Exclusive Interview: Howie Krakk

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StreetWave Media presents an exclusive interview with trap/hiphop artist, Howie Krakk located in Oakland, California. After our interview, check out his music linked below…

1. What made you decide to jump into the music industry or music business?

As a kid I always wanted to become a rapper , my dad and his friends talked about these artist like they were superheroes & it they way they would speak on artist , I knew this was something I wanted to be apart of since I was a kid , & besides the traveling, going to the studio, networking & making music with artist from everywhere.

2. What do you think makes you stand out from all the other aspiring and upcoming artists in your genre of music?

Because I do everything myself, I mix & master all my songs besides the music I am producing for my albums, I pay for all my studio session , I promote myself, I set up all my pop up tours , with funding from Stretch Money records which is me, how many independent artist ; that have that much creative power over their careers , I been through the ups & the downs with this & I am still pushing.

3. If you could collaborate with ANY artist/band… Who would you choose and why?

WestSide Gunn , Lil Yachty , Babyface Ray , Veeze, BigSad 1900, OT7 Quanny , 8 Ball & MJG , These Artist are my inspirations & my go to when it comes to my music , when I start writing or when I get that hunger to make music , these are my guys, so it would be a honor to make history with them.

4. What do you think is your biggest Advantage and your biggest Disadvantage about being an Indie artist?

My biggest advantage is that I’m able to work with who I want without any politics, I don’t have any restrictions of what I can & can not do , I don’t need permission to drop music , my disadvantage is that I don’t have a real budget , I don’t have a PR team , everything I do is coming out of my pocket , so I have to find other ways to make funds to keep my career moving , it would nice to have a line on radio or a nice Rolodex to keep relevant for the next 20 yrs.

5. Do you prefer the Independent route or would you rather sign to a major record label, and why?

I would definitely signed to a label , so I can use that machine to build my brand , so if my time on the label don’t work out ; my brand will be established & I’ll have enough supporter who will still appreciate what I’m doing wether I’m independent or signed.

6. Out of all the songs you’ve released, what do you think is your Best song and why?

Big Bank , Like A Boss, Switched On Me, We All We Got, Ball Out , I’m Not A Player 2012 , those were the songs I had fun making , the vibe & time was just right , I make songs almost everyday , but I am a perfectionist so most of the songs I make don’t even come out cause after hearing them again ; I lose faith in them.

7. Do you miss the era of CD sales OR do you prefer the new wave of music streaming? Explain…

The CD era is still here & it’s not going anywhere, because today we look at CD’s as collectors items , still till this day I press up CD’s because I want people to take me with them everywhere , the streaming services is just giving us a bigger audience to show are talent to the world I went from the moms & pop stores to the world , and I can see my numbers which is a plus.

8. Between creating in the studio OR performing live on stage, which is your most enjoyable one and why?

The studio , to be honest I haven’t did a lot of shows , so the studio is definitely a vibe , I love being in the booth , the studio is just another place in the world that give me that rush.

9. During your entire journey through the music business, what would you consider your Worst experience?

Being lied to , being sold a dream , if I had a dollar for everytime somebody said they was going to do something for me I’ll be up right now.

10. What would you consider your most successful or proudest moment in your music career, so far?

People coming across my debut project “God Bless Tha Trap” & telling me it’s a dope project , doing way more press runs , doing interviews & networking with some important people.

11. If any, what discourages you the Most about music industry these days?

That’s it’s not what you know , it’s who you know I learned the hard way about the music business ,

It’s more snakes industry today , you really can’t trust nobody it’s show business not “Show Friends”.

12. What inspires you the Most about the music industry these days?

The love you get from the people , the opinions , the hate , the traveling , the shows the studio sessions, the lifestyle.

13. If you wasn’t in the music business or industry, what do you think you would be doing with your life instead?

I’ll be a videographer. I know a lot of skaters so I’ll probably be working for thrasher or something.

14. In your own opinion, What is the current music scene like in your local area?

It’s popping right now , our music scene is different because we actually know what our people want to hear , the Bay Area rap scene is wave that other artist bite & lie when they get confronted, we set treads & they try to duplicate.

15. What is your latest release and where fans can find it?

My latest Release was a few months ago I released two singles “Set The Pic” & “ Run it Up” & The Ep “God Bless Tha Trap” is still on all platforms , Visuals on the channel and everything , so go check me out.

16. What is on your agenda or what can fans expect to see from you in 2024?

I’m doing a press run for the rest of the year, I’m trying to work as much as I can , I’m dropping two albums for 2024 , “Still Pushin” & “God Can Hear Me” This gonna a stretch money year , I’m going hard & I ain’t letting nothing slide , this is Howie Krakk aka (YG Howie) & I’m coming for my spot.

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