Music...It completely changed my life.
Music... It completely changed my life.
"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything"
As I said in my previous blog music was a huge part of my life and I was introduced to what I consider a life changing moment when I was 16.
It was New Years Eve and I was at home, not doing anything. I was just chilling on my PC, probably watching porn...oh and listening to music. I had just found a new love for rap music and was able to relate to a lot of the rap that I was listening to.
Even if not all the lyrics related to my situation, I could still gain a sense of similarity in music I was listening to.
I was in a relationship at the time that was my longest at the time (1 year) and we was going through some issues.
Looking back it's hard to see what real issues a 16 year old can go through when in a relationship but at the time it felt like the worst thing in the world.
I was listening to some music and I thought "Fuck it, I'm going to write and record a song".
I literally had NO idea what I was doing. Had no experience of writing, had no experience of putting lyrics together, had no experience of recording, had no confidence in even rapping in front of anybody.
I spent the next 2 hours writing a song about my at the time girlfriend and directed it solely to her. I had a £1 plastic headset microphone and a free downloaded audio recording software called Cool Edit Pro.
I felt like the fucking man... I taught myself how to do the audio and just listened to other bits of music to see how they would ad lib/double up over the end of a bar to make it sound more punchy.
The instrumental was Xzibit - Paparazzi and at the time I thought the song sounded unbelievably good! Believe me... I would cringe if I was to hear it back now! However, at the time I was completely unaware that this would be a life changing moment.
I sent the song around to a few friends and incredibly got a really good reaction. When I moved from Kent, I was raised in a prominently white neighborhood and without being TOO stereotypical. Rap wasn't really the 'go to' music for a lot of people in the area.
I would be travelling around playing basketball in London and other surrounding areas and this opened me up to more Rap/Hip Hop and just the street culture.
I started to adopt a lot of the rap style trends within my life...the way I dressed, what I listened to, my opinions, my attitude. It all was formed around rap and what I was listening to at the time.
My mum and dad were extremely supportive. I'm very close with my parents and there support and belief in what I've wanted to achieve over the years has been unbelievable. There attitude and support towards me with my music is something I will definitely show my newly born son with whatever endeavors he wishes to pursue within his life.
That first song I recorded pushed me on to making more music and over the next few blogs I am going to take you through my journey within the music scene and what experiences I have had...there has been a few!!