Benjamin “Slur Vesa” Sollars is a hip-hop artist from Wichita, Kansas. His love for Hip-hop was sparked at a young age, being influenced by Eminem and Ludacris early. Ben’s parents split up when he was 8, which ultimately landed him in Virginia after a series of moves with his mom and sister. Currently, he is residing in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He has a Bachelors degree in Professional Communications from Old Dominion University.
Slur Vesa started making music when he was 17 years old, during his Junior year of High School. At that time, he went by the stage name, $ollars. Over the next couple years, he released 2 full-length studio projects: “D.U.K.E.S. The Movement” & “Accomplishments Begin With Attempts.” Both projects can be downloaded for free via Soundcloud and Reverbnation.
While completing college, Ben decided to take a break from music to focus on his studies. His goal was to complete his degree, then pursue making it in the music industry. It was during that time when Ben decided to change his stage name from $ollars, to Slur Vesa. He completed his degree in the spring of 2015. Currently, he is working on his third project, “Krush The Keg,” which he plans to release over the summer of 2016.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
SLUR VESA: I was born in Wichita, Kansas. After my parents got divorced; my mother, sister, and I relocated to the East Coast. We ultimately ended up in a small town called Broadway, Virginia. It’s a short drive away from Harrisonburg, Virginia (home of James Madison University).
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
SLUR VESA: My grandfather and uncle have been musicians on and off their entire lives. I remember back when I was very young; my uncle was visiting during his off-time from the Air Force. He brought his guitar over to the house to jam with me. I was like 6. I scavenged through my bedroom and the kitchen to find anything I could to make a drum set. I knew music would be a part of my life from that moment on.
My love for hip-hop was sparked by my mother. She has always liked hip hop, and embraced my intrigue at a young age. For my 8th birthday I got Eminem’s, “Slim Shady LP.” My mom bought it for me because she loved the song featuring dido, “Stan.” Little did she know she was igniting a hip hop flame within me. The next few Christmases I received CD’s from Em’, Ludacris, and Petey Pablo (Raise Up is one of my all-time favorites).
Fast forward to High School…
My Junior year, artists such as Lil Wayne, T.I. and T-Pain were dominating charts. My love for Hip-hop was at an all-time high. I really wanted to rap. I knew it sounded cliché’ but I didn’t care, I was going to do it anyway. Sure enough, I did. My friends, Briggs and Garrett, witnessed me rap my first 16 live from a computer chair in a musty basement back in 2010. They thought it was epic, they freaked out to be honest. They thought I had something unique. I took their reaction and started my grind. A little less than a year later; I released my first mixtape, “D.U.K.E.S. The Movement”.
Fast forward to now…
I was busy completing a communications degree from Old Dominion University, therefore, my music was put on halt. Thankfully, I graduated on the Deans List last spring. Now I am back, ready to make serious moves.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
SLUR VESA: I want to record and release music because it is my own way to get things off my chest. It is also my way to express my own individuality and creativity. At this point, I want to record and release my own music because I have spent years working on it. I have spent several hours late at night diligently perfecting my lyrics, as well as flow. Recording my music will be a costly venture, however, hard work pays off.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
SLUR VESA: The theme of my song varies depending on the style of beat I am writing to. I like to party and my music reflects that. I enjoy writing songs about being 22 and going to house parties. The locals relate to that as a result of being in such a party town, home to James Madison University. All though, not all of my songs are about partying. I also write songs to address things I have gone through in my life; such as dealing with my parents divorce, and being in college. I try to write music I know others can relate to.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
SLUR VESA: Anybody ages 15-30 with an admiration towards Hip Hop. My music is a bit edgy, explicit, and new school. As I said before, I like to party and my music reflects that. As a result, young adults are the demographic that mostly relates to me.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
SLUR VESA: I’m influenced from everything. Whether it be Slipknot or Tech N9ne. I love breaking down music to it’s core. Hearing the variations in genres and how they approach bridges and hooks really drives me to be as creative as can be. If I had to pin point it, I’d say my flow has been influenced mostly by Eminem, Ludacris, 50 cent, DMX, and my brother Logan.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
SLUR VESA: I’d describe my music as Hip-Hop you’ve never heard before. It has a new-school vibe with an originality you wouldn’t hear from your regular underground, unsigned artist. The music is edgy, with an upbeat feel. The metaphors and similes are refreshing. The beats will either make you want to dance, or bob your head. Overall, my music is something you have to hear for yourself.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
SLUR VESA: It may be the obvious answer, but I believe I stand out from other artists because my sound is unlike any other artist you listen to. I have a unique new school sound that is constantly evolving. My determination, aspiration, and motor are unmatched. I have a library of unreleased music I am perfecting. I’m a creative, witty, young American with an unprecedented drive towards succeeding with music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
SLUR VESA: Currently I am working on my newest mixtape, “Crush The Keg,” which I will be releasing on the internet for free download. It is a mixtape focused on what I’ve been up to recently, partying. I do, however, have a second project that I am approaching slightly slower. It’s based on my ABWA movement (Accomplishments Begin With Attempts) and the songs are more serious, not about partying, but rather about the journey I have embarked on and where it will take me. Other than studio projects, I am currently working on getting gigs and performing around town to build my local fan-base. In addition to that, I network on social media sites daily, strengthening an audience that already reaches multiple countries.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
SLUR VESA: Everybody wants to be successful and financially stable. I’d say that I am no different. I aspire to have a career dependent on music. In 10 years, I hope to have toured and released my debut album. The goal has always been to be signed, that way I can utilize other power houses in the music industry to present my music. In 10 years I see myself not having to explain to others what I do. In the future, everybody is aware of Slur Vesa.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
SLUR VESA: My music is accessible and free for download on two sites; ReverbNation and Soundcloud. The direct links are: www.soundcloud.com/sollarsmusic & www.slurvesa.reverbnation.com. As for contacting me, I’m active daily on all social media sites: www.facebook.com/sollarsabwa, www.twitter.com/sollarsmusic, & www.instagram.com/slur_vesa
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