Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the “catalyst” for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
X Static : Yes, when I was around 12-14 years old there were people I hung out with who I thought were my friends. One guy in the group had a home studio. He ended up creating a label and got a deal with universal. Before the deal came I was interested in making music but didn’t get any help. I was trying to record but they didn’t give me any time of day. They would always push me to the side or tell me that they will help me but still nothing. When I decided to pay for a studio session they really didn’t care to help me to get things done. They didn’t take me seriously even with me paying them. Fast forward to the deal, still the same energy. I stopped hanging out with them and later they ended up losing the deal somehow. It gave me motivation to not rely on anyone with writing, recording, etc. They helped create the beast I am today.
Let’s get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
X Static : Coming in 2nd place in a Coast 2 Coast song battle in Atlanta. I was there by myself with no friends, no support, no fans. Against about 25+ artists in a club with songs about money, drugs, women who had people there supporting them. I came in second place from a conscious track about self awareness under Jerry Shane. I was the only artist that performed a track like that and for me to come in second place I was shocked. To win without anyone there for me showed me I didn’t need anyone. I won a spot to Coast 2 Coast battle in Miami but didn’t go due to death in the family.
What has been the high point of your music path?
X Static : I know this will sound lame but I feel like my highest point was accepting the music that I make. Accepting me for me. For a while I didn’t. I didn’t think I was good enough. Even though I had people around me who believed in me for years I didn’t believe in myself. So much music I deleted from the internet that no one will ever hear that I won’t get back because of my own insecurities. Even with this project “FREE-QWIN-SEE” the first 3 songs I was scared to release because it’s not the norm it’s very different. I have enough confidence in my craft now to not care what others think about it. My conclusion was that I didn’t want to leave this place without giving everyone me. Too many people have died without knowing themselves, accepting themselves, showing themselves to the world before they go. I want to change that
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
X Static : Biggest Challenge is finding your crowd, your fans and if I could ask to change one thing in the industry it would be to go back to a time when music mattered more than the streams.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
X Static : Then – XXXtentacion Now – Ski Mask the Slump God. XXXtentacion because I feel that out of everybody I connect with him on some many different levels outside of his music. From his mindset, to how he thinks and what he’s been through in his life outside of fame I feel we would vibe on the same frequency on and off stage. I wasn’t a fan of him when I first heard about him. What made me like him was his personality. I felt connected to him. Soul brothers if I had to call it something R.I.P XXXtentacion. Since Ski Mask was Tentacion’s close friend/ brother he would be the one I would share the stage with as of now.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
X Static : I prepare with a live show with deep breathing exercises, positive affirmations and going through my songs with no music just lyrics.
- Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Never Forever was difficult because it was a J Cole cover and I wanted to change up the sound and vibe of the song to where if you listened to J Cole version and then mine you can equally enjoy them both individually without them sounding the same. Two completely different vibes. What also made it a challenge were the things I was talking about in the songs. Opening up to things I’ve seen, felt, lost. Talking about them for people to hear was very difficult because this was the first track I did in a while that held my pain that was current.
Who was your biggest inspiration when you were growing that perhaps helped you pave your way and decision to make music your career?
X Static : Tupac Amaru Shakur. He was my father figure, guidance, leader, activist who stood up for what he felt and believed in. It’s not about his music. It’s about his personality that’s what put him in my heart. Sometimes I go back and listen to his interviews just to get a boost.
What does the future look like for X Static?
X Static : If I’m not dead, more music. If I can, change the perspective of people looking for something different. Become the voice for those afraid to speak up and lead a new wave of thinkers to their destiny for the ones who need it.