IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
SOLLO: I have been involved with music, since I was 6. A good half of my family is involved professionally. The majority of my family sings gospel and a few family members own radio stations. I first started playing the drums for my church in elementary school then later progressed to talents shows and performing for people at parties and other events.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
SOLLO: I want to record and release my own music because I feel that I have stories to tell. I speak about things that people can connect to. I talk about everyday problems that may people have and want to talk about, but don’t necessarily feel comfortable expressing.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
SOLLO: My songs are about relationships from the past with exes and my personal life. I write about how I’ve been treated by numerous girls and by people in general. I write about always being a standout and knowing you are different. I write about being neglected as a child and not growing up with a lot. I also write about raising myself with very little help and always feeling alone.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
SOLLO: My musical influence by far is Michael Jackson. When I was younger, all I would do was listen to his music on an A-Track and sing every song. I would mimic all of the dance moves I’ve seen him perform. Marvin Gaye, Frankie Lymon, Drake, and Langston Hughes were also big influences on me, and I can’t forget David Ruffin of The Temptations.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
SOLLO: I connect with my audience through my music. I can play a song of mine and people can connect with how I sound, feel, and what I am saying.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from out from other artists?
SOLLO: I stand out from other artist because I’m not afraid to be me. I don’t try to sound like someone else, or feel that I need to follow someone else’s image. I believe everyone is their own person and are completely different. People should show how unique they are. I stand out because I am always myself.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?
SOLLO: My hardest challenge at this point I can say was understanding not everyone is going to like your music. People are always going to have their opinion, and you cant force them to like it. You just have to find different ways to connect to them
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What upcoming projects are you currently working on?
SOLLO: My upcoming project is my first mixtape called BlackHearts. After that, I want to work on my next one called Black or Red Roses. I haven’t made up my mind yet regarding the title.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in ten years?
SOLLO: I’ve already accomplished one career goal, and that was to be a full scholarship D1 athlete which I am for the North Dakota State Bison. I want to start a clothing line, own my own restaurant, and open up something like a foster home. I believe that kids should have a stable home or family.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
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