Artist: Abwon (pronounced Ab One). You rearrange the letters in my first name, and there you have it. I won’t tell you what my first name is though.
TP: What made you get into music? And who/what were some of your inspirations?
Artist: I’ve been into music since a very young age. Nas, Jay-Z, Canibus, Wu-Tang, Tupac, Biggie, NWA are some influences. I listen to everything, not just rap though. That’s really what made me want to get into music, because I can contribute to so many different genres.
TP: So what you think about this industry so far?
Artist: I can only give you the perspective of someone on the outside since I’m unsigned. I’ll tell you this: too much garbage, simple as that.
TP: If you could what are some of the things you would change about the music industry?
Artist: The nonsense unsigned artists have to go through to get noticed. If I don’t have $15k to pay for promotion, I get labeled as an artist that “doesn’t want it enough”. If I had that type of money lying around, I wouldn’t be coming to you for some type of help now would I?
TP: Honestly how do you feel DJs are being treated? How you think they should be treated?
Artist: I actually did a “DJ” gig at a bar for NYE two years ago and all I did was bring a flash drive with thousands of songs on it and put it in a playlist. I’m in no way a DJ, so I can only imagine the struggle that DJ’s that are serious about their craft have to go through when people can just to do things like that.
TP: Who are some of the people you would like to work with whether mainstream or independent (i.e. DJs, Producers, Artist, etc)?
Artist: Anybody who’s willing to work with me honestly. For the sake of naming names though, I’ll give you a list. DJ’s are Drama, Whoo Kid, Kay Slay, and Green Lantern. Producers are The Neptunes, Dr.Dre, No ID, Swizz Beatz, Lex Luger, and Drumma Boy. Artists are too many to name but the top have to be Akon, Will.I.Am, David Guetta, Eminem, TI, Rick Ross, and Three 6 Mafia.
TP: What is something unique about you or your music profession that others wouldn’t know by reading this or listening to your music?
Artist: I can beatbox, pretty good at that too. I can also draw; I’ve drawn all of my tattoos. Plus, I see music in colors, but that’s a conversation for another day.
TP: where do you see yourself in the next 3-5 years?
Artist: Established. I may not win a Grammy, or sell millions of records, but just being on the radio will be more than enough for me to say “I Told You So”.
TP: What are some of the projects you working on?
Artist: Right now I’m working on my mixtape, “The Garden State Project”. I’m taking my time with it because I don’t want to be that rapper that puts out 30 mixtapes that only gets 50 views each. I want to develop my buzz and THEN release the mixtape, so networking and promotion are really what I’m focusing on right now.
TP: Do you have any advice you want to give Artist just starting out?
Artist: Yes definitely, a lot actually. Stop spamming people with your links and learn to approach people and develop some type of business relationship. Be humble, and stop telling lies that you’re “the hottest in these streets” when the only fan you have is yourself. Learn to accept criticism, not everybody’s a hater. Last but not least, invest in yourself. If you can spend $200 on a pair of sneakers, then why it is such a problem to pay $100 for anything that will help advance your career?
TP: Where can the Reader read more about you and hear your music?
Artist: www.hotnewhiphop.com/abwon, and twitter.com/abwon
TP: Do you have any shout outs?
Tawag Promotions, NezzoBeatz, Dj Tati, S.Jones, Riccardi, Rain Jones, HipHopTv, Christopherr, and WeAreRap.com.