do that. I’ve been waiting a really long time for this moment, and now is my chance to make things happen. In 10 years, I see myself being one of the best producers in the music industry. I feel that my music will have a great impact on the world.
IAA: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
TRU BARZ THE LYRICIST: Twitter:@TRUBARZ
Facebook:Gregory Bigtyyme Mills
Reverbnation: TRU BARZ