A few days ago we got a chance to snag a few minutes from the multi-talented indie rap artist known as MobBeatz for an interview. We asked him a few questions in reference to his latest project release and his music career in general. Eager to tell us a little about himself, check out what he had to say…
HCM. How did you come by your stage name?
MobBeatz. I came up with my stage name back in 2013. I was only a producer back then and wasn’t rapping. I had just started producing and needed a stage name to open up a YouTube channel. We just started coming up with random names and chose “MobBeatz”. To be honest, we don’t even know how we came up with it or what was going through our minds at the time. We just stuck with it. To this day I still go back and forth with my stage name as to keeping it or changing it but it’s too late now. Even as an artist I am keeping “MobBeatz”. It sort of reminds me of Swizz Beats and how he switched from producing to rapping and kept his same name.
HCM. When did you discover your love for music and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?
MobBeatz. I discovered my love for music back in elementary school when I first signed up for the school band. I was playing the flute (!). I was very good at it also! It took off from there. A couple of years later I started listening to rap and fell in love with it. I played the flute until 2013 and kind of lost interest because I had started producing rap music. I instantly knew that was what I wanted to do.
HCM. To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
MobBeatz. When I had first started listening to rap music, I used to bump a lot of Rick Ross, Meek Mill, J.Cole, Waka, etc. That was the era I got hooked on to rap. However, my musical style is way different from the artists I grew up listening to. You could say my style has a bit of rock, pop, and punk added into it. I try to be experimental when it comes to my music. I plan to really push boundaries with this next project!
HCM. On your current album… How did you come up with the concept for this project?
MobBeatz. “Love Now, Cry Later” is a project I am very proud of. It is my first project as an artist and has already surpassed half a million streams worldwide! The concept of the album was a thin line between an emotional and a hype album. It is 8 tracks, 3 of which I had released as singles. The fans got to enjoy 5 brand new tracks, all with a different sound and style.
HCM. What are some of your greatest challenges as an artist, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
MobBeatz. When it comes to starting a new project, my first step is to produce the song as it is the most important step for me I produce the track and get connected with it. Once I’m done with that, I start writing and practice the song for hours and hours before even recording a single take. Once I believe that I have perfected it, I record the songs and sit down for the mix and mastering with my engineer, Jake MNNX. My main focus is making a song that the listeners can relate to and keep on listening to. I try to produce and write a song every single day to keep myself consistent. There are even some songs that I put together taking different verses from separate songs I wrote.
HCM. What impression would you like listeners to be left with after hearing your music?
MobBeatz. I just want my music to be relatable for my audience. I want it to have longevity and be something that they can go back to from time to time. That’s what separates real music from the rest. From the reviews I am getting, I believe I am doing an excellent job on that.
HCM. What are your plans for the near future?
MobBeatz. Since my EP is released, I will be away from the studio for a month or two. We are doing a promo run consisting of radio interviews, media appearances, shows, etc. I will perform for the first time in Buffalo, New York on February 1st at the Venu Performance Center. Once my promo run is over, I want to slowly get back into recording new material for an album we have planned sometime during the Spring. It will be an exciting year for me!
HCM. Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
MobBeatz. I want to thank my family for supporting me through all of this, my manager Tyler Star and all my friends who’ve had my back since day one. I also can’t forget the fans not only in America but also the ones in my home country Turkey. This wouldn’t be possible without any of them!
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