What's up Leafers? Welcome to the latest edition of On the Rise where we interview upcoming hip hop talent. Today's guest is, SteezyLaflame. SteezyLaFlame's style is futuristic and melodic. His versatile sound is sure to set the vibe in most environments. Fans are in for a treat when listening to Steezy. Check out Steezy's interview below.
Westleaf Staff: When did you start making music?
SteezyLaFlame: I started music during my senior year of high school, back in 2019. My guys always wanted me to start doing music but at the time I didn’t know what to make songs about. Everything changes when I started writing.
Westleaf Staff: How did your early life shape your interest in music?
SteezyLaFlame: I was in 7th grade when I got introduced to G.O.O.D Music and different artists who were always number 1 on thee charts. Artists like Kanye West, Jay Z, and Pusha T influenced me. I remember first listening to Travis Scott during my 8th grade year and he was the main artist I was listening to from then on. It was a whole new world of music in my ears that ultimately helped me get to where I am today.
Westleaf Staff: Who is your biggest musical influence?
SteezyLaFlame: Travis Scott is my main influence in music. He’s such a role model to me because when I was getting my heart broken in my early teen years I had his music to hold on to. Nobody I knew was like “I listen to him too”. This was before he got to be known by the world and that inspires me for so many reasons. I have so much potential in my hands and I’m ready for the world to listen to me as well.
Westleaf Staff: What has been the defining moment in your music career?
SteezyLaFlame: The fact that many fans come up to me personally and tell me how my music has helped them through tough times. I’m from Chicago where people glorify trap music and want to rap about killing people or moving drugs. This isn’t that. The fact that I talk about my personal problems in my music and the people that listen can relate to that is honestly why I haven’t stopped. I wrote a song called Moonlight on my first album and a girl told me that her grandma recently passed away and that she listens to that song to have more closure and from that point on this is what I knew I was called to do. It's honestly so heartwarming.
Westleaf Staff: What makes you a unique artist?
SteezyLaFlame: I try to tell people as much as I can that it’s hard being an independent artist who tries their best to make their fans happy. I have no help from people when it comes to my music. I stay up till 5 or 6 in the morning working on songs from my room. I don't use any studios so the process is a bit different and more peaceful. So I’m unique in my own way, not having 30 people in one studio trying to tell me what my music should or shouldn’t be. My music is solely coming from me and my soul.
Westleaf Staff: What does art mean to you?
SteezyLaFlame: Art can be anything honestly. There's so much talent in the world that any person is able to create something and call it art. Whether it's a drawing, a sculpture, poems, music. Being able to create something unique to you is great, and trust me, people will definitely call your work a piece of art.
Westleaf Staff: Describe music in three words
SteezyLaFlame: Art. Melodious. Important.
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