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Exclusive Interview: Rising Artist Expose Toxicc

 

Hello Expose Toxicc, Thanks for coming to Honk Magazine to talk about your career.

Tell us a little more about when you first got into music?

I first got into music at the age of 8. At the time my family was very poor, it seemed that every day was another worry or stress about our living situations. As a kid I used music to cope with my emotions and anxiety. I idolized artists like Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Eminem and Kurt Cobain. Everyday I would try to sing notes as well as Chris Brown, along with learning every word to any of his songs I would listen to. As the years went by, I began to wonder what life had in store for me. I became inspired by Justin Bieber to start singing on Youtube, which I did. Throughout my high school years, kids would make jokes and laugh about my aspirations that I had towards music, which led me to become discouraged in myself musically. After highschool, I felt lost and confused about my future. Music has always just found its way back to me throughout my life, so there is no doubt inside my mind that this is where I’m supposed to be.

If you could describe your sound/style in one word, what would it be and why?

Vulnerable. My music has so many different styles and aspects. For the most part every song I put out or I write has meaning to me. I try to paint the picture for not only the fans but for myself as the artist. I use the songs I relive or reminisce on valuable moments I’ve lived through and I believe that’s why my music resonates with so many people.

What would you say to any aspiring recording artist who looks up to your work?

I would tell them to stay confident, practice patience and remain humble. Let your hard work do all the talking. So many times people believe that talent can outshine hard work, not understanding that hard work develops talent.

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What quote or mantra do you live by?

It’s a quote by Albert Einstein that goes like “Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” I’m a big believer in value, when people value your work and your energy you naturally become more successful.

What is your hobby outside of music?

If I’m being honest there’s not too many hobbies I have other than music. I play basketball and workout everyday, but I wouldn’t consider those things hobbies. I’m constantly in my head about what I can do better musically to be sure I get to where I strive to be in life as an artist.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

I see myself with the greats. I see myself living that childhood life I’ve been dreaming of for so long. I strive to have a platinum song or album by this time. I want to hit the billboards and meet my idols. Travel the world and meet my fans face to face. Most importantly I see myself making the best music I could possibly make around that time.

Do you have anything new or upcoming we can expect to see from you?

You can! This month of May, I’m dropping a small EP project that will be at least 5-7 songs. I’m looking to drop a new single every month this year as well. Along with my second Album dropping sometime in the Fall this year.

What is the inspiration behind your latest song?

So my single “Pretty Little Lies” was actually inspired by the lack of trust I’ve had with a few people I used to call my friends. The song goes into depth, speaking about them talking behind my back about me, spreading lies about me, stalking me on social media to see what they can continue to speak about. So I decided to take that energy and put it into a song that people could relate to. I put a twist of the song’s hook a bit, but make the song feel like it could be related to a couples relationship and I believe that’s why the song is so popular and fans can relate to what I’m saying.

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What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why.

– The first thing I wish someone told me when I started was to not lose myself in the journey. Sometimes as an artist you may feel like giving up, or that your music will never be heard. So you start to create things that you think people want to hear, instead of the things you want to create. I’ve done this a few times throughout my journey and everytime it has me questioning my abilities and my worth.

– Staying patient is another thing I wish I was told more. Nowadays it’s a common trend to want to create music and be an “Artist”. After all, why wouldn’t you want to live life like your idols everyday? In time you’ll realize who actually is in the industry for the love of music and who just wants the popularity.

– Don’t ever let yourself feel guilty for taking a step back from music. I know that this can be hard at times since we live in a world where the internet is constantly blowing people up and making them famous, and you’re thinking any day it could be you, and you’re right it can and will! With that though, you need to keep your mental health at the best it can be. Taking a step back every now and again and enjoying life as it passes by can be refreshing to not only our mental health but to your music as well.

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– Don’t compare your success to any one else. This is a big one! So many times I’ve conquered goals of mine that I didn’t think were imaginable. I enjoy and celebrate for the moment and by the next day i see another artist do something on the internet and i think to myself, am i good enough to do this. This is only the fear of uncertainty that haunts my mind.

– Treat every person you come across or meet with respect. Those people are the ones that enjoy your energy and see something in you that you may not always see for yourself. Not only that but if you can respond or give your fans a bit of your time, why should they return the favor by listening to your music? Remember there’s over a billion artists already signed and another billion that’s trying to be signed, stay humble 

What tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

I would tell those creatives to practice walking away. Sometimes as an artist we may feel we need to be working every day, every minute, every second to get to where we wish to be. Although there is some truth behind that, we still need to experience and appreciate life in the moment. You would be surprised how much it makes your mind feel refreshed and ready to tackle new obstacles.

How can our readers follow you online?

You can follow me on Instagram or TikTok @exposing.toxicc along with streaming my music on any major streaming platform by searching Expose Toxicc

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Artist Spotlight

Haitian Artist, Wicked Haitian Is Just Getting Ready To Take Over The Music Scene

In the world of overblown hype and excess, it is hard to find an authentic artist that embodies the fin and vibrancy of the originals that did so to establish the artform back in the day. Well, debut artist Rodshield Richard popularly known as Wicked Haitian from Haiti is here to remind us of that and more.

Music always has a way of sticking with you when it’s a good time. When you can hit play on the music and immediately have your spirit lifted due to the great vibes of the music. Those types of records always last long because of the feeling people have while hearing it. This is what you get from Wicked Haitian from one of his recent songs “No Love”.

Check out his latest songs on Spotify below:

Hi there, welcome to Honk Magazine. Thank you for taking out time to respond to us. To kick things off, Can you tell our readers about what really inspired you to write music?

Wicked Haitian What really inspired me to write music is my people that I still have in  Haiti. My goal is for me to make a way for them in order to have a better life.

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When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?

Wicked Haitian – I realized I was going to make music professionally about one year ago. I’ve seen that I can actually make a difference for the people in Haiti and the music in me has helped me in different ways financially to help them.

 

Tell us what is so unique about you and your music?

Wicked Haitian – What’s unique about my music is that I speak from the heart. I don’t really go off what people say or what people think I just speak on how I feel.

 

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

Wicked Haitian – The funniest mistake I’ve ever made was two years ago when I signed a deal but it wasn’t beneficial at all. It was only beneficial to them. I’ve learnt from that mistake.

 

Can you tell us about your latest releases and what inspired you to create them?

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Wicked Haitian – My latest releases are No Love,Time and ION FWY. “No Love” is basically explaining how I can show someone love when I don’t know how to love, and “Time” is basically saying you don’t really have to rush anything in life everything will fall in place just take your time and just keep going, and “ION FWY”  it’s basically me saying I’m all to myself now I don’t really focus on fake Friends or females because when I had nothing to my name nobody was around everybody loves to be around when you’re shining but nobody likes to be around when you’re down

Can you give us a brief insight about your upcoming projects?

Wicked Haitian – My upcoming projects consist of the videos for “No Love”, “Time” and “ION FWY” and in the videos I will go in detail explaining what each song means.

 

What do you wish you were told when you first started making music that you think would help artists just starting out?

Wicked Haitian – When I first started, I wish I was told that nobody really cares about you. They only care what they can make of you and It’s a dog eat dog world.

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Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Wicked Haitian – Just keep going don’t give up and keep it real as long as you love what you’re doing you will never burn out.

 

What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

Wicked Haitian – When I don’t do music on Sundays I go on Jet Skis or I’ll go to the gym or I play basketball. I like to travel. I love travelling to Haiti a lot. There I’ll go to the Dominican Republic.

 

Any last piece of advice for those artists who just started making music?

Wicked Haitian – For someone that’s just starting doing music, don’t rush anything and never look for a handout.

 

How can our readers follow you online?

Wicked Haitian – You all can follow me on our social media platforms @WickedHaitian.

For more updates, follow me on:

Instagram – @WickedHaitian

Twitter – @WickedHaitian

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Artist Spotlight

Florida Rising Artist Lil Rhino Is Set To Rule the Music World With His Unique Sound.

Lil Rhino, a rapper from Lakeland, Florida, is here to ascertain the multitude that he’s profound about ruling the music world with his energetic music.

This week we had a conversation with Lil Rhino, and he was kind enough to share his journey through the music globe. He also talked about how he plans to be one of the A-listers, not just for himself but for his family. This top-notch artist has proven to be the best at what he does innumerably.

His main objective is to monopolize and keep astonishing his fans with the combination of contemporary and bossy hit songs. Check out the interview below and let us know your thoughts in the observation section below.

Let’s start by introducing yourself; you know the basics, like name, age, and where you’re from, as much or little as you’re comfortable sharing.

My Name is Lil Rhino, and I’m 23 years old. I’m from Lakeland, Florida. I’m a buzzing central Florida Artist chasing dreams so that I can get things done not only for myself but for my family. 

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What’s the best advice you ever received concerning music?

The best advice I received concerning music would be to stay consistent. Stay in the people’s faces, keep dropping content, and keep dropping new sounds. Never stop

 

What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know now?

I would have relocated to Atlanta Much earlier. 

 

What is still your biggest challenge?

My biggest challenge is to stop being so hard on myself. I feel like I pressure myself too much.

What keeps you going when things get tough in the music industry?

My family, I think about where we are, where we’ve been and where I want us to be

 

If you could open a show for any artist, who would it be?

FCG HEEM OR CHIEF KEEF

 

Talk me through your creative process.

First, I have to fall in love with the beat. The beat has to catch my attention! After that, I punch in line after line. Constructing the song chorus verse chorus or chorus verse bridge chorus 

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How do you solve productivity/scheduling problems and reduce overwhelming situations?

I haven’t faced any of these problems yet.

 

What are you focusing your time on now?

Coming up with new Melodies and marketing strategies to further my career.

How do you currently feel about the state of “Your genre” in general?

I feel like I have a genre within my own. I don’t think anyone has my sound, which makes me. Go harder to keep my sound different from others. 


How can our readers follow you online?

Connect with Lil Rhino: YouTube| Twitter | Instagram | Spotify

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