IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
DEADLY WEAPONS: Toronto, Ontario Canada
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
DEADLY WEAPONS: We all come from a musical background of reggae hip-hop, funk, jazz and R&B. We are all songwriters; as well to being songwriters RocAlot and Minc are rap beat makers. Rock and 70s funk samples are mainly used to make new school beats with a groovy old school rap feel. We all grew up listening to our parents, and older brothers playing music all day and night on their turn tables or stereo systems. Being forced to listen to it has groomed us to who we are now.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
DEADLY WEAPONS: Our songs vary depending on which way we choose to attack the beats. A lot of our songs are inspirational, educational, and showing where we came from and how we grew up.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your favorite song to perform and why?
DEADLY WEAPONS: ‘Turn Up’ remix because its one of our few party tracks that get the audience involved and can start a party.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What has surprised you the most in the pursuit of a career in music?
DEADLY WEAPONS: The amount of supporters you gain and lose by choosing this as a career. People seem to either stand behind you fully or tell you it’s really not something you should fully pursue. You just stick to it regardless of who doesn’t agree with that choice and for those who are still there supporting you.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
DEADLY WEAPONS: We grew up listening to Tupac, Biggie, KRS One, Gangstar and Nas. Those are our inspirations, but more current influences are J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Fabolous, and Lupe Fiasco.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
DEADLY WEAPONS: We would describe our music as being hard nose, gritty, with a mixture of an old school vibe. The music we create comes from our facts of life then orchestrated into a type of sound that has people really enjoy the music, while getting our point across.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
DEADLY WEAPONS: We started basic. We now have found the sound, a mix of old school and new school together. Our lyrics are diverse and touch everyday subjects differently then basic artists do nowadays.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What would you like to see changed in today’s music industry?
DEADLY WEAPONS: The pop sound. We would love to see the music go back to real hip hop and have more of a community involvement. We feel like hip-hop had lost its identity and it needs to get it back.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?
DEADLY WEAPONS: We’ve got two group projects coming up. One being a mixtape; ’24 Hours’ which is more of a party and groovy direction we are going in having fun while still hitting our target audience with what they came to love about us. The second being ‘Revolutionary Warfare’ that the name pretty much describes what we are going with. Uplift and educate people with what’s going on in the world and what we need to do about it. Lastly we all got our own solo projects we are working on.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
DEADLY WEAPONS: We all want to give back to the communities that helped us while we were growing. We want to work with kids in lower income housing to help give them the resources necessary to make a change in their lives as well as others.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
DEADLY WEAPONS: We can be reached on Twitter:
@MarcusHoward87 (Marcus Howard)
@SwaggerWaggz (Todd Guitarin)
@ill_will100 (Ill Will)
Like us on Facebook, Deadly Weapons music group. Our music can be heard at soundcloud.com/deadly-weapons, deadlyweapons1.bandcamp.com and datpiff.com search Cypher Files one and two. You can also check out our YouTube channel Deadly Weapons TV, as well as our Reverbnation page, Deadly Weapons. We also have a temporary website, alwayslifted416.wix.com/alwaysliftedprod.
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