Music Is My Soul

Featured artist: FOOLISH – Music Is My Soul

As part of our ongoing “Rap’s New Generation” series, today we sat down with the upcoming underground artist FOOLISH from originally from Santa Clarita California, but I live here in Austin Texas to talk about his recent music, his upcoming projects, his career advice and his overall experiences being in the music industry and he did not disappoint…

Thanks for taking the time to talk with us, FOOLISH! Let’s go back to the beginning of your career. How did you decide to become an artist?

FOOLISH: Music runs in my family. My grandfather had an old school garage band when I was a kid. He played the saxaphone like no other. My father had his band as well. Unfortunately, like many Musicians he had children. He had to choose between his dream and taking care of his family. Understanding that as I got older that's just how I came to be. What started out as writing poetry on paper, soon became a journey to expand my skills which began at 18 years of age to being able to go to college and earn an associate's degree in Music Business Performance and Technology from Austin Community College in 2014. Since then, my journey still continues to this day as I fight to keep breathing life into my dreams of one day changing the game with my music.

I have had great amounts of advice growing up as a kid to my college years to being a grown ass man now. I have much more to learn which I am more than willing. I think the best advice given to me that I can remember is " we have very few originals anymore, but we have a bunch of me toos. Which one are you?" Joe McDermott, Austin Community College 2014

FOOLISH


What about concerts? Do you play live?

I have performed live before I have performed at Red 7s in the city of Austin that was an event sponsored by the school for a contest that I was selected for. That was a few years ago. Lately, it's hard to find a gig that's the size of a small window because promoters want a wtf amount of money upfront. That's the struggle for anyone with really no money but a genuine talent and skill for music.

Best punchline you ever wrote?

"Life is not checkers but a game of the chess, I don't know anybody who wouldn't die for keeping the game in check"

FOOLISH

What are you currently working on? Did you release something in the past?

I am currently working on learning a trade. I went back to ACC to be a welding student. As much as I would love to do music full-time I can not do so logically. I dont have much money to purchase equipment so I can continue to create,but only enough to pay bills. I can only wish to be one of those who got lucky and hit a good start and make a living. Of course my reality is I need a plan B.

Last but not least: Would you sign a record contract with a major label?

I would sign them. Not the other way around.
Pros: front and behind the scenes of networking, opportunities, technical and recording mixing mastering support, aka a much bigger hand in the music industry that is needed to reach places and people that I can not.
Cons: 360 deals meaning everything that revolves around the artists that "makes money" the label gets a piece of. Ex. If you are not writing your own lyrics and producing your own beats that's is 50% of the pie you do NOT get. So if you are not well rounded in the pie perspective of the music business,, you are not a BOSS., you are a complete tool.

Any last words?

I would love to shout out to Santa Clarita Valley to the homies who have grown up and no longer in the streets getting into trouble and taking care of business. Along with the home girls /moms and the good men they have in their lives now who are teaching their children to be better than we were. Shout out to the city of Austin, you need a better following and venue for true quite right RAP/HIP HOP.

Where can people follow you to stay up-to-date?

FOOLISH: https://soundcloud.com/nathan-torres-22

Thank you for your time. We wish you much success in your further career.

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