How did you get involved with music? S*** , I got involved at the age of 12, my step pops was stationed in South Texas. He had keyboards, mics and computers and I already freestyled at school, so I just put 2 an 2 together and started making beats and writing songs.
What is your favorite part about making music? My fav part is the Process, from the ground up, from making the beat, writing the song, engineering it, then mixing and mastering, to performing it on stage; knowing that I do what most people dream of.
Does you music have a message? If so what and how do you feel it has an effect on listeners? Yea, my music has a message. On my cd “Cal Floyd Road” I talk about where I’m from, people see Hollywood (Stardom) just as out of reach as your fingers to the clouds; Struggling, trying to only look like Hollywood. I stress that we as a people shouldn’t try to be Hollywood, because Hollywood gets their inspiration from us. I strive to be more like the bird who flies in between, Free, not afraid to chase any dream. Hollaaaa!!!
Have you filed your songs for copyright protection? Why? Yes, any and every artist should have their songs, music, and artwork copy written, whether it a poor-mans copyright or how all major artist do it, there is no excuse. Because I know I don’t want my music stolen, do you?
Has your music been played on the radio? If so, what station and what was the listener response? When I was 14, When I was in Texas me and my homeboy Amp the Real got our song called “Jus Ryden” played on 102 The Beat, and people actually dug it, gave us a 7 out of 10. Then on Local Love hour In Charlotte and Greensboro, NC; x102 west palm beach, FL.
What motivated you to keep doing what you do? First, When people started flocking to me, rappers , singers and people who wanted to learn to produce. Second, how my Family and my kinfolk in my hometown( Gaston, N.C.) look up too me, they see me as a star and I haven’t even sign a deal yet. Third, just for the love, this is what I love to do, I would literally die for music, most people might think I’m crazy or stupid, but unless you live it you wouldn’t understand.
What would you change if anything about the music game? lmao haha, What wouldn’t I change, their are so many snakes, selfish and money hungry people in this game, If your not making them money, they could careless how good your music is. But then it wouldn’t be “The Game” if it wasn’t this way, you have to know how to play it, stay on ya hustle and don’t let anyone run over you.
Is your music based on fact or fiction? Mostly Fact, with a lil fiction on top, because in the end I’m telling a story, an that’s what we entertainers are, storytellers. I use a lot of experiences when I was a kid as my foundation for every song I do, because my , your and every ones childhood is their foundation, that’s how I put that “Me” on all of my music.
Have you affiliated with a performance rights organization? Which one? ASCAP, BMI, SESAC? ASCAP fa sho, my manager Lady D made sure me and my right hand goon Mitch Gunz songs and cd’s where being tracked wherever they were being played in the world, not to mention almost every radio station wont play your music unless you are a member of ASCAP, BMI or SESAC.
Why do you want to record and release your own music? (Be very honest.) D, you crazy but ima be honest, starting off it was purely for the love, but when Doing what you love comes between Rent, car payments and bills period; You come to a fork in the road; you either Survive and regret not doing what you love or you survive by doing what you love. So I choose to Make Money doing what I love so I never have to be without it. So in short, I record and release music to have enough money to continue to satisfy myself and my fans.
What are your songs about? What specific themes do they cover? Let’s see, I have a bunch of party songs, a couple hustla anthems and a few love songs, the party songs range from wearing ya Gansta Shades being the flyest playa in da building, to the Hate’N Ass Lie’n Ass n***as standin in da corna. My hustla tracks are all about stacking paper, American paper, Chinese paper, Russian paper...notebook paper lol. Love songs. What can I say everybody need love, even dat bighead playa in da back of da classroom, witha black hoody on, writing songs all day.
Do you write your own songs? Yea I write every song that I’m ever on, and I help a lot of underground artist arrange and write songs. Song writing hmmm, I do have a process its kinda like I talk to myself and I tell myself to be completely open and honest and I play with my own emotions, any kind of drama or hardships, I hum it , I hum the emotion of what I’m feeling at the time and the words just kinda of float in there. I cant take all the credit for that I say its 90% god and 10% me.
Who are your musical influences? You gonna run out of space in ya magazine ask dat question, but here ya go :Outkast (no rap group can touch them in my book), Snoop Dogg( he in a swagger class of his own), Diddy, Heavy D, Big Daddy Kane, Nas (what chu know bout Nas), Kool Mo Dee, MC Hammer (I don’t care who you are, you did dat dance), Anthony Hamilton, Sugar Hill Gang, Tu-Pac and Biggie, Eminem, Jodeci, Ice Cube, Immature (Feel the Funkouhhhh...rememeber that haha), Michael Jackson (only his music lol, not his personal life lmao), Mary J, Wu-Tang Clan, LudaCris, Dr. Dre, Field Mob, Timberland, Neptunes, Trick Daddy, YoungBloods, Jay-Z, JD, Lil Jon, Nitti( its goin down, I actually worked with him when I was 18, That’s a hustla he was sellin beats , Cell phones and video games, I guess he dropped the last two, do ya thang man), DMX (energy!!!), James Brown, Stevie, Otis, Temptations, Aretha, Smokey, my family....I got uncles that could have been a classic singing group back in the day, my grandma singing them slave songs all day, cousins that can sing like Jennifer Hudson, cousins that rap, even my sisters and brothers sing and rap, I guess its in the blood.
What image do you think your music conveys? I guess that’s up to my fans, but I hope it conveys urban life in its truest form, who I am as a person and as a artist; I’m not gon lie my music is not meant for some sheltered kid, its meant for that kid no one can seem to reach, that person who woke up hungry and all that was there was a mayonnaise sandwich, the people stuck in da trap and cant see noway out. I don’t care how the media sees me because they will rip you apart no matter who you are or what you do, I only care how the people like me, view me; because they can understand it for what it is.
What are your immediate career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.) Lemme see, make the cover of 954 mag haha, you like that one huh, ummm hopefully 3 albums in, signed with a major label, owning some real estate, and talking bout my first magazine interview on BET and MTV.
Do you have any personal contacts in the music business? If so, who? Yea I got a few, that I and Lady D keep in contact with, I don’t like to name drop though.
Are you looking for an independent label deal or a major label deal? Why? Either, their are a lot of big independents and small majors and vice versa, there is a thin line between those too. Mainly because it takes a lot of money to prepare a cd and image for the market, and they provide that (with conditions most of the time) because I ain’t trying to get back into that other game to be able to do it.
Do you have a demo or press kit, or any promotional materials? I got demo’s , full Cds, posters, websites, beats, “I got, I got you can buy lol”
What live performance experience have you had? Any industry showcases? When I was 16 I opened for Lil Flip and Lil Keke. When I lived in Gregory-Portland, Texas, at 18 I opened for 50 cent, Missy, Mario, QueenPen and Craig Mack in Charlotte, NC. And along with my home boy Mitch we have done countless industry showcases up and down the east coast. So through out the years I’ve gained a lot of stage experience, from how to work the stage, to how to feel out the audience.