Artist Interview

Interview With California Based Producer And Artist Marcus432

Tell us about your background getting to where you are today?

Since I was a kid I have always loved teaching myself new things. Back in high school, most of my extracurricular time was spent playing basketball for our school’s team. I had played my whole life and dreamed of playing professionally. At some point I deemed that dream to be a lost cause, and decided to redirect my energy towards chasing a new dream. One day in college after watching a friend make beats for hours, I realized my passion for producing music and began to work towards creating a career for myself. 2-3 years later, after countless hours of making beats on my 25-key midi keyboard and recording raps with a microphone that my friend was letting me borrow, I decided to start taking it more seriously and setting larger goals for myself. From that point forward, I was only focused on two things: making music and passing classes. I started spending less time socializing, and more time producing, writing, recording and engineering my new tracks. To this day, I have personally mixed and mastered over 90% of my tracks and plan on continuing to do so. Coming to college, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Finally, as a college graduate, I found my purpose: inspiring others through music. I have now performed 7 times, 5 of which were openers for Blueface and Lil Tjay, and I’m doing what I love everyday.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in San Mateo, California.

When did you start music?

It wasn’t until I graduated high school and moved into my dorm room as a freshman at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, that I downloaded Logic Pro X and began to experiment. This opened my eyes to a new world of creative opportunity and I was instantly hooked.

How did you get into music?

I have always enjoyed hip hop but didn’t start getting interested in the production side of the industry until midway through high school. I felt inspired to start making my own music as soon as I heard some songs that a close friend of mine recorded in his home studio. 

What is the most challenging thing you have overcome in your life?

Overcoming my doubts about being a white rapper in a predominantly black culture. I was constantly worried that listeners wouldn’t take me seriously based on my skin color, even though I knew that I could rap just as well as the next guy. Being an upper-middle class white male, I always knew I was privileged and felt an uncontrollable guilt that I had it easier than others. Because of this, I felt like I needed to push out of my comfort zone and pursue something in a field where it felt like white people were at a disadvantage: the rap game. After making the decision to go “all in”, I was experiencing anxiety due to lack of confidence and fear of entering an unknown industry. The only way I was able to overcome these negative thoughts (without abusing substances) was through guided meditation. It helped and still helps me keep my mind right through hectic times. Although there have been bumps in the road, it feels great to be an underdog and I have no regrets with my decision to pursue my dream. Today, after overcoming my anxiety, I feel I have earned my spot in the hip hop community and will continue to give back and share my knowledge to people who are trying to find their place in the music industry. 

What is your greatest achievement as a musician?

Receiving the opportunity to continue performing night after night opening for Blueface on his “Find The Beat” tour. 

Do you produce your own music? If not who do you work with?

I produce some of my own beats, but not all of them. I used to produce all of them for multiple reasons.. 1. I wanted to save money, and 2. I loved bragging that I could do it all myself. But as time went on I found was spending more time producing the beats than actually rapping and sharing my story/message. That’s when I felt it was time to step back and allow other producers to help me achieve the sound I’m going for. I have now worked with many different producers that I’ve found on YouTube, Instagram, and through my personal network. Although I don’t produce the beats on all of my songs anymore, I still engineer them.

Who is one artist you wish you could work with?

I would’ve loved to work with Mac Miller, but since that’s no longer possible, it would be amazing to work on a concept song with Logic.

Tell us about any new music you have coming out? When is new music coming out? What is it about?

I have a collaboration song dropping on June 24th with 2sox regarding current events in the United States. If you’re reading this and it’s after June 24, go check it out!

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