Interview with our ReverbNation Winner, Baltimore’s Double G!

1. Age and how long in the industry?

I’m 27 and I’ve been in the industry for a little over two years now.  Even though I’ve been writing music since high school, it wasn’t until I was 25 that I decided to pursue it as a career.  I’m 100% independent and fund everything straight out of my own pocket.

2. Let's have some fun! What's your Zodiac Sign?

Haha it’s funny you asked, I just put this in one of my most recent tracks “Time & Time Again,” I’m a Virgo. I’ve never really been into the whole zodiac thing until late.  I see a lot of similar qualities in myself to the Virgo stereotype though. The main being hardworking, I don’t think anyone understands the work I’ve put into this craft in these few short years.  If you heard my first song compared to what I’m gearing up to release later this year, you would think I have been doing this my whole life.

3. What is your main inspirational philosophy in life? Favorite quote?

My favorite quote is “Somewhere inside, we hear a voice.  It leads us in the direction of who we wish to become. But it is up to us whether or not to follow.” It’s from Pat Tillman the fallen soldier who gave up $3.6 million from the Arizona Cardinals to fight for his country.  I’ve had a newspaper clipping of his story hanging on my wall since 2004. He’s a big inspiration to me and my music! Anyone reading this that doesn’t know about him, I highly suggest you look him up, very inspirational!

4. Ok, now...who are YOU as an artist? What is your story?

I’m a rapper, songwriter, and an athlete.  All three play a pivotal role in the artist I am today. I’ve been writing poems and music since I was 13 years old, it’s something that stuck with me throughout the years.  Writing has evolved into my source of therapy, it’s how I creatively express my feelings and cope with my issues. I’ve played sports competitively my entire life too, (baseball, basketball, football, etc.) and I’m an active gym member, which helps keep me in shape for performances. I freestyled and rapped for fun throughout high school/college, but never took it seriously until the fall of 2015.  I bought my own recording equipment, taught myself how to mix and dropped my first project in the summer of 2016. After getting mixed reviews on it, I decided to take my game to the next level and invest in studio quality sound. Ever since then, I’ve been grinding everyday… all of my free time goes into advancing my career in one way or another and I’m extremely focused on bettering myself not only as an artist but as a man as well.

5. Who are your musical influences and what genre of music would you say your style is?

I grew up listening to a wide range of artists and genres but my biggest hip-hop influences were from 2Pac, Eminem, 50 Cent, Biggie, and The Game.  I used to listen to the discography of Eminem’s music on repeat when I was younger… he was the reason I began to write rhymes. My most recent influences have come from Futuristic and MGK though, I’m a huge fan of both!  As far as my style of music, I’m hip-hop thru and thru, but what I do that’s a little different from most artists is I don’t have one particular sound, I like to mix it up. I’m a big fan of combining other genres of music into my songs, I feel like it keeps it interesting and makes my brand more marketable.

6. What is the state of the music industry right now? Where is it going?

The music industry has changed drastically over the years.  Right now, we’re in the digital age. Everything is online, physical purchases are down and everything is being streamed. With how competitive the market is with anyone being able to put their music on these streaming platforms, I feel like soon you will start seeing artists sign exclusive contracts with companies like Apple Music or Spotify over major labels.  I believe it is the future of the industry and it will be interesting to see how it plays out and ends up affecting independent artists such as myself.

7. How is your Art “your Religion”?

I wouldn’t necessarily say my art is my religion, but they do coincide.  I have really been able to strengthen my relationship with God over the past few years and it feels phenomenal.  It has translated to a more disciplined lifestyle with the ability to create better quality music straight from the heart.

8. What are you truly creating with your music that changes the world, changes society?

I’m creating a path for anyone that has ever been doubted in life, anyone that has ever been overlooked or faced a serious struggle. I represent the people. My music represents the ability to chase your dreams and reach your utmost potential.  Far too many people give up on their dreams and are stuck working jobs they hate just for a paycheck. We only get one life and one chance. My music is the voice in your ear telling you to take it. You might fail but you won’t regret it, I promise you that!

9. What is the spiritual, political or social message of your music?

Everything’s within! You can achieve anything you set your mind to.  I’m a big advocate of being who you want to be and overcoming any obstacle. If you work hard, stay healthy, believe in yourself, and stay on track, the amount of success you can and will achieve is endless!

10. What do you really think it takes to make it in the music industry? Tell us 3 keys.

Money, money, money.  As expensive as it is making the music itself, you have to spend 100 times more to get it heard.  Aside from that, I think being personable is one of the biggest keys. People want something to relate to, they like to be included and love to be interacted with.  I feel like that’s why my music connects with so many people because you can hear and feel my story in every line, every word, every note. I put everything into it and my fans definitely appreciate that. Lastly, you have to have a concrete team that is dedicated to helping and pushing you to get better.  Your team is essential to your success! The more people that help promote you, the more ears your message will reach!

11. Where do you see your career going in 2018?

2018 is going to be a huge growth year as was 17’.  Like I said, I’m still relatively new to the industry, but the content I have coming is light years ahead of anything I’ve put out so far.  I’m working hard on a lot of business aspects behind the scenes, but as far as music… ’18 will be my best to date. I have some videos in the works, I’m in the process of getting a steady list of gigs, and I’m getting some new merch printed up, it’s definitely going to be a fun summer. I also have a full-length album coming out later in the year and if the first single “Blackout,” was any indication, it’s going to pop off!  I’m very confident and excited for what the future holds, beyond 2018 as well.

12. Legacy: At the end of the day, how do you want your fans to remember you and your music?

As someone who didn’t take no for an answer.  Someone who knew what he wanted and went out and made it happen. I want to be remembered as a positive role model, someone who helped people with his movement.  I want to be remembered as a leader who told it like it was, NOT someone who sugar-coated his way thru life. I put a lot of work into making my music as real and authentic as possible, and that’s how I want my legacy remembered!

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