Hiya Prince Von thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to become a soloist?
Originally during my high school years, I had dreams of becoming a pro athlete. I wanted to work towards playing in the NFL or trying out for the Olympic Games. After several injuries, I turned towards a lifelong passion of making music. I feel like becoming a soloist has less limitations than being an athlete.
How positive are you feeling now that restrictions are loosening?
Now that restrictions are loosening up, it’s much easier to focus mentally and emotionally. Making music, when you feel like you are in a virtual prison, can cause you to feel a slight form of depression. I’ve definitely felt the spark of positivity now that things are opening up.
How did you hear about RGM from across the pond?
As an independent artist, I’m constantly researching up on curators, blogs, ect. During my search, I happened to come across the RGM platform and decided to reach out.
Are live shows up and running yet in Illinois?
Some of the major shows and concerts around the Chicago area started opening up in early July. I feel it’s just a matter of time before everything will be open. As an artist, this is beneficial, since it’s one of the major ways of getting your name out there.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
I don’t really mind any interview questions. As an artist, I have stories to tell. I want people to know about me and my life.
Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories?
Personally, I do not. I genuinely believe that getting involved with conspiracy theories can damage my mental health. Mental and emotional health, in my opinion, are the two greatest non spiritual factors that will determine my stability as an artist…
What support is out there for new artists in Illinois?
In Illinois, you can gain a decent amount of support just from your local setting where you grow up. However, to really get going, networking in bigger cities like Chicago and Champaign is crucial. I grew up in small town Illinois, and I’ve had a support system for many years. Recently I’ve been connecting with other artists from some of the major cities, and it’s helped jumpstart my career tremendously.
Who is inspiring you at the minute on the Illinois scene?
Aaron McCain, better known by his stage name Canon, has been an inspiration for me on the Illinois scene. I specialize in CHH, (Christian Hip Hop), and after seeing someone like Canon make it as an artist, it’s definitely motivating.
What useless party trick /talent do you have/?
I’ve always felt like being able to walk on my hands was a useless talent to have. I look at it now with a different perspective. I would like to somehow incorporate it into a future music video somewhere.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
The most fun I’ve ever had on stage was when I performed in front of my hometown Cissna Park during the Old Settlers Reunion. It was my first time performing music in front of a crowd with a larger audience, and I won’t ever forget the energy there.
What was the worst experience on stage?
My worst experience on stage had to be when I was performing for a solo competition several years ago. There was a problem with the music, and it skipped a hook to my song. I ended up standing on stage without singing for about thirty seconds while the music played. I look back and laugh at it now, but at the time I was very embarrassed.
Tell us a funny story from backstage?
During my time performing for vocal competitions, I remember running into another soloist who was scheduled to perform before me. I remember he told me that it was his first time on stage and that I was guaranteed to sound amazing after him.
If you had to describe your sound to an alien how would you describe it?
I would tell them to imagine a lullaby, gangster, and Angel all in one.
If you could perform at any music festival in the world which would it be?
Right now, my goal is to perform as a Rapzilla freshman in Atlanta for the Rapzilla Freshman Class.
What’s your biggest achievement as an artist?
My biggest achievement as an artist so far has to be my debut collaboration single “Time” with Rapzilla, the biggest Christian Rap and Urban Christian Culture platform in the world. The song was rated a 10/10 by the Rapzilla Critique Team, and has been placed in major Spotify playlists such as Christian Rap -The Rapzilla Playlist, Blessings, The Flow, and many more.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
One of the major commitments I have with my music is to not use profanity. This alone makes me stand out a lot. I’ve been told by many of my fans that they love the toning I use, as well as a diverse style of harmonic melodies to provide an uplifting feeling to the listener.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most? (Cant say the virus )
I am very impatient. I constantly wish the whole world knew about my music. I feel like most artists feel this way. Most of the anger, (little if any at all), built up inside of me comes from being impatient, and the desire for my career to take off.
What’s your favorite song to perform live and why?
My favorite song in general right now is my new track “Time”. It’s barely over a week old, but I haven’t performed it yet. Now that I know it’s a hit song, I’m eager to perform it for everybody.
I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?
My new upcoming single will be a collaboration with Ohio artist Xay Hill on his upcoming album.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
My plans for the rest of the year are to continue creating high-quality music. However, my main goal is to become a freshman for the Rapzilla Freshman Class.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I owe God all the glory I receive. Through Him, I know anything is possible.