IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
CATASTRAPHY: Originally I was born in Milwaukee, WI, I ended up moving to Seattle, WA with my mother at a young age. However, my mother and I traveled back and forth between both places and we have returned back to Seattle, WA. I have been living here since the age of 12. Currently, I reside on the outskirts of Seattle, located in Kent, WA.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
CATASTRAPHY: I began writing lyrics at 12 years of age. I was trying to explore all angles possible to differentiate myself from all other artists and make myself stand out. I’ve done live performances between two major cities, Seattle, Washington, and Atlanta, Georgia. My first performance was at the Studio 7, located in Seattle, where two multi-platinum selling artists, Bizzy Bone, (From Bone Thugs ‘N’ Harmony), and B-Real, (Cypress Hill). I have blessed the stage with their presence while touring on the “Unite The Mic Tour”.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
CATASTRAPHY: My song represent self-motivation and seizing the moment whenever opportunity presents itself. Lately, I’ve been testing the waters to see what the reaction would be from people toward some of my newer material. The only reason being is because people requested more club type and/or up tempo tracks, something that you can dance to. In which I seem to be gaining more recognition for, thus benefits my career and fan base. Overall, my music is about knowing, believing in God, and that by placing your faith into him to the fullest, you will reach an unlimited amount of success. With God, not a soul on this earth can stop you from achieving your goals and living your dreams. Rather it be music, acting, modeling, producing, dancing, doctor, lawyer, whatever it may be. The world is a battlefield, and you have to continue “fighting” until you got what you came for and then some.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your favorite song to perform and why?
CATASTRAPHY: My favorite song to perform is “Discipline.” This song is so energetic and motivational that when I hit the stage, I can see the reaction within the crowd. This song to my opinion, represents the epitome of what a man is suppose to stand for, let alone, what he or she is suppose to fight for, pertaining to “anything” involving the works of blood, sweat, and tears, whatever God gifted you with. It belongs to you, so go after it, and don’t stop!
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What has surprised you the most in the pursuit of a career in music?
CATASTRAPHY: What has surprised me the most throughout the pursuit of my music career is the fact that people who actually pay attention to my music are a lot more “surprised” at the facts, that I’m not yet traveling the world having major success from my music. While in comparison to many other artist who are achieving this major success, the people who listen to my music, believe the tables should be turned and I should be “one of many” who are achieving worldwide success.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
CATASTRAPHY: Okay, I’m gonna kick this one off by starting with my main man, Tupac, Notorious B.I.G, R Kelly, K-C & JoJo, Tech N9ne, Eminem, Hopsin, Tank, T.I., Usher, Krizz Kaliko, and so forth. The reason why these specific group of people have the strongest impact on me musically is because they have a fearless passion. I like how they go about how they carry themselves, not worrying about the consequences and knowing the struggle of their backgrounds, overflowed with purified blood, sweat, and tears. “Word For Word” these people represent and stand for “every word that is spoken” and have no regret for it later.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
CATASTRAPHY: People describe my music in the literal terms of having more of a natural sound, laid back, and something cool to ride to, rather than sounding robotic, prosthetic, and unreal. Whatever the people feel and perceive my music as being, I truly honor and respect their decisions, because without the people and/or fan base, you have no one or no way to describe your music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
CATASTRAPHY: What makes me stand out from other artists is my voice, vocal performance, and my overall approach to the music. Mass majority of the time I’m often told I have a very unique voice that is very noticeable and distinguishable. From my voice, you you can tell who I am from a playlist stacked to the moon, filled up with other artists. I also like the fact how people love the opposite direction I go with my flow. One minute I can hit high pitch, next I go low, one second I rap slow, and the next I’m ready for take off.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What would you like to see changed in today’s music industry?
CATASTRAPHY: I would like to see the entire music industry changed for the better. I have to be honest, a lot of artists today just flat out suck! They follow a trend, to the point where it seems that everyone has that same exact style and flow. I feel, as well as many others have said, “They lack creativity.” It’s just like a washer and dryer, going in the same exact circle, same pattern, no different direction, and it never stops. Artists need to be recognized by talent, skill, heavy lyricism, personality, and work ethic. There’s not much more after that.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some up and coming projects that you are currently working on?
CATASTRAPHY: Currently, the only project that I am attending to at the moment is promoting and marketing my existing material. Musically, I do have lyrics, songs, and hooks, right along with other ideas that I can’t wait to present to people. But for those who don’t already know, 90% of the music, is all business and only 10% of it is creativity. That’s one good reason why my main occupation would be to focus on getting the business rolling, first thing first. That way there will be more room on the table for creativity, right along with new up and coming projects.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
CATASTRAPHY: Number one priority in my career goals before anything, is “succeeding” in the music industry. Do I see myself having multi-platinum records? Yes! Do I see myself performing on stage in front of millions? Yes! Can I see my bank account filled with several millions of dollars? Definitely!…But no matter how you look at it, you can have success one day, then drop off the next if it is not a constant hustle. Overall, I would like to achieve a faithful team of go gettas, to help build and establish this path and soon turning this path into an “Empire”. 10 years from now, I see myself having to be so well known and respected in the music industry that when it comes down to it, I will have the final say so, based on what stays and what goes. I would also like to have the ability to help other artists, around the world and give them a fair shot, regardless of what genre of music they are into. To my opinion, there are way too many talented artistsin the world who are not being recognized for what gifts they have. This is due to the facts of simply not having the right resources. All and all, at the end of the day, it’s all about fire burning in the passion, not the fire burning in the place.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can fans access your music and contact you?
CATASTRAPHY: Fans can access my official website 24/7 at: www.Catastraphy.com to contact me or if they may have any questions. I would be glad to answer or engage with the fans however they may please, all within reason. My website will include a mailing list, as well as contact booking information. They can also follow me on twitter.com/Catastraphy to check out my tweets and feel more than welcome to send personalized tweets and I’ll do my absolute best to get back to them. Other than that, i look forward to hearing from all fans and new feedback.