What made me first want to get into music was the moment when I've seen a MC on stage when I was very young.I was around the age of 12 and I have never seen anything like this before. This guy was DjIng, and then started to rap over a DJ Rob instrumental and I was just stunned by it. I grew up in a small town in Germany and we really didn't have a lot of music going on besides rock cover bands at that time. When I seen this guy I was like: "I can do this" so I studied English and watched every possible video and music video on MTV and wrote my first rap, I was doing this quite a while and never stopped, but really seriously I started to take it when I came to the states in 2014.
How do you describe your style?
That is a good question,I would say it is a mixture between conscious hip-hop and R&B meeting fusion jazz. I like to experiment so I never know where I'm going to end up but for now I would have to say this would be the answer.
Was it hard to make the adjustment from living in Europe to living in Atlanta?
Well, ever since I was young I dreamed of coming to the states and pursue this music I actually didn't know that I would end up in Atlanta but it does make sense since hip-hop culture has shifted more and more towards the city of Atlanta,and Europe and it's scene was definitely influenced by it.Growing up in Germany was different and a little less diverse in the part that I grew up in, and so that must be one of the most exciting part of living here.I love different cultures, and I love how nice people are here towards each other also one thing I found out really quick is that nothing is given out for free and that there's way more than just trap music in Atlanta you just gotta look to find it.After three years of living here I now call Atlanta my home and wouldn't have it any other way.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
I would say Nas,2pac,Freddie Mercury, and a lot of different other artists.
With your debut album "Flying High" out, which song or songs were your favorite to write and record and why are they your favorites?
This is a really hard question but I would have to say that out of the album Work In Progression/Feeling like I'm falling and Tell me are probably my favorites.
I like Work in progression because it has a personal story and I actually been through a lot of those situations like I described in the song, and I feel like a lot of other people can relate to the fact to having two juggle between career and their relationship with their partner.
Feeling like I'm falling I like because of melodic structure, and it's good feel vibe and because everybody knows how it is to fall in love.
Tell me I love because of the fact that I was able to work with a talented R&B singer called Davion from Atlanta ,and with my beautiful fiancé, and because I was able to tell a story about being grateful for the support of God and your loved one even when you have doubts and you're surrounded by your insecurities and demons.
Of course I love all my songs because they're coming from the heart but I would have to say these three are my favorites.
Are you looking to get signed to a major record label?
I would lie if I would say no. I think every artist secretly would love the opportunity to be backed by major if there wouldn't be that stigma of 360 contracts and a lot of drama involved.I personally think that having a major backing you as an artist with their marketing machinery is still a big plus you just have to know the business and make sure to have everything in place before they approach you so you have leeway for negotiations.
Name 3 artists dead or alive you would love to make a song with.
I would love to collaborate with Nas since I think he's one of the greatest lyricists alive. I would also love to do a track with Anderson .Paak I love his music and a lot of times I get told I sound a bit like him. I would've loved to do a song with Michael because he was the greatest.
Which do you like more, recording or performing?
Before I released the album I did more recording but now that I finished up the album I'm actually going to gig more to promote my music matter of fact I now have a live band called "The Retrospektives" and no the K in Retrospektives is not a miss print it is to bring in a bit of my European heritage and also to stick outa little more.i'm starting to do the first shows with them in October starting in Atlanta and then hopefully all over the states.
What does hip hop mean to you?
Hip-hop means a lot to me and actually helped me overcoming a lot of dark times in my life. I had to overcome racism the death of my brother due to drug abuse and much more. Hip-hop it's more than just music it is the voice for everyone that needs one. Of all the genres in music hip-hop it is the one that in my opinion that has and had,one of the biggest influences on culture the way we dress the way we talk and also made a lot of people aware of problems that they never heard of before.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
I see myself on bigger stages/releasing new music/touching peoples lives and giving them something to feel. If that comes with a record contract or deal then good. The next step for me is to get myself out there and show the world who I am and what I stand for. I hope you guys like it and that you continue to support me and that is all I can ask for.
Thanks Ricky Official for allowing me to interview you, I'm looking forward to you having much success.