IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
I am a hip hop musician and songwriter.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
SWISHA-T: I have always written music and it is a big part of who I am. I have amazing fans that push me to do more and be better, every day. It is inspiring that my music is a part of their lives. I continue to make my own music because this is my outlet, my art, my expression of who I am and I want to share that with others.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
SWISHA-T: My music is about myself: my life, my experiences, what pisses me off and what makes me happy (women). While I might go into the occasional rap rage I also have a sense of humor and try to show all sides of me.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
SWISHA-T: Young people ages 15-30 and people who love real rap.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
SWISHA-T: I push myself to be original but we all have artists who we admire that influence how we approach our music. I would say that at this point my influences include Tupac, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, DMX, and Big L.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
SWISHA-T: Lyrically refined with a smooth flow and set to great beats.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
SWISHA-T: I strive to talk about things differently. Words are the tools that I use to express myself and I am not out to sound like everyone else. I am my music; I can look back at my music over the years and see how I have grown and changed. I feel that the construction of each song is an improvement of the ones that came before.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
SWISHA-T: I am currently working on an EP to be released mid-October. I am also working on a music video for my single “Ballistic” featuring Madchild which is yet to be released.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
SWISHA-T: I want to continue to grow musically and expand my fan base while remaining worthy of their interest. I want to collaborate with more artists who I admire and maybe someday in the future have the ability to mentor others. In 10 years I want to do all of this and start my own record label to nurture other artists and continue producing the style of music that I love.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Howcanyourfansaccessyourmusicandcontactyou?
SWISHA-T: Fans can follow me on Twitter, “Like” me on Facebook, watch my videos on YouTube, and stream or download my music from SoundCloud. I am pretty accessible to them, thanks to social media.
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