Interview with our ReverbNation Winner, Florida Artist Half Deezy
1. Who are you as an artist? What is your story?
When it comes to Half Deezy, I just try to be me. I’m outgoing, always willing to work with people, but I’m mostly an introvert. I work, and keep to myself with my family. When I am out doing shows or meeting fans I am fully immersed in that, but when I’m home, that’s what I do, unless I’m working on an album. From the beginning, I always knew music was something I wanted to pursue. When I was young I started off singing, but overtime I found a whole new love with hip hop. I started rapping with some friends in Dewitt Michigan, but I didn’t have a name yet. Later I moved to Las Vegas and that’s where I met some friends who helped mold me into what I am now. From there, I moved to Ohio and spread my music with even more friends and it just kind of grew.
2. Who are some of your favorite artists and music influences?
2 pac, Twista, Tech N9ne, Pink Floyd, Sublime, B.O.B., Brotha Lynch Hung, and many more. All of them have influenced my music in some way. I didn’t come from a very musical background but my father had an extensive catalog of what we now call classic Rock. So I think that also has a lot of influence when it comes to picking certain tracks I decide to rap too.
3. What is makes your music worth it? To the world? To your fans?
My music is worth it to anyone who is looking for something to help get them through the day, or a rough time. Growing up I struggled with making friends and eventually I just did my own thing. I used music to cope with what every was bothering me at the time. Now I put into my music. Not everything is about me, but I try to touch a little bit of every subject so my music is diverse.
4. What is the future of music and the industry?
I think the future of music is going to be changing again real soon. Not only on a material level, but a financial level as well. Artists now, are already finding success without having to sign major deals. The industry may not favor this as much, but artists are able to use it as leverage to get better contracts or at least that’s what I would do. If I know I am going to sell a record, you best believe we are negotiating.
5. What surprises you the most about the music industry?
How drastically its changing. Since the internet, music has completely transformed into something independent artists can use to make money. Back in the day it was word of mouth or handing out demos. Now you can post it on social media and instantly start getting fans.
6. What’s your Poison?
Being lazy. When I get a chance to rest, trust me, I’m chilling, and sometimes it turns into procrastination. I try to stay away from it as much as possible when I am supposed to be working lol.
7. How is your Art “your religion”?
My music is my religion because I practice almost daily and use it to express my feelings. My music has made things happen for me in the past and even now, so I know its powerful. I’ll never stop making music even if I don’t become major. At a young age music has carried me through some rough times, I could never let it go.
8. What are you truly creating with your music that changes the world, changes society?
I am creating a vision within the minds of my listener. If you take a minute to peep what I am saying, you should be able to see it. Will I change a society? I have no idea, but I do know, it’s out there if society wants to take a listen and rock with me.
9. What is the (spiritual, political, social, etc.) message of your music?
My message is for any age. I write what I see, hear, feel, think about, it doesn’t matter. I have been told by almost every age they enjoy my music. The message is simple, we struggle to survive but we can never give up. Keep family close, and don’t forget where you came from. I also talk about my personal experiences within the military if I need too, and hopefully someone, someone, where feel what I am saying. 10. Have you been “lucky” or “gifted” in the music industry so far? Tell us more: I think I’ve been lucky, I never thought I would have worked with some of the names I have, and shared the same stage. I have managed to make a little name for myself and I am lucky to be able to do it professionally.
11. What do you really think it takes to make it in the music industry?
Tell us 3 keys. 1. Determination 2. Perseverance 3. Thick Skin I have needed all three of these to make it as far as I have. Not saying I got major keys but hey it’s all good.
12. What is your main inspirational philosophy in life? Favorite quote?
Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it. - Bruce Lee
13. What do you regret the most in your music and would have done differently?
I don’t regret anything. I feel like whatever comes my way was right on time. All these years of polishing my skill I know I can hang with some of the best they just haven’t called me yet lol.
14. Where do you see your career going in five years? 10 years? Next year?
I see my career only beginning in the next five years. Now that I am giving myself an opportunity to really be seen nationwide, I’ll know whether to keep pursuing it or just help other artists get on. This year I got a new album in the works and I am working with a team who is going to help get me where I need to be. In ten years, I see myself maybe running m own company or maybe just consulting.
15. Legacy: At the end of the day, how do you want your fans to remember you and your music?
In the end, I want to be remembered as someone who worked hard for his position. I want to be remembered as a leader, mentor, and an amazing artist. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/halfdeezy/