Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Artist Spotlight – Cthree

Cthree is an artist with the 3rd Eye Tribe Entertainment. Born in Long Beach, California. He is dropping his new LP “Indigo Fire” with releases to already hit Soundcloud such as “Higher Plane” featuring Nayla Ware and Butterfly-Mahal & “The Echo” featuring Balance.
21 years old and inspired by the truth, they call brothers like this “dangerous.” Higher Plane was featured in Snoop Dogg’s Underground Heat Episode 71 Video #10. The song gives you reason to remember what Hip Hop is about. Higher Plane is about a boy understanding a divine plan changing his life in order to complete that mission. In the video, Cthree sees 7 three times which represents Christ Conscious and the fact he couldn’t run from it and then he wakes up when he realizes what insanity is.
The Echo are meant to send positive vibrations but send fire at the same time as the beat climaxs while Cthree is setting you up for truth. The song gives you the reality of growing up in Long Beach, California. Cthree is working on projects in the inner-city with Muhammad Abdullah, with the intention of reshaping schools and curriculum.

1.) What attracted you the most to music? What elements and/or characteristics made you say to yourself that you wanted to do music for a living?
The poetry was magnet for me, the way the poet was able to express his or her pain with clever metephors or maybe none at all. It created a way to capture a moment and get your message across.

2.) Did anyone influence you to do music? If so, who? Influences? Role Models?
Writing & Basketball were always my getaways. It was a place where I was free to do as I please. At this time, Josh Childress was playing at Mayfair. I remember times going up there and seeing his fro running up and down the court lol but to see a black male get to Stanford was inspiration alone.
My influences were always the people around me, whether they were musically inclined or not but nonetheless inspiration. The best times musically is when I thought I had writer’s block, especially when I was going through my storms. My role models growing up of course was my moms and G moms but other then them, it was the streets. I was the oldest so I had to grow up a little faster because my mom had me at 15. The baby having a baby story.

3.) Unfortunately the music industry is full of talented individuals who just don’t get any recognition for their talent and/or work. What do you plan to do to make sure you stand out and get noticed?
The benefactor of making it is being yourself. The unique individual finds this process easy. What separates me from all other artist is my content. I believe no one has my mind and can create what I can create. I believe albums and songs that can shape your growth is the most important thing because then you begin to help shape a generation by your actions. Practice what you preach.

4.) Do you think that the traditional music industry model as we know it is dead? Why or why not?
No doubt about it. The industry is not the same as it was 20 years ago. Technology has taken over giving the independent artist the power to determine their own careers.

5.) How do you think the internet and social media affected the music industry and how musicians are able to market themselves?
Like I touched on earlier, it has put destiny in the artists’ hands. Now he/she can define his/her worth him or herself. The challenge for some artist is being innovative. This will put you in a lane of your own.

6.) Social media is obviously an extremely important element in today’s world, especially when it comes to business, branding, marketing, etc. With that being said, do you think an artist will be able to survive in today’s music industry if they’re not social media savvy?
Yes, it is possible but they now become handicapped. If you’re able to market and promote yourself, no one can take the rug from under you. The artist born in the 90s were present for the transition of music from physical to digital, so at this point I think they have an added advantage. I’ve read a recent article on the OG’s in the game and how some of them don’t know how to market themselves online, so it makes them non-existant.

7.) What made you want to get into the music business in the first place?
The way it makes me feel. Music was that factor in my life I’ve found along with basketball that keep me preoccupied. When I fell in love with it and learned how to make it my source of income, I told myself I can handle anything thrown my way with Allah in my life. The foundation of your faith can get you through anything but nonetheless you need a foundation.

8.) When you do music, what do you think your listeners get out of your music?
I want my listeners to think about what I’m saying. Hopefully plant a seed within them so they can go within. I make music for the conscious and soon to be conscious. Life is about progression in our experience as human beings.

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