HCM. How did you come by your stage name?
Raptxre. Well, I’ve always been intrigued by biblical stories and such, and the Rapture is a concept that has always piqued my interest. I guess just the concept of irredeemable souls being stuck on Earth can make for some cool and imaginative stories. A lot of my next album is themed around that.
HCM. When did you discover your love for music and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?
Raptxre. I’ve always had a strong love for music. I give most of the credit for that to my mother, for molding the majority of my tastes in music, introducing me to artists in varying categories such as Tupac, Nirvana, Sublime, and more.
HCM. To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
Raptxre. I’ve always listened to such a broad variety of genres that it’s hard to pinpoint one artist in particular. A lot of my instrumentals are influenced by a more 90’s Alternative/Grunge sound but fused with a more modern and darker interpretation of ’90s to 2000’s hip-hop. My vocal style, on the other hand, I really don’t know where that came from.
HCM. On your upcoming album… How did you come up with the concept for this project?
Raptxre. In recent years I’ve found myself dealing with a lot of pain, and almost all of this new record will deal with that. Not in overly specific lyrical ways, but more-so with the darker and more moody melodies and overall vocal tone. The album is somewhat conceptual, with a plethora of biblical undertones and references, which as I said before I’ve always been intrigued by.
HCM. What are some of your greatest challenges as an artist, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
Raptxre. I struggle with some pretty heavy insecurities, but over time I’m learning to deal with them. My greatest attribute involving work ethic is likely the fact that I won’t stop working on something until it’s finished.
HCM. Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
Raptxre. The three people who have pushed me the hardest to succeed, and been the most supportive. My grandmother, my girlfriend, and my best friend.
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