1. The name is Popstar, which is interesting to say the least and sounds as if there is a story behind it. Where did the name come from and what is the story?
Well I feel as a musician we all have different personalities with the way we do music and my other moniker (Psykotik) describes the more personal, darker, edge side of me and Pop$tar makes the dance records and the love songs and tunes of humor.
2. Can you briefly summarize how the formation of Popstar came about?
Well to be perfectly honest, it was just an extended moniker just like Psykotik or Pop(childhood nickname) I go by either that?s why you always see an AKA on the covers of my CDs.
3. Your lyrics are infused with heavy detail and raw emotion. What is it that normally gives you inspiration when writing lyrics and is there a concept behind the music you create?
When you are a young artist, you have to be like that, you have to show the old heads that you can get on their level (in terms of lyrics), and yes when I write songs it is generally a concept behind it and I get inspiration from various places to be able to “go in” on a song.
4. You plan on releasing a new Mix Tape real soon. What can fans expect when they listen to your music?
On “The Mad Rapper” you can expect, diverse subject matter, sharp lyricism, swift word play, solid beats, collaborations with several artist, skits, club bangers, pretty much like an album, I want the mixtape to sound like an album, that you can listen to from front to back and its going to be up for free download on various websites and plus I have singles from it floating around on my music pages.
5. How do you think you will affect the music scene you are part of? What are your thoughts on the growing popularity in it as well?
I believe I might get a lot of flak from people, but at the end of the day, if you’re corny then that is what is I refuse to make a stupid song with no cleverness and extra simple lyrics, just because that?s what everyone else would do but I would be rather known as the kid who can “rap his ass off” rather than “he wack as hell, but at least he got money” I would rather have a platinum album, and a 5 mic rating in the source magazine, than be a ringtone rapper who sold 200,000 on a major, has terrible reviews, and 4 million ringtones. As far as the new way of doing things it is very trendy, whack, and watered down, all I gotta say is step ya bar up.
6. If you had the chance to switch lives with someone else for 24 hours who would it be and why?
I can’t answer that, but I just wish I had the careers of some of the greatest rappers.
7. Many of your songs are so hard and intense that I am sure they translate well into a live setting taking on a whole new life in front of a live audience. How does it make you feel when the emotion and power that you envisioned in the recording studio, come to life while playing in front of a crowd?
I haven?t had that feeling yet because I have never did a show before, but it would mean the world to me to see everyone enjoying themselves and interacting with me.
8. What are the upcoming plans for Popstar?
Dropping the mixtape this summer, get some shows lined up to increase my fan base, record more and more music and put them out rapidly, shoot videos, go on tour most likely release an independent album in probably Mid November, just trying to stay busy, and coming from Maryland you have to work harder because it is very difficult to make a name for yourself in Maryland, especially if you’re not from Baltimore or D.C.
9. How has MYSPACE and the internet impacted you and do you think downloading helps or hinders the artists?
I mean, MySpace is ok but I just got a lot of work to do, but downloading hinders the artist because people bust their ass to create a masterpiece and labels are on their back as it is, but it is the labels fault too, because they refuse to spend the marketing $ for proper promotion, so there for the anticipation for the album is not in high demand it was a time when if u had 4 videos for your hit singles you were guaranteed platinum, you have to really impress someone to get them to the stores these days, but the artist has to have quality material as well.
10. What is the toughest lesson you ever learned in the studio and on the stage?
Tone, I learned that you should be firm when u record in the studio I also learned that you can’t impress anyone.
11. What bands would you like to tour with?
Ja Rule, Fabulous, Drake, anyone that is hot to me.
12. Every band/artists has its musical influences. What are some of the other bands/artists that have greatly influenced you and your music?
DMX, Fabulous, Hot Boys, Jay-Z, Cyssero, Murder Inc. Records, The Korporation, Ludacris, T.I. just to name a few.
13. What’s your reaction when/if a fan told you a very meaningful statement such as “Your music changed my life?” Has this ever happened to you?
I never had that happen before but i would love that because that means that i made someone feel good.
14. All of that passion that you play with must be tough on you physically. How do you prepare for the physical demands when it comes to performing?
I can?t answer that one.
15. Any last words to your fans?
Check out those pages, download the tracks they are free, and comment them, because I really need the feedback download “The Mad Rapper”, “Legacy Of Life” by Young D,” Paper Stacks” by Raw-T support that Block Terrorist/MOAL Entertainment movement. If anyone wants to do free collabs I?m here talk to me. Thanks for the opportunity to draw some attention to me. -Pop