3SIDEZ is a talented Australian Hip Hop artist with a new song out. He kindly answered my questions.https://www.facebook.com/pg/3SIDEZ/
1. How did you get into music?
I would say it started in high school with friends. We all liked hip hop and some of us wanted to not only listen to the music but to give it a go for a bit of fun. Later in my high school years I met a friend who was a DJ and that’s when I started MCing with him at parties and underage events. It was at this point when it became more serious and I realized I had a talent and the hobby become something more for me.
2. What inspired the song Something About Mary?
This is a hard one to answer as when I made the track in the studio is was so organically done and everything flowed perfectly. Majority of the lyrics were created in one take. I would say I remember feeling a lot of Jimmi Hendix vibes as at the time I was listening to his greatest hits before going to my studio session.
3. Were you happy how it has been received?
I’m extremely happy at this point, I knew that this song would be special from the feedback I received leading up to what you hear now as a final piece and I wanted to make sure it had the best reach to new listeners. Teaming up with Michael at Evergreen Artists has made many more opportunities possible. I’m extremely grateful and just hope more people enjoy my music.
4. How does a song start for you?
I try a lot of different approaches with my producer in our studio sessions and majority of the time we like to see what works and what doesn’t. We keep it fresh and always have a variety to make sure it doesn’t become too repetitive for us or for our listeners. But I would have to say that I am mainly a freestyle artist, meaning I hear music and if I connect to it I just start flowing with it as it fun and therapeutic for me.
5. Where do you get your inspiration from?
Anything can be inspirational for me, I tune into myself a lot and the things that surround me. My biggest drive is to motivate and show people you can achieve anything you are passionate about in life by working hard at it.
6. Has your song writing changed from when you were starting out?
Yes definitely, when it comes to what I write about now, but not so much as my approach to song writing. I know that having the music there first and flowing off it helps me a lot more when creating and what I enjoy and I feel that’s key to understand about yourself as an artist.
7. What has been the best piece of advice you have given about your music career?
Learn and understand as much as you can in the music industry. I met German bass player on a holiday years ago who was a part of a successful band in the late 70’s and what he said stuck with me. He said ‘learn the business as much as the music to avoid being taken advantage of and to keep your longevity in the scene.’
8. What do you love about your local scene?
That a lot of us have the same goals and drive to play and be heard for what we love to do. In Adelaide, it’s a smaller scene but with a lot of potential and talent around. After all, it’s the home of the Hilltop Hoods!
9. Do you have set theme for your music or does it go with the flow and changes?
To answer this question the best for me, it starts off with flows and then changes if I feel that there is a theme already made for the song, I’ll head into that direction. I don’t put anything out without a well thought plan that I create, then take steps to execute my full vision on a project.
10. Do you like to write without inspiration or distractions or do you need a bit of both?
Both, I feel when distractions are there it gives me a need to write and let it out what I’m feeling, which then brings inspiration to finish a project that I have started and not finished for a while. Every day is different.
11. How important is having a plan in place for your music?
I believe it’s very important, I don’t put anything out without a well thought plan. I create the music I like then take step to execute my full vision on a project on how I want people to perceive it. It helps me keep on track and stay focused.
12. How important is your brand 3SIDEZ?
My brand is extremely important to me because it’s a big part of me and my passions, being successful to do music for the rest of my life. I hope others feel the same about whatever they do.