IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
C-NOTE: I am from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I lived in Toronto for a year (2013-2014) where I also did a lot of growing as an artist.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
C-NOTE: My grandfather was a well-known poet in Lebanon who also wrote songs for my uncle, who is an Arabic singer. He also helped manage my aunt’s career, who was a singer. My mom used to also sing when she was younger but never viewed it as a career for herself. I have an uncle who was also a poet and had showed me some of his poems. I began writing hip-hop lyrics when I was 10 years old, in the back of my grade 5 classroom. When I was 13, I recorded my first song with my 2 cousins on a little webcam microphone.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
C-NOTE: Like any other artist, I love music and love making music. Even If I weren’t releasing music, I would still be making music. Music is my life. But also so I can give back. I want to build and grow and be recognized as a great talented artist, and use the attention to produce positive changes in the world and help raise awareness in certain matters.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
C-NOTE: I am very diverse and versatile with my songs. I have songs about partying, drinking, getting high and living/loving life. I also make positive songs about war and poverty and how people need to smile.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
C-NOTE: I would say people ages 18-30, people who go out and enjoy life, people who party, people living the college lifestyle, Stoners, people who like the old-school rap, people who like lyrical trap.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
C-NOTE: My 2 biggest influences are Tupac and Eminem. I listened to them the most growing up. Eminem’s song “Lose Yourself” actually influenced me a lot in wanting to become a hip-hop artist. For Eminem, I mostly loved his rhyme-scheme and wordplay and the fact that he could just say whatever he wants in a song and do whatever he wants in a video, and act weird as hell without having a care about what people would think. Tupac inspired me in from how he makes his music sound like poetry, and his lyrics were real. He would make music for people to relate to and learn from. He rapped for peace and freedom. He influenced me to always have songs about real things going on in the world
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
C-NOTE: I’m a funky hip-hop artist with a thuggish touch. When I say that I mean, I have old school funky songs that are filled with energy for when you’re having fun or about to party or go out. And I have smooth, mellow, smoke-to type of music to relax and chill-out to. But I also have that hard in your face, lyrical-trap music to get hyped up.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
C-NOTE: I have a different style and approach to hip-hop, though I make some of the typical rap songs. I focus on making sure my lyrics always make sense and aren’t just garbage. My songs aren’t all about the beat. I love messing around with my wordplay and rhyme schemes. I try to make music for people to relate to and learn from. My songs are filled with energy. I am very versatile and my songs are diverse.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
C-NOTE: My biggest project in the works at the moment is the, “Rhyme Skiiming” mixtape. It’s going to be a 10-12-song mixtape with a couple features from some Ottawa and Toronto artists. It will be getting released in late February or early March. Another project to look out for would be the, “Sorry” Music Video, which will be released mid-late January.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals?
C-NOTE: My career goals are to have nation/world wide tours. Own my own label or music group. Have high ranked (Top 5) albums and singles. Have a successful business for planning and putting on shows. Make positive changes in the world through my music. Raise awareness on poverty/mental illness/violence etc. I want to be very well-known as a hip-hop artist.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
C-NOTE: In 10 years I see myself being successful in my goals, having a massive fan-base and being known as a hip-hop artist who really cares and made positive changes. I also see myself performing in front of massive crowds and selling major hit albums. I dream big, but I also work hard and believe that I will make it where I plan to make it.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
TO BE FEATURED ON IAA INDUSTRY NEWS
CONTACT US AT INFO@INDUSTRYALLACCESS.COM
FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @IAAINDUSTRYNEWS
LIKE US ON FACEBOOK @INDUSTRYALLACCESS