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Exclusive Interview With Ace Clarke, A fast Rising Rapper Who Is Making Waves In The Music Industry

Ace Clarke

Born & raised in Wakefield uptown, Bronx, Ace Clarke is a well-polished rapper who is climbing his way up the steepest of steps to becoming the greatest of all time. His competence as a lyricist is clear to anyone hearing the complexities within his rhyme scheme bars. 

The NY rap artist/songwriter has risen from the ashes and built an audience from the ground up, displaying rare talent and true emotion which you may have been missing from your daily playlist. His craft is the highlight of this generation’s class of rappers, and the recognition has been pouring out from veterans and newcomers in the rap game.

Hi there, welcome to Honk Magazine. Can you tell our readers about what really inspired you to write music?

Ace Clarke – I always loved music growing up. My moms used to bump the Isley Brothers, Whitney houston, Toni Braxson, etc, every friday night, my pops used to bump Bob Marley, Zig, Elephant Man, Pac, X, Big, all the time along wit my big brother, so i always had a knack for it. What really had gotten me into writing was environmental stress. Family drama, financial bills, just being a youth in a bad neighborhood, we always tend to gravitate to outlets. Music was always mine, I could recall sitting in my room about 10 years old listening to “It’s Dark & Hell Is Hot”, particularly “I Could Feel It” & “Prayer” in how deep music & emotions could touch a soul. That was like the initial spark to start writing, and it’s just been up from there.

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

Ace Clarke – I was about 15. Me & my cousin JV had started hitting studios uptown & around making songs in high school just for the fun of it though, but the traction we would get out of it only fueled my desire for it more. I knew what we were capable of making happen at the time, & from the shows & just naturally feeling at such peace with myself while performing, making music, I knew it was something i wanted to make happen. Somehow, somehow, I was going to make it happen.

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

Ace Clarke – What I feel like I bring to the table is simply put from the soul. I lay my heart out in my songs, my art & that’s not to be replicated by anyone. I respect everyone, & i feel like everyone, from fans, supporters to peers know what I bring to the table through my journeys & experiences i paint my heart to connect to.

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?

Ace Clarke – Oh I got you! I remember my first show I performed at LIU college back in like 2013, & my anxiousness then was really getting to me. I was trying to control it as best as i could but boy i had the jitters to say the least. So anyway, I hop on stage, & try to turn that nervousness into passion, but I end up tiring myself early on into my set. I didn’t think it was that noticeable at the time, but thinking back on it, my pacing was off in my rhythm so that had to look crazy. I’m like a perfectionist so if I make a mistake or think I made a mistake I’m the type to obsess & work my ass off until I reprimand the flaw, but thinking back then moving like a rhythmless chicken is definitely up there.

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

Ace Clarke – Home & Trauma are personal pieces, either from internal or external povs & experiences that I’ve gone through in life. They both tell their own stories of reflectiveness, I would say love is the inspiration for them, hence the cover art of my 4th birthday. It meant alot to write, work with Farai Milion & Kayy Hunter on it because they’re famous. Always makes the process more enjoyable.

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

Ace Clarke – I’ve been working on my upcoming debut tape “Shenanigans & Antics” which is about 95% ready as of this point. As the title presumes, i’ma be giving my audience a lot of shards of my soul on my experiences, the fun, the anxious, the downs, very personal project from me to y’all with this one. Besides that, rehearsing & sharpening my craft daily for these shows I’ve been blessed with, looking forward to sharing that stage with Only one Theory for her Somewhere Over East tour this July 24th, collaborating with other artists, there’s plenty in the vault I got for my supporters this year!!

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

Ace Clarke – Would say honestly just how important it is to wear multiple hats in this industry. You should be your own graphic designer, editor, marketing/promo team, engineer, and wear as many hats as possible in this game, because it’s ALL about saving for the next move. The difference between the ones who make it & the ones who don’t besides opportunity is who’s paying attention to their spendings. With everything being so costly, to save yourself a lot of money in the process, I would recommend learning not just how to record, but dabbing in a bit of everything. You’ll be surprised at just how creative it could get y’all.

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

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Ace Clarke – Don’t force anything. Anything forced isn’t natural, let things come to you but be aggressive for the things you want. Writers block & creative blocks are APART of the process, they don’t mean you’re lacking, they mean you just need to do something different you probably don’t do in your daily life. Also remember that you only live once, so try to make the best of your days by having hobbies & other outlets you could take a break to whenever you need from music.

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

Ace Clarke – Whenever I feel like I need a slight break from music, I tend to watch something I probably usually wouldn’t watch, read something I probably wouldn’t usually read, go play basketball with the fellas, a comfortable date night with my girl, anything to get my mind on other things. I personally love cooking too, I picked up both music & cooking at the same time but trying new food has always been therapeutic for me!

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

Ace Clarke – Just keep going if you love it & stay true to yourself. You know what makes you special, what makes you bring your flair so you don’t have to force it, the people will catch on. Always work on your craft, remain a student, ALWAYS do your research, the motivation will come & go but the discipline to be the best you can be should stay sharp.

How can our readers follow you online?

Ace Clarke – I’m never too hard to find guys, tune into me on:

Instagram: @Ace.Clarke

Twitter: @Ace_Knightz

TikTok: @Acekangshun

Angela is a journalist with a focus on Entertainment and Music who aspires to become a great Content Creator for Honk Magazine. She is a Publisher of a major Publishing House. She loves helping people find their voice and passion for writing and journalism, and she can always be found writing and editing an article.

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Amyr, Setting the Tone and Making Noise from the Midwest to the West Coast & it’s Only The Beginning for this East Side Milwaukee Native

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Pianist Minna Re Shin presents a new album “Sonate Tableaux”

In collaboration with ombú productions and the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation, Gallery Gora of Montreal welcomes on June 15th the Canadian pianist Minna Re Shin who will publicly present her most recent multidisciplinary project based on the four-movement work for piano solo by Canadian composer Alain Payette, Sonate Tableaux, which serves as the inspiration for the recording of a digital album and video.

Indulge in the live performance of this dynamic pianist and feel the intense passion and musical poetry that will come to life under her deft fingers. Enjoy the public presentation of the music video which has recently garnered recognition, honours, and distinctions on the international scene, including the Best Classical Music Video Award at the 5th Music Film Festival (Buenos Aires), the Jury Diamond Award for Best Short Music Video at the March 2022 edition of the Europe Film Festival U.K., and the Judge’s Choice Award for Music Video at the 2022 Winter session of the World Premiere Film Awards (Los Angeles). Marvel at the multidisciplinary collaboration among the Canadian female artists who have join forces for the first time in this creative interpretation coloured by the interplay of different art forms (music, painting, dance, and theatre).

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With your presence, you will support the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation in its continuous role in raising awareness and funding for cutting-edge research, groundbreaking innovation, and patient-support programs, and offering hope to breast cancer fighters, survivors, caregivers, and communities.

To purchase tickets for the benefit launch concert event on June 15th, please visit https://pianist-minna-re-shin-launch-concert-june-2022.eventbrite.ca.

The digital album will be available online via CD Baby; please visit www.minnareshin.com/discography/ for updates and direct links to CD Baby for purchase.

Women: Source of Inspiration for the Project

Sonate Tableaux, featuring the musical performance by Minna Re Shin, embraces the theme of beauty, the dynamics of the female body and its movement quality, the empowerment of women, and their role in the art world. Through the prism of her solo piano performance, painter Natalija Jeremic, ballet dancer Catherine Toupin, and mime artist Laurence Castonguay Emery present their interpretations of the Canadian pianist’s rendition of the composer’s work, permitting other women’s voices to be heard through the different art forms featured in the original and multifaceted presentation. The visual musical rendition of the neo-romantic composition interweaves with the imaginative interplay of cinematic applications inspired by the music and the artwork associated with the four movements or “tableaux” of Payette’s piano œuvre.

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Minna Re Shin: Pianist and Performing Artist

Winner of numerous prizes in national and international competitions, the Montreal-born pianist of Asian heritage Minna Re Shin has graced the classical music stage with her virtuoso technique, mature artistry, stage personality, and rare sensitivity. This versatile artist has won enthusiasm for her performances of diverse repertoire, including new, lesser familiar works by lesser-known composers who are under-represented on the Canadian and world stage. Here at home and overseas, critics and audiences alike have raved about her performances as “intense,” “inspiring,” and “powerful.” In the words of the legendary Russian pianist Lazar Berman, “Minna Re Shin and her great talent.”

Since her solo début at the age of ten with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, this dynamic artist has performed in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia and has received high praise as recitalist, as chamber pianist, and as soloist in concerts with major orchestras, such as the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Montreal Chamber Orchestra, and the chamber orchestra I Musici de Montréal, and with distinguished conductors like Charles Dutoit, Marc David, and Jacques Lacombe. She has played in many concert series and festivals, including the prestigious International Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt where she made her Austrian début.

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Minna Re Shin has also been lauded as a recording artist. Her début CD devoted to Haydn piano sonatas on the ombú productions label has been released to great critical acclaim. Le Journal de Montréal hailed her as a “great performer with great sensitivity and intelligence.” Following the success of this recording, Shin has embarked on a multi-recording project with ombú. Her second solo album, Images & Ballades, which features works by the Canadian composers Alain Payette and Jean Coulthard, was applauded by Paroles et Musique: “the pianist’s interpretation is impeccable; it was as if these two composers had lent her their pen.” Her most recent music album Sonate Tableaux celebrates the world premiere performance of this unknown work, and the complementary performance video marks her début as producer.

For a preview of the video Sonate Tableaux, please visit
www.minnareshin.com/video


To listen to the album Sonate Tableaux, please visit
www.minnareshin.com/media/sonate-tableaux


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