IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
YUNG TRILL: I’m from Pulaski. You might know Pulaski as the birth place of the KKK. It is located at the very bottom of Tennessee. It’s basically a retirement town where you have to shop at Wal-Mart or go 45 minutes out of the way to go see a movie. There isn’t really a whole lot of opportunity in the town I’m from. All I have down there is family. I knew I had to get out soon as I graduated. I moved to Nashville when I was 18 and lived there for 2 years before moving to Murfreesboro, TN. I never knew this would be where I would start making bigger moves in music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
YUNG TRILL: The crazy thing about how I started making music and discovering my musical abilities was when I was about 14 with a group of friends and one of my friends named Brent Hargrove asked me, “Hey, how about you freestyle?” while we had some instrumentals. My first reaction was “Bro, you know I can’t,” laughing it off. With a lot of peer pressure, I busted a freestyle out and wildest thing about it was that they went nuts! So, I just kept at it and kept at it. Then I would catch myself jotting rhymes and writing songs in my high school classes. I really didn’t have anywhere to record or knew anybody who engineered at the time, so I did what most people without options would do and that’s to take matters into my own hands! I got myself a job working at McDonalds to build up some funds. With my first check, and I mean literally my first check, I bought my first USB Mxl 07 and downloaded the software Cool Edit Pro. Instantly, I was right to work recording my own music. I was fascinated by the art of engineering and recording my sound on a software. I was hooked in and knew then that this could possibly be something I would want to do for the rest of my life. I dropped my first mix tape my senior year called “Feel Me”. Sounds a little generic, but it was my first drop and I had to start somewhere. I was throwing my CD out to my classmates, friends, teachers, basically everybody! I got so many positive reviews and great feedback. This drove me to be in the high school talent show that year. My good friend, Tez was my right hand man in the talent show. We performed two songs. One song was called “Life Aint Fair,” which was a real heart felt track for my peers. It talked about depression, suicide, economy, issues within our school itself and life. After the show, everybody came to me and was like “Yo! that life aint fair track touched me so much!”. It even brought a few to tears! I was in total shock! Right then was when I knew this is my craft. I changed everything from that moment on. I was a star point guard for my basketball team and my Dad was the coach of that team. He had spent so much effort into me working hard towards becoming a D1 basketball player. Honestly, that was where my mind was before the talent show. A few weeks later, at home during a dinner meal, I looked at my Dad and told him, “I don’t want to play D1 basketball, I want to pursue this music. I feel like I have a real talent”. Of course, like any parent who put in so much effort would be against it at first. After a long talk he accepted the fact I wanted to do music. I looked in his eyes told him, “Daddy, I’m going to be something one day. Just watch.” He replied, “Son I hope you do.” I remember this conversation like it was yesterday. Next week, I applied to the Art Institute and a week later I was accepted! This was step one towards making the quality music I wanted.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
YUNG TRILL: Recording is just a small part of why I love to make music. It is more about the atmosphere of being around people trying to achieve the same goal with one concept. When my producer, Ryan Gowler is in lab breaking down the instruments to put a beat together, It brings a rush of adrenaline through my mind knowing that we can create a song that could possibly change lives, make someone’s day better, or raise their spirits. This is why my core friends call me the “spirit lifter.” Nobody knows what to expect when I come around, they just know I’m bringing energy to the table. Engineering my own work also has played a huge part in my love of recording. The reverb, the echoes, lo-fis, the chops, the screws, it is all so fascinating to me. I remember back when I was young and I used to listen to a song and I’d be like, “that’s a good song.” Now when I listen to the same song I hear way more than what I heard before. I hear the passion, the art behind the mixing when the artist hit a certain lyric and it echoes to complete it. I never noticed that until I started making my own music. My main focus is to release my music and get who I am as a person and my personality to everybody’s attention. I am a crazy, fun, energetic guy who does the craziest things and if you have a Snapchat or Instagram, you have clearly seen that I want to convert that energy to a broad audience by releasing my music. I don’t even consider it releasing my music as much as it is me releasing my essence.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
YUNG TRILL: The majority of my songs are about my life experiences and whatever I’m experiencing at the time. When I get ready to compose a song, it is always what emotion I’m feeling at the time. This is what gives me my direction on that particular song. For instance on my mix tape “Swag 110 II: Reloaded In The Boro,” I have a song called “Don’t Know About You” which basically is a song talking about how you feel about a particular person that acts out the ordinary for attention. At that time I was going through a stage where a lot of people were always lying to me about the dumbest things to try to impress me. So in my head I would always be like “I Dont Know About You”. That made it easy for me to conduct a song about that topic. This has always been pretty easy for me. Another song of that same mix tape called ” When I Come Around” is a song calling out to people going through life’s trials and tribulations and they feel like its so easy to give up. I’m letting them know on that song that I’m here for you and I’m willing do what have to do to raise your spirit. My songs come from day to day moments so honestly my songs can be about just anything.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
YUNG TRILL: My music is really directed towards anybody feeling what I’m feeling. Basically what I’m trying to say is that you could be 14 or 44 years old, but as long as you’re going through the same things that I’m going through, you’re going to feel what I’m saying in my art. I am 24 and of course more people around my age group are going to tend to feel my music more than the older cats or the younger cats but my music is for all ages. My main aim for my fan base are people who appreciate music that comes from the inside and not trying make music for what people want to hear if that make sense. I want my fan base to know me as person. I want them to know me so well from my music that they feel like they have hung out with me for years. That is my goal.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
YUNG TRILL: When I first started making my own music, I honestly never had a musical influence. My influences didn’t start till about 2008 my senior year. That was when Lil’ Wayne was hotter than ever so obviously everybody wanted to be like Weezy. To me, he influenced my work ethic in the studio because at the time he was dropping mix tape after mix tape, nonstop. Wayne showed that if you want to be the best, you have to put it major work. Eminem is probably my biggest influence and also my favorite emcee. The way Eminem raps and delivers his lyrics on a song is phenomenal. Back when, it was songs like “They Way I Am” and like “Till I Collapse” that had me like, “Oh my God!” and now its songs like “Rap God” and “Despicable” that make Em so unbelievable. Em makes me want to think outside the box on every lyric I jot down when writing a song. I want to make my words connect like crosswords. It’s funny that he said that in his one of his songs called “Legacy”. Drake also plays a role in how I create my music now. Drake made it okay to be truthful and 100 percent honest in your raps and to your fans. Drake shows this on a big scale. The “Take Care” album was just an outstanding craft. Crazily at the time me and my high school sweetheart just had a huge break up and I was depressed about it. But listening to “Take Care” it made me realize how easily I could take my emotions and make great music out of it. Lil’ Wayne, Drake, Eminem is what inspired me the most on this musical journey.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
YUNG TRILL: I describe my music as energetic but mostly relatable. My main goal is to have my music relatable. I want my fans to be able to build a relationship with me like they have met me in person. I want my fans to be able to build off of that. That is what is most important to me. Diversity also describes my music too. I can switch my style up on any verse or on any song. Being able to change your emotion due to a different sound plays a big part in the way I make my music. I refuse to let my fans down, giving them nothing less than quality, enjoyable music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
YUNG TRILL: What differentiates me from other artists is that I’m not scared to be me through my music. Being yourself in your music plays a huge role on how people are going to perceive you. Say for instance, you’re a skateboarder and all you rap about is gangsta rap. You’re not going to get respect because people perceive you as a skateboarder and not a gangsta. It is as simple as that. I want people to able to look at me and know that I live and love the stuff I rap about. Point blank period it is all about heart and my heart bleeds on these songs.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
YUNG TRILL: I just dropped a mix tape on Datpiff called “Swag 110 II: Reloaded In The Boro” less that a month ago. That mix tape really shows my transition from living in Nashville for a couple years to moving to Murfreesboro. Murfreesboro is the home of MTSU one of the biggest party schools in Tennessee. “Swag 110 II: Reloaded In The Boro” really defines that aspect of me being in a college ruled city and just trying to make the best of it. I made some good musical friends along the way and they are all over the mix tape as well. One of them, whose stage name is “Novelist” is working on an upcoming project with me called “Music of Tomorrow”. This project is going to be a unique piece of music because were simply trying to change the game and be the new faces of this era that is going be created. Another project I’m working on is an all hip-hop mix tape. Really aiming towards mixing new school and old school together on this project. Plenty of music, and I mean plenty of music is on the way from Mr. 110.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
YUNG TRILL: My career goals right now is to be at the top of my craft doing what I love to do, which is to entertain. I have always been a wild, entertaining person and to be able to entertain people on a big stage would be incredible. Being wealthy would be nice but just being able to put my family in a better place is really all I care about. I’m a family man so they come first when it comes to anything. Taking care of them is my main goal for success in music. Other than that, in ten years with my talent and eager to make something out myself I see myself doing great things for me and the music industry.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
YUNG TRILL: As far as right now you can contact me via twitter (@ytrill24), Facebook (Yung Trill) , Reverbnation (Mr110Swag), Soundcloud (ytrill24), Gmail (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Youtube. This is how you can reach me to leave me feedback or to contact me about booking shows or features. I will eventually have websites posted up for further inquiry.
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