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Interview with CrestIsMuzik
By: Dennis M. Kelly
DK: CrestIsMuzik, how’s it going today?
CrestIsMuzik: Today is awesome, I finally have resources to take my career to the next level so I appreciate you for your support and interviewing me.
DK: Absolutely no problem and it is an honor to be featuring you this week! Thanks for taking the time to chat with me today too! Let’s start off by going back to where it all began for you, what was your childhood like?
CrestIsMuzik: Thank you for having me, my childhood was rough growing up in Chicago then moving to a little town called Dolton, my mother and father raised five children including me. Three sisters and one brother. My dad was in the military and my mother worked at a nearby school and did hair on the side for the teachers and staff at the school. I couldn’t get in much trouble because my mother was always there, she was the lunch lady for 5 hours a day every week which was kind of embarrassing but at least I got free food so that made it better.
DK: My wife does the same thing at our kid’s school; I imagine it is probably the same for our son. What was your family life like growing up?
CrestIsMuzik: Growing up where I lived wasn’t fun because of the environment we were in. I lived in Concordia Park which was next to the projects. The name of the projects was called The Gardens. I lived there for a couple years until my dad found my mom a new house through military assistance. The new house was located in the city of Dolton. I remember just walking into the new house with my siblings amazed at how big and beautiful it was.
DK: Nice, that had to help quite a bit, I expect! What was some of the first impacting music that changed your life?
CrestIsMuzik: Well I am a 90s baby, I was born in 1990 so I caught most of, if not all of the 90s music. My dad use to play the old school American music around me. People like The 5 Heartbeats, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, and Michael Jackson. In fact my dad formed a group with me and my siblings because it was five of us. He taught us how to sing as a group in harmony, I was the lead singer while my siblings would just Doo-Wop in the background. We sounded amazing together. I developed a passion at a young age and decided to move forward.
DK: Sounds like it was a lot of fun growing up in your family. When did you take your first steps towards your music career?
CrestIsMuzik: When I was 12 years old I use to record myself onto cassette tapes. My 6th grade teacher let my classmates and I express ourselves. After school work I would always go to the front of the class room and rap music while my best friend would beat on the desk. We would rap songs that my classmates where familiar with such as Mystikal ”Shake It Fast”. When I was 18 I recorded my first song in my friends basement in Indiana. It wasn’t much, but it was a step up from a cassette player.
DK: Hey, every step made is a step in your journey no matter how big or small. What do you feel your music has that is different from what is out there; what separates you from other Hip-Hop artists?
CrestIsMuzik: I am not afraid to approach different styles of music. I feel I am versatile and unpredictable.
DK: I will be the first to admit, I am not the most versed with Hip-Hop music, but from my perspective, you seem to have a bit of a softer edge; much more smoother vocals and more to say with your lyrics. What would you say would be the main (theme) of your songs?
CrestIsMuzik: I like more of a melodic approach in my music with smooth harmonies but I can also get kind of hardcore.
DK: Are your songs more of a personal perspective?
CrestIsMuzik: Yes, a lot of the music I do I relate to my personal expereinces.
DK: ‘All in My Feelings’, ‘My Vibe’ and a few others all have a very positive overall tone to them, is that a correct assessment that you’re trying to keep a more positive approach to your music?
CrestIsMuzik: Yes I try to refrain from a lot of negative stuff. I want to give the people good music and positive vibes to uplift people.
DK: Tell me about your songwriting process, do you take specific time to write or do you write anytime when the inspiration hits you?
CrestIsMuzik: I can just start wrting when I hear a beat. The beat is what determines my approach to my writing.
DK: Speaking of inspirations, who are some of your main musical inspirations?
CrestIsMuzik: Chris Brown, Drake, and Eminem.
DK: How is the Chicago music scene for you and your career?
CrestIsMuzik: It is ok, Chicago is kind of a tough crowd to please, but I feel once everyone catches wind of my music they will come along.
DK: Do you perform often?
CrestIsMuzik: Not as much as I would have liked to, but this year will be different since I have built up my fan base.
DK: That is great and we’ll be happy to help you any way we can to keep that momentum going for you. Would you say your experiences in the Chicago scene have been competitive or cooperative?
CrestIsMuzik: I would say more competitive. Everyone is trying to do music here so it can be rough. I have to stand my ground and work harder.
DK: What would you like to see made better for you and the Chicago scene in general?
CrestIsMuzik: More platforms and people who are in the position to help great artist get noticed.
DK: What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your career so far?
CrestIsMuzik: Getting fans and spreading my music is so hard because people assume the music is bad before rally listening.
DK: How helpful has social media been for you? Where have you observed (at least some) better results?
CrestIsMuzik: Social media is the lifeline of a lot of things these days, I feel instagram has been the most helpful. Even snapchat is useful.
DK: Do you have a close relationship with your fans?
CrestIsMuzik: Yes I look at them as being just like me. A person with a passion or music and I always thank them for sharing me.
DK: So, you have a mixtape of your music, do you have a full length album or EP out as yet?
CrestIsMuzik: I don’t have an album or EP yet. I feel right now it is best to build my fanbase up then fir sure one or the other will be in the works.
DK: In the light of the news of Best Buy removing CDs from their stores and Target only offering to pay labels only for music that has sold, it might be best to stay digital at this rate, you know? Do you think it is almost better for artists to sell individual songs over a full album?
CrestIsMuzik: I think full sometimes people will purchase a whole album just for one or two good songs but then again you have some fans who may love all of the songs so selling the album is better.
DK: Have you done any collaborations as yet?
CrestIsMuzik: I have worked with, Boss Blaze and Mikey Dollaz so far.
DK: Who would you like to collaborate with?
CrestIsMuzik: I really would like to work with: Famous Dex, XxxTentacion, Drake, Lil Wayne, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Aboogie, Trippie Red, Future, Lil Xan, Lil Skies, Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Yachty, G Eazy and The Migos.
DK: What do you have lined up for 2018?
CrestIsMuzik: Right now I have been working on pushing out more music videos for my songs and preparing to start performing at shows more. Looking to do some collabs with popular arist as well.
DK: Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?
CrestIsMuzik: I see myself as a major music artist touring, meeting and collabing with other major artist. And also a couple of grammy awards would be nice too.
DK: What is the best place for people to get in touch with you?
CrestIsMuzik: On social media just type in CrestIsMuzik and you can find me anywhere.
DK: Thank you so much for taking the time with me today!! I really appreciate it and wish you well for you and your career! I definitely like your sound and feel you’ve got a great potential! Keep it up!
Biography: Chicago born unsigned artist CrestIsMuzik introduces some flavor to the windy city. With a Jamaican background he grew up with a real passion for all types of music. Writing music day in and day out he began to take it serious realizing he wanted to share his music worldwide. He began to release versatile melodic music establishing his own unique sound. He released his mixtape known as “Something Different” hosted by Famous Dex official Dj known as Dj Shon on Spinrilla. His music can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, and more.