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Read British Hip Hop Recording Artist Spitter’s Interesting QnA Interview

Hey Spitter, Thanks for coming to Honk Magazine to talk about your music career. Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

If I’m honest I started out listening to rappers like 2pac, Biggie, and Busta Rhymes while I was in school and if it was break time my friends and I would get together and I’d rap a biggie lyric, and at some point, I thought why not create something of my own, and so I did and I’ve never stopped.

 

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Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?

That would be when Tim Westwood invited me down to BBC 1Xtra to bless the airwaves and that happened by him coming across my MySpace by the profile which was back in 2008!

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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?

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Omg, also back in 2008 I released my debut mixtape titled “ My Name is Spitter “ and I got a duplication company to make me 500 copies, remember these are the days streaming sites weren’t around, some not having a clue I went to pick them up thinking I could carry 500 CD-ROM all the way home, but the joke is I did but it killed me big time, but times have changed thank god.

 

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What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

I’m currently working on a Bass song produced by Ghoslly who is from Denver/Phoenix which I’m featuring on and it’s something I’ve never done before I’ve also never collaborated with anyone from that part of the USA but I’m really feeling the beat so look out for that!

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Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

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Tim Westwood has to be one of them, because he has been fully involved in music and also with a lot of talented musicians all over the world and he still manages to keep up with the time and stay relevant and Tim is such a cool person he makes you feel comfortable that you’d forget your chilling with famous DJ, so big up Westwood!!

 

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

My first tip would be, try to have your song written and mastered before going to the studio especially if you pay for studio time because you’ll waste your time and money

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The second tip is always to make sure you get enough rest because if your like me late nights and early mornings can wear you down so rest is a must!

The last tip makes sure you eat because you can’t perform on an empty stomach, you gotta eat to have the energy to perform at your best.

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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?

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To be honest, I’d say master your craft inside out until you own it, never let anyone discourage you, and always believe in yourself otherwise if you don’t believe In yourself why should any else.

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.

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I listen to a lot of music, mostly my genre Grime 24/7 and that is all I need.

 

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What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

I wish I was told the music industry was a cold place and I say this because if you are an upcoming artist and you don’t know anyone the chances of getting your song played on the radio is slim and that’s what it was like for me when I started but if you ignore it and keep pushing they will be the ones asking you to send them your songs!

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Can you please give us your favorite  “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

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I like to use the quote “ You’ll never know if you don’t try “  and that stands for everything, it’s better than saying “ What if i…”.

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None of us can 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?

I’m very grateful for my daughter, she gives me the drive and much more reason to take my career seriously, the day I became a dad my vision has never been so clear.

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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. 🙂

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My movement would be called “ Good Hearted “ and we would only bring music,  good vibes, and smiles, peace, and love.

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 with whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂

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Richard Branson, so I could ask him personally how has he achieved so much greatness in life.

 

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How can our readers follow you online?

Instagram: @spitter__

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Twitter : @therealspitter

Facebook : @spitterspitstyle

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Spotify : spitter

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Austin Martin & The Herd: Music with a Mission – Feeding America, One City at a Time

Imagine this: a tattooed cowboy with an urban edge, penning his next big hit. Nearby, a modelesque guitarist strums riffs while sketching stage designs, a rock ‘n’ roll drummer with dreadlocks practices incessantly, and a bass player tirelessly showcases his talent. This isn’t a movie scene; it’s the reality of Austin Martin & The Herd, a trailblazing country rock band, taking the music world by storm.

Austin Martin & The Herd, a band that stands out with their unique sound and style, is a force to be reckoned with. Led by Austin Martin on vocals, Marko Romain on guitar, David Bedell on drums, and Paul Anthony on bass, they bring over two decades of collective experience to the table. Their music, a harmonious and improvisational blend often compared to the Mötley Crüe of country music, guarantees an unforgettable, dance-filled night for their audiences.

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In 2024, Austin Martin & The Herd used their success as a platform for a more significant cause. In the face of economic challenges in the US, they dedicated their eighth national tour to a noble mission: Feeding America. By teaming up with food bank affiliates in each state they visit, the band surprises two families in every city with a week’s worth of groceries, selected through engaging social media campaigns. They aim to raise donations, combat food insecurity, and inspire others to join their community outreach efforts. Moreover, the band actively volunteers at 30 food banks nationwide, demonstrating their unwavering commitment to making a difference.

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Their current tour, “2024 Feeding the Herd,” underscores this mission. Their hit single “Country Drunk” has garnered attention on CMT, CBS, and Yahoo News, and their performance at the 2024 HMMA Awards in Hollywood was a standout. Fans eagerly enjoyed their performance at the CMA Awards after-party in Nashville on June 8, 2024.

Austin Martin & The Herd are no strangers to hard work. They are currently recording new music with top industry producers like Michael “Fish” Herring, Sam Hook, and David Blake Chatfield. The “2024 Feeding the Herd Tour” showcases songs from their forthcoming album, “American Brewed,” with over 50 scheduled dates. Noteworthy performances include:

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– 06/08 – Nashville, Tennessee

– 06/12 – St. Louis, Missouri

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– 06/29 – Minneapolis, Minnesota

The band’s new music video, “American Brewed,” is set to debut in early June 2024, followed by their next dance hit, “Wrangler,” in early July. They also look forward to potential collaborations with the Wrangler brand, which a long-held dream. Austin Martin & The Herd drive social change through their community efforts, with “American Brewed” as an anthem of unity. The song celebrates the diverse cultures and perspectives that enrich American society, ensuring everyone feels connected regardless of race, religion, gender, or socioeconomic status.

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Their journey has led them to discover their true purpose: giving back. This revelation fueled their passion and solidified their mission. Austin Martin and The Herd aim to inspire others by highlighting creativity and purpose through their music and philanthropy. Their goal is to use their platform to raise awareness about social issues and support their community, one plate at a time.

The band extends special thanks to their sponsors and supporters, including BRETZ RV, North County Ford, CBS News (Tegna affiliates), Stockman Bank, Shipton’s Big R, Target, Mayor Bill Cole, Coca-Cola High Country, Mountain Organics Dispensary, Waypoint Hotel, Hampton Inn Suites by Hilton, Fresh Bread Productions, Chatfield Entertainment, Bank of America, Wrangler, Toy Boat Productions, Hats by Parker Thomas, The Sojourn, Northwestern Insurance, Jim’s Western Wear, Springhill Suites in Great Falls, Anheuser-Busch, Heyward Marketing Lab, Kimes Ranch, Exhibit Ambush Consulting, Vincent Flood, and Lynnette Madsen.

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Follow Austin Martin & The Herd on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube. Proud supporters of the Feeding America organization encourage donations to support their efforts. Together, we can help feed America one plate at a time.  http://www.austinandtheherd.com/

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Transcend the Ordinary: 7 Must-Hear Tracks Revolutionizing Your Playlist

In an era where musical innovation reigns supreme, these seven tracks stand out as the harbingers of a new sonic era. From soulful introspection to comedic brilliance, each song offers a unique auditory experience. Add these gems to your playlist and elevate your listening journey.

Aleksi Glick – We’re Getting There Aleksi Glick’s “We’re Getting There” is a sonic journey of perseverance and hope. With soulful guitar riffs and heartfelt lyrics, this track is a comforting anthem for anyone striving towards their goals.

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Parlay Hunter – Workin’ & Winnin’ Parlay Hunter delivers a high-energy, motivational masterpiece with “Workin’ & Winnin’.” This track is the ultimate hustler’s anthem, combining gritty lyrics with an unstoppable beat.

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Stammers – Mother “Mother” by Stammers captures the essence of emotional vulnerability and rejection. Its dreamy, melancholic soundscapes and heavy distorted guitars transcend listeners into a different realm, making it a poignant experience.

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Barefoot Vengeance – She’s My Daddy Barefoot Vengeance brings laughter and melody together in “She’s My Daddy.” With influences from Lonely Island and Weird Al, this comedic track blends sharp wit and catchy tunes, guaranteed to bring joy to your playlist.

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Far From Gods – Leon’s Realm (Loki Mix) “Leon’s Realm (Loki Mix)” by Far From Gods is an introspective alternative hip-hop gem. Influenced by 90s hip hop and the lo-fi Bristol sound, this track features live guitars and a calming yet biting beat, perfect for any chill or lo-fi playlist.

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Charlotte Désilets – The Shadow of Your Smile Charlotte Désilets offers a hauntingly beautiful rendition of “The Shadow of Your Smile.” Her ethereal vocals and delicate instrumentals create a timeless classic that will resonate with listeners on a deep emotional level.

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Kofi Harmony – Radiance of Truth Kofi Harmony’s “Radiance of Truth” is a celestial journey through sound. Inspired by childhood memories and musical dreams, this track is a tapestry of nostalgic and cosmic melodies that promise to dance upon your waves and resonate with your soul.

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