As the beats pulsate through the air, and the lyrics weave stories of resilience, passion, and self-discovery, the rap scene is forever changed by the emergence of Tailand. With a magnetic presence on stage and a lyrical prowess that cuts through the noise, Tailand has swiftly become a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. Today, we sit down with the enigmatic rapper to delve into the depths of his creative process, his inspirations, and the message he aims to deliver through his art. Join us as we embark on a captivating journey into the mind and soul of Tailand.
1. How did you first discover your passion for rap music, and what inspired you to pursue it as a career?
I first discovered my passion for rap music when I realized it was all I was playing out of all the genres I was exposed to. Seeing the influence & luxurious lifestyle being a successful artist holds is what inspired me to pursue it as a career.
2. Can you share some insights into your creative process? How do you approach completing a record?
Since I engineer my vocals, first I set up the soundscape and calibrate my voice to the energy of the beat by murmuring a flow. After I conclude a flow, I then think of a theme for the lyrics I wanna go with, like do I want the lyrics to reflect getting lit, being sad, etc. Finally, after the recording phase is done, I mix & master the record leaving it ready to release.
3. What are some of the biggest challenges you faced while trying to establish yourself in the rap industry, and how did you overcome them?
The biggest challenge I faced while trying to establish myself in the rap industry is not having a mentor to spoon-feed me all the game, but I overcame this challenge by looking at it as a positive. I’m glad I don’t have it easy, It's gonna make the success feel even more rewarding.
4. Who are your biggest musical influences, and how have they shaped your style and sound?
My biggest musical influence is myself, I treat the things I experience in life as fuel for my music. Outside of that, I pay homage to the SoundCloud era. The melting pot of sounds I consumed from that period is the reason I can get so versatile outside & inside of Hip-Hop.
5. Can you tell us about any memorable or influential experiences you've had on your journey as an artist?
One influential experience I’ve had on my journey as an artist was being told that I influenced a supporter into creating his first track. Ever since that moment, I’ve realized the strength of my music.
6. In your opinion, what role does rap music play in society today, and how do you hope your music contributes to that role?
In today’s society rap music’s role is to influence. I hope my music contributes to that role by making people feel like their true selves. Sometimes we feel benevolent other times we feel Malevolent, it's part of being human and I want my discography to reflect that.
7. Many rappers use their music as a platform to address social and political issues. Are there any specific causes or topics that you feel strongly about and want to shed light on through your music?
Yes, the topic I want my music to shed light upon is my artistry. I want my music to be an escape from the issues of reality, so I keep political or social problems out of it.
8. Collaboration is a significant aspect of the rap industry. Are there any artists or producers you dream of working with in the future, and why?
I don’t dream of working with anyone, but I would work with an artist and producer on a level like Future or Southside to further my career.
9. How do you handle criticism and negative feedback? Is there a particular approach you take to maintain your artistic integrity while navigating the opinions of others?
When it comes to criticism I only take it seriously from those who have more success & experience than me because it tends to be constructive. People who don’t do what I do and have a lot to say about how I should create can keep that to themselves and go listen to somebody else. I maintain my artistic integrity while navigating the opinions of others by knowing my real supporters listen to me because of my individuality as a musician. People have a right to an opinion and if you don’t like me oh well, that’s not stopping anything the higher powers have planned for me.
10. Can you share any upcoming projects or ventures you're currently working on? What can your fans look forward to in the near future?
I have a single called “Field” dropping later this year that everyone should be on the lookout for. After this record releases, I’m gonna go even harder dropping an ep named “2930” and an album shortly after that.
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