Gxmini is finding his way to stand out. With his old school inspired vibe mixed with a modern sound; you now have great beats, great lyrics and a great story. He first discovered a love for music from what his parents always played around the house.
- Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Gxmini- Growing up I had faced a lot and had started seeing someone to help with my problems. Only then did this person give me a journal to start writing in, which slowly as I listened to more rap, hip hop and r&b in the household (played by my mom) that I started writing smaller poems and then it transitioned into wanting to make music as I found an ability to connect emotionally with the lyrics of those songs played.
- Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?
Gxmini- Most interesting thing that has happened to me would have to be doing my first interview followed by a live performance. It was something I’ve always wanted to do and got the opportunity a month ago. A production company by the name of FlegNewZic had reached out and I couldn’t say no. I have done performances before but nothing like this.
- 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?
Gxmini- One of the funniest mistakes I’ve made on this journey so far would have to be during a performance. I was performing at a local event in my hometown which my mum and dad actually attended. This being my first performance they’ve seen I got nervous and messed up and had forgotten a couple of my lyrics
- What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
Gxmini- Right now I’m working on building my portfolio of music at which point I will be ready to bring the vision I have for a project to life. Looking to continue to release singles for the rest of 2021 and bring an EP project in 2022. This project was inspired by the same story of how I came to discover a connection to music.
- Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?
Gxmini- I have met quite a few artists here in Toronto, Canada. The most interesting person I have met I didn’t disclose I was an artist as well out of respect. This amazing artist was none other than Drake’s friend and RepsUp’s very own Preme, formerly known as PReign. We had met at the local Goodlife Fitness gym, in my neighbourhood where I was working. Wouldn’t say we became best friends but I think I did earn his respect by treating him as a normal human being. I hope we share a laugh about it someday.
- Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Gxmini- I would recommend setting a side YOU time in a schedule. Currently I set a weekly schedule for my studio time and my personal life. It’s allowed me to maintain consistency and happiness, never burning out
- You have been blessed with success in a career path that can be challenging. Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path, but seem daunted by the prospect of failure?
Gxmini- I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think like this still to this day. You will make mistakes and maybe even fail a couple times but the growth is absolutely worth it. Can’t remember who said it but it couldn’t be more true; “it’s about the journey, not the destination” focus on the little successes.
- Can you share with our readers any self care routines, practices or treatments that you do to help your body, mind or heart to thrive? Kindly share a story or an example for each.
Gxmini- Typically after a day of work in my personal life I like to write my songs to rid any negativity. In order to get myself into the right mindset I go for a walk in this trail right beside where I live. I find it to be a good place to reset my energy and be near more oxygen to think more clearly.
Most recently thanks to a friend I started to get more into astrology and signs to better understand myself. It’s something that may not be for everyone.
- What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
Gxmini- That it would take a lot of financial investing and how to do that. I had stopped making music 4-5 years ago after doing a mixtape project investing my hard earned money and not seeing results. So having someone tell me how to invest it properly would have been great.
Gxmini- It takes time and rushing as I did will only cause more mistakes. Countless times I had rushed getting into the studio or rushed to get a song done in a 2hr studio session. Going too fast only burnt me out and didn’t allow me to develop my artistry the way I am now.
Gxmini- Wish someone said every song won’t be great and humbled my ego. Maybe I wouldn’t have focused so much on myself and would have networked more by surrounding myself around people who were looking to grow also. I was very selfish, always thinking it was a competition. It’s the opposite of that! Music brings people together, don’t let it tear you and your people apart.
Gxmini- Could have used someone telling me I can’t do it alone, in the studio I always wanted it done my way and didn’t think people understood my process. It was only this year that when I started collaborating and not being selfish I saw growth as an artist and as a person. Can’t do it alone you will always need a support system and people to let you know when you’re out of line.
Gxmini- Last but not least I wish I had someone telling me I will always have things I wish I knew earlier. Everyday in this industry we learn something new. This year has been exceptional when it comes to growth and I know now there will be roadblocks, there will be haters and there will be self doubt. Just have to remain humble as possible.
- Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
Gxmini- It would have to be from this movie I watched called The Perfect Getaway the quote reads “Nothing exists until we get there” saying don’t get your hopes up for something that is not for certain. Keeping this in my mind I will never set myself up for disappointment after taking a break on my music due to doubt.
- None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
Gxmini- There are absolutely a few people such as my family and friends. One of my old coworkers had me freestyle one day which got me hyped about making music again. Then I met a good friend who I currently work with now as my Creative Director and he has helped me with staying consistent with my creativity. As he knows I tend to steer off course as most creatives tend to do. These two, my close friends and family are the reason I’m here today.
- You are a person of enormous influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
Gxmini- I would focus on getting involved with helping people going through or have gone through domestic violence. Would provide more clinics for families who may need to escape and need a place to stay. We have them around now but we need more. Would provide outreach programs within schools for students to have a safe space to discuss things like that. It’s not only the adults who face this, a lot of teens do also.
- We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂
Gxmini- There is someone I’d like to sit down with and pick their brain, they are not American though. Would love to sit and chat it up with fellow Toronto native Tory Lanez. He’s been a huge inspiration behind my creativity as an artist behind the scenes and getting involved more like editing my own photos, my own blogs and music videos.
The opportunity to thank him and to learn even more from him would be fascinating and a memory of a lifetime.
14 How can our readers follow you online?
Gxmini- You can find me on Instagram at @OnlyGxm and on all major music platforms by searching Gxmini
MEET THE ARTIST MEL THE PROPHET
Hello Mel The Prophet, Thanks for coming to Honk Magazine to talk about your career.
Tell us a little more about when you first got into music?
Mel the Prophet- I first got into music in 2016. I used to freestyle with my friends and I was becoming really good and around that time I went to a NIpsey Hussle concert and an epiphany and was inspired to speak about my truth over music to inspire people how I was inspired by Nipsey
If you could describe your sound/style in one word, what would it be and why?
Mel the Prophet- If I could describe my music in one word it would be, [ UNIQUE ] because , my music comes from real experiences while being witty and aggressive with intention to motivate the listener to view themselves and the world in a different perspective.
What would you say to any aspiring recording artists who look up to your work?
Mel the Prophet- What I would say to aspiring artists who look up to my work is always be a learner and humble but always be honest with who you are before doing music, no matter what!
What quote or mantra do you live by?
Mel the Prophet- The mantra I live by is, if no one existed on the earth but you, how would you feel and what would you do and who would you be? ,,, now feel, do and be that with everyone existing on earth!
What is your hobby outside of music?
Mel the Prophet- My hobby outside of music is working out, reading and learning new ways to help others become more self aware.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Mel the Prophet- Where I see myself in 5 years is living on a ranch with multiple acres being a household name in music and the mental health industry providing value in creative ways to those who need help.
Do you have anything new or upcoming we can expect to see from you?
Mel the Prophet- What I have upcoming is a musical project, “SELF HELP” the self awareness guide and I’m also working on a RnB album
What is the inspiration behind your latest song?
Mel the Prophet- The inspiration behind my latest song, “Help 1 Self” (Mental Health Anthem) was experiencing the pandemic when a lot of people became afraid and aware of the fact their mental health was at stake.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
Mel the Prophet- The 5 things I wish someone told me when I first started:
Expect no support from the people you want or expect support from. I was always a good person and a person who was “friends” with many people, not just around me or in my community but all around and thought I was going to get support from them because I was doing something good.
INVEST IN YOURSELF: Even though I did invest in myself, I was expecting others to invest in me because of the ideas I had and how beneficial they would be for others.
FOCUS ON THE BIGGER PICTURE: As much as I thought I was focusing on the bigger picture, I actually wasn’t. I was rushing the process to become what I knew I am and I would attempt to force myself and my vision onto people without trusting the process of just doing the work day in and day out.
KNOW WHEN TO SAY NO!: Being a good person can be tiring when you’re attempting to help anyone and everyone. Some people do not align with your mission or purpose. I would give my hand out to anyone who asked for it and then be in a situation where the person or people would just attempt to take advantage of my kindness.
FULFILL YOUR PURPOSE and not your ego
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Mel the Prophet- Some tips for my colleagues not to burn out:
1: SOLITUDE (spend time with yourself and your own thoughts).
2: Spend time in nature without technology . Nature is the essence of our being, being able to breathe in the air and listen to the natural habit of nature is a key element to self awareness to redirect your energy.
3: SLEEP WELL + REST.
4: Spend time with family and people you love doing things that are fun and not just work all the time .. finding the balance.
How can our readers follow you online?
Mel the Prophet- Readers can find me on ALL social media platforms, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube,Tik Tok under @meltheprophet or Mel the Prophet my direct website is www.help1self.com
Exclusive Interview: Rising Artist Rasta Man Jay
Hello Rasta Man Jay, Thanks for coming to Honk Magazine to talk about your career.
What 3 things does anyone starting in your industry need to know?
Always stay focused and consistent on your goals,never give up no matter how hard life gets,also never let people bring you down.
What would you do differently if you were starting in your industry now?
I Would be dropping music constantly and making my fans happy with new music every week so my audience is always listening.
Which people or books have had the most influence on your growth and why?
When I was younger I always listened to great music from Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa,Young Jeezy and many other artists from the early 2000s.
What would you say is the #1 key to success in your music career?
I would say dropping different tracks constantly spitting lyrics from my struggle and pain in my life that is why I came a long way in the music industry.
Talk about the biggest failure you’ve had. What did you learn from it?
Getting criticized about my rap flow and will people accept it which eventually my fans started supporting me from out of town.
What has been your biggest success story and why do you think it was a success?
When I hit News Weekly, that was the best moment in my life. I started building my confidence again with my music.
What keeps you going when things get tough in the music industry?
Having 2 Daughters that count on me to win and I won’t let them down so they won’t have to struggle like I did.
What made you pursue being an artist full-time?
Wanting to prove people wrong that didn’t believe in me having a lot of non supporters and hate back in my hometown.
Would you sign to a label?
Yes but it has to be a label that lets me own my music and doesn’t control my music and all my royalties.
What projects are you working on for the rest of 2022?
I just dropped my album with Distro Kid called Don’t Try to Be No One You Not and also has multiple songs and projects dropping this year so stay tuned.
How can our readers follow you online?
Anyone can follow me from my instagram account @jholder051817 which already has an impressive following already from joining instagram within 1 year.
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