HCM. How did you come by your stage name?
PhilAhsophie. My artist name is meant to be creative in pronunciation while also reflecting my method of rhyme. Such as applying insightful subject matters within my lyrics. With not only unique rhyme schemes and word play but thought provoking messages within them. My aim is to provide listeners with actual substance along with self-expression.
HCM. When did you start making music and taking it serious?
PhilAhsophie. This began during my high school years. I began listening to what is now considered old school hip hop. Eventually it had its influence on me. After years of freestyle sessions, ciphers, and being around local hip hop groups. I began to record my own material. That eventually lead to my first EP titled “The Essence” which was performed at a Coast2Coast event back in 03/15/2017. During the 2018 year I recorded my 2nd EP titled “Reflections” with 3 tracks also.
After submitting that track to KAZI 88.7 it was added to their Untapped radio broadcast. With a number of 20 recording artists my track landed at the #7 spot. Another track called “Rhyme & Reason” from my 2nd EP has been aired on Insanely Gifted radio since 2018. I have a 3rd EP in that I am working on releasing this year also. Look me up online for additional info.
HCM. How do you feel about the present state of the music industry?
PhilAhsophie. Currently we are in the digital age of music. The music industry is almost entirely online. The past stereo system is replaced by today’s smart phones. Streaming services are now doing more than record store sales. Traditionally, labels provided artists with larger advance money, marketing and promotion. Along with strong focus on artist development. That kind of took a back seat to today’s digital age. I think that now the music industry focuses more on what is popular and trendy to profit from. That now pressures up and coming artist to conform with popular trends and styles being pushed by major record labels. That is if they want that major push from today’s music industry. Something that can in turn, oppose originality and transparency of the recording artist. Secondly the recording artist has to be mindful of the type of contract they sign. So it has its ups and downs depending on the type of deal you get. I advise unsigned recording artist to educate themselves about that before potentially signing their creative freedom away.
HCM. Who influenced you to become an artist?
PhilAhsophie. Mostly music from the 90s era had influence on me. Especially hip hop that not only had a good vibe but showed emcees expressing themselves in a unique way. I enjoyed listening to hip hop from all coasts and regions. I never narrowed my preference down to one particular style or location. That is why each track that I put out has a different sound and feel to enjoy. Along with a focus on displaying talent and skills with a message for listeners.
HCM. Do you feel that you are an artist or entertainer? Explain.
PhilAhsophie. Lyrically I am more of an artist being that each recording comes from my own ideas and perspectives. Being an artist includes using your mind and creativity to express something. I use my own thought process to reflect authentic artistry.
HCM. Would you prefer to be independent or signed to a major?
PhilAhsophie. At this time, I prefer being independent so that I have more creative freedom. Independent artists own their recordings and do not have to worry about paying back what is essentially a loan. Although I would consider the right type of label deal that would provide more benefit than loss.
HCM. What are you currently working on and how can the people find you?
PhilAhsophie. I am working on releasing my 3rd EP. People can search me online to find my music and other information.