The kreative Young millionaire News Blog got an opportunity to interview an up and coming singer based in Fort Worth, Texas. The artist goes by the name, Soniq Mystic. Check out the artist’s work after reading the interview and support Soniq Mystic’s musical initiative.
What do you think about the current state of music and how will you change it as an artist?
As far as music goes, I think it’s a great time. You have so many genres, sounds, so many formats to get these genres heard and exposed. The music business I believe it is not as lucrative as it once was in the industry. Newer artists have to sign 360 deals mainly due to declining record sales in the last decade or so. No one sells 6, 9, 10 million copies of a project anymore so the big business machine has to make more money off of merchandise, touring, etc.
How I will change the current state? I have never thought of myself as a transformative artist as far as the state of music goes. On a more personal level, I’m hoping the listener can just receive and enjoy my approach to the music as I hear it, deliver it and get some insight into who I am and see that we all have some of the same emotions, experiences, questions, lessons etc. that we learn in life and love and sometimes you just want to forget about it all and dance!
When did you decide that you wanted to become a singer and what motivated your decision?
It had to be during high school; yes it was during high school. Musical seeds were planted throughout my life, I come from a family of singers from both sides of my family. My grandmother, my dad is a singer, his sisters, my mother was a beast of a soprano in the church choir. One girl told my mama growing up that she talks in soprano, HA!
My father would sit me down sometimes and have me sing along with the records he played, I considered that my first informal vocal lessons. One major influence at the time of my decision was one of my youth leaders at the church I grew up in was a musician and gospel producer. I got to work with him a lot, recording demo songs, laying background vocals for other artist, I got to see how the music was made from start to finish and I was like hey I can and desire to do this myself, so here we are…
What is your genre of music and how would you describe your music?
Well, I am a soulful singer and can’t deny the texture of my voice so anything I do will be soulful, but I describe it as Cosmic Hippie Soul…all things me. Cosmic because I am of this vast universe, just some matter wanting to emit my vibrations and frequency in my music. Hippie because I feel that I’m a subculture all to myself and Soul… Well we know the answer to that.
What is the hardest issue with being a singer just starting out?
MONEY! LOL. Knowing who to trust. Exposure. Knowing that If it sounds too good to be true… it is. Nothing is free, please believe that. I think it’s good for a person to know who they are and what they want to represent as far as their music, image etc. Don’t let people dictate to you what you should sound, look, walk, and talk like. You can always improve and take direction but don’t let people, pressure or changing trends dictate who you, the artist and what your art should look and sound like. Never compare or compete… Deliver the best YOU to the people… just a rule I live by.
Why should people support your artistry?
… Because it’s just that, artistry. If you support good music, original art I really try to deliver a story and paint a picture through my lyrics. I’m your neighbor, your cousin, your best friend, your co-worker that friendly face you see bobbing his head while driving, listening to the music in my headphones in the grocery store or mentally plugged into my mystic radio. Still working and pursuing my dream independently. Support Indie!
Do you write all of your songs?
Yes, unless its collaboration, a feature or what have you.I’ve been writing since I was a teenager. I prefer it. I’ll take suggestions and have had a friend or two, contribute to a couple of songs but for the most part I write 98% 100% of my songs, arrange the vocals, harmonies. Most of my close friends in music are rappers, hip hop artist strongly enough. Shay Bella and Vinrock, both emcees will be on the upcoming Mystic Radio EP.
Where have you performed in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex?
Liquid Lounge, Froggy’s Boathouse, Absinthe Lounge, We have a show coming up in Fort Worth at The Aardvark, 8pm I’ll also be singing at an event on Aids Awareness Day, June 27th for the Tarrant County Health Dept.
What is the name of your new CD; how can fans buy your music?
My EP I’m releasing soon is titled MysticRadio Vol.1: Magik Love Music they will be able to download it on most of the major digital music sites, Cdbaby, Amazon, iTunes.
If they download music from reverberation portions of download price goes to a charity, Oxfam/Oxfam America. They’re an organization made up of many organizations internationally that are helping to expose and end poverty around the globe. I’m also on Soundcloud.
People can follow me on Twitter at soniqmysic and Facebook under the same name to keep up with me and the release of my present and future projects.
Who are your mentors in music and why?
I’ve been obsessed with Faith Evans since high school; I would buy every magazine she had an interview in. I purchased any project she was featured on, soundtrack, duet, background vocals, writing etc… I even wrote an English paper on her. I was impressed that she wrote, sang and arranged her vocals on mainly 98% of her debut CD. The songs, harmonies, lyrics were golden to me. Other than the R&B recording artist Faith, I would have to say India.Arie and Rahsaan Patterson. I connect with them on a personal level through their music. They emote so well, there is deep-vastness to their voices. There’s such conviction in what they write and sing that it takes you to that place in your own life, mind etc…
I’m mentored or influenced by the everyday artist, visual, music, writers, activist etc. All of that influence the freedom and responsibility I feel I have as an artist. There’s so much great talent here in the Fort Worth, Dallas Metroplex. I sit back in awe of many of my fellow local & indie artists. There are so many other influences in my life that include, The Winans, The Clark Sisters, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Rick James, Sylvester, Dave Hollister, Chaka Khan is everything. Cee Lo, Elton John, Pink Floyd, Notorious B.I.G., Outkast. More recently Janelle Monae, Little Dragon, John Legend,
What five words describe your music as a singer/musician?
Authentic. Soulful. Cosmic. Creative. Lyrical.
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