1. When and why did you start playing?
M-EYE-C: I‘ve loved music all my life… started reciting nursery rhymes at 5 or 6 yrs old; but, I started recorded and paying for studio time in 2002 at age 22 yrs old.
2. Which instruments do you play?
M-EYE-C: I’m a registered songwriter that raps and attempts to sing…lol… I,moreover, harmonize.
3. What was the first tune(s) you learned?
M-EYE-C: Rakim and Eric B’s “I Ain’t No Joke” & Kool Moe Dee’s “how you like me now” Tears of Fears “Everybody wants to rule the world” Michael Jackson’s “Thiller” the list goes on and on and on.
4. Is your family musical?
5. Describe your family member’s musical interests and abilities.
M-EYE-C: My dad was a singer, harmonica player, and guitar player so my mom told me but he wasn’t around to teach me the tricks of the trade sadly.
6. Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
M-EYE-C: Ahh, man, the list goes on and on from Michael Jackson when I witnessed him moonwalk. he was the best entertainer to Tupac cause of his energy and sense of purpose and motivational skills and his ability thru his lyrics to reach and teach all.
7. Which famous musicians have you learned from?
M-EYE-C: Tupac, Rakim, and Juvenile. You could literally listen to their albums and get ‘game’ on survival tactics in the streets and be that my ‘pops’ wasn’t around I looked up to and listened to whoever was spitting the best game which is knowledge and knowledge is power… Ya dig?
8. Who was your first teacher? Other teachers?
M-EYE-C: Jack McClendon was a Vietnam Vet. I met on the streets of South O’Cliff and he was the best teacher I had when it came to surviving on the streets and when dealing with people and just life in general… entertain strangers for in doing so some have entertained angels… and that’s how that happened.
9. Describe your first instrument. Other instruments.
M-EYE-C: I played clarinet, not by choice it was my sisters when I was in elementary… lol… and I played trumpet in 7th grade in the band.
10. What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?
M-EYE-C: When I first heard the Makaveli album by Tupac Shakur. I was riding with my friend listening and I remember almost being in tears because so much of what Tupac was saying I could relate..had me thinking he was spying on me when he said “momma checking in my bedroom but I ain’t there.”
11. Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?
M-EYE-C: Of course, Rakim and Eric B’s “I ain’t no joke” & Kool Moe Dee’s “how you like me now” Tears of Fears “Everybody wants to rule the world” Michael Jackson’s “Thiller”.. Atlantic Starr’s “when love call”, Marvin Gaye’s “Whats Going On?,” Prince’s “Purple Rain”, The Isley Brothers’ “For the Love of You”… the list just goes on and on and on because I love music….
12. Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CDs?
M-EYE-C: On Marvin Gaye’s “Whats Going On” album I loved how it was mixed and the songs played ‘into’ the next song like a Dj Screw Tape..it just never stopped the beats kept going and you wouldn’t realize that you were listening to the next song… Rakim & Eric B’s “Paid In Full” …Juvenile’s “400 Degreez” album and Tupac’s “Me Against The World” album Outkast’s “Aquilani” album definitely a banger. UGK’s “Riding Dirty” album..once again the list goes on and on and on….
13. Have you been in competitions? Fleadh’s? Any prizes?
M-EYE-C: Well, once I showed up in Dec.6,2013 as the fastest streaming music nation and worldwide.Crazy how it happened but long story short story long I used to work at an internet radio station and I was the program director at 411 Reality Radio so, of course, I was spamming my music every chance I could get… I received a tweet from some company called Find Stream telling me my song “Money Back” feat. Three and 45 Records was number one for fastest streaming song worldwide. I was so excited I broke up with my girlfriend that morning (lol).
14. Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV?
M-EYE-C: Yeah, I used to book shows thru a company called aftonshows.com very easy way to get a show and they set up online ticket stores and even email you tickets to sell to your fans..the good part about that company is they would book anywhere from 15 to 20 artists to perform on the same day that way if rather you or I or any artists had a fan base following show up or not there was bound to be a crowd because so many artists were booked…rather 2 ppl showed up or 20,000 ppl show up..my energy level was always ‘turnt‘ up..rather the crowd is or was big or small short or tall I always tried to give them something to remember.
15. Do you play for dances? Step-dancers?
M-EYE-C: Describe the differences.
16. How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
M-EYE-C: Keep on going and act like you didn’t miss a beat is my philosophy.
17. Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?
M-EYE-C: Sometimes but not really anymore after a drink or a smoke, I start feeling myself… lol.
18. What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
IM-EYE-C: It is okay to be nervous but don’t let it stop you from doing what you came to do… and feed off the crowd’s energy… or even one person whose vibing with you that you spot in the crowd.
19. Do you attend sessions? What makes a good session?
M-EYE-C: Yes, some of the best studio sessions occur when you got a lot of different artist with different talents just pitching in during a track or song… for example, I might start off with a couple of rhymes… then, birdhouse might start singing and play the guitar… Jeff might start playing the saxophone and it just starts snowballing from the there.
20. How often and for how long do you practice?
M-EYE-C: Hourly daily sometimes until I finish writing the song..sometimes I let days or weeks go by just depends on my energy as an artist how I’m feeling and what’s going on in my life and around me.
21. What do you practice – exercises, new tunes, hard tunes, etc.?
M-EYE-C: Writing new choruses and coming up with more bars… When I get writer’s block I take a ride thru the back streets of South O’Cliff and listen to my instrumentals and as I’m riding I start having flashbacks as I pass thru different streets and blocks and hoods and bam..I start freestyling and that’s how I’ll come up with hooks, choruses, and the bars for the song at least lately that’s how I’ve been doing it.
22. Do you teach music?
M-EYE-C: No, but I teach tactics on chorus making meaning finding catchy phrases that fit the beat or instrumental.
23. How do you balance your music with other obligations – mate, children, job?
M-EYE-C: Music is life… I ‘be’ at work jamming music [and] I ‘be’ in the streets jamming music. Sometimes I ain’t got no music..but I freestyle it and ‘bebox‘ and just spit lyrics acapella – its like it comes out of my pores like sweat..(lol)
Introducing ‘M-Eye-C’… A registered and licensed Dallas, Texas….Artist, Rapper, Songwriter, and CEO of the publishing company called Million In Cash Music, through B.M.I.(Broadcast Music Incorporated Zone 4).Currently residing in the U.S.A… M-Eye-C would like to expand his music throughout the world featuring and merging his music with artists of all genres and people of all cultures.
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