IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
FLEEGANG: FleeGang is a group hailing from Northwest Indiana. All members are currently residing in Indiana which is also the state they’re representing but the members weren’t originally born in Indiana. The group found each other while going to high school. All with the love for music, they decided to form a music group together. Joe Blocka was born and raised in Calumet City, IL, moving to the Hammond, Indiana area when he was 16. CityMane was born in Chicago but moved at a young age to the East Chicago, IN area. The last member, Rarri, was originally born in Buffalo, New York, but also later moved to the East Chicago area as well.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
FLEEGANG: FleeGang has only been officially a group since January of 2015 & already has accomplished so much. They’ve released 3 music videos all with a combined view count of 41,000. Their latest video was featured on World Star Hip Hop. Their first mixtape was featured on Datpiff, titled, “Thank God I’m Flee”. They’ve been performing at clubs/venues from Indiana to Illinois even to Ohio. Open mic shows are a must and definitely is a good way of getting exposure, but FleeGang lately has been aiming for nothing but headliner shows. With that being said, within this year they’ve performed with BrickSquad’s Bodeal, Stunt Taylor & Slim Jesus with shows lined up in 2016 with Lil Wyte (Formerly 3 6 Mafia) & Twista so far. FleeGang was also selected for a radio interview on Chicago’s Power 92.3 also with the privilege of having their hit single “Tryna Get My Money” aired. When in Ohio, FleeGang placed 3rd in the competition show they traveled to where they had the chance to have their music looked over by a A&R from Wu Tang Clan’s Protect Ya Neck Records. You can also catch their singles, “Fire Flame” & “We Some Monsters” available for sale on CdBaby. Their 3rd single “Tryna Get My Money” is available on CdBaby, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and 25 other retailer sites.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
FLEEGANG: We want to release our own music because we have a message and we feel that the hip hop industry needs to be revolutionized. Look around, every artist now a days are mostly solo. There’s barely any successful rap groups in the industry today, and some of the greatest music still played today are from Rap/R&B groups from the 80s and 90s. So with that being said, we recognize that we have a musical talent and as a group, our goal is to encourage others who inspire to become musicians, to consider forming musical groups with their peers or other artists because we’ve come to realize that some of the greatest music can be created when there’s more than one source of energy. The ultimate goal we’re hoping to reach is being able to inspire other artists to want to work together to create songs they’ve never thought were possible.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
FLEEGANG: FleeGang’s music revolves around varies topics and scenarios. Most of their music reflect on real life experiences along with their dreams & other things they wish to accomplish along their musical journey. The topics FleeGang tries to aim for are ones that can relate to others. They feel that if you can relate to someone through music, then you’ll make them feel like they have something in common with you which will ultimately help them connect better to your music. You will seriously feel like you’ve met FleeGang even if you haven’t just from listening to their music. They get really in dept with their music especially when talking about their personal life, plans on what they’ll do with the money they make within their career, what they enjoy doing outside of music, what they hope to accomplish in the future, plans for friends and family, favorite styles of clothing, and even more.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
FLEEGANG: With a million amazing artists out there, new or old, we could only choose a couple that’s really influenced us and these are some just to name a few. Joe Blocka was influenced to do music by his uncle who was also doing music when Joe was just 9 years old. His uncle made beats and rapped also and watching that, he really enjoyed seeing how music was made and felt that he could do the same- thing. Growing up he began to listen to a lot of southern rappers because he loved the beats and style of rap they had going on. Rappers like Gucci Mane, Yo Gotti, Lil Wayne & Lil Jon really stuck to him due to their creativity and different approach they bought to the table. He even credits Soulja Boy too because he likes the party/club feel he bought to the scene & that live energy is definitely something Fleegang brings to the table. CityMane has always been the uptempo type. That’s why he gets credit for a lot of the energy that you hear in our songs. Growing up, he listened to a various amount of music ranging from Rock, R&B to Hip Hop. As we know, most Rock & Rock songs offer a tremendous amount of energy & with the energy he brings to the table, it’s no doubt that he listened to a lot of Rock growing up. Although Rock has been a big influence to him, a lot of Hip Hop artists has been an influence to him as well. With his style being more uptempo, rappers like Roscoe Dash, T.I, Migos are just a few that match his style which is why these are a few that influence him. Lastly, Rarri began getting into music due to watching his father when he was just a kid. His father was also big on music as well; being from New York it makes sense. Rarri’s father also was a rapper, along with being a break dancer and a DJ. Seeing his dad involved in music really got Rarri interested in doing it as well. It wasn’t until Rarri started doing music that he realized that he was following in the same path as his father which ultimately made his dad proud. As Rarri grew up , he was influenced by other artists such as Jay Z, Biggie Smalls, 2Pac, Adele and even bands like Creed. Rarri is considered to be brilliantly lyrical and with these influences, you can definitely tell a little bit of them rubbed off on him.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
FLEEGANG: Our music can be described as music that encourages you to go after whatever you want. People think that winning the lottery or something of that nature is the only way to get rich and buy all the things that you want. But in our music, we describe how hard work is the key to becoming rich. So with that being said, I would describe our music as being motivational because we’re showing the world through our music, that a regular group of guys can accomplish anything possible.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
FLEEGANG: We stand out because our talents go further than music. We offer more than your average artist. Musically what makes us unique is that we offer 3 different styles which is 3 different markets that could get covered. If we all sounded the same, then we probably would only appeal to a specific audience. But since our styles are so versatile plus having different ethnicity backgrounds , that could be a great marketing strategy in the industry. Outside of music, we all have extremely funny personalities that could be transpired into comedy if the opportunity ever came about. We’re looking to do movies, skits, sketches, sitcoms, etc. We all consider each other a character and although music is a great way to express yourself, we feel the world should see our comedic side as well. We have a different image that we feel the world needs to see.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome it?
FLEEGANG: Our hardest challenge so far is being to able to find the right resources to get us to the next step in our career. We constantly network, exposing new people to our music on a daily basis, but it just seem like the right person isn’t hearing it. We’re constantly reaching out to different A&Rs and promoters hoping that it’ll reach the right person but no luck so far. We have no problem investing in our music because we truly believe in ourselves so finances has never been a problem for us. We keep all of our social media sites up to date with our music easily accessible to all visitors but we know the key to getting ahead is finding the right connections and people that are willing to get you there. So no matter what, we’ll continue to keep networking to find the right source that’ll guide us in the right direction.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
FLEEGANG: FleeGang is currently juggling a few projects at the moment. With the recent release of their mixtape and their world premier video on World Star Hip Hop, they’ve been busy promoting and spreading awareness to both projects. FleeGang has a upcoming headliner show with former 3 6 Mafia member Lil Wyte in January & another with Twista in February with more shows to be added. FleeGang is also in the process of setting up their “Flee The World Tour” which they plan on starting in the summer. In the mean time, singles are a big focus right now. They currently have singles for sale on iTunes with the plans of adding more. They have a big single dropping soon thats aimed for the females and with the help of an amazing visual and top notch promotion, this single is definitely prepared to shoot FleeGang’s reputation through the roof. Now that they have a mixtape out, they want to promote it as much as possible before dropping such another big project so thats why singles will be the perfect way to hold the fans over. Visuals are a big key because people like to see who they’re listening to, so with that being said definitely expect more music videos coming soon.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
FLEEGANG: Our career goal is to have our music played forever, even 100 years after we’re gone. 50 years from now, we want our music to still be used in movies, commercials, video games, etc. We want our music to become classics. We want the next generation to look back and say we were one of the greatest groups of all time. In 10 years I see us still making great music, with accomplishments like working with some the greatest artists to date along with other achievements like being Grammy Award winning artists or having songs on the Billboard charts. Like previously stated, our ultimate goal is to bring back hip hop groups and get artists working together instead of going against each other. Its not enough groups in the industry so hopefully we’ll be the role models and encourage other artists to form together and do the same thing.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
FLEEGANG: You find our latest mixtape on Datpiff, titled, “Thank God I’m Flee”. Our singles and more can be found on our Soundcloud.com/FleeGang219. Get to know us more by visiting our Facebook.com/FleeGang219 or email us at 219FleeGang@gmail.com
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