Hailing from the North Bronx of New York City, Uptown Maine is shaking up the underground market with his lyrical content & effortless flow. His trials & tribulations are described in his most recent mixtape titled “A Bronx Tale” inspired by Robert De Niro’s 1993 film. However this is no movie nor script, Uptown Maine is giving you real life ups & downs of a young legend. Check out his latest single Get It Again which has garnered over 40K views on youtube and currently streaming on all digital platforms. Uptown Maine should definitely be on your watch list for 2018.
We are sharing our recent interview with the artist.
Twist Online : First of all tell us about the start of your professional career?
Uptown Maine : Well I’ve been rapping since I was 14, but I didn’t start taking it seriously until 2017, I knew since I was young I wanted to do music, but never had any real direction until I linked with my manager who began to show me the steps I need to take in order to be successful.
Twist Online : Who or what inspired you to get into music industry?
Uptown Maine : What inspired me to do music was my friends. They always told me I had talent and I should show the world. The environment I grew up in was also a factor. Coming up in the Bronx was rough, moving to NC at the Age of 16 I always found myself around violence, drug dealers and wild situations. As I’ve been getting older I realize the streets don’t love anybody and I want better for myself, so I look at music as a way out.
Twist Online : Tell us about your recent release “Get It Again”?
Uptown Maine : I originally released the Record “Get it Again “ in August 2017 on SoundCloud. I re-released it on January 1 on all major distributor platforms. The message of the song is to get people to understand that money comes and money goes. You can be broke one day, and have thousands in a few months. Strictly motivation for the people to enjoy your life and don’t cherish money to much because it’ll always come back if you work hard enough.
Twist Online : What kind of response you have received from the release?
Uptown Maine : Since the re-release of the record I have been getting nothing but positive feedback. On the first week on the spotify platforms I’ve gained over 200 monthly listeners and over 1,000 Streams. Not a lot for a mainstream artist lol but definitely growth from where I was at last year. I think it’s a very dope record and has potential to make some noise if we push the right way.
Twist Online : What attracts you more, performing on stage or working in studios?
Uptown Maine : This is a very good question, however if I had to choose I would say performing on stage. There is no better feeling in the world than to see a whole crowd vibing to a song that you know you put your heart into. It helps ensure me that I’m on top of my game. So as long as I continue to drop bangers, my performances and shows will speak for itself.
Twist Online : What’s your favorite music genre?
Uptown Maine : My favorite genre of music is Hip-Hop, I’m talking about the essence. I grew up listening to a lot of 50 cent, nas, Jay z, Jadakiss, Biggie, Pac, Eminem and a few others. Some of today’s artist I like include Meek Mill, J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar. These artist display their life and upbringing in a very creative way and you can feel it.
Twist Online : Have you set some target to achieve as a music artist?
Uptown Maine : I’ve set many targets to achieve as an artist, but one in particular would be to motivate people, better yet the world that you can be whatever in life you want to be. The average person tends to limit themselves due to circumstances. Growing up I had no father, the streets was my father and taught me many life lessons. Getting sent to North Carolina at 16 I was miles away from home getting into a bunch of trouble. Whatever you can imagine, nine times out of 10 I’ve experienced it. I ended up getting incarcerated in 2012 for 13 months. Came home 2013 and told myself “it’s time to change my life” had a daughter (Ava) January 2015. The music slowed up for a year because I was focused on being a father. Although it’s tough to balance being a father and a artist on the grind, I still find a way to make it happen. I simply plan to encourage people to Strive hard, and no matter your circumstance is you can always overcome it.
Twist Online : Are you currently working on any other project?
Uptown Maine : As far as projects, it hasn’t been a major priority at the moment, but best believe I have some hot tracks in the stash. My management team & I have been talking about a possible timeline however nothing is solidified. For right now it’s just been grinding and gaining new fans.