IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
ThisGuyTSXL: I was born on Jan. 25th 1989 in a small town called Rockford, which is the 3rd largest city in the state of Illinois. Full of lively entrepreneurs and colorful characters, Rockford is a city I am very proud to come from! Despite its unforgiving streets, I was able to grow up, graduate and eventually move out of Rockford to spread my wings and explore the world and all that it has to offer.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
ThisGuyTSXL: When I think of myself and music, my recollection always brings me back to a picture of myself when I was a toddler. I was a year and a half possibly 2 and I was walking through my grandmother’s house, in a diaper with the very first walkman, with drumsticks screaming the lyrics to Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby”. As the years progressed I became more aware of the sounds around me. My extended family was deeply involved in music. My cousins used to tap out “beats” with pens and pencils on any flat surface and I wasn’t too far behind. My uncles and aunt sung in choir and in a quartet. I even started running the audio engineering room in the congregation that my family has attended for generations. I personally found my niche when I rediscovered the art of beat boxing. Taught by my mother at an early age, I quickly became a “human orchestra” around my high school and town. However, it wasn’t until I allowed a close friend to read from my poetry books that I actually got into rapping.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
ThisGuyTSXL: I record and still want to record music for the very same reason I began, for myself. I don’t express my emotions very well verbally. When I found music it was an instant release! Whenever I feel as though the walls are caving in or no matter how much id like to trust someone enough to let them in and don’t have someone available for that, music is there. So I began using this outlet to say the things I personally felt the artists of this current generation weren’t conveying to me and people began to not only receive what I was speaking on but they actually could empathize and feel the message that I was putting out.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
ThisGuyTSXL: My music is similar yet very different than what you hear on the radio today. I speak of sex, drugs, alcohol, women and my own personal experiences. I like to divide the content of my material into seasons. I provide my audience with a “Turn Up” mixtape, then I release something smooth and sensual for my female audience specifically and then I bring it back home with a constructive illustration of my growth and experiences throughout the previous year. I feel it is very important to show my audience and any potential listener that I’m no “one trick pony” and that I actually am a well-rounded artist.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
ThisGuyTSXL: The people whom inspire me most as far as music would have to be, B.B. King, System of a Down and Talaam Acey. B.B. King is the oldest and first artist I listened to. He just has a way of making you feel ok about feeling. Even though, he sings blues, all his songs are sorrowful. Some are actually uplifting and others are just down right hilarious. I feel what most people tend to miss in this genre of music is that you are supposed to FEEL and that’s what B.B. King has inspired me to do. Feel something when I write or recorded. Plus, the legend goes that he actually named his Guitar after my great grandmother! Now System of a Down on the other hand, they give truth. They speak what’s on their heart and genuinely don’t care too much about if anyone is upset by their honesty. They continuously inspire me to be true to myself and my craft. Talaam Acey is an amazing spoken word poet. His words stick to your soul like a hearty bowl of soup in the dead of winter. He inspires me to always give my message meaning and strength.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
ThisGuyTSXL: I typically wouldn’t describe my music to someone. I have enough confidence in the music I make so I allow it to speak for itself. I don’t compare myself to any mainstream or underground success because I feel as though my music speaks a language of its on and the world is just waiting on the edge of their seats to learn it.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
ThisGuyTSXL: Simple, other artists sit and I remain outstanding. I presence the talent known as ThisGuy in such a remarkable way, that if I’m not the headliner when you first meet me, you’ll be asking yourself why in the world wasn’t this kid allowed to have more time. I give encore performances EVERY time I bless the stage!
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?
ThisGuyTSXL: I normally would say that process of actually getting a foot in the door as far as being heard in the industry but to be completely honest, I would have to say hate. At one point in time I was making really horrible music and people would tell me its great. I hadn’t realized earlier in my career that there would be a lot of pretend supporters who see something special in me and want to extinguish the flame before it has a chance to mature. I continued to keep an ear open for constructive criticism but I started educating myself. I would read and watch videos for hours on end about mixing vocals and actually constructing a song. I knew I was on the right path when people became attracted to the material I was putting out and also recommending other artist to get in contact with me and start working on projects.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
ThisGuyTSXL: I normally stay busy working on a few projects at a time but this season I’ve actually slowed down and started focusing more on the projects individually. I’m currently working on the third installment of a mixtapes series called Strictly for Cups and Blunts. it currently has no release date but is very close to completion. I also have a project for the ladies, which is the second installment of a mixtape series, called Lyrical Panty Drop. The ideal goal is to release it on February 14th. I pushing very hard to meet that deadline. I also have a project underway with a Memphis native by the name of CMD da Real called “Smoking With The Windows Up” which we plan to release either on April 20th or July 10th. then I plan to wrap the year up with the 4th installment of “Self Evaluation”.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
ThisGuyTSXL: My career goal is simple. Make money doing what I love to do. Change the way people think/ look at life. In 10 years I honestly see myself on tour in Europe/Asia where I would also be instructing creative writing courses for the underprivileged. I really enjoy volunteering and giving back to not only my community but to the earth as a whole.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
ThisGuyTSXL: I can be contacted in a variety of ways. I can be contacted via email(email@example.com or my older address firstname.lastname@example.org) Via Twitter Kik or Snapchat. All under the name ThisGuyTSXL. My instagram is ThisGuyTSXL_. My music can be found on Datpiff and NumberOneMusic.com under my old name DieselTheMagnificent, as well as on Youtube. My material can also be accessed on Soundcloud or Reverbnation by searching for ThisGuyTSXL. I have also an app that is provided free of charge at Reverbnation.com/ThisGuyTSXL/android and lastly I am always more than happy to personally email my listeners one of their favorite tracks of mine.
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