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DriXx MADison


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Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?


Hey what's up everyone! I go by DriXx MADison and I write and record kick-azz Hip-Hop music. I describe my style as "Pissed-off Conscious Rap with a twist". I'd like to thank traxx24.com for the interview and am anxious for new ears to hear what I've been working on. My new Single is called "YES" and is an edgier sound for me. That was something important for me to show my fans. I try and stay balanced in all things. "YES" is my 2nd Single following "Go In" off my upcoming 2nd album BleaK NebuLa. I really hope everyone digs it, especially since I write, record, mix, and master my own tunes. I even directed and edited the video that you can check out on YouTube. Oh and the beat is produced by the amazing Curtiss King!


How would you describe your influences and how have they changed over the years?


I'd describe my influences as far and wide. I take notice of each and everything around me both positive and negative. Everyone has a story to tell and my prayer is to be able to resonate with people on a core level. As far as individual influences on my sound there are a lot of people I have to give credit to. I was a teen in the 90's so I listened to people like Nas, Biggie, Cannibus, Pac, and Wu-Tang. If it wasn't for groups like A Tribe Called Quest or Common, I would've never had the confidence to become an MC. I never had that deep booming voice that the popular rappers at the time seemed to have, so they gave me the confidence I needed to be like "Hey, I can do this too".


What´s new right now?


Hmm, I've got a couple of instrumentals simmering right now just waiting to be written too but I'm going to hold off on that for now. I'm really treating my Single "YES" as my make or break moment. I've put out other songs in the past I'm proud of but could have tried to push them more I hindsight. I want to give this single all the attention it deserves and see if it'll fund the rest of my 2nd album. So far so good. New listeners seem to like my sound and approach to music. "Bars" will always be important to me. It pains me that a few newer artists don't feel that way.

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Are you a superfan of anyone? How did you become a superfan? Do you remember how you become a fan and what turned you into super fan? Have you ever thought about why you´re such a fan?


Of course I am. I'm a fan of lots of people but you may be surprised that most of them don't rap. What turns me onto people is the vibe. When the right vibe meets the right combination of words it's magic. In a given day you can hear me listening to artists like Luther Vandross, Maze, Jhene Aiko, Paramore, The Strokes, Little Simz and so on.


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What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?


The biggest mistake I made when first starting out was not being confident enough in my abilities. I could avoid sounding nervous on the actual recording yet I was hesitant to let the world listen to it.


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How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?



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Do you have good promotion tips for other musicians?


If you have a small team or hell, it's just yourself, don't be afraid to outsource. The more people you have working on your behalf the better! I consistently use sites like fiverr.com and couldn't be happier. I've gotten tracks masters, animated music videos made, and had Ads placed online. Be creative, promotion doesn't have to cost a lot. Have your music submit to blogs by a service provider and when talking to anyone directly always Always be respectful.


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Do you have insights on how to grow your audience on soundcloud that you want to share with our audience?



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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?


My biggest challenge is getting the public to put their money where their mouth is. You make a product you're proud of, the public tells you it's good, but may or may not pay for the single. An ongoing challenge is to be able to support myself full time with my craft.


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How do you personally discover new music?


I normally find new music by accident. I'm out and about and come across a sound that I love. I Shazam a lot and click on a lot of random tracks when software or a website suggests similar artists to what I'm currently listening to.


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Once you discovered new music, do you tell others about the new music/artist you discovered? If yes, how exactly?


“Yes! I'm a fan before I'm an artist so I tell everyone who will listen about talented new artists. In fact I used to produce my own online radio show just so I could break new Singles. Oh and I also have a public Spotify playlist I drop songs into all the time called DriXx MiXx.


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What is your number one tip to improve your music production or songwriting skills?


There are multiple self help books that will teach you better writing skills but most importantly listen to good song writers. If you have a song you love, try and figure out why. Find the lyrics online, read them back to yourself. How does it make you feel? How were the words spoken over the instrumental. Everything plays a part. Also, read more. I don't care if it's Sci-fi or biographies. If you want to expand your vocabulary you need to expose yourself to a wider range of topics and the manner in which different people string together words.


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What is your best tip for those who struggle with finishing their tracks?


This may not be the industry to you. Haha If you're not inspired enough to finish your own track either start over or continue searching for your life's true calling.


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We meet again in one year. What has changed?


Hmm in 1 year I want to have had major radio spins, to have a lot more listeners familiar with my name, and to do it all on my own terms with my head held high.


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http://www.soundcloud.com/drixxmadison

http://www.facebook.com/DriXxMadison

http://www.twitter.com/DriXxMADison

http://www.smarturl.it/DrixxYes

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