IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:What city and state are you from?
CHIEF SCREW LOOSE:Born in Augusta, GA to a mother and father that were in the Army. I am from Georgia, Connecticut, New York, as well as New Jersey. Finally landing in Knoxville, Tennessee, I call this city my home. More specifically, East Knoxville is where I grew up and called home. This area felt like it was a separate city and state and it’s where I gained most of the life experiences that influence my music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:What is your music background?
CHIEF SCREW LOOSE: At the age of 11 I started playing the trumpet in the middle school band. I continued to play the trumpet all the way through high school in concert bands, jazz bands, marching bands and also even playing professionally. I learned how to play some other various woodwind and brass instruments by ear. I started rapping and beat production in the year of 2000. Currently I produce music along with rapping and singing.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
CHIEF SCREW LOOSE: I want to introduce my city to the world through my music. Most people, when encountered outside of Knoxville, will ask where I’m from. When I explain that I am from Knoxville, they immediately assume that I live in Nashville or a surrounding area. That changes anytime someone hears my influential music that I create. For example in one of my songs entitled “Get Loose” I explain how we [people of Knoxville] like to unwind and have a good time just like people in any other city.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
CHIEF SCREW LOOSE: I have a wide variety of songs to date that touch a lot of topics. I have a song titled “Summer,” that touches on the playful summer time fun that goes on in my city. I also have songs that touch on serious issues like dealing with the loss of loved ones, such as the song “This is Paradise” from the soon to be released No Approval Needed album. At the end of the day I want people to say “Screw Loose makes songs that get me through the tough times and keep me happy through the good times.”
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
CHIEF SCREW LOOSE: My musical influence is Timbaland. The way his syncopated rhythms had the whole world bouncing when he first hit the scene, working with artists like Aaliyah. On my song “Run This Town” I have an intricate delivery with a usage of the English language that would excite anyone that enjoyed “Adrenaline Rush” by Twista. My music is known to be full of energy just like the styling’s of Mystikal. With the release of No Approval Needed, expect the raw, I’m doing me styling’s of artists like T.I. and Young Jeezy. They bring that underground mentality to a mainstream sound. Lastly, my music has influences of the sound aspects of Kanye West, Singing of T-Pain and the feeling that Drake brings about when he is featured on songs.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
CHIEF SCREW LOOSE: My music is a blend of Rap and R&B that is reminiscent of sounds out of Chicago, Memphis and New Orleans. When you hear my music it should put you in a better mood. My music is the type of music that you can put in when you are having a bad day and suddenly, for that brief moment, you are no longer worried about the ills of the world like R&B makes people feel. The way that I rap will put you in the mind of the great music scenes when they were truly towering above the rest, such as; Chicago with artists like Twista, Crucial Conflict, Kanye, and Common. Memphis with artists like Three Six Mafia, 8Ball and MJG, Playa Fly, Yo Gotti and Kingpin Skinny Pimp. New Orleans with artists from the current and past, Cash Money Records and No Limit Records.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
CHIEF SCREW LOOSE: My unique vocals and ability to fit on any song makes me stand out. My intricate delivery and my vernacular definitely set me apart. The usage of singing combined with rapping has allowed me to push my sound above even that of most people’s favorite artists. Another thing that sets me truly above the rest is that I don’t need to follow the trends in order to do what I love. Generally speaking, I have had songs that have always been six months to a few years ahead of what artists are conventionally doing. My music sense and forward thinking will grab your attention long before you even grasp the full picture that I paint in metaphors.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?
CHIEF SCREW LOOSE: One of the hardest challenges has been that my city is a young city musically, so getting support via financially and during shows is hard. If you were to Google: chiefscrewloose, you would see, even through the challenges of my city being a young musical city, it is still possible for artists, like myself, to overcome this challenge. My group has a song in which I am featured on titled “You Betta Move” and on this song I[We] touch base on how challenges have not broken me[us] in the pursuit of my dreams. The second is that gaining support financially and during shows has been a hard challenge to overcome. The way that I have overcame this challenge of lack of support has been through the use of social media. I post songs and allow fans the opportunity to get a glimpse of the real work and world involved and this makes it easier to eliminate the lack of actual supports, financial, and physical.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
CHIEF SCREW LOOSE: Currently I am working on a project with my protégé, Ideclaredubbp, titled Who is Segregated Circle. We are expecting to digitally release by late June. I am also working on a solo album titled No Approval Needed. This album is expected to be released late June to mid July. In the meantime, I am always doing songs and exclusives for all of the fans and soon to be fans. Google me for more information.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
CHIEF SCREW LOOSE: My career goal is to turn Knoxville, Tennessee into a successful music city. I see myself making classic records and signing artists in 10 years. Also I have clear goals to enrich my community by providing opportunities to others to get out of impoverish conditions. I also would like to go into philanthropy and help under-privileged people, not just in my city and state, but also regionally and nationally as well.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:How can your fans access your music and contact you?
CHIEF SCREW LOOSE: Fans can reach me on