IAA: What is your music background?
DUBS: My musical background starts as early as any other kid who hears music for the first time. Once I heard music I instantly enjoyed it. When I was in the fourth grade my mom talked me into joining the Phoenix Boys Choir. I eventually learned how to read and write music in treble and bass clefts with different keys and in different languages. This allowed me to rank up into the Tour Choir, and I was able to tour Europe twice. I graduated from the Choir and continued into high school. Junior year I had the opportunity to go to a trade school for half of my school day. I took this opportunity and went to the East Valley Institute of Technology in Mesa, AZ for Radio Broadcasting. This class allowed me to be in a studio everyday for the next 2 years. Although I had written my own rap lyrics before, this was the first time I could record myself. This was when I started taking my rapping seriously.
IAA: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
DUBS: I feel like my music is different than any other artist. I feel like my perspective is one that hasn’t ever been looked at. I feel as though even though my physical appearance is very different than most, my messages and my emotions can be connected with on many different levels. I want to record and release my own music because I feel it needs, and more importantly wants to be heard.
IAA: What are your songs about?
NUBS: My songs vary from having a good time to everything not going so well. I have songs that are about how I live being someone who was born without arms to the elbow and legs to the knee (overcoming adversity). I have songs for the females about how NUBS will give you a different, better kind of love. I have songs that will hopefully pull you out of the dumps. I have songs about Medical Marijuana. I have songs that inspire, make you think, blow your mind, and get stuck in your head.
IAA: Who is your fan base directed towards?
NUBS: Ultimately my fan base is directed towards people that don’t feel like they can just quite make that final push. It’s for the people that look different and get picked on. The people that are doubted, underestimated, and told they won’t be able to do what they want because of some limitation. But my fan base is also directed to anybody that can connect or anybody that wants to listen.
IAA: Who are your musical influences?
NUBS: My main musical influence is Eminem, I’ve been listening to him since I was a kid and he is the artist that I feel I connect with most. Alongside Slim Shady are many more including flo’s, lyrics, word play, and styles from Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, G-Unit, Tech N9ne, Nate Dogg, Snoop, NWA, 2Pac, Biggie, A Tribe Called Quest, Ice Cube, and Busta Rhymes. My list could go one for pages.
IAA: How would you describe your music to people?
NUBS: I would describe my music to people as something new, different, and hip-hop reviving. My music isn’t something you can say sounds like someone else. It’s something you can appreciate even if you don’t like rap or hip-hop, because it has many musical aspects to it.
IAA: What makes you stand out from other artists?
NUBS: Lets start with my physical appearance. I go by the name of N.U.B.S. because yes I was born without arms or legs and I have nubs but N.U.B.S. means Normally Underestimated By Sight. Now I know people won’t be able to see me through speakers, but it’s okay because my sound is original and different than anyone you’ll find in the game and I promise if you hear my music you won’t turn it. Another thing that makes me stand out is my incredibly hard and relentless work ethic. If there’s work to be done, I’m going to get it done. Even if someone needs a session engineered and I’m at the studio not busy I’ll help them out for no engineering fee. We all are trying to be successful and if you’re investing time into yourself it helps me invest my time into you too. Plus, hard work pays off.
IAA: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
NUBS: Besides the construction of the Odd Squad Family HomeGrown Studio, Memorial Day Weekend my team, The Odd Squad Family, is dropping its first mixtape called “Odd Squad Family Vol 1. AZ Homegrown”. The Odd Squad Family is my group of brothers that if they don’t rap they contribute in some way. Out of the Family 3 of us Rap, Me (NUBS), Snowman, and Frosty. Frosty and Snowman are two albino African Americans who grew up in the hood of Southside Phoenix. Me and Snowman have been working on this mixtape for the past couple of months and are really excited to get it out to the public. The project I’m working on right now though is called “#TeamNUBS”. It’s an album that doesn’t feature anybody, just all music made by me (including the beats). An end-date for this isn’t calculated yet but it will be put out this year.
IAA: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
NUBS: My career goals are to get my music heard worldwide and either signed or independent make enough money off of my music however I can to live in my own place and eat my own food. In ten years I see myself rapping at paid shows being flown out to do my paid shows, and of course I see myself putting Arizona on the map. In ten years I see myself making 6 figures or more off of my music.
IAA: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
NUBS: My fans can access my music at youtube.com/DJWhiteout72 and Reverb Nation at reverbnation.com/OddSquadFamily. My Albums and mixtapes will also be put up on youtube as well as Datpiff and other mixtape sites. My fans can contact me at my facebook, twitter, or instagram @facebook.com/ImNUBS , twitter.com/ImNUBS , and instagram.com/ImNUBS