In this brief Q&A with Michigan artist Fusion he shares his experiences, inspiration and drops some gems regarding independent artistry.
Achickwitbeatz: Who is Fusion?
Fusion: Hey, what up world....my name is Fusion. The name derived from the way I'm able to bring people and music together (Fusion). The music scene today is as diverse as its ever been. It's a lot of talent out here but I feel that there is lack of knowledge that leaves such a grey area, everyone's trying to do it! I'll just say this…work hard cause it's not what you got...it's about progression!
Achickwitbeatz: When did you decide you wanted music to be a part of your life?
Fusion: Music has always been apart of my life. From eight tracks to cd's i was all in!, but I really started honing in on my skills as a teenager. Started off with my childhood buddies "The Raven and Nevermore". From there I went on to do several solo projects..."Crunch Time", "Long Time Comin'", and "The UnderDawg". Moving forward I joined the Top Flyte Ent label, ran by Top Flyte Tay Thompson, a label that I am the proud president of. I've also worked with a wide variety of artists that I want to show some love to, Knights of Mayhem, Drama, OGz ,Chyna D, David Gutter, EsDott, NoLo, Zay, T-WolfeMeek, and Joe Papi269, just to name a few....
Achickwitbeatz: What are 5 attributes/skills that would put an artist in your top 10 list?
Fusion: Delivery, lyrics, style, creativity, tone....in no particular order
Achickwitbeatz: Conversely, what are 5 attributes that would put an artist at the very bottom of your list?
Fusion: Lack of knowledge on music, stubbornness, consistently talking about the same subject on every song, low self esteem, poor work ethic....in no particular order
Achickwitbeatz: What can listeners expect from Fusion?
Fusion: What the listeners can expect to hear from Fusion is real hip hop mixed with all reality. I call it the Hip Reality effect. No, I'm not turning up, getting crunk, or trap rapping. That's not what I do...I keep it 100 at all times, those who know me know it's true statement.
Achickwitbeatz: What would you say is the best thing about being an independent artist?
Fusion: The best thing about being an independent artist is the creative freedom you get on all of your work. You can say what you want, and work with who you want..it's all up to you.
Achickwitbeatz: What's next on the horizon for Fusion?
Fusion: Well we got a few things goin on...shows of course. We have a mini-series in the works called "Wifey", more mixtapes and videos...I also look forward to working with more talent to get this thing off of the ground...Kzoo stand up!
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