StreetWave Media presents an exclusive interview with hiphop / rap artist, HBK Trell located in Columbia, Missouri. After our interview, check out the music linked below…
1. What made you decide to jump into the music industry or music business?
I love what I do. I genuinely love making music and I know there is a lot of people who could relate to my music
2.What do you think makes you stand out from all the other aspiring and upcoming artists in your genre of music?
I feel like I’m more original. I don’t copy. I found my sound and I stuck with it I never tried to be anyone else. I also learned the business side of music and mixing and mastering. A lot of artist could be so further if they just learned the little things about their craft.
3. If you could collaborate with ANY artist/band… Who would you choose and why?
I have 2. I would collaborate with Summrs and Drake. A lot of my inspiration in my music comes from them two and I don’t think I’m the artist I am today without those 2.
4. What do you think is your biggest Advantage and your biggest Disadvantage about being an Indie artist?
My biggest advantage is having a team around me but also knowing the business side of the music industry. I feel like in a that helped me not really have any disadvantages. My only disadvantage I would say is being my location where I’m based because it’s not your typical music scene and I get more support outside of my hometown than in it.
5. Do you prefer the Independent route or would you rather sign to a major record label, and why?
I prefer the independent route. Solely for the musical freedom and I can drop whenever I want. But I’m not against labels as I have my own Record Label called “Gifted Records” but I would be very picky in a label deal like wanting to own my masters for example.
6. Out of all the songs you’ve released, what do you think is your Best song and why?
Right now I would say “Everything Don’t Last Forever” because it really goes deep into my love life with my ex fiancée and listeners could connect with it on a personal level. But when my new album drops Oct 27th I’m sure that’ll change!
7. Do you miss the era of CD sales OR do you prefer the new wave of music streaming? Explain…
I prefer the new wave of music streaming, I thinks it’s ten times more accessible to people and everyone is already on their phone 24.7.
8. Between creating in the studio OR performing live on stage, which is your most enjoyable one and why?
Definitely creating in the studio. I engineer my own music so every song that I drop is really all me! Sometimes I sit in my home studio like “damn, I really made this” I know I’m one of the best artist in my city but if we’re being real I know I’m a top engineer as well if I wanted to be.
9. During your entire journey through the music business, what would you consider your Worst experience?
Working with promoters who poorly run shows. I feel like every event you have needs to be organized before hand and not making changes on the run just because you can. It’s very unprofessional.
10. What would you consider your most successful or proudest moment in your music career, so far?
My proudest moment is starting my own music festival in my city. Not a lot of people can do that and I did. Every spring I have my Trizzy Fest featuring my some of my favorite upcoming artist, food trucks, and more by the way I wanna thank everyone who came out this year packed it out and sold out. P.s TRIZZY FEST 2024 will be one for the history books!
11. If any, what discourages you the Most about music industry these days?
Honestly nothing discourages me because I know I’m destined for this shit. And I know me and my team are gonna make moves happen regardless. I do this for me and I do this for my grandma Joyce and I know I’m making her proud at the moment and we’re just getting closer and closer to where I wanna be.
12. What inspires you the Most about the music industry these days?
Listening to my favorite artist really inspire me, and performing. I really feel good when I see people turnt up to my music. I also can’t forget about my manager Ciara Reese I gave her the opportunity to be my new manager and she really takes a lot of stress off the plate for me. She’s still fairly new to the music scene but I believe in her and know she’ll eventually get this shit down. But having someone in business that believes in you is a must.
13. If you wasn’t in the music business or industry, what do you think you would be doing with your life instead?
I think about that all the time honestly and I honestly think I’d be a basketball coach or running some type of business. I’m very business mind liked.
14. In your own opinion, What is the current music scene like in your local area?
It’s slowly on the rise but I can’t act like it’s all peaches & cream. I personally branched out and reached other markets just because of this. We need our locals to support us more and we need our artist to stop being in competition with each other. It’s so weird. Look at ATL that could be us if mfs would stop hating on each other and trying to bring the next man down.
15. What is your latest release and where fans can find it?
My most recent release is my single with NY based female rapper Cookie The HBIC “I Need A Freak” on my YouTube channel. It’ll be up on all streaming platforms Oct 27th when my new album HBK VS. TRIZZY Release.
16. What is on your agenda or what can fans expect to see from you in 2023?
What fans can see from me the rest of 2023 is an album of the year with HBK VS. TRIZZY. 20 songs ZERO Misses. I’ll be going on tour March 2024 so stayed tuned in I may be coming to a city near you!
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