Following the release of his superb new album Drank & Bottled Up Emotions, we were blessed with the opportunity to interview artist and rapper Byron Bank, to find out more about his creative process, his thoughts on modern rap, and his hopes for the future. Here’s the conversation in full.
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Hi Byron – thanks so much for the interview, and congrats on the album release. In your own words, what does the project Drank & Bottled Up Emotions represent for you?
Hi Rebecca, and thank you for having me. Also, thank you for taking the time out to listen to the album. Drank & Bottled Up Emotions represents an individual with a dream that goes through life like everyone else. The album is a touch on my life experiences through depression, stress, happy moments, sad times, and life lessons.
How long have you been writing bars and making music, and how does this project compare to your first attempts?
I have been writing and spitting fire for 8+ years, and I would not compare this project to any of my other ones. The reason is that I went with a theme and an emotion, unlike any other project. Usually, I did what sounded good, but this time, I did what felt right and more relatable.
If people only have time to check out one track from the album, which would you recommend, and why?
I would recommend the track, All in My Head. It is an excellent representation of the album’s theme and full of emotion. All the songs are personal to me, but this one, in general, represents where I was when dealing with tough times within myself.
What are the main values you want to represent as an artist right now?
The main values I want to represent as an artist are being true to thy self, never be afraid to speak out, say what others wouldn’t dare to say. Be very intentional, but at the same time down to earth.
Is live performance an important part of your plans?
Yes, live performances are an essential part of my upcoming plans, and I am working on something special for my next live performance. I do not want to disclose the secret sauce, yet.
If you could collaborate with anyone at all, past or present, who would you choose – and why?
I am a music fanatic and would like to continue making good music. I would love to collaborate with any artist out right now or coming up. I have no limit set on who I would like to work with, but if I had to name a few I would have to say Jay-Z, J. Cole, UGK, Scarface, Slim Thug, Slick Rick, Big Sean, Rick Ross, Drake, Tupac, Nas, Notorious B.I.G, Rakim, A Tribe Called Quest, Outkast, Timbaland, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Trey Songz, Chris Brown, and Jeremih.
What are your main aspirations going forward in hip hop?
My main aspirations are to be the best I can be but keep giving listeners music they can relate to. I do not want to be the artist that loses sight of real-life issues and truths that help people move forward. I want my music to have a positive impact on someone and be able to inspire more light in dark times.
Is there anything else we should know?
Yes, I am the owner and founder of Breakin’ Bank Records, which launched this year. There is more to come and be prepared for future releases from our artists, Dro Frazier, and Mani Starz. Also, do not forget to follow us on all social media platforms. If you would like to book for shows, parties, and hosting opportunities, please reach out.
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