Aloha OTDHipHop fam!
Thanks for rocking with us.
We got another special Friday Feature this week, my dawg ShaneBoyMusic (aka Vandezo). Although he's been a long-time supporter of underground music and is fairly new to the local music scene, his positive energy and aloha is contagious. He's also pretty comfortable and easy to watch/listen to when he performs, especially for an artist just starting out. He participated in the #otdcypher2020 back in January, and was nominated "Most Unique Entry."
Check out his full interview below:
1. What is your artist name?
Aloha! My MC name is Shane Boy / Vandezo (alter ego).
2. What city/state/country are you reppin’?
I represent Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744!
3. How old are you?
I’m 25 years young.
4. How long have you been creating or making music? When did you start?
I’ve felt a special connection with music at a very young age. I used to dance popping routines when I was around 7; in front of my entire family. I remember receiving the feeling of pure joy when I entertained the crowd. When I was about 16 and I was listening to a beat, I wrote a 16 bar verse. That’s sparked my love for becoming a creator of lyrics.
5. What song/video/project are you currently promoting?
Right now I’m still working on recording more, but I do have some songs/remixes/covers on my Soundcloud. I also post freestyles and other stuff on my Instagram (@SHANEBOYMUSIC).
6. What and/or who inspires you to write/create?
What inspires me to create is the feeling of expressing myself through my lyrics. I like to listen to beats randomly and see where my mind takes me. I also get inspired by the legends who did it and the ones who still are. When I hear a song and it hits me in a certain way/makes me feel an emotion it inspires me to make an impact like that when I make music.
7. What is your creative process like?
My creative process is pretty straight forward. I either create a beat, use someone’s else’s beat, use a YouTube beat/older song beat. I grab a pencil/notebook and I start to write. I been performing in front of my family for years.
8. How often do you perform live? Any upcoming performances?
I recently got into performing live at venues as fill in/practice, joining open mics and cyphers. I had my first official performance this past February 14th Valentines Day at Hawaiian Brian’s titled “ A Journey of Love.”
9. When did you start taking your music career seriously, and why?
I started taking my music career seriously this past year 2019. The main reason is I started to believe in myself and I have a circle of friends around me with like-minded aspirations who really helped me to just do it.
10. What do you want people to remember you for?
I want people to remember me as a positive person, who spreads Aloha.
11. What is your message?
My message is to always believe in yourself and do what you love.
12. How can people find you? Please provide links to all of your social media.
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Jehzan Exclusive is a hip hop artist, educator, and entrepreneur from Honolulu, HI. She founded OTDHipHop in 2015. For more, visit her website or social media.