X-Phaze (X_Phaze)

What age where you when you decided to become anartist?

I'd sayaround 13. I danced hip-hop as a young kid and wrote lyrics in a littlenotebook so the love for music was always there. But when high school started,I knew that this was something I wanted to take seriously. 

Name a few of your biggestinfluences in hip hop?

Gonna travel through my mind until Ican't think of any more: Eminem, Tech N9ne, ¡Mayday!, Jurassic 5, Busta Rhymes,Watsky, Jay Z, The Black Eyed Peas, The Roots, Outkast, Eric B & Rakim, andA Tribe Called Quest are the first things that come to mind.

Whatare some of the things you’re working on right now?

I'm currently working on a coupleremixes and an upcoming single. I've taken a month or two off of writing toreally settle myself and relax so I can come back out with an even bigger bangthan the previous time. New music is on its way!

Whatadvice can you give other upcoming artists?

"Quit.If they don't listen to me, then they're heading in the right direction."That's my favorite go-to response spoken by Bernz from ¡Mayday!. Regardless of what anyone says, do what you love. Don't letanyone stand in your way. When our time to leave this Earth comes, you don'twant to look back and wish that you could have done something differently. Beyourself and do you.

How has life changed for you since becoming anartist?

Music-wise,the opportunities have been insane. It's crazy how much exposure you can get byjust posting something online nowadays so I'm definitely taking advantage ofthat. But I'm still the same weird kid who ran from table to table inrestaurants singing his ABCs to diners. Really. 

Have you had the pleasure of performing yet?

For sure. Ihave opened up for Rittz, Rehab, Matisyahu, Moon Taxi, and the Dirty Heads atThe Stone Pony and I have opened for King Los, Cory Gunz, Hi-Rez, Ill Bill, DJEclipse, and Q-Unique at Webster Hall. I also just performed at The Gramercyfor Reality Dance's Fall Jam.

Are there any artists/talent that you’ve workedwith that we should be watching?

I havebarely collaborated with other artists yet in my career but the firstcollaboration I did do was with Bennett Papier & Fiona Bradley on theirsong The Edge which can be seen on my YouTube channel. Bennett is an awesomeproducer and Fiona has some of the best pipes I've ever heard in my life. I'mcurrently working on a collaboration with an artist out of Lacey, Washingtonwho goes by the Jacob. He is one insane spitter so definitely be on the lookoutfor that song.

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