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[ARTIST INTERVIEW] Sukma Agustriyana

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When it comes to the style and imagery of a comic book. You start to wonder the back story of the creator. For the upcoming issue of Samurai Shin I decided to Interview illustrator Sukma Agustriyana, here’s what we discussed:

NIKKISIIXX: What inspired the Ghost Art series (Deviantart Gallery)? These were really impressive.
Sukma Agustriyana: thank you ~.. for all kamen rider ghost artwork, I really inspired from the actual figure which based for each form of kamen rider ghost. i’ts like ghost musashi which means its from actual samurai figure miyamoto musashi.

16736473_120300002158302105_1979973816_nNIKKISIIXX: Would you say you’ve always embraced your creativity? What makes your draw?
Sukma Agustriyana: there’s so much things that makes me draw until now, like watching movies, reading manga or books, playing video and looking at other inspiring artist artwork and then study it..
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NIKKISIIXX: How was it working with the other illustrators and following Mike Miles vision with the project?
Sukma Agustriyana: it’s amazing experience… working with all team members is so much fun, they are all talented and Mikel was also clear with his vision that makes me more easier to visualize the artwork.

NIKKISIIXX: What inspires you when creating the images for Samurai Shin?
Sukma Agustriyana: some of my inspirations comes from anime and movies. Just like the first when i saw the previous samurai shin artwork, I suddenly think about afro samurai, and then more anime movies like “sword of the stranger”, “Samurai Champloo” and “Rurouni Kenshin”.

NIKKISIIXX: How was your experience contributing to xenopets :concurro & aldnoah zero Mangas?
Sukma Agustriyana: it was awesome.. at first I was little afraid of making mistakes because its the first comic I working on, but along the way I learned a lot of new things.
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NIKKISIIXX: What do you think about the Samurai Shin Soundtrack? Which track is your favorite and why?
Sukma Agustriyana: its cool!, my favourite track is titled “past” by kuro silence its a nice calming tone, soothing and good instrumental.

NIKKISIIXX: If you were to create a character like yourself, what characteristics or powers will he have? And what would be his back story?
Sukma Agustriyana: i think i will create some shape shifting monster that can turn into anything he wants except his family, but from childhood he never met with his family members. and the story begin with meeting with one of the family members and adventure start with looking the rest of his family.

NIKKISIIXX: Anything you’ll like to share:
Sukma Agustriyana: as always.. “stay consistent and focused what are you doing, stay humble with everyone and keep learning from everything” ūüôā
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NIKKISIIXX: Any social media links, photos you like for me to use to post with the interview.
Sukma Agustriyana: yeah sure! ūüôā .. here it is

https://pixiv.me/arashikun21
https://www.facebook.com/ArashikunFuu
https://www.instagram.com/arashikun/
https://www.facebook.com/arakunwork/
http://arashi-yanagawa.deviantart.com/

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[Interview] Illustration Artist Fahmi Fauzi

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Being professional means you are ready to fulfill your promise of whatever you‚Äôre offering to this industry” ‚Äď Fahmi Fauzi

Here’s an exclusive interview with Samurai Shin illustration artist ‚ÄúFahmi Fauzi‚ÄĚ so here it goes:

Nikki Siixx: Where are you From, Fahmi
Fahmi Fauzi: I’m from Indonesia
Nikki Siixx: What do you do to recharge your creative batteries?
Fahmi Fauzi: hmm… Usually i went through internet see what’s new etc, looking at other artist’s work watching movie, reading comic, manga, everything. sometimes i just go take nap or even go out and do something else.
Nikki Siixx: What tools do you use to create Art and what makes them the ‚Äúright tools‚ÄĚ for you?
Fahmi Fauzi: I’m mostly do my work digitally. My tools are wacom cintiq 13 HD, and a laptop. They are my main equipment cause i rarely do finished work in traditional way.
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Nikki Siixx: Who Was Your first Character that you Illustrated?
Fahmi Fauzi: Son Goten from Dragonball! , and it was like 21 Years ago.
Nikki Siixx: Do You Have A Favorite Comic Book Illustrator and Why?
Fahmi Fauzi: Yes and He is Cameron Stewart (Fight Club 2 and Batgirl) his artwork is really ‚Äúalive‚ÄĚ, lineart, gesture, expression everything looks amazing! I wanna be as good as him someday! Oh plus Edwin Huang (Street Fighter, SkullKickers) his lineart is totally awesome.
Nikki Siixx: Who is your favorite comic book favorite comic book hero & villain and explain to us why?
Fahmi Fauzi: To be honest i’m not really a hardcore fans of any superhero, but Marvel’s Agent Venom do stuck in my head. His costume is awesome, i draw him a lot. Villain? I’ll choose from manga which is Madara Uciha from Naruto, catchy name, Bad ass ability and freaky evil mind.
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Nikki Siixx: So Fahmi, are you Currently Watching any Marvel Or DC Shows you currently
Fahmi Fauzi: Mm… Not really but i do follow most of Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie + Agent of Shield
Nikki Siixx: Whats your favorite japanese anime and favorite character and also explain why this?
Fahmi Fauzi: Umm.. Naruto still on top of my list, i do enjoy the story, interesting character development, and unpredictable twist. As for character i like Sarutobi (3rd Hokage) a very wiseman but very powerful, his death successfully makes me cry.
Nikki Siixx: What element of your work gives you the most personal satisfaction?
Fahmi Fauzi: Colors! I struggle a lot but it’s so rewarding when i put right colors in my work.

Nikki Siixx: Off topic question! What favorite kind of music and musical and explain why this person is your favorite?
Fahmi Fauzi: hm… Pop punk will be on top of my list, cause the beat is so fit to my taste that can help me to keep motivated when i draw, my top playlist would be Paramore and New Found Glory

blank-8-5-x-11-inNikki Siixx: What it Like Working With Mikel Miles & Ivan E Aguilar On Samurai Shin ?
Fahmi Fauzi: Awesome Experience! Working with them is fun! Mikel is very easy going person, flexible, and fun to work with. Ivan is also one of promising artist, his work is good.
Nikki Siixx: We’ve all met very talented newcomers who are trying to get their first professional projects. What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard given to a promising new creator?
Fahmi Fauzi: Good Attitude, whether with client or even with your self. Having super awesome skill is nothing compared with good attitude. Being professional means you are ready to fulfill your promise of whatever you’re offering to this industry, and of course ready to take every up and down of whatever comes to you during your journey in this path of career.
Nikki Siixx: Before We End This Interview Would You Like Share Some of Your Social Links?

Fahmi Fauzi: Ya sure! Here they are🙂
https://www.facebook.com/frixnotfreaks
https://www.instagram.com/mangamie/
http://mangamie.deviantart.com
https://www.artstation.com/artist/mangamy
Nikki Siixx: Thank you for a great interview and Congratulations on being apart of the ‚ÄúSamurai Shin Team‚ÄĚ

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[INTERVIEW]: DNick

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Shot by: [Sean Wuzy].
So for our latest interview in the series(yes interviews are a series) we link up with D-Nick of the NBDMG collective, we went up to his apartment to shoot this interview. We find out alot about his influences, anime and art, he also gives us an insight to what we can expect from him in 2K16.
Check out this oldie but a goodie:

Download: DNick – I Fell In Love.
Produced by: Drunken Killah.

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[INTERVIEW] Pronto and Mahalo by HailHavoc.net

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HailHavoc.net finally release their interview with Pronto and Mahalo. Meeting up at a local skate-park. Pronto and Mahalo talk about their upcoming project, skateboarding, and their views on life. Be on the lookout for more content from Pronto and Mahalo.  

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Interview: Caddy Pack

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After Caddy Pack’s GOOD mixtape release and her music video entitled KANYE, I decided to get to know Caddy Pack a little bit better. We discuss her collaboration with Waka Flocka Flame, being a female rapper in Germany, her cat obsession, and what’s in store for her in 2016.

caddy-pack-kanyeNIKKISIIXX: What inspired your stage name Caddy Pack?
CADDY PACK: I came up with the name Caddy Pack when I first started rapping at the age of 14. Back then everyone was mentioning Cadillac cars in their songs and I thought Cadillac were so cool! So I changed the spelling a bit and kept Pack because that’s my last name and my stage name was set! Ever since that, I just stuck to it and never changed it.

NIKKISIIXX: What was the experience like working with Waka Flocka Flame on “I BET SHE GO” track?
CADDY PACK: A great experience! I have been able to open up for two of his shows in Germany and he’s such a cool guy. Opportunities like this mean a lot to me, they make me really thankful and motivate me to keep going.

NIKKISIIXX: Who do you think will appreciate your music?
CADDY PACK: I think anyone who likes to have a good time and party will enjoy my music. People that like hearing unusual beats for a change will appreciate because over the time, I’ve noticed my music is everything other than mainstream and kind of drifts off the typical “club bangers” you hear in clubs and the radio. But also especially women or female rappers, because we have a lot in common!

NIKKISIIXX: How’s the music scene out there in Germany?
german-flag-germany-map-germany-flag-animationCADDY PACK: Music with German lyrics has been getting more and more popular the last couple of years. Before that songs in German would barely be played or even made at all and mainly just the focus on music in English. What is very popular here is Pop, EDM and House/ Dance type of music. The most popular rappers played on the German radio are Pitbull, Flo Rida and Macklemore and singers like Adele, Beyonce, Madonna, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift are played a lot! The Music scene in the clubs are totally different than what is played on the radio. Depending on the club and the area music varies! For instance in northern Germany they play a lot of RnB and Old school Hip Hop in the clubs but in southern Germany they play real Rap and Trap music.

Screen Shot 2015-12-30 at 1.41.42 PMNIKKISIIXX: According to your Instagram, you’re a cat lover! Lovely Persian! Why did you choose a cat over a dog?
CADDY PACK: Yes my Persian cat Chocolate! He’s 10 years old and I’ve had him ever since he was a baby kitten! I chose a cat over a dog because I was 16 when I decided to get a pet. My mom wouldn’t allow a dog back then… Now that l’m moved out though, I still wouldn’t be able to have a dog because I wouldn’t have the time to take care of him as I work every day from morning to evenings. It would be sad having a dog that basically stays in the house all day… they need to be taken on walks and have enough time outside, run and all those things. So I simply don’t have the time to keep a dog since it requires much more time than having a cat.

Caddy_Pack_Waka_Flocka_Flame_Mello_Charmillz_Yo-front-largeNIKKISIIXX: After the success of your GOOD Mixtape? What is Caddy Pack currently working on?
CADDY PACK: I’ve recently worked on a song with my old guitar teacher Jan Lindqvist. He was recording an Album and asked me to be on one of his songs. His song is called “Here We Go” and its a typical blues song that I’ve added some rap onto. Sounds pretty cool and I’m always happy to try out new things and not just be glued to one music genre. It¬īll be available in January 2016!

NIKKISIIXX: Your three goals for 2016:
CADDY PACK: 1. Release A New Mixtape 2. Perform in California 3. Meet great people/ Have New Opportunities

NIKKISIIXX: What would you say from your experience being a female rapper to help motivate other upcoming female rappers?
CADDY PACK: Never give up or let other people influence you in a bad way. I have had people try to tell me who to work with and what songs to preform or what songs to make. Always stick to what you truly want because that way you’ll be able to give 100% to everything you do! Be confident and authentic! Set a goal and keep it in mind, that always helps motivate! You don’t have to reduce yourself to sex or a sexy image, Missy Elliott is one of my biggest influences and she is really the best example of a hard working female rapper that made it with talent, creativity, and her overall very individual music and videos.

NIKKISIIXX: I’m really into the comic/geek world. Say if you had a super power and became a super hero. What would be your super power and what would be your super hero name? And would you be a Marvel or DC Comics Character?
marvel-logoCADDY PACK: Interesting question I’ve never been asked before! Of course I’d like to have as many powers as possible and its hard to choose! but if I had one super power it would be the ability to control the elements fire, water, air, earth. Something like Storm from X-Men would be cool! So in that case definitely a Marvel character overall I’m more of a Marvel fan! Its hard for me to think of a good name but maybe “Raven Snow” would be cool!

NIKKISIIXX: LAST WORDS
CADDY PACK: I really had fun with this interview and thank you for your time and interest! Thanks so much and have a great start in 2016! Stay tuned for new music and projects by following the links below.

This concludes my interview with Caddy Pack! Don’t hesitate and check out her music, and be in store for new music for the new year. Don’t forget to follow Caddy Pack on all social media outlets.

[LINKS] WEBSITE || TWITTER || INSTAGRAM || SOUNDCLOUD ||
|| REVERBNATION || YOUTUBE || FACEBOOK ||

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Interview: Blizzi Boi

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NikkiSiixx from NikkiSiixx.com sits down with Miami Up and Coming Artist Blizzi Boi and we discuss his genre of Oceanic Music such as his track AQUAFINA. His Approach to Trolling Videos when he added himself to an announcement video from Lil Wayne, and a glimpse into his free project “Purity Rang“. We also discussed his old track Sanctuary which was featured on my poll Who sampled it best! Be on the lookout for more content from Blizzi Boi and don’t forget to check out his youtube channel.

Artist: @BlizziBoi
Cameraman: @iamrickybanks

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ERACE THE HATE || Talks with Blaine Legendary

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ERACETHEHATE.COM has a series they release on Tuesdays called “Erace The Hate Twosdays”. This time around they interviewed West Palm Beach Hip-Hop Artist Blaine Legendary. Blaine discusses his latest project War Wounds, in which you can check it out right now on BlaineLegendary.com. Check out other episodes and recaps on ERACETHEHATE.COM.

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Interview: JamalG

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[Baltimore City, MD] When creating music, JamalG often feels like he has a duty or an obligation to speak for those who may not know how to speak for themselves. Being a vessel for his community, God, and the culture. He keeps a constant state of awareness. Releasing his track THESE WINGS. First single off of To Whom It May Concern 2: Final Draft featuring DMV’s own Huskey Hazel. JamalG writes music to use as the initial point of recovery and then performs them as therapy. Not only does he do it for his supporters but he does it for himself. He truly cares for the culture… Because he is the culture. I was able to have a interview with the Baltimore City Native and here’s what he had to say.

jamalg on stage soundcheckNIKKISIIXX: Blizz to Jamal G. Why did you decide on the name change?

JAMALG: Blizz is my neighborhood name. People in my area know me as Biggz younger brother or Blizz. I felt like I’ve changed a lot since I was that kid who just jumped off the porch. So in embracing my middle name I feel like it can take me a little further and push me to those different markets.

NIKKISIIXX: From what I hear from your music I see that you’re just trying to inspire your listeners to be great. What inspire you to take this route with your music?

JAMALG: The people. We have so many odds stacked up against us that when we finally do hear/see that inspiration it becomes that breath of fresh air that’s needed to carry on.

NIKKISIIXX: Sometimes by asking what’s someone’s favorite color you’ll be able to find out a little bit on that person. So what’s your favorite color and why?

JAMALG: It would have to be Black because it’s a strong color. Calm but bold. If you don’t pay attention it could be off putting at first glance but when you give it time, you find out how powerful it can be. The most simple decision I’ve made in my life is having black as a favorite color.

jamalg on stage photo NIKKISIIXX: How do you feel about Baltimore City Underground Hip-Hop Culture?

JAMALG: I love it! My loved ones are continuously working and making great music to shift the energy in Baltimore City.

NIKKISIIXX: Are you working on any new projects or is anything new you’ll like to share?

JAMALG: My new album “To Whom It May Concern 2: Final Draft” is set to release later this summer. It came out to be a great body of work that just makes sense for not only my community but for the Y and Millennial generation groups. Also, I’m currently on tour in Wales right now, but I will be home in August. I’m putting together an unplugged show for the album release in Baltimore City. More details will be revealed at a later date.


NIKKISIIXX: What inspired your THESE WINGS single?

JAMALG: These Wings was just something inspired by the space I was in at the time. I didn’t have a real direction for the album but I knew I wanted to make a statement for my community. I sent it to Husky and he wrote the hook and it was just on from there.

NIKKISIIXX: What is your opinion on Mainstream Hip-Hop?

JAMALG: It is what its suppose to be I guess. I haven’t really gotten the chance to focus on the mainstream to much lately but I’m sure you can find some gems there.

NIKKISIIXX: Any Last Words?

JAMALG: Thank you for the opportunity, I truly appreciate it. I hope everyone follows me on all social media so they can get a chance to buy the album in all online stores when it comes out later this summer. Love!

This concludes my interview with JamalG! Don’t forget to follow him on his social media accounts below to stay in the loop for upcoming exclusives. LINKS: FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | SOUNDCLOUD | WEBSITE

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NikkiSiixx.com Interviews Chyna J

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Check out the exclusive interview I did with Chyna J at Blogfest 2014. We discussed what’s coming up for 2015 with her Out of Orbit Mixtape, My Last Relationship project, and BEZ Stylz. Stay tuned for what’s in store for her in 2015.

Follow her on social media links TWITTERINSTAGRAMSOUNDCLOUDYOUTUBE

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Interview: Aviant Redz

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NikkiSiixx caught up with Aviant Redz after his performance at BLOGFEST 2014 at Propaganda Lake Worth. We discussed his experience at the show, THE LIGHTS EP in which he has over 1,000 copies to giveaway (so don’t miss out and get yours!), and what’s in store for 2015. Be on the look out for Aviant Redz!

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Interview: B2DADOT

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b2dadot better than goodNikkiSiixx.com caught up with B2DADOT after his performance at BLOGFEST 2014 that took place at Propaganda Lake Worth. We spoke about what’s in store for 2015, his new single Do What I Wanna, and his upcoming album Better Than Good. Don’t forget to follow his social media links and stay tuned for B2DADOT! TWITTERWEBSITEINSTAGRAMYOUTUBE

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Catch Up With The Artist Series: Rob Regis at NETWERK

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Rob Regis Icon CUWTASNikkiSiixx took the time and caught up with Rob Regis at her NETWERK Event back in August 2014 at Propaganda Lake Worth, FL. Stay tuned for upcoming new music, a collaboration project, and more dope artwork by Faded Art Lordxx.

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Interview/Review: The Verbal Surgeon – Day by Day EP

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vs1The Verbal Surgeon is one of those artists who thrives on their own honesty. His road to prominence has been paved by organic intent, genuine talent, and a collision of potential and dedicated work that has produced sonic gold. ‘Day by Day’, his latest EP, is a manifestation of the artistic authenticity that permeates his body of work. The eight-track offering boasts a robust mix of collaborations and styles, all of which stay true to the honest¬†hip hop sentiments that define his rap music. It’s easy for one to get lost in the intricacies of The Verbal Surgeon’s lyrical prowess, but something that is oft overlooked on ‘Day by Day’ is the international cast of producers involved on a number of tracks.

verbalThe Verbal Surgeon has built a strong base of followers locally and internationally through a combination of energetic live performances and savvy internet networking. The locals love him for his honest lifestyle and consistent efforts to put back into the creative community that surrounds him. International fans flock to him for his broad appeal and the wide net of collaborations that have become more common as he progresses.

Something that has defined the quality music coming from the current internet renaissance is honesty. It has become easy to create the trap anthem, the stacks-on-deck visage that permeates mainstream YouTube sensations. It requires something more stringently honest to spark a flame that grows from it’s own perpetual weight. The Verbal Surgeon embodies this genuine sentiment in lifestyle and art. When picking apart the lyrical layers of ‘Day by Day’, it’s easy to overlook the nuggets of homage and mirror-image self-realizations that are present throughout the EP. One must take care to heed to knowledge that The Verbal Surgeon spits. Rare is the line that reeks of bullshit. Quality permeates the entire offering.

From an international cast of production all-stars, to the strikingly genuine and humble lyrics, to the peas-in-a-pod features that seem to fit like a glove, ‘Day by Day’ possesses a indelible charm that passes from the ears to the soul and resonates there like all good art is supposed to. The Verbal Surgeon has come a long way from humble beginnings and built his foundation from the ground up, the proper way. Let ‘Day by Day’ stand as an indication of the type of quality one can expect from the artist, and as a forecast for the bright horizons that lie ahead.
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Interview:

–¬†What¬†influences¬†your¬†art¬†outside¬†of¬†music?
Life; it’s beautiful and ugly. Open minded individuals, good vibes, food, women, good decisions, bad decisions, proper herb, beer, and satan. Traveling is a major influence on my life as well. ‘Amtrak’ off of the new EP was written while I was riding the Amtrak to Rochester, NY. I lived in Rochester for two years and made some good music out there. I released a little EP with Danny Dubz which features ‘Thankful’ a personal favorite of mine to this day. Any individuals who make a living off of their own craft.

–¬†You’ve¬†been¬†pursuing¬†a¬†more¬†organic,¬†localized¬†lifestyle.¬†How¬†has¬†this¬†influenced¬†your¬†music,if¬†at¬†all?¬†Some¬†pro’s?¬†Cons?
My music is a direct reflection of me, how I think, what I feel, what I see, etc. As I grow, I’m growing more toward a naturalist lifestyle. I don’t come from a background like that at all, it’s just something that’s been casually happening as I mature. It’s honestly a great influence, I live in the New England area which is filled with amazing agriculture. I’ve definitely branched out and met some amazing individuals who’ve encourages and inspired me on that path. The only con is having to explain my dietary choices to people all the time ha. To break it down, I don’t eat beef, chicken, pork, turkey, etc. If it’s meat it’s either fresh fish or game (deer, elk, rabbit, duck, etc) I seldom eat meat at all, but I was raised eating meat. I stopped when I started really working in busy kitchens cooking it nonstop. Which was when I was around 18, I guess I was turned off from it all and have never gone back. I’m a fan of cheese, but you won’t catch me dead drinking a cup of milk. ALMOND MILK EVERYTHING!!
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-Tell me about the music scene in your area, all genres, not specifically hip-hop.
Well before I was ever doing hip-hop I was into Hardcore, I drummed for two bands and did vocals for another band which was a little heavier and more melodic. The Waterfront Tavern in Holyoke, MA used to be the place to be every weekend and that’s where I was a kid. I used to put together a few shows around the area as well. The scene really thrived when I was younger, everyone was into it and really supported it. It’s still good, but I guess things change as we grow. In terms of Hip-Hop it’s super hit or miss out here. You could have an amazing headliner and still have a terrible outcome. You could have no headliner and have a packed house. For the most part things are fun out here, but I’ve definitely reached my limit of performing for poorly put together shows. MASSRHYMES has been great in taking care of me and my people on that end as of lately. The indie scene out here is pretty good, lots of variety rolls through the pioneer valley, which is always great to check out and support.

–¬†What¬†is¬†the¬†intersection¬†of¬†art¬†and¬†life¬†like¬†for¬†you¬†personally?
Art is life. I find myself surrounded by creative individuals more often than not and I hope its stats like that. That’s what helps an artist better their self. Making your life art, finding and appreciating what is around you.

–¬†Musically,¬†what¬†values¬†do¬†you¬†hold¬†dear?¬†
The highest above all; genuine content. I’ll always be myself in my music. I’ll never portray myself as something I’m not. Music is an outlet for expression, but it’s also a way for friends and fans to understand me better if they actually take the time to listen. That’s what’s so beautiful about good genuine music. There are so many types of different artists especially in terms of music. I have an appreciation for mainstream artists just as I do underground and independent artists. I find importance to have that balance.

–¬†What¬†passions¬†do¬†you¬†have¬†outside¬†of¬†music?¬†
I’m into quite a bit, I grew up skateboarding and it’s something I’ll always do whether I’m hitting the skatepark with some homies or just pushing to get somewhere. I’m also into biking a lot too, I used to do 15 mile rides to work when I was working out of town, work and then ride back home after a shift. Graphic Design and Video Editing are things I’ve always been into as well. I do all of my own engineering and recording, video editing, photos, designs, etc. It’s been like that since I first started out. I never had anyone to really help me out when I first started so I figured out how to do things little by little. Now I’m at the point where I handle everything. It’s a double edged sword, but there’s more pro’s than cons.

–¬†How¬†many¬†hours¬†do¬†you¬†think¬†went¬†into¬†the¬†creation¬†of¬†Day¬†by¬†Day?¬†
It’s hard to say. Flow Devilish, Insomnia and The Statements were already released tracks. The other five were pieced together one by one. The first two tracks ‘Just Breathe’ and ‘Day By Day’ were bother produced by MadBeats out of Russia. Originally the entire EP was supposed to feature production from MadBeats but we lost touch throughout the process. The most time is always put into recording. I do everything myself and I’m always looking for a clean sound that I feel suits me.

–¬†Can¬†you¬†tell¬†me¬†about¬†some¬†of¬†the¬†collaborations¬†that¬†went¬†into¬†the¬†EP?¬†
I have two features on the EP. The first being ‘Insomnia’ which features The Bright Won on the opening verse and Goomar out of Paris on production. The Bright Won approached me about doing a track and we sat down and made it happen. I love his approach on the first verse and our styles compliment each others pretty well. ‘Hip Hop Music’ features L.E. Purpose on the second verse and my friend Tessa Roy singing on the hook with the production from Loop Holes out of Norway. That was the last track that was recorded for the EP and the outcome was great. ‘Amtrak’ is also a Loop Holes production. The Statements was produced by Dil Withers.

–¬†How¬†did¬†the¬†international¬†production¬†cast¬†come¬†about?
I started working with Loop Holes on ‘The Science of Tactics’ my previous mixtape. They reached out to me through Soundcloud and we’ve kept a pretty stable relationship since. After working with them I was blessed to build bridges with Goomar out of Paris, Soulkit out of Durban City, South Africa and a few more producers from around the world. That’s the beautiful thing about networking, it really allows you to build bridges if you make the right connections. It’s also great having that international element. Being able to extend my network around different parts of the world is a reward within itself. I get messages from people in South Africa telling me my music inspires them and helps them. It’s always those little things that remind me I’m on the right path.

–¬†Who¬†are¬†you¬†most¬†stoked¬†to¬†have¬†worked¬†with¬†to¬†this¬†point¬†in¬†your¬†career?¬†
Scott Stallone. He’s an amazing producer and engineer. He’s worked with Jedi Mind Tricks, Army of The Pharaohs, Ill Bill, etc. He also did Danny Browns ‘Old’ for Fools Gold Records. I was put in touch with the producer Steve Untytled out in Philly through Gary Carter. After being sent some beats I ended up selecting what would become ‘Flow Devilish’, I sent back some rough cuts and eventually made it out to Philly to record with Scott Stallone and shoot a video with SickSix. The session with Scott Stallone was great. He played a major role in putting together the album ‘A Bright Cold Day’ from Dutch, which is a project featuring Liz Fullerton and Stoupe The Enemy of Mankid (The producer for early Jedi Mind Tricks). I’m a HUGE fan of that project so just being able to discuss that process with him and get a first hand view into that entire process was great.

–¬†Can¬†you¬†give¬†some¬†insight¬†on¬†some¬†messages¬†and¬†themes¬†that¬†might¬†be¬†buried¬†a¬†little¬†to¬†the¬†casual¬†listener?
I always try to incorporate myself into the track by referencing little pieces of me. For instance I drop references to hardcore bands from time to time like in ‘Flow Devilish’ for example:

Temptation Lingers in the distance,
I’m a KEEPER OF THE FAITH summon strength to resist it through the TERROR,
I REIGN SUPREME as the UNDERDOG.
Run it hard, my spoken words to God.

To the normal listener, it sounds good, but if you’re a fan of hardcore and hip-hop you might catch on to the references. Terror is a hardcore band from CA, they put out an album in 2010 called ‘Keepers of The Faith’ they also released an album called ‘One With The Underdogs’. Reign Supreme is a band as well. I love sneaking in little things like that. It’s awesome when someone catches it. Ultimaltely, my message is to just be genuine. Find what you feel. Channel it and express yourself within your message.

–¬†Do¬†you¬†have¬†a¬†track¬†you’re¬†proudest¬†of?
I definitely have favorites. ‘From The Soul’ is all time favorite right along with ‘Thankful’ which features Danny Dubz. My favorites are due to where I was at in that period of my life when I wrote it. As soon as the beat drops it brings me right back. If I can feel it, I know my listeners can. ‘Hip Hop Music’ is also a favorite to me. It was the last track I recorded for the EP and everything came together organically. Everything sounds full to me on that track and in it’s proper place.

–¬†If¬†you¬†only¬†had¬†5¬†words¬†to¬†describe¬†Day¬†by¬†Day.¬†.¬†.
Diverse. Energetic. Full. Fluid. Relate-able.

–¬†What’s¬†on¬†deck¬†for¬†you?
Continue pushing forward. I just got on a show with Celph Titled which will be happening sometime after the new year, very excited about that. Also seeking distribution. I’d love to get my LP, when it’s ready, pressed on vinyl. That’s alaways been a goal for me. Continuing to connect and build bridges is another big goal, once you get the right connections in place everything takes off. I’m working toward that moment and I’ll continue doing this for myself regardless if I see that or not.

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CATCH UP WITH THE ARTIST SERIES: Rapper Rich #NETWERK at Propaganda

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Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 12.57.54 PMNikkiSiixx took the time and caught up with Rapper Rich at her NETWERK Event back in August 2014 at Propaganda Lake Worth, FL. Rapper Rich discusses his JAZZERSIZE Project and his experience at NETWERK. He also had the Lovely @SolefulSoul perform on his set as well. Stay Connected: TWITTERSOUNDCLOUD

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Interview: Once Upon A Time with Ebanga

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ebanga iconCheck it out! NikkiSiixx got an exclusive interview with South Florida Artist Ebanga (Ebanga The Songstress). On Oct 24th 2014 Ebanga is set to release her Once Upon A Time EP via NikkiSiixx.com (10:24PM) We discuss the project, who’s featured on it, what should be fans intake on the EP, and her favorite track from it. Stay tuned for more with The Lovely Ebanga: TWITTER | INSTAGRAM |SOUNDCLOUD

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CATCH UP WITH THE ARTIST SERIES: DOOBZ #NETWERK at Propaganda

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doobz cupNikkiSiixx took the time and caught up with DOOBZ at her NETWERK Event back in August 2014 at Propaganda Lake Worth, FL. Doobz sets to release the PEACE OF MIND EP, later this year. Stay Connected with DOOBZ – TWITTERINSTAGRAMWEBSITESOUNDCLOUD Stay tuned for next Catch Up With The Artist Series with Rapper Rich!! Subscribe to my YOUTUBE Channel.

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CATCH UP WITH: SP from NETWERK Event at Propaganda

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Screen Shot 2014-10-11 at 8.44.14 PMNikkiSiixx took the time and caught up with SP at her NETWERK Event back in August 31, 2014 at Propaganda Lake Worth, FL. SP Discusses that this upcoming November 2014 the release of Emotional Wreck project. Stay Connected with SP TWITTER | WEBSITE | INSTAGRAM | Stay tuned for another CATCH UP WITH Series with Doobz!! Subscribe to our channel on YOUTUBE

NIKKIJOMAZING: S1 EP21 with BSC

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Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 8.36.04 PMNikkiSiixx x JojosBlock x Womazing brings you NIKKIJOMAZING a weekly hip-hop show brought to you by these four strong women in the hip-hop community. We bring you an exclusive interview with BSC (Beautiful Struggle Crew). A hip-hop group established in Miami but influence by West/East Coast, Northern Upbringings. We discuss their current projects Life As We Know It LP & And We Stand Tall LP. Working With Young Wild Panda, Upcoming performances, and currently they’re in the works of a new EP. Tune In every Monday for a new episode of NikkiJoMazing. Don’t forget to subscribe and follow us on twitter @NikkiJoMazing.