We caught up with Skipper Solomatic to talk about his music. At Indiy we champion musicians.
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What I enjoy most about being an independent artist is the freedom of knowing I have full creative control over all of my projects.
Knowing that I'm the one who determines the when, the what, the where, the why in regards to my art.
Also admittedly it's a beautiful struggle so just enjoy the the journey!
I don't have a recording studio of my own...I record at a local studio about 10-15 minutes away from where I live!
I enjoy recording and production the most presently at this point in my career.
I've never actually been booked for a performance, though I have rapped in front of friends and peers to show off my lyrical ability & self belief.
Honestly I've only recently been getting my hand into promotion...
I'm still trying to figure that out!
My latest release is 'Greatness Exemplified'.
It's is a high-energy, clever but brief introduction of my sonic capabilities.
As the name implies it largely leans on the idea that I am confident in my ability to capture an audience.
No! I don't normally plan...unless it a full length project like an album, mixtape or EP.
Within the next 6 months I should be done, near completion of my first album available on all digital websites.
2020 largely being the inspiration for it, as the theme of the album will focus on solitude & metamorphosis.
Hopefully, I can put some money together to drop some fire visuals too.
No videos in the making as of yet...I'm focusing on writing and recording for now.
I've never collaborated with any other artist before, my projects are normally solo just like my name is...certainly open to it though!
A Talented singer by the name of Visaka reached out to me a few weeks ago.
She's quite gifted kinda and I'm shocked she isn't a mega star already!
We'll see where that goes...
Producers that I love right now are Forgotten, Zane98 & CEDES.
You should check them out on YouTube!
All I need is a beat that emulates where my mind is currently at or even society at large and then boom...Ready!
Nas - Illmatic
Illmatic is my favourite hip-hop album of all time. I wasn't alive in 1994 (I was born in 1997) but when I draw comparisons between Illmatic and most other creative pieces that came out that year it stood out to me. A 20-year-old kid with that much depth, lyrical prowess, & storytelling capabilities! Nas was destined for greatness! He's a modern-day Shakespeare!
50 Cent - Get Rich or Die Trying
HipHop is a genre of music that focuses largely on not just skill and production but hardcore street elements. Young brothers from the inner city worldwide aspire to become rich and successful in hopes of taking care of their families and living a luxurious lifestyle. Against all odds, this man managed to become one of the greatest, best-selling musicians in the early 2000s. 50's earned a spot in my heart, for his story, perseverance, strength, self-belief, and ability to motivate people from less fortunate backgrounds worldwide to hustle hard and hustle smart. Also the name of the album...doesn't it just give you chills when you say it?
J Cole - Forest Hills Drive
Named after Cole's home address as a youngster. A large amount of the project focuses on Cole witnessing the ill-treatment of his mother by his father's hands, and the miseducation of black men and women from his neighborhood. He does a pretty good job at vividly painting images in your mind of his adolescents good and bad. Which genuinely makes you feel closer to him. He openly states his mistakes, naivety, and insecurities all while keeping you engaged and singing along. This Project was my first full-length introduction to J Cole. It became the soundtrack of my life when I was in college. It's a Cole World!
I don't have a creative team, for the most part, but shout out to my boy Kwamz for telling me I should Rap!
And shout to Josh who's responsible for shooting all three of my music videos!
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Andrea graduated from Roehampton University and The BRIT School, whose globally recognized alumni include Adele, Katy B, Ella Eyre, FKA Twigs, Jessie J, Leona Lewis, Katie Melua, Kate Nash and the Rizzle Kicks. She takes her love of the arts and entertainment industry to provide useful information to upcoming musicians, helping them navigate the industry and avoid making costly mistakes. She actively mentors our current contributors. Andrea has qualifications in Content Marketing and also manages our collaborative playlists for independent artists
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