Multiple Petes

Coming from the Suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts, is a music producer by the name of Multiplication Peter. He attended UVM and majored in Sociology, “I chose it because it seemed to have the most interesting classes,” he spoke on choosing that specific major. He’s currently working at a criminal defense firm and finishing up law school, all while making beats on the side. “I always fucked around with music and then senior year of college, so 2015, Cam gave me an old midi keyboard, which allowed me to have my own set up and I had my first placement a few months later,” He mentions when talking about how long he’s been interested in the music industry. 

Asking Peter what made him pursue music he mentioned, “I have always loved music, specifically beats. I remember growing up listening to 50 Cent and my mom would be taken aback by the lyrics, meanwhile I wasn’t paying attention to the lyrics, nor would I have understood them at the time probably. I was just fucking with the rhythms and melodies. I grew up with Cam Meekins so he was a big reason why I really got into making my own music and making beats.” He also speaks on how Kanye is a big music inspiration for him, for getting into this type of career. 

I had asked Peter who he’s worked with so far in the music industry, “Cam Meekins, Michael Christmas, Matt Corman, Og Swaggerdick, Shwayze, Marty Grimes, Lord Felix and some others,” was his response. I then followed with who he would want to work with in the future, “I would love to get in the studio with Smino, been tryna get a song with my guy Cousin Stizz,” he answered. For any fans of Multiple Petes beats, you definitely could picture a song with Cousin Stizz in the near future. Grasping the fact of music and working with future artists, I asked what his favorite song is right now and he responded with “probably What’s Poppin by Jack Harlow.” 

A music producer goes through a lot of challenges like any artist does, and I asked Peter what were some challenges he went through, “some of the main challenges starting out as a producer are just getting placements, sales and generally getting positive feedback on your beats. You will send out a lot of stuff and just hear nothing back and that can be frustrating and disheartening but you just gotta keep grinding and working until you start seeing results. I don’t know that my goals have really changed yet, I’m still just trying to work with as many dope artists as possible. I guess something I’ve been doing more recently that I didn’t envision at first is working on producer tapes and putting out my own songs featuring my beats and the homies doing the vocals.” I also asked him about goals he had for himself starting out and this is what he had to say, “as far as goals it was similar shit, just tryna get as many placements as possible really, sales are dope too, but getting a song with an artist I really fuck with is much more rewarding to me, they usually pay better too haha.” 

In interviews, I always love to ask the artist or producers, where they see themselves in five years, “In 5 years I’d love to be producing full time or managing a small label or recording studio kinda deal. It’d be cool to be able to combine my interests in music and the law especially if it were in a setting where I could help up and coming independent artists,” he said. In my perspective, I can see that being a career for Multiple Petes. The industry needs someone like that too be able to help those upcoming independent artists get their music out to the world. 

Wrapping up this interview with Multiplication Petes, I asked him if he didn’t have the job he has now what would he be doing? “If I wasn’t in law school right now I don’t know what I’d be doing, I’d guess either doing music full time or in some classic 9-5 sales type job,” was his response. Most artists I’ve interviewed have had a similar answer to that 9-5 career, or currently have that 9-5 career and are trying to build up their music career on the side. If you don’t know of Multiple Petes beats and want to, his music and social media platforms will be down below to check them out! If you’re an upcoming artist and want beats hit him up, or if you’re a future music producer in the making and need inspiration check Peter out! 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMbcCHwiRoL1ojOzMykaPhA

https://soundcloud.com/multiplepetes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/multiplepetes/1434076429?ign-gact=3&ls=1

https://open.spotify.com/artist/5Rdh8nQRJqQWqgd7Nk6H1z?si=mEHXw6H8RHKbFfGMMEbA3A

https://www.instagram.com/multiplepetes/?hl=en

https://twitter.com/multiplepetes

https://www.facebook.com/multiplepetes/

Marc E. Bassy

From San Francisco, California, comes an artist by the name of Marc Griffin, also known as Marc E. Bassy. Bassy attended UC Santa Cruz, until pursuing further into his music career, to become the CEO/Recording Artist he is today. “Something that I always did naturally when I found out it was an option as a career I jumped for it,” Bassy says when asked what made him pursue music. He also mentions how his parents were a big impact and inspiration to him for choosing this career. 

“My career is my life, I live for what I build with my partners,” Bassy speaks on when asked how his career has impacted his life today. A lot of artists will mention their music career being their life, and the only thing that matters to them is making the music they want to make. “I was writing little songs since I was a kid but taking it seriously since I was 17,” Bassy answers for how long he’s been making music. I always like to ask music artists if they’re signed, or see themselves being signed in the near future. Marc E. Bassy recently left and ventured into starting his own label. When it comes to record labels and getting signed, a lot of artists will venture down the independent route and go their own way. For some, like Bassy, they create their own label to make sure everything is going how they want. 

Getting into music with Bassy I asked him who he’s worked with and would want to work with in the future. “G-Eazy, Kehlani, Skizzy, Diana Jane, Missy just to name a few, and I would say Stevie Wonder, he is just someone that is undeniably talented.” Following up with that question, he mentions how he doesn’t really have a favorite song or album of his, but he said for right now “Where We’re From,” is his top choice. Within the topic of music, I asked Bassy if he had any advice for someone trying to pursue this type of career, or even when it comes to writing music. Bassy speaks on “If it feels like a struggle it’s probably not for you,” when it comes to pursuing this type of career. He also mentions to “stay true to yourself and use life that is around you,” for writing tips. 

“In this tour I have a fan that is attending 10 of the 24 show in this tour,” Bassy spoke about when asked what his crazy fan experience was. The PMD tour that kicked off on February 7th with Gianni and Kyle, and ends March 20th, is the current tour Bassy is speaking about with this specific fan. A lot of fans travel to certain cities, or almost every city on a certain tour of their favorites to support them and keep that love going for them. Myself and some friends have done something similar to this, but ten shows is incredible. If you’re that fan that Bassy is speaking about, props to you and keep doing it! 

To wrap up this interview, I asked Bassy if there’s any changes he would make to the career he has and for his response he says, “Not that I can think of.” Every artist is different when it comes to changes they would want made, or what they could improve on, but Bassy has his head in the right direction with his career and it shows. Leading off of that question, I also asked him where he sees himself in the future, or five years even and he responds, “Top 10 Artist in 2020.” Fans of Bassy, we got to make this happen for him. Having been a fan of Marc E. Bassy for roughly six years now and counting, I can truly say he’s progressed in so many ways and is making his way to the Top Artist. If you’re a fan of Bassy reading this, or a new fan even, keep the love and support going strong for him! Links to his music and social media platforms will be down below! 

https://www.marcebassy.com/

https://open.spotify.com/artist/3tQx1LPXbsYjE9VwN1Peaa?si=PMLxkOIlTYexFSHAHLrdUA 

https://music.apple.com/us/artist/marc-e-bassy/899254194

https://www.youtube.com/user/marcgrif

https://soundcloud.com/marc_e_bassy

https://www.instagram.com/marcebassy/?hl=en

https://twitter.com/MARCEBASSY

https://www.facebook.com/MarcEBassyMusic/

TREVi

From northern Massachusetts, in a city known for its “witch trials,” comes an artist by the name of TREVi. “No one at my day job knows I’m a rapper, I’m basically Miley Stewart in the office and Hannah on stage and I’d like to keep it that way for a while. I want to be taken seriously in both my professions, so that’s why I create music from my stage name. Also, no one wants to listen to a rapper named Connor.” TREVi went to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and majored in Engineering, with a civil concentration and a minor in Entrepreneurship. “Management engineering is not something that’s offered at many schools. I originally chose to go to WPI because it had a great basketball program and I was always really good at engineering – aka problem solving and figuring out how things work. I also always envisioned myself working in business, making financial decisions, etc. So when I found out that WPI had management engineering where I could study both, it made perfect sense. The entrepreneurship minor was strictly for the music though.”

TREVi is currently an assistant project manager for a construction management firm, and after his day job he switches over to the music aspect of his life. “Only rapper with an engineering degree,” he says when asked about his current job. TREVi has been making music since the Spring of 2017, and states how he got into making music. “I fell in love with creating. My main producer and best friend T-Raffe started seriously producing music around the Spring of 2017 – my junior year in college. At first, I would just write lyrics to his beats for fun. But after a few sessions together, I knew that this was something I wanted to pursue. We both did. We would record songs in an empty room, just a mic and a computer, with absolutely no idea what we were doing. Him and I actually listened to a few of our first recordings the other day and they were comically bad compared to where we are now. But that was our art and it’s what has driven this whole journey: the ability to create something out of nothing and constantly push yourself to get better.” For any artist reading, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been making music to be able to create something you love. TREVi recently started getting into making music, and has seen progress from the amount of work he puts into it for his passion for it. 

When I ask artists what made them pursue the career they have now, or who inspired them to make music or produce, it’s getting to know them better and on a personal level for their inspirations. “First and foremost, my father has inspired my music career and life more than anyone. My pops has been a drummer his whole life and has exposed me to every single genre of music since I was kid. Going to watch him gig is one of my favorite things.” TREVi said for his inspiration being his father, “Unfortunately, he has never been able to make that passion a full time career and has had to work an extremely physically demanding job to pay the bills for the last 30 years. He’s an absolute beast, his work ethic is unlike anyone I’ve ever seen. So when people ask me, “how do you manage working a full time engineering job and have a music career?” I always think about his work ethic and how I don’t want him to have to grind his ass off for the rest of his life. I really just want to be able to make a real career out of music and buy him a mansion on the lake.” TREVi also mentions “Other people who have inspired me in music have been Drake for his ability to “zero to 100 real quick” in how he can make a love song then flip the script and be one of the hardest rappers. Mike Stud in the same sense for how they’ve both been able to expand their sounds outside the lines of “their genre” and just create the music they like to listen to. Brad Paisley is another artist that has inspired my music a ton as well, for his imagery and storytelling abilities. Jay-Z for his double (sometimes triple) entendres – I love to challenge myself and put hidden meanings in my lyrics. There’s endless artists whose music has inspired me in one way or another, but I try to stay true to my own unique sound and style.” 

It’s always good to have other artists be an inspiration for learning how they became who they are today, and how it benefits yourself as a creator in the industry. Within this industry, there’s a lot of advice artists like to give out to help others, so I had asked TREVi what advice he would give when it comes to music and writing. “My biggest advice would be to write everything down. Whether in your notes on your iPhone or in a notebook, write down anything that inspires you, anything you think is cool, a word you thought was funny or odd, something you saw on tv, whatever it is…jot it down. Some of my best songs have stemmed from one little line or phrase that I quickly wrote in my notes and didn’t even think about for days. So much can manifest out of writing down something simple.” When it comes to advice about pursuing the music career aspect, TREVi speaks on “It’s 2020 do whatever the fuck makes you happy. I’m a white kid from Massachusetts, who went to engineering school and sometimes I rock the shit out of a stage spitting my rap lyrics. You know how many people laughed when I said I was going to be a rapper? Follow your heart, ignore everyone.” 

Speaking of music, I asked TREVi who he’s worked with and would want to work with in the future and this is his response, “I’ve done collabs with Sammy Adams, Flyboi D-Bone, Washy, Christien Morneweck, and a few others. I would love to work with Kelechi, Chelsea Cutler, Ingrid Andress, Drake, Mike, Sam Hunt, James Arthur, Post Malone, Young Thug, Jeremy Zucker, Chance the Rapper.”

Talking to TREVi about his future collaboration ideas and his personal music, I asked him how his music has changed over the years and he said, “I feel like my music has started to evolve as my mind has over the past few years. Listening back to my first mixtape, Library Lines, I know I was speaking my truth as a college senior. However, when you go from partying all day and night with your best friends to working in “the real world” every single day, you change. Your outlook on life changes. Your mind evolves and so did my music. I think my album, Little Luck, Lotta Heart, illustrates a lot of how I’ve grown.” I also always love to ask the artists what their favorite song is of theirs and for TREVi he answers with “My favorite song that I’ve done so far is the title track of the album, LLLH., Little Luck, Lotta Heart.  I feel like it encapsulates how we’ve gotten to this point and will motivate us into the future.” 

Wrapping up the interview, I asked TREVi if there’s any changes he would make to his career, and he states, “I truly enjoy the job that I have. I have worked on some really cool projects and have been able to see my hard work help to create new buildings and spaces. In fact, what I do on a day to day basis is a perfect analogy to my music career; each new construction project is just like a music project. Some construction projects are huge and take months to years like an album, some are quick hit singles. Either way, there is a lot of backend hard work, collaboration, ideas, challenges, etc. for both and I’m simply creating something new for others to enjoy.” I also ask every artist or producer where they see themselves in five years and TREVi mentions “I see myself touring with my team and performing for audiences all over the world. LLLH.”  In the end, TREVi is currently not signed to a record label and say’s “I plan to build this organically, however I’m always open to any opportunity that may arise.” For fans of TREVi reading this, or to the new fans of his, be on the lookout for his upcoming music! He’s definitely one you won’t want to miss, and his social media/music platform links will be down below! 

https://trevlikesmusic.com/

https://www.instagram.com/trevlikespictures/?hl=en

https://twitter.com/TREViTweet

https://soundcloud.com/librarylines

https://open.spotify.com/artist/2BkgxrHfL2RqDtzehO2rZO?si=_EBkO_PURF-Jx2TcCXg3Yw

https://music.apple.com/us/artist/trevi/1402255444

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA9DbFKZdy5u1uMgt7WcpQA

EJ Noro

Eric Justin Antinoro is from North Andover, Massachusetts, and goes by the name of EJ Noro. EJ went to a community college nearby where he lives for two years and was taking core classes at first. EJ was unsure what he wanted to do and dropped out. “I decided that school was not for me,” and EJ states what a lot of people think about when in school. “I am mainly self employed as a DJ/Producer and I also do a lot of photo and video work. Also I currently work part time as a manager at a grocery store,” when I asked EJ what he does for a career. I asked him what made him pursue getting into being a DJ/Producer and he spoke on, “My dad was always making music for himself and other people when I was growing up. He plays guitar and has been in multiple bands that I can remember. That definitely got me interested as a kid. However, I didn’t really get into it until my senior year of high school. I was really into drawing at the time, but I realized that I wanted a different outlet for my creativity; something that leaves a longer and more profound impression on the consumer. So I chose to drop the drawing, and focus on the music instead.”

When it comes to interviewing artists, and asking what made them pursue or who inspired them to do what they do today, it’s a little different for DJs/Music Producers. “It’s sort of a foggy area when it comes to ‘how’ and ‘when’ you are officially considered as a DJ or music producer. Some people plug into an aux cord once and say they’re a DJ. So I would say for me it really started on the day that I decided that this is really what I wanted to do, which was some time right after high school,” EJ says when I asked him how he became a DJ/Producer, and the thought behind his decision in becoming one. EJ has been producing music for about 5 years and DJing for about 4 years now he mentioned. I asked EJ who his inspiration was for pursuing the music career he has now, and he said, “my family in general always inspired me with encouragement. As far as musical inspirations, my top artists would have to be Major Lazer, Avicii, Flume, Skrillex and David Guetta.” 

DJ’s and artists are similar in the music industry when it comes to starting out, and the connections you build throughout the whole journey. I asked EJ what are some challenges and goals when starting out as a DJ, and how they change over time and this is what he had to say, “Well, in the music world it is really all about connecting with people and building relationships with artists and friends who can help you along the way as you do the same for them. That was the hardest part for me; trying to figure out how to put myself in a position to build my network of people. I was lucky at the beginning to have a lot of help from my friends Nick Cincotta and Andrew Scola when it came to meeting people and being in places where I could start making those connections.” 

A piece of advice that EJ speaks on when becoming a DJ, or becoming a successful one is, “The first and most important thing that I learned when it comes to DJing is that you need to really be able to know your crowd. Not necessarily before you begin though, It is okay to go into any DJ set with an open mind. The best DJs are the ones who have the ability to be musically flexible while still staying true to yourself as an artist. I learned this the hard way when I DJed my first school dance and all I played was EDM while everyone wanted hip hop and top 40!” His advice is something I would highly listen to when it comes to playing sets, you never know the vibe of your crowd until you start playing certain genres, but you also have to stay true to yourself and your “image.” With that being said, I asked EJ what are some considerations when it comes to playing a track, and which ones to play next, and he said, “Most of the time it is a lot easier than people may think. If there is a style of track that people are reacting positively to, then you can bet that they will enjoy another one. It is also the DJs job to decide when to try and switch it up to a different style. It’s all about reading the crowd.” 

I asked EJ who are some artists he’s worked with and he mentions, “I have worked with a lot of local artists such as Nick Cincotta, Rapta, Sixztar and TJ Hickey. As well as some people around the country such as Philly K, Blest Jones and SH3.” I also asked who are some artists in the future he wants to work with, and he said, “I’m not really the type of person who focuses on names when it comes to who I want to work with. It’s usually just a spontaneous decision when I find someone whose style I like. Other than that I am mostly looking forward to collaborating with my friends who are also into making music.” From that answer if anyone needs a DJ or help with producing, I’ll have EJ’s social media links down below to get in contact with! 

To wrap up this interview, I asked EJ if he currently has a favorite song or track of his, and his favorite scene to play where he said, “I’d like to say that all of the music I make is my favorite because why would I make anything otherwise! But my current favorite is an unreleased track of mine with my friend Ben Mader called “Binge.”” For a favorite scene to play, EJ said, “Each scene has its qualities that I like. School dances are fun because you never know what is going to happen. Shows are fun because the energy is always really high. Mostly I enjoy DJing parties with my friends because that is when I have the most musical freedom and the connection between myself and the people in the room is a lot more personal.” In the end, EJ says he doesn’t exactly know where he sees himself in five years, but he sees himself living off of music or something along the lines of it. EJ also states if he didn’t have this job he would want to be a video game tester. If anyone is in need of a DJ, or producer EJ’s links will be down below! 

 

https://www.instagram.com/ejnoro/

https://www.facebook.com/ejnoro/

https://twitter.com/ejnoro

https://open.spotify.com/artist/771GUhJo4vB0FKBMgC8CRw?si=XntszctITqWbdcCY6-aM2g

https://soundcloud.com/ejnoro

https://music.apple.com/us/artist/ej-noro/1213474275

Rico Cocchi

From Longmeadow, Massachusetts, comes an artist by the name of Rico Cocchi. Rico is studying at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and majors in Psychology. He mentions if anyone is debating on going to UMass Amherst they should from being, “one of the best public schools academically, financially, and we had #1 dining for the past 4 years in a row.” Rico said. “I was always extroverted but college was really where I started to come out of my shell. I joined a fraternity and found my friend group who always encouraged me to keep going with music.” With majoring in Psychology, he speaks on how he wanted to be a guidance counselor for kids who really needed someone. “My guidance counselor was someone who always steered me on the right path especially when situations in my life were suggesting that I go in different directions.” Not a lot of kids have that type of mentor in their life to help them get on the right path, or to vent to when in need of guidance or advice. 

Being a full time student at UMass Amherst, Rico talks about how he has a job lined up post-grad that involves helping with troubled male teens who were removed from their homes, kicked out of school, or went to juvie. “I obviously want to make music a full time career this is just something to help me supplement income,” he says. With the talk about Rico making music and side jobs, he’s been writing songs, little raps or love songs ever since he was in middle school. “I didn’t actually put any music out until freshman year of college and I didn’t start taking it seriously until the year after.” 

Talking about music, Rico is currently an independent artist and definitely plans on being signed with a label in the near future. Rico talks about how, “labels are all about making money and when I do decide to go down that path, I want to make sure that I have a say in who gets what.” Getting into this industry of music, Rico started playing the guitar at the age of 10 and when he got a little older, he naturally started to sing. “I loved music from that start but I also wanted to impress this girl I really liked(lol). When I was in high school, I joined a grammy-award-winning music group and we ended up traveling around the Northeast performing and even toured in Europe (Germany and Austria).” I had asked him what made him pursue music, or why he got into making music and this was his answer. “I stopped making music my freshman year of college and really didn’t do anything with it until me and my friend down the hall would smoke weed and freestyle. He told me about a recording studio at UMass and that we should put a song on sound cloud as a joke, so we did. Then we decided to make another, and another, and then we got our first show. With my music background and the beginners luck, I couldn’t help but keep pursuing music.” As most artists can agree, a blow up of one song can lead to a lifetime profession. 

When it comes to pursuing music, there’s always someone who inspires an artist to do what they do. For Rico, he speaks on his inspirations for everything he does. “My younger brother is my biggest motivator. I don’t have to prove anything to anyone but for some reason I really want to do big things to show him that he can do big things too. Musically I have way too many inspirations but I really love Russ, Frank Ocean, G-Eazy, Mike Stud, Sammy Adams, and every 90’s pop-punk band that existed pretty much.” Becoming a well known artist takes time, and not everyone can just blow up overnight and be the next big hit. Rico started his career by performing at the Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The venue holds roughly 200 people and he sold about 50 tickets as an opening act. “I almost got scammed for so much money lol I didn’t know what I was doing. When I was on stage everyone was going crazy having an awesome time. I was an opener but it was clear that everyone in that building wanted to see me.” In this music industry, there’s a lot of things artists would want to change or see more of, but for Rico he says, “there aren’t any changes really I love what I do and I want to do it on a bigger scale every day.” He also brings up, “one thing that I’m going to change for 2020 is creating and posting A LOT more content on all platforms.” In his response, it’s critical for artists to keep posting and staying in the loop to not fall off, or to stay active with their fanbase to keep building that connection. I can say Rico will definitely follow through with his intentions. 

I always like to ask artists what type of advice they would give to fans reading, or someone pursuing the same career. For Rico, this is what he had to say, “I have so much advice. There are a lot of basic things like making sure your music sounds good, making music everyday, and being vulnerable. BUT the MOST valuable advice I have is to be your true self, that’s the only way it’s going to work in the long run. Once you do that just post as much media as possible and let your fans have that window into your life. You might not hit everyone but that’s natural. It’s better to be loved by your die hard fans, lose some followers (the people who were never really your fans in the first place), instead of trying to make everyone happy.” His advice is something to live by when it comes to die hard fans. Those are the ones who give you that word of mouth power, and spread your brand around to others who aren’t so familiar with you. Anyone reading, take in his advice and be true to yourself!

Going off of the advice Rico gave, he also reveals some advice when it comes to writing music, “Be vulnerable. I really can’t stress it enough. Fans want to listen to YOU and the experiences that YOU have had so they can relate. My pop / party songs are better received by the masses but when I get personal is when people will send me messages about how they went through a breakup and this song help them through it.” Speaking about writing music, I had asked Rico how his own music has changed over the years and he says he’s developed a lot more skills for writing, recording, and making music in general, “but being more personal is what I really take the most pride in. Sometimes I end up crying after making songs. I haven’t released those ones yet but trust me they’re coming.” If any fans of Rico’s reading this, be on the lookout for his new, more personal music coming! Collaborations are also a big part of the music industry and helping one get known, and for Rico, he’s worked with a lot of artists behind the scenes but vocally, “Cam Randall, Adriana Gomez, and Kevin K.” He speaks on working with a lot of producers and engineers as well. Rico would love to make music with a lot of different types of artists, but mentions how he would like to work with “Sammy Adams, Ryan Caraveo, and Mike Stud,” in the near future. After talking about who he would want to collaborate with, and advice for writing music, I asked Rico what his favorite song or album of his is and he says, “my all time favorite is “Don’t Need You”. To this day, I still can’t believe that I made that song.” He also mentions his latest song, “Never Going Back” for another one he loves, from creating a new style for him being very pop punk. 

In these interviews, I always love asking what a crazy fan experience would be, and some even have no crazy fan experiences, or too many! “I honestly have a bunch of crazy fan experiences and each one is more surprising than the last,” Rico says. “At my headlining show I had a fan make me an entire tray of brownies (which were delicious by the way), I’ve had people from other countries DM me videos of them turning up to my songs. I always love when I get videos from girls playing my music that I don’t even know. That’s always a pretty big ego boost.” All over the world, there are fans out there listening to music, and every artist has had that one moment where they realize they went worldwide. As a fan myself, which I’ve mentioned before, it’s definitely a heartwarming feeling hearing about your favorite internationally played. 

Wrapping up the interview with Rico, I asked him how his career has impacted his life today. “My career has honestly changed my entire outlook on life in a lot of ways. The one thing that I try and tell people is that the world is SO big and there are SO MANY people. Life is short and the fact that you are living your life to live up to someone else’s expectations is idiotic. You should be trying to become your best self and by doing so, you will naturally love what you’re doing, love yourself, love others, and help many other people along the way.” In his response to my question, I agree with his statement on being true to yourself, and love what you do. It’s your life, live it how you want! I also wanted to ask him where he sees himself in five years, and this is what Rico had to say, “I see myself as completely invested in music. It’s going to be my main source of income. I’ll be doing national tours. I’ll have millions of streams. It’s really hard for me to think that far into the future and get specific because I’m always focus on the present day.” Keep up that positive energy and grind Rico, I’ll be sure to catch you on your tours! Following up, with the If you didn’t have the job you have right now, what do you think you would be doing? Rico mentions, “I’d probably just be working a 9-5.” 

For anyone who doesn’t know of Rico Cocchi I’ll be sure to have his media and music platform links down below! Anyone can become who they want to be, and Rico made sure of it within this interview. Hard work and dedication are an important thing in this industry, but staying true to yourself is too. 

https://www.instagram.com/ricococchi/?hl=en

https://twitter.com/ricococchi1?lang=en

https://soundcloud.com/rico-cocchi

https://open.spotify.com/artist/1xALSgtqgZwOCvAZVXxMQo?si=uo_FkNYiTPWFcref1wjsnA

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/rico-cocchi/1295858196

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYGvH13wkvy7INMrmbi0GNw

Bllaine

All the way from Berkeley California, known as “The Bay Area,” is music artist Blaine Thomas Johnson. Blaine attended Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, CA, where he then transferred to Cal State East Bay in Hayward, CA. At Cal State East Bay he went for a scholarship for baseball, as well as to study Kinesiology for his interest in how to develop the human body and mind. Blaine has been making music ever since he was fourteen years old, and plans on to continuing making music. “I feel I hold many titles in this day and age of music. I run my own business as an artist from recording and writing, to touring and selling merch. I also help song write for other artists and help them on their tours from a management side and an entertainment side,” he speaks on when talking about his career. “I literally do it all honestly and that’s how I want it. I think the best CEO is the person who can go into all positions in his field, and be the go to guy that everyone wants to work with.”  

I like to ask artists who inspired them to have the career they have now, and for Blaine this is what he had to say, “My brother first off, then all the artists I looked up to like Mac Dre, E-40, Andre 300, 2 Pac, and Lil Wayne were huge for me. Nelly being an athlete and musician, Eminem not giving a fuck what people thought and being a rap legend with his word play and vivid storytelling. Old music my mom would play for me like the Gap Band, Michael Jackson, The Temptations and everything else I would find in her CD collection.” Talking about inspiration, I asked Blaine who inspired him to pursue the music industry and he mentioned, “My mom and my brother had a huge impact on me musically, just from my moms huge CD collection I would always get into and find sounds. My brother was the one who showed me it’s possible when I would watch him start his own bands and go to his shows.” He elaborates on “It really made me think I could cultivate the music I like and go perform, if I just worked at it because I was already free-styling with the homies and having fun with it, then that’s when my brother showed me I can record myself and it just took off from there.” 

A lot of artists will have a background story to how they became who they are today, or how they started this type of career, and for Blaine this is his story. “The first time I’d say my career started is when my now good friend Shwayze, (before I knew him) had a show in Berkeley where I’m from, and one of my other homies B-Villian was Djing for him at the time and said to pull up to the show. I did and we ended up all kicking it, smoking and drinking at my crib after the show, and one of my homies had a playlist that had some of my songs mixed into it and when this song I made called “cannabis escape” came on, Shwayze came over to the speaker nodding his head asking everyone whose song it was. When he found out it was mine, he asked if I wanted to come on the rest of the tour and I’ve been touring ever since. Shout out to my brother Shwayze!”

When talking about music with Blaine, I asked if he’s currently signed, and he’s currently under his own label he created called “DEUX.” He stated that if a bigger label wanted to merge and takes things to the next level with him that he wouldn’t be opposed, only if the contract and money was right. Throughout Blaines career in the music industry, he’s worked with several artists like “Shwayze, Cam Meekins, Pockets, Jinluv, Too short, Michael Christmas, Trev Case, Mikealis, Baby Bash,” he’s also done some shows with “Huey Mack, Mike Stud, Waka Flocka, Travie McCoy, Futuristic.” He spoke on a bunch of others, but one that sticks out to him recently was the “Wu Tang Clan” at the Reggae Rise Up Festival. Blaine mentions how he would like to work with music artists like, “E-40, G-Eazy, Andre 3000, Drake,” all in the future! Music is a way of expressing feeling, and getting emotions out to those listening and interpreting it in their own way. For artists, their music tends to change over the years, and Blaine says his music has changed in better mixes and his word play is always improving. Out of all the songs he’s written, he talks about one of his favorite songs being “What It Cost,” and that, “it’s just an instant slap and the music video!” Fans of Blaines reading this, I’ll have the link for that music video below for you to watch! 

Writing music can be a therapy for some artists, or a passion they just have for this industry to help other artists create songs. Blaine says, “be yourself, people like authenticity,” when it comes to advice for writing music. He also mentions some advice on anyone trying to pursue the career he has saying, “do what I did, be a solid human, and show up. If you’re a good person who works hard and shows up, good things will happen. Always work on your craft, sharpening your tools to perfect it.” Within his career, Blaine feels everything that has happened this far is god’s plan for him, and that there’s so much more to come for him and there’s no need to make changes in his career. His career has impacted his life from talking about how, “It’s taken me to places I would have never been able to go to and see, and has brought me into rooms with people I would have never have thought I would meet. More importantly, become friends with amazing people!” 

Getting into the end of this interview, I asked Blaine what his craziest fan experience was and this is what he had to share. “I released my first mixtape “The Bridge vol. 1” and sold them at shows, and a fan bought one. Then about 6 years later, this guy kept hitting me on social media saying he needs it signed and I was thinking in my head that CD is so old how does he still have it, and sure enough he showed up to a show with a friend who also had the Mixtape and both got them signed which I thought was hella cool for them to fuck with me that tough and keep my mixtape after all those years.” Fans can either be crazy or really dedicated to their favorite artist, and for Blaine he had some dedicated fans having that mixtape years later. I can speak on being a dedicated fan, and for the artists, it’s definitely something to cherish. If Blaine wasn’t an artist and didn’t have this career, he doesn’t know exactly what he would be doing, but somewhere getting money he states. That being said, he also responds to my question of where he sees himself in fives years with, “releasing more music, playing bigger venues, and raising my son.” I can say that fans of Blaine’s will be excited for all this new music to come in the future, and his son will sure be blessed! Wrapping up this interview, I will have Blaine’s social media links and music platforms down below for those who aren’t familiar with Blaine, or fans who want to watch that latest music video! 

https://www.instagram.com/bllaine/?hl=en

https://www.facebook.com/bllainemusic/

https://twitter.com/Bllaine

https://open.spotify.com/artist/7fREsRbw22jjSaoj9bnFhU?si=2uEyoZ26Qp2MtWbKkFHf4g

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/bllaine/936845392

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJK1MdxqcCV80ZJ971nqGJg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyz1WB2VD6Q ** NEW VIDEO**

C. Randall

From Western Massachusetts, in a small city by the name of Agawam, comes music artist Cameron Mark Randall. Cameron is a Senior at UMass Amherst within the Isenberg School of Management. He majors in Hospitality Management and chose this major for his love of business, food, and the entertainment industry. Within this major, Cam states that you learn a lot about the sales and marketing of venues and attractions, which he found very intriguing. While being a senior at UMass Amherst, Cam works at a deli, drives for Uber, and puts his music out on Spotify/Apple Music all for a source of income. Cam has been making music for the last eight years on and off, but decided to take a break from it when he was around 15-18. Ever since then he’s been going “full speed for the last 3 years,” he said. “Over the past few years, my music has gotten much more melodic. I sing a lot more in my songs now. A few years ago, I was strictly a rapper. I feel like I’ve developed into an “artist” now, and have the ability to create many different styles of music, not just rap.” Cam speaks on himself for becoming who he is today. For any of those wondering about Cam’s music, I’ll have links at the end of this interview. 

Every artist has a specific time or moment, they remember where they said to themselves “I wanna do that, I wanna start making music,” and for Cam here’s his moment. “When I was a freshman in high school, everybody in my school was going to this Chris Webby concert 20 minutes away from my hometown. At the time, I had never listened to Chris Webby, and was really only going because there was a local artist opening up, which was @DylanReeseMusic. I was so mesmerized by the show and the performances.” A lot of artists today have friends or family who have influenced them to where they are now, or even how they got to where they are now. Cam reflects on his first musical inspiration being “Chris Webby and Dylan Reese,” he mentions he religiously listened to Webby freshman and sophomore year of high school. “Since then I’ve been inspired by a plethora of other artists, that have really shaped my sound today. Russ, Post Malone, Kid Cudi, Weezer, Blackbear, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Justin Bieber, Drake, Michael Jackson, the list goes on,” as Cam mentions on his other musical inspirations for music. “I feel like every artist says Michael Jackson inspired them haha. My mom and dad used to play a lot of MJ and classic rock in the car when I was growing up,” Cam speaks on his inspiration of Michael Jackson and how his parents love for him and classic rock, has helped him grow for the love of music too. 

“Making music has heavily impacted my life today. It introduced me to a lot of talented and like-minded people.” Cam talks about how making music has impacted his life for the better and, “the amount of relationships I have over somebody messaging me about my music is countless.” He also mentions how, “It’s always made me understand the value of working hard for something, and why you should never give up. I apply this to everything in life now.” When it doubt everyone will have doubts about their career taking off, or whether or not their music will make a difference in the world, but for Cam he speaks on never giving up. 

Within Cams music career, he’s worked with artists like Ryan Oakes, Matt Maratea, Dylan Reese, DK, Stony, Rico Cocchi, Avery on the Beat, and SLÜNT from Lagoon. Cam mentions how he wants to work with local artists like Noah Jackson, Ish Akanour, Kwynn Reid, Maserati Beats, YRBK (Yearbook), Lagoon, and many more with some being in the works. He also says he wants to work with bigger names like, Russ, Post Malone, Kanye, Dominick Fike, Arizona Zervas, Anthony Russo, 24kGoldn, and many more as well. 

Cam Randall is not currently signed to a label, and does everything 100% independently. When being asked if he sees himself getting signed, he spoke on “I know many artists are “anti-label” but I’m not like that. If the right offer came along, I wouldn’t even think twice. Labels have the connections and financial backing we don’t have. So yes, I would definitely sign a record deal under the right circumstances.” Artists can always have a different perspective on being signed or not, and Cam just pretty much summed it all up for anyone curious. Further on, I always ask the artist a crazy fan experience they encountered, and for Cam he mentioned, “One time this girl ubered 2 hours to come see me perform, which was awesome. But here’s the catch, she didn’t have a ride home. She claims she didn’t have enough money to uber home, and it was a pretty expensive ride back. She hung around after the show for a few hours hoping she could come with us. She ended up calling her dad to come pick her up. I felt bad, but who goes to a show and expects the artist to give you a ride home? It left me in a tough spot.”  

I had asked Cam what’s a piece of advice he would give to someone wanting to be in his shoes as a musician, or advice in general for this industry, and here’s what he had to say, “the VERY BEST advice I have for someone that is trying to make music is to be honest with yourself. You have to self evaluate your image and your music, and think about it from the public’s point of view. If you were to come across your own music, would you think it’s good? Do the lyrics sound meaningful? If not, make the changes needed. That’s when you have to be honest with yourself. Also, as cliche as it sounds, never give up. We have every tool in front of us to be successful, the internet. If you want it bad enough, you’ll find a way to make it happen. A catchy hook, and one solid verse, can go along ways.” 

At the end of the interviews I always ask the artists where they see themselves in five years, or if they didn’t have the career they have now, and for Cam this is what he had to say. “In 5 years I see myself living in Los Angeles or Atlanta. I’ve had this vision for a few years now, and have always said I’d make the transition after I graduate college. I really believe that I can get to the point where I solely live off my music within 5 years from now. Maybe even a record deal and a large-scale tour within the next 5 years, I really feel like it’s possible for me.” If Cam wasn’t making music today he says, “I would be doing something in the hotel industry or opening up my own business of some sort. I’m an entrepreneur at heart, and have always wanted to open up my own business.” If anyone wants to know more about Cam Randall, down below are his social media links and music platform streaming sites! Need a song to listen to? Try Cam Randalls song, Move On. “It’s by far the most meaningful and truthful song I’ve written, it’s all real,” Cam says. 

https://www.instagram.com/camrandall/?hl=en

https://twitter.com/CamRandall5?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

https://fanlink.to/TalkingToMyselfEP

https://music.apple.com/us/artist/cam-randall/1278329786

https://open.spotify.com/artist/4pnPAWqykXcpxQuQe1tSa1?si=LLh9SipJSIaKpgV4CZ341Q

https://soundcloud.com/camrandallmusic