Cutz is a young Dodge City rapper that has the vitality and halting delivery needed to stand out in today’s music industry. Lyrically inclined with a powerful voice, his talent is proven. His ability to combine complex song structures, vocal melodies, and soulful production gives his music a weight that allows his to reside in a class of his own.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
CUTZ: I was born and raised in Dodge City, Kansas. The Flatlands so to speak, the real wild wild west. Yes this place really does exist, Wyatt Earp and all. This is home. I’ve moved around a bit, but like we say around here. This place is a black hole. It’ll suck you right back if you try to leave.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
CUTZ: What is my music background? Well to start let’s just say when I was growing up, I was that kid who would always sing and dance when songs came on the radio. I remember my mother playing oldies all the time such as Temptations and Delfonics. I would sing every word, word for word, except for what I didn’t know. Then I would just make up my own words so it sounded right. My mother would laugh because I swore the words were the right ones. As a kid I would write poems not really knowing why, but I felt like it was a great way to express myself. I was always taught to speak up about how I felt. Writing poems helped me, it was like therapy for me. I eventually got bored with writing poems and needed another outlet for my feelings. I stumbled across break dancing by coincidence. Guess what, I found another outlet! I spent years perfecting my craft as a dancer yet I seemed to find a plateau where dancing no longer gave me the satisfaction of expressing myself. On one random day I went to a friends which I had met prior and heard he had a studio. I didn’t really think much of it other than the fact we are going to chill. We all call P-Dub. Little did I know that this day would change me forever. I sat back and watched as my homies made a beat, wrote and recorded a song. I immediately knew making music is what I wanted to do in life. Throughout the years to come, I saved money and bought a home studio, continued to write and perfect my craft as a lyricist and producer. I bought a computer, keyboard work station and a knock off software for production. I did what I could and learned as much as I could without paying anyone to do so. I can play the keyboard and make beats but couldn’t tell you what notes I was playing to save my life. I did this for years. By coincidence again I was blessed to meet a producer living in Houston by the name of Juice. Let me remind you I am in the middle of Kansas. You can’t make these things up. Long story short, we began to make music together and we hit it off. We made lots of songs and collabs with other artists from Houston. Along the way I opened up for Twista, Dope House Recs, GS Boyz, Lucky Luciano, Lil Flip and also made beats for other industry artists. I’ve been making music for 13 yrs. Strictly for passion, never really pursued it as a career. I have dropped many mix tapes and albums under the radar for such reasons. I have a full time job and bills to pay. Chasing dreams don’t pay the bills and I wouldn’t want to treat my passion as a job unless it did pay the bills.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
CUTZ: My songs are always different. Every day is different. I don’t always feel the same when I get in the studio. My songs are based off of how I’m feeling when I step in there. For instance, if I’m having a bad day, the song I make that day will be entirely about how bad my day was and how I got through it. If I had a great day where everything went well my song could be about encouraging people to enjoy the simple things in life. When we are up…we tend to focus on the world as being a positive place. When it’s negative, it’s not so great. You know when you hear a song and it seems to brings flash backs of memories you would otherwise forget? I try to make music that makes you think and bring those flashbacks to life.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your favorite song to perform?
CUTZ: I don’t have any song I like to perform better than the other. Each song I perform has its purpose, its own specific feeling. Each song I complete means no more or no less than one before or the next. In order for me to answer this question you would have to catch me at the right moment. Like after a performance, I might be able to tell you which song I felt like the audience grabbed on to the most. That would be the song I would say was my favorite for the night. As an artist, you feel the energy. Every crowd is different. Every song I perform is my favorite. For that every song I perform is mine. People fail to realize the amount of time and effort it takes to write, record and perform a song. All they see is the finished product. So with so much effort put in every song, it’s hard to say which is my favorite, if I had to pick one. The most unforgettable song I have performed would be my Swaggarific song. I shot a video for it the night I performed it and I had the whole club going nuts! You can see the video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phwDvOa4C3M
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What has surprised you the most in the pursuit of a career in music?
CUTZ: I’m really surprised from the amount of talent that gets unrecognized or fails to obtain their dreams. Plus the amount of people who want to be in the music business for the wrong reasons. It seems to me that most people want to succeed in the music business for the fortune and fame, instead of for the passion. I know that hard work beats talent, when talent don’t work. It’s a shame really. You see people with less talent succeed because of their work ethic. Some people with talent get caught up in life and fail to make time for music because they feel like it’s too hard to balance passion with real life on the daily. It’s like, if I’m working on music day in and day out, blood, sweat and tears. 98% of the time by myself and once people see I’m doing something they decide they want to be a part of what’s going on. Its fake. There is no passion. Only an easy way into something that was built off of hard work, there are no short cuts. Also I’m surprised with all the people out there trying to make a come up off a hungry artist. It amazes me how many people out there want to sell dreams to someone who is so hungry they fall into schemes. I fell for it myself so I know how it is.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
CUTZ: My influences have a lot to do with what I listened to growing up. I listened to lots of oldies. Also 2pac, Snoop, Bone Thugs, ect. I get inspired from music ranging from country to trap to R&B also club music to oldies. It all really depends on how I’m feeling that day or that moment per say. I get in tune with the vibe of any music that catches me from the jump. It’s hard for me to tell you any one particular artist that is my influence. It ranges from so many talented artists. Even these days I stumble across a dope artist, mostly underground sometimes major, that I relate to. I’m influenced by it all. No one in particular person in general. Coming from the middle of the map (Kansas) I soaked up music from both coasts, also from up north and south. Being born and raised here, I really had to focus on good music from other places because there wasn’t much to get inspired from with music around where I lived. We are like a sponge here. I soaked up all the music I listen to and create my own sound and style. When it all boils down, good music is good music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
CUTZ: If you want something that is different, unique and will get you in a good vibe, listen to this. My music is something people look for when they look for something that is not so bubble gum. Something that they can relate to. I tell stories in my music that paints a picture in your mind as you listen. My music makes the person listening, think. It’s different from what is being played now days. Everyone is turning up or taking this and taking that to reach a certain level of “turnt” up. I make music that you can relate to from day to day life such as paying bills or saying tonight is the night I forget about them. For me to describe my music to people, I’d ask how are you felling right now? Then I would proceed to tell them I have the perfect song for them to listen to. Granted I did not describe my music, but I rather tap into the listener, and find out how there are feeling. My music is unique because I speak on things no one wants to talk about. Describe my music you ask. I’d rather push play and ask you to describe it for me. I inspire, tell stories of good times, bad times, in-betweens and all around. My club is hip-hop, R&B, and real.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
CUTZ: My passion makes me different from other artists. My music has meaning. I can make a song about what everyone else is making but it wouldn’t have any meaning to me or anyone else who listens to it. I don’t want to be a replica of the next artist. Music is meant to have feeling. I want to continue to make music that people can listen to time and time again and each time it brings back memories from having a good time. Whether the song is about good times or bad I bring an uplifting outcome. I am very versatile when it comes to making music where others are stuck on one genre or subject. You have people who just kind of want to be an artist. I am that person who really wants to be an artist. I eat, sleep and breathe music. You can hear it in my songs.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What would you like to see changed in today’s music industry?
CUTZ: Now days there are a lot of entertainers and less lyricists. I would like to see the scripts flipped. Like back in the old days. It didn’t matter how you looked, it matter what and how you sang. Good music is good music regardless of image. Just because you are a quote un-quote pretty artist doesn’t mean you are a good artist. But good looks seem to beat talent now days. Also I would like to see that labels help artists more than they do now. Everybody who takes music serious and thinks it could actually be a career, invests in themselves properly. They shouldn’t be hustled into a dream to benefit the promoter, label or investor for non- profitable reasons. The fact that there are so many scams from fakes and has been trying to make an easy score off of hungry artists is also a problem that makes me disgusted. People work hard for their dreams and yet find dead ends because of false representations and misleading. It’s easy to be hustled when you’re not properly informed about the business side of music and you’re blinded by promises from snakes who are only after your money.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some up coming projects that you are currently working on?
CUTZ: I have been working on Phase One which is one of the mix tapes I’ve been putting together with my fellow local artists such as Slayder, Camlia, and P-Dub. It is soon to be completed. As soon as that is done I will start my Album Phase 2.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
CUTZ: My career goals are pretty simple. I want to eventually make my full time job have something to do with music. Whether I am ghost writing or getting placements for my songs in movies, TV commercials or shows. I would even consider taking a record deal if the money was right. Being signed to a label requires a lot of work. You also have to realize that taking a deal from a label means that you will most likely lose your personal life. That’s one thing that is a must have in life. Things that happen behind closed doors should remain there. With photographers always trying to get the first shot of you while doing whatever it is you are doing at that moment. Good luck trying to have a peaceful trip to Wal-Mart or the local mall. Either what I’m it wouldn’t bother me so much because I would be doing what I love and make a living doing it.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
CUTZ: Below are the following links where fans or potential business partners may listen to my music or contact me.
Email address – firstname.lastname@example.org