SMOKE – DELHI BASED HIP-HOP ARTIST
Smoke began his music career around 2015. Inspired by the styles of Eminem, Lil Wayne, Royce da 59, and many more; he began experimenting with his writing style, filling them with lots of figures of speech later creating quite a noise in Delhi and Mumbai’s underground circuit. In 2018 he introduced himself as a Battle-rapper and is one of the faces of the game ever since.
Here is Smoke in a conversation with GOGO Magazine.
1) When did your journey as a musician begin?
It started back when I was in 10th standard and as a fan of rap music, I thought of doing it myself, so gradually tried covering other artists’ works and then writing my own stuff.
2)Tell us more about the experience of being a battle-rapper.
It’s amazing. I watch rap battles almost every day. Battle rap is one thing in my life that pushed me as a writer and I learned a lot in that process from watching battles to doing it myself, also the theatrics of battle rap helped me improve my performance on stage. The first big reaction one gets in their battle is addictive so I got stuck with it. Until recently when I started focusing on my music more.
3) Which has been your first track?
I was a kid when I made it, hence, it was very immature and it’s not on YouTube anymore, but I can link you up with my favorite track on my channel.
4) Who has been your inspiration?
When I started out it was mainly rappers such as Eminem, Lil Wayne, Royce, etc. Wayne and Em have been a major part of my journey as a writer and has a major influence on my style of rapping to date. Now, there are tons of artists including poets, authors, and musicians who inspire me.
5) Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
In 5 years I see myself as one of the relevant musicians of the country, making music every day and with a stack of albums under my name.
6) How would you describe your music?
My music is introspective at times, sometimes arrogant, sometimes inspiring. It all depends on how I’m really feeling while creating it. Overall, it’s fresh without comprising the lyrical content.
7) Which has been your most memorable song or project?
I haven’t dropped it yet, it’s going to be my debut album that will be releasing this year only. Still, if I have to pick from the released projects then it’s ” Ghazal and 1 minute.”
8) What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Do it for the love of it, listen to music every day, study musicians and their albums, and always be a student of the game.
9) Share some of your achievements with the magazine.
I don’t have many, but I’m grateful to get featured with some of the Indian hip hop’s heavyweights such as Sez on the beat, Sikander Kahlon, Enkore, and some I can’t disclose as they didn’t drop yet.
10) How was life in quarantine?
Easy, if I speak in terms of the privilege I have. Tough at times but got through with it eventually.
YOUTUBE: SMOKE MUSIC
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