StreetWave Media presents an exclusive interview with Tite, a hip hop artist from Dallas, TX… After our interview with Tite, check out his music video added below.
1. What made you decide to jump into the music industry or music business?
I always had a love for music even as a little kid. I liked a lot of things but loved music. When I was in college I was introduced to a DJ (DJ Bull) who made mixtapes and I began freestyling on them with some other guys to popular beats. He wound up starting a record label (Dirty 3rd Records) and created the ensemble the Freestyle Kingz group that I recorded with.
2. What do you think makes you stand out from all the other aspiring and upcoming artists in your genre of music?
My history, my story and willingness to accept change musically is what makes me original. I’m working with a young and established producer who has song placements with a long list of major artists. The recipe for my music is to sonically bridge the gap between old and new combining a veteran rap artist with the sound and song construction of current music.
I’m from the golden era of Texas rap musicians influenced by that classic H-town (Houston) sound of slow, loud and banging. I was half of the group Chalie Boy & Tite and considered a pioneer of Texas rap having made music with artist such as Z-Ro, Yungstar, Big Hawk, Slim Thug, Mike Jones, Big Tuck, Tum (of the Screwed Up Click, Swishahouse and the Dirty South Rydaz of Dallas).
3. If you could collaborate with ANY artist/band… Who would you choose and why?
I would like to work with J. Cole because outside of the music we would probably have dope convos about life ya dig.
4. What do you think is your biggest Advantage and your biggest Disadvantage about being an Indie artist?
I prefer independent because it allows me to be creative and make the right music for my audience that I am pleased with. The disadvantage is that the reach provided by a major is endless. Majors have access to so many opportunities that its almost impossible to turn down but in most cases the artist loses a lot of decision power causing the music to feel and sound forced.
5. Do you prefer the Independent route, or would you rather sign to a major record label, and why?
I prefer independent but I would also love to grow a huge indie following and use that as leverage to negotiate the parameters of a major deal.
6. Out of all the songs you’ve released, what do you think is your Best song and why?
My best song as a solo artist is “In My Lane Feat. J. Oliver” produced by Fresh Ayr because it was my first expression of my new sound.
7. Do you miss the era of CD sales OR do you prefer the new wave of music streaming? Explain…
I miss CD sales as an independent artist (not the extra work) but with time comes the need for change. Its so much easier to make your music available to the whole world now as an independent artist though so I love that. Streams gives more power to the artist without needing major label backing and possibly losing your publishing etc.
8. Between creating in the studio OR performing live on stage, which is your most enjoyable one and why?
They work hand and hand for me. I love creating in the studio, but the biggest ROI is getting the bag from performing. Who doesn’t love that LOL?!?
9. During your entire journey through the music business, what would you consider your Worst experience?
The worst experience was the way that my time ended with Dirty 3rd Records because I feel like I helped build that company from an idea and at the time I lost some friends that I considered family over there. It took some time and growing up, but we worked it all out now so we’re good.
10. What would you consider your most successful or proudest moment in your music career, so far?
I had the most success working with Chalie Boy as a group. We put out a couple classic projects that influenced the sound of Texas in a major way. My proudest moment was when the label that I signed with in Dallas, T-Town Music signed a multi-million-dollar deal with Universal Motown Records.
11. If any, what discourages you the Most about music industry these days?
Its discouraging that its so hit or miss with promoting your music since its all-digital now. Good music gets lost in the shuffle when its not promoted well enough.
12. What inspires you the Most about the music industry these days?
I’m inspired by the good music that has been coming out from these new artists. They have a good energy going and it motivates me to put in my 2 cents.
13. If you weren’t in the music business or industry, what do you think you would be doing with your life instead?
I would probably be a Chef because I love cooking and eating good food. I would also probably invest in my own whiskey distillery and tobacco farm to get into the cigar business.
14. In your own opinion, what is the current music scene like in your local area?
The music in Dallas is solid but I wish the artist of today would work with the artist of yesterday more. Yella Beezy and Mo3 are holding it down and Trapboy Freddy has a big song rocking right now.
15. What is your latest release and where fans can find it?
I dropped a mixtape back in October 2019 titled “The Code” and its on all major streaming platforms.
16. What is on your agenda or what can fans expect to see from you in 2020?
I am working on a new EP titled “1205” expected release the summer of 2020 and the entire project is produced by J. Oliver better yet known as Fresh Ayr. The plan for 2020 is for the team to build myself and the company POME Music up to be household names and brands.
Follow Tite on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tite1205/