We are sharing our recent interview with rapper “Speaker Child” .
Twist Online : First of all please introduce yourself to our readers.
Speaker Child :Hello, my name is Brian Augustine. I’m a G-Funk Rapper known as “Speaker Child” but my friends call me Augie. And since we’re friends, feel free to do the same. I’m currently signed with “75 Girls Records” out of Oakland, CA for a multiple album deal. The music that I create focuses on any current situation I’m involved with, whether it be cooking chicken wings on a BBQ, cruzin’ on a shred stick, traveling Europe or having a good time. Story telling is what I do through my songs. Not too many serious songs or political in that matter, just music that can take the listener away to a place where you’ve once been and relate, or somewhere you can only imagine.
Twist Online : Who or what inspired you to get into music industry?
Speaker Child : My mother aka “Speaker Mom” got my involved with live performance as a very young child. My brother aka “Speaker Bro” later got me involved in percussion, focusing on drums. We grew up in a trailer with not much money, so my first drum set consisted of 5 gallon buckets and my bro on the ukulele. Ha ha. We soon moved up with help from the thrift shop and I was on a real drum set. The music we created was classic rock and punk rock. Then, later on, as I was entering middle school, My sister aka “Speaker Sis” introduced me to Too Short. I studied the tape Cocktails. I knew what music I wanted to focus on from that point on out. G-Funk, ya’ll.
Twist Online : Tell us about your recent release “High on wheels”?
Speaker Child : The “High on Wheels” single was released on April 1st, 2019 which happens to be April Fool’s Day. The instrumental is bass heavy and hits right out the gate, like horses running on the track on race day. The beat production was from a good friend Maclane Georgeson out of the Bay Area. We had a phone convo and i told him what I was looking for and he delivered even more than I expected. One night in Seattle, I wrote the lyrics to his beat, recorded the verses and the hook. High on Wheels will be a flash back for some, whether you used to skate or still do. High feelings from the dro or the skateboard wheels below, in my case both. The title High on Wheels was a concept given to me by my mentor based out of the Bay Area (I’ll keep his name redacted for national security reasons, yuk yuk)
Twist Online : What kind of response you have received from the release?
Speaker Child :I try my best not to have too much expectations, but sometimes it’s hard not to. When I put my time and energy into a specific project, I really believe in it and know that longevity and good content will be what it takes. The feedback I’ve been receiving from High on Wheels has been phenomenal. My fans, friends and fam all love the feel of the song, the throw-back flow and the catchy hook which are leaving them thirsty for more. Online purchases have been on the rise and a music video might be in the works.
Twist Online : What’s your favorite music genre?
Speaker Child :Polka
Just kidding. My heart has always moved to the beat of Afro-Funk, P-Funk and of course G-Funk
Twist Online : What’s the best part of being a music artist?
Speaker Child : The best part of being a music artist is the creative process of writing new material about past experiences, collaborating with artists that I looked up to as a kid such as Rappin’ 4 Tay, Spice 1, Celly Cel, then putting the puzzle pieces together to make something special. Also travelling and meeting the locals in different cities around the country and getting some perspective if you know what I mean.
Twist Online : Have you set some goals to achieve?
Speaker Child : Some major goals would be to start headlining shows, to also understand the art of rap and the pursuit of being up there with the greats. Other goals would be to be collaborating with O.G.’s, whether it be people in the rap game such as vocalists and producers, and being able to really put my heart and soul into creating more content full-time.
Twist Online : Are you working on any new project?
Speaker Child : New music, in my opinion requires heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears. Most of my songs are a collective of freestyles because freestyle makes the written rhyme sound better.
My sophomore album is complete which you know is titled High on Wheels and is set to be released this year. My junior album (third album) is being worked on right now and is getting closer to completion. Five songs have been written so far for the junior album after High on Wheels which is so far untitled. I’ll always keep pushing and my drive is definitely there. You’ll definitely be seeing me again real soon.
Peace, love and much thanks for this interview.