We are sharing our recent conversation with a passionate and talented hip-hop artist , Son of Andy.
Twist Online : Tell us about the start of your music career.
Son of Andy : I started really listening to real Hip-Hop in or around 2005. In 2007, I started writing my own songs. But don’t tell anyone. They were terrible, terrible “Songs”. In 2009, I started doing cyphers with (EX1) and a guy I had never met before (Freestyle Fanatic). They blew my mind in every single way possible. EX1 had verses that could rival the best, classic artists, and Fanatic was just bonkers at rapping off top, If I was searching for a metephorical “Hip Hop Bus Ride”, these two said “Skip the bus, here is this rocket ship.” We sold out a whole venue with our very first show, In 2011, my father passed away, and it took me to new heights of writing. Things got way more serious, and I started really studying different flows and rhymestyles. That is when I decided I really wanted to do this.
Twist Online : What’s the story behind your artist name “Son of Andy”.
Son of Andy : Well, I have had about a billion names in the past. Most recently I was remotely named after a star wars character, but after Disney bought Lucasfilm, I changed my name to something that nobody could sue me for. The name “Son of Andy” is just the truth. I am Andy’s son. The first Mixtape I released, under a different name was called “Son of Andy”. When I decided I needed a new name, I went with that. It may not sound “Cool” or “Hard” as some may say, but it gets the point across, and It is the truest thing out there. My newest project, out January 10th (Andy’s Birthday) is the first official release under the name Son of Andy. My dad was Andy, and I am his Son.
Twist Online : You are about to release your debut EP “Wendigo”. Tell us about that?
Son of Andy : Yes I am! It started off with a handful of really depressing sounding songs, that I was going to just give away for free, but I had a close friend inspire me to do more with it. It evolved into an 8 track project, and decided to do a physical release along with the planned digital release. The whole thing is kind of a big metephor I suppose. It’s very up to the listener what the “Wendigo” is to them.
It may represent fear, loss, Grief, depression, or even just a literal monster at the very basic level. The Project starts off very bleak, and gloomy. As you listen you can start to feel and sense a bit of hope and confidence. But who knows… Maybe I am just looking into it too much.
Twist Online : What kind of response you are expecting from your Debut EP?
Son of Andy : Well, I’ve made my production money back already in pre-orders so I am feeling pretty good, but honestly, I just want everyone to hear it. I want people to talk about it. I want to show it and get response from everyone, including my Idols, and strangers. You can get the digital one for free, if you are unable to pay for it, I just really want people to hear it.
Twist Online : What do you enjoy more performing on stage or working in studios?
Son of Andy : On stage. Hands down. Not even a contest. Performing live is 80% of why I do this. I can dance around on stage and look like an idiot, but people cheer my name, rap along with me, and take videos, and pictures. It is fantastic. If you ever run into any of my live footage, you can see what I mean.
Freestyle Fanatic and I have a video of us (As The Funky Fresh) Performing a remake of “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars. It is so fun and fantastic. If I had to Son of Andy this Twist Online with a video, I would say just go Check out the Son of Andy YouTube page. It is mostly live, and you can see me pretend to sing.
Twist Online : Are you inspired of someone in the music industry?
Son of Andy : Overall, David Bowie. His stage persona was incredible, no matter who he was, and he showed that you just need to be you. As far as my genre goes, There are three champions I can tell you right off top. Pharoahe Monch, who really was the first lyrical dude I ever listened to. Andre 3000, for all of the same reasons as David Bowie, and delivering on pretty much anything he appears on. Right now, I am real into Chance the Rapper. I feel so proud of a guy I have never even met, the guy’s music is just joy in music form. He has done so much, in so little time, without the help of any major labels. That is astounding. I got to meet Pharoahe thanks to EX1 at the end of 2015. That was a dream come true.
Twist Online : Are you influenced by any particular music genre?
Son of Andy : Pretty much influenced by Bowie, Monch, Chance, Andre 3000, Iggy Pop, Bjork… you know… normal stuff rappers are into.
Twist Online : Have you set some goals to achieve as a music artist?
Son of Andy : I haven’t. I kept setting goals, and they were just unrealistic. I can’t set realistic goals. I am just going to do my best and hope it takes me somewhere cool. Right now, my goals are, Make a bunch of people happy, make a bunch of money, and get 8th Wonder back into rapping. She’s dope.
Oh and I wanna meet my Idols. 😀