NAHLO is Becoming A Household Name In NY Hip Hop Scene

  1. “The music scene here in The 845 is honestly pretty progressive. We have a plethora of talented artists here in Dutchess county and I’m glad that I get to be coming up alongside the majority of them. New York City has been extremely helpful with regards to promoting myself.”

  2. INTERVIEWER: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
 NAHLO: Ever since I was about fourteen  years old I can remember writing songs. At the  I was introduced to underground hip hop (Onyx, Wu-tang, Then came Big Pun,Biggie Smalls,2pac,Big L,Nas,Mase,The Lox,Fabolous etc.) and I fell in love. I began free styling with friends at party's. I believe around sixteen I received a new computer,a 8 track Tascam mixer and cool edit pro and began recording songs. I would hang out with my uncle Mac Muzik a lot and he'd produce a lot of great beats and that made determined.we both shared a passion for music that was unexplainable during that period of our lives. By eighteen I met a good friend K.Santos and started recording songs just me and him for a few years as our music grew with us. Few years Later I met Mazerati Fresh at a mutual friends house where we had a great rap cypher. We both took a liking to each other's Kraft and became inseparable have been recording and taking the music far more seriously ever since. We started going to events and formed a team NORESTCITY and collaborated with close friends Maverick and K.D. 

  3. MTV,and the list goes on remain relevant to this day.Instagram,snapchat,datpiff,Reverbnation,YouTube,VEVO,What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Being a struggling artist who is more often than not low on funds makes it difficult to pay for promotion. Being that i would save up whenever. I had the chance, I take every opportunity I can to promote my music within the context of social networking and through word of mouth as well as custom clothes,business cards. For example I have performed at many prestigious showcases in NEWYORK CITY venues and opened up for some Big name like Styles P,Juelz Santana,Lloyd Banks,Tieara Marie, also I used atleast 2 Soundcloud pages,soundclick page,Facebook,Twitter,

  4. Any time that I’m called upon to present I take the opportunity to remix one or two songs from whatever musical it is that we are covering and I put a more appropriate, present day twist on these songs. From there I’ll pass around a sheet with the link to my Soundcloud on it and tell my classmates to give me a listen if they were feeling my musical remix.

  5. What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The biggest struggle I am having with the business is finding the appropriate market/audience for my music. Everything in this business costs money. That being said, it’s apparent that you have to pay to play. With that in mind, It may take a little longer to work

  6. On projects and get them out to the world being mixed and mastered song all the way down to a creating a dope visual. I work full time in order to make sure I have the necessary funds to get my music heard. I do everything I can to self-promote. There’s no shame in it, it’s really just a matter of finding the people who like the things you’re rapping about. I don't even call my self a rapper anymore I'm an artist. I make original songs with hooks,bridges and concepts. Sometimes I do tons of freestyles over the latest hottest beats in the industry just to stay relevant.

  7. How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene here in the 845 is honestly pretty progressive. We have a plethora of talented artists here in Dutchess county and I’m glad that I get to be coming up alongside the majority of them. New York City itself has been extremely helpful with regards to promoting myself.

  8. All of the artists here in town are very one sided and have never been as supportive of each other, you would hope we would want to see one another succeed. Sometimes I wish we would  try to help each other out as much as possible to give light to our town but I have grown to realize strangers show the most love so I began traveling to the inner city of New York via Bronx,Manhattan,Harlem,Washington Heights. I've grown to realize people out there tend to give me more attention out there where it's more accepted and embraced especially when there's real talent involved. The one thing that I’m not a huge fan of here in town is that the majority of club promoters and booking agents dorm always reach out to the talent as much a s they do the the artist who pay there way and only do this a hobby. Once enough people are behind you and your sound, they’ll have to book you. It’s just a matter of getting your name known. 

  9. Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The future of music is hard to predict. Music is an extremely competitive and a dynamic art form and because of that what everyone is listening to today probably isn’t going to be what everybody wants to hear in ten years. In order to keep up with it, I’d probably recommend that you stay up to date with your lingo and don't be afraid to  be creative and create a unique sound for yourself. Just stay true to your sound. It’s easy to get discouraged when people aren’t feeling what you put out. If you keep being you, without imitating someone else’s sound/style, if there’s a market for your music, you’ll make your own path. Also use your voice to its maximum capabilities.

  10. What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Promote, promote, promote. If music is truly something that you’re passionate about, you will make it happen for yourself no matter the cost. Be whoever it is that you are and pay no mind to those who think you can’t do it. If you think you can, you will. Move forward with the mind state that if anybody deserves to be heard and recognized it's you. Never let anyone ruin your confidence level this game is full of wolves who thrive on artist who are unsure about their Kraft. People want a person to look up to and give them the courage to follow their own dreams being music or whatever. Also always stay humble and never think you know it all theirs always room for growth.

  11. What inspires you to write your next song?
My inspiration comes from my mood and the energy of the room that I'm in. Feeling depressed? Great, I’m going to write a sad song with a dark vibe. Feeling cocky ? Perfect, I’m going to do alot of slick talking and bragging about the things that I love. Just heard somebody else’s mixtape and you know that you’re better than that? Cool, I’ll write a song because I’m feeling competitive. For me, I just get inspired by whatever it is that I’m feeling at the time and whatever it is that made me feel that way. Music is powerful it can be sparked by anything at any moment just takes stepping in to another realm of consciousness.

  12. What are the steps you take to make a song?
I don’t necessarily have a definitive, set in stone process. All throughout the day, regardless of what I’m doing or where I am, I have rhymes/bars/poems popping in and out of my head. Whenever one of these rhymes pops into my head I jot it down on my phone. Once I’m feeling like making a song, i work best uder pressure so . Give myself a time period to write to the beat and feel it.

  13. Once that’s done and I have the instrumental ready to go. I either freestyle to the beat or I go back into my phone and find one of the things that I had typed in earlier and fit it to the beat and build off of it. After that, I continue to write, record, and re-record until I have something that I’m happy with.

  14. What do you think makes a great song?
Personally, I think a great song is something that you connect with on either an emotional level  or enegy level. That could  be the words, the Tone of someone’s voice, or just the sound of the music. If you can give me a song that makes me feel something that I need to feel or have been feeling sometime in my life I can immediately relate. Music is supposed to make you feel and I believe the person and vibe with them. Music is all about expression and how you can connect with the audience. You are suppose to give the world a a piece of you through your music. You should also speak for the people who can't express themselves that's  how you gain fans and inspire them to taking a liking to your music. 

  15. Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?

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