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Meyster A: Profile + Interview

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Meyster A: Interview

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The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength

When I hear the word Inspiration I automatically think of Michael Jackson because of his music and his style. Michael Jackson always seemed like he truly loved what he did and that was music and I felt like I actually knew him

 

When I hear the word Passion I think of Tupac and how he always had a hunger to really get himself out of the poor and to teach others about equality and justice for all and especially teaching the younger generation of his time how to truly love and respect one another.

When I hear the word Strength I think of my mother, why I do is because of the fact that she always had mine and my sisters best interest at heart no matter what she was going through. She was raising us by herself most of the time so I always look to her when I need some strength and she always tried her best to not only make us happy but she also taught us that there’s more to life than what’s presented and that we should make the most out of any situation. That is something that I have always tried to portray and teach others as well: Making the best out of the situation that you’re in.

Who are you? (Answer how you interpret this question)

I’m a simple kid from Germany trying to show you that a person with a passion for music can really get out there and show the world what he has to offer. I always try to portray myself through my music so I would have to say that I am my music because the music I make directly reflects who I am as a person. I can be weird but I’m also very passionate and that’s who I am. I try to show kindness and help everyone out with their dreams and help them pursue their passion. Basically I’m a weird guy who’s passionate about the music he makes who wants to see people really relate to him and what he is doing. Who wants to teach the world about being happy with what you have and helping people break their own expectations and barriers to reach their true potential as an artist through their passion.

Why do you do what you do?

Why I make music is a simple answer: I make music so that I can express myself. I’ve always had trouble really expressing my emotions and how I feel and so music or well rap was a natural way for me to do that since I’ve always had an appreciation for any and every type of genre that’s out there in music to this day. I make music to show the world that a regular guy can express himself and I hope that people will relate and want to follow my journey and want to help me grow and see me become something that they can be proud of saying that their support and help made me into something spectacular.

When did you know this is what you wanted to do, and what events led you to choose it?

I remember the exact moment that I knew that I wanted to be a rapper and perform. It was the ending performance of this Hip-Hop club that I was a part of in elementary school, the cheers and applause were all that I needed to really know that this was my calling. I always knew that music was a big part of my life and I always imagined myself making someone feel those same emotions that I heard and saw on the screen or on the radio. I always did something music as a kid and when my family moved to Canada in late 2002 I knew I had to pursue some form of music and so I joined a Hip-Hop club at my elementary school. After the club ended we had a performance to demonstrate what we learned and it was amazing, I loved the experience and from that day on I kept on getting better and practicing with my writing, delivery and just figuring out who I am as an artist. Throughout my early school years both my friends and teachers would always tell me to keep on going and never stop making music and expressing myself and so I did just that. Now skip a few years to when I’m in high-school and still made music and was very active with music. I had that same feeling when I did my first solo performance on my mother’s birthday, and again it was the greatest feeling I could have ever imagined possible. Having everyone vibing out and feeling the emotion and passion that you put into your craft in that one moment I never wanted it to stop.

Toughest thing you had to overcome to do what you do? And what/who helped you?

I think the toughest thing I had or still have to overcome is myself. I always go by this little mantra: No matter how many people say that your material is good there are about 50,000 people who are doing it better than you. Statistically speaking that is true, with me saying that I will always have to be better than myself in order to stand out from the millions of people who are literally doing the same thing as I am. I will always have to keep pushing myself to think of new and creative ways to get myself to the public and introduce a new or even old listener as to who I am and why I do this and still be true to myself. I had to learn to not only be relatable to the public but to also give that piece of me to the public in small songs, there’s been a lot of people that always help me push myself and tell me where I can improve whether it be through my delivery or just how I use a concept for a song. I think it’s this support system that helps me overcome my constant battle with myself.

Has anyone/anything ever inspired you to become who you are (to follow your dreams)? Have you ever inspired anyone directly?

I know this may sound played out or corny but, I would have to say that my love of music inspired me to do music and my substitute teacher helped me realize how much I loved making music. Long story short in elementary school my substitute English teacher had a club where students could learn about Hip-Hop and its culture and it all began there. That’s what got me going to continue this, the passion that artists such as RZA, and De La Soul and Tupac had was something I admired and still do. As well as the fact that they always had a story to tell about their life and their perspectives on different topics. That’s what I try to emulate, telling the listeners who I am and just being a story teller. As for influencing others, I guess yeah I have: my friend told me that he wants to be a rapper solely based on the fact of my music and how I tell my own story and my own thoughts. I actually thought he was joking when he first said this, but the more I talked to him the more I understood how my passion helped inspire him to really go out and write his own stuff.

One mistake that you made in your journey? How have you learnt from them?

I would say that one mistake that I’ve made in my journey is being too eager, I always wanted to show people “hey look this is what I can do” and a lot of the time my music came out and felt rushed and or forced in an attempt to really make a mark on people. Now what I do is I have a dedicated team of individuals bring me the cold hard facts about how I can portray myself better musically as well as how I can grow as an artist, so instead of releasing a song every few weeks I’ve calmed down and really tried to perfect everything that I work on.

Upcoming projects? Plans/goal? (about anything, if you have any)

My next upcoming project would have to be my new EP that I’m working on. It’ll 7 tracks of nothing but myself and a statement for me to re-introduce myself to the public

What advice would you give to other people? (Just about life in general - It could be about anything)

Hmm I would say that you should always strive to do what makes you happy no matter how many people try to tear away at your dreams and goals. You should focus on getting better in whatever craft you decide to do and always have a passion for it, never lose the passion that you have.

Say anything you want, about anything (Last words)

Keep on moving forward no matter how many times you may get kicked or stabbed in the back, just keep on a constant forward momentum. After all the only person that’s stopping you from achieving your real limits is you, so push past your own barriers and show the world what you’re made of.

 

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Meyster A: Profile

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Full name

Marvinnik Appiahene-Afriyie

Age

20

Place of Birth? (city, country)

Hamburg, Germany

Where you live now? (city, country)

Brampton, Canada

Origins (where parents are from)? (city, country)

Accra, Ghana

First Language?

English

What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)

Studying Massage Therapy at Humber College

Rapper/Songwriter/Dreamer

How long have you been doing it?

All of my life

Fav Song

Feel Good Inc – Gorillaz,

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

Chiddy Bang, Kimbra, Reggie Watts

Fav Movie

District B 13

Fav Actor/Actress

Tony Jaa

Fav Clothing brand

Kenneth Cole

Fav Visual artist/Photographer/Filmaker/Dancer/Choreographer

James Jean

Fav Sport to watch

UFC

Fav Sport to play

Parkour

 

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