IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
IDIOSYNCRASY: I am from Billings, MT. Lived here pretty much all my life. It’s a small-town feel with a city-like atmosphere. It has a great downtown nightlife with a booming music scene. More and more shows keep coming through every year and they only seem to be improving and growing. Love to see that kind of progress in my hometown. Makes me proud to say I’m apart of the Big Sky State and its people.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
IDIOSYNCRASY: I was always involved with church choirs and top auditioned choirs in the public school systems growing up. Traveled to Denver and Los Angeles as kid for a couple choir competitions. After that experience I was hooked. I started playing instruments in band up into high school. I mainly played saxophones. Participated in few jazz bands also. I play some acoustic and electric guitar. I began composing, recording and producing my own music 2010 when I started college. While attending Rocky Mountain College, I studied some music theory, but more specifically the roots of jazz music. By 2012, I kind of fell into the music industry though a local promoter that liked some of my recordings. Since then I’ve been performing live shows a couple times a month and continue to work with other producers and musicians looking for ways to make a bigger and better live performance for the audience.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
IDIOSYNCRASY: If I can make someone smile, I made their day better in some way, right? That’s what does it for me. That energy spreads. For me, music is therapeutic. Whether it is a fun up-beat salsa dance or a slow, dismal church hymn. Music is a way we can express ourselves freely and release our inner emotions. I want to record and release my music because, if I can make a change for the better in someone’s life because of maybe what I say, how I say something, what I do on stage, or simply the music has a catchy riff, (who knows?!). Then I’ve done my job. As much as it is for me, it is for you.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
IDIOSYNCRASY: Life, death, happiness, sorrow, dancing, partying’, smoking’, drinking’. One of my personal favorites is “Rainy Day”. It’s about this teenage kid and he’s reminiscing about his memories of his best friend that committed suicide. Its like he’s having a conversation with his buddy as if he were sitting right there next him. He talks about the night of the suicide and expresses how he wishes he could have done something to make things work out differently. In the end, he thanks him for sending the message that life is too short to hate and just barely long enough to love. Recently, a few of my newer unreleased songs have been focused on the “come-up” of an artist/entrepreneur. I talk about rising up to success from where you were before regardless of your situation or obstacles along the way. Staying focused on the good even when it’s not the easiest thing to do.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
IDIOSYNCRASY: To my whole generation and future generations to come. I direct my music towards basically anyone and everyone who really appreciates the art of music in its entirety. Even though I’m a hip-hop/R & B artist I like to branch out to all genres and music cultures. I love to mix and match different genres together to bring different cultures together in the name of one thing.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
IDIOSYNCRASY: I would have to say I have a few artists from every genre of music but lately my focus has been on R&B singers, hip-hop artists, and other underground rappers/producers. Lately some of my major influences include Lauryn Hill, Dr. Dre, J. Cole, Eminem, Ludacris, Wu-Tang, Tech N9ne, Hopsin, Bruno Mars, Pharrell, Myke Bogan, and then of course a few of my own homies P-Roc, and Tha Unknown, whom I work a ton with on music. My family and especially my father, who adopted me as a teenage kid, have played a huge role in the continuity of my career. Having the love and support I do from my family and peers drives me to keep pursuing my dreams. I continue to progress and succeed so then one day I can be the one with the helping hand to help them and the community out, like they did for me.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
IDIOSYNCRASY: West-coast hip-hop with an R&B edge. Salty, bodacious lyrics combined with high-energy acts, soulful harmonies, and a motivational overtone.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
IDIOSYNCRASY: I’m diverse when it comes my style/s of music I’ll perform or record. I’m always trying to do something different, . I do my best to make sure the audience is not only entertained, but so intrigued that they’re already buying tickets to the next show. Got a great live show?? People buy your music.. badass CD?! But suck live? Good luck, I always focus on my live performance because first impressions are lasting impressions. My energy levels are through the roof when I’m on the mic, live and/or recording. It really helps me bring out the emotions I want to express in my voice. For me, it’s not only what you say, but also how you say it. I hear a lot of “artists” (I mean “rappers”) that may have some solid lyrics/flow but zero emotion in their recordings or vice versa. That’s a huge aspect to music for me. Emotion/passion, I’m super OCD about pronunciation. I get a lot of people that say they love an artist’s music but wish they could understand more of their lyrics. That being said I make sure to focus.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
IDIOSYNCRASY: I’m currently working on a couple single projects and two mixtapes. One mixtape will be more of soulful, west coast` face to heavy trap beats. My newest single “Nowhere (But Up)” is probably my favorite piece I’ve done yet. It is super funky, soulful, west coast hip-hop. Still can’t get the hook outta my head! It will also be on my first mixtape. I’m looking at putting out online this fall.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
IDIOSYNCRASY: I have short-term goals and long-term but, ultimately I want my music to spread around the globe for everyone to hear and to be part of. Long-term I want to build my own label/production company/brand and eventually be the one finding the latest and greatest musicians and entrepreneurs to make a name for them. I want to create a household name brand that people can expect amazing music, live shows, promotion, and product from. Short-term I’m focused on getting my new mixtapes/album finished and pressed up.
On top of that, I’m working on some new graphics to use towards clothing and other merchandise I want to brand myself, my music, and iDiO-Music with a reputation people can expect not only great music from, but also quality product people recognize and can associate with iDiO-Music, it’s associates/affiliates, and iDiO-Syncrasy. I eventually want to tour nationally and internationally to share my music. I want to share it amongst other cultures to learn more about their genres and styles of music first-hand. My goal is to create something bigger than me. Something people can look up to. A culture people Want to be a part of.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
IDIOSYNCRASY: You can find my music, events, and graphic work at the following sites:
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