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Poetic Elements: Interview

 

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

Prophet: Poetic Elements, Masai:Prophet One & Apollo the Child, Apollo: (2) writing & being creative

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

Prophet: I’m a Poetic Shaman. Masai: I’m a reflection of everything around me in the small world I live in. Apollo: I am a collection of my experiences that led me here.

Why do you do what you do?

Prophet: I like to create both visual and audible art for people to enjoy. Masai: Like we said on our song Therapy, which you can hear on our Diamond Life EP and live both on May 22nd, I do this for therapeutic reasons. Apollo: To build on what Masai said, it’s Therapy. I do what I do for catharsis and I hope what I do inspires people. I also do it because it’s fine and rewarding; plain and simple.

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

Prophet: When I was younger, my buddy and I had a tape of the Beastie Boys; which was my introduction to Hip Hop and I’ve wanted to do it ever since. I went to school and graduated out of Algonquin’s music program and later Fat Dog Studio’s as well which helped me hone my skills. The rest of my improvement was through practice and experience.  Masai: I knew this is what I wanted to do when I picked up Nas’s I Am, which was my first rap CD. I did some college and wasn’t happy with it so I dropped out and pursued music.  Apollo: I knew this is what I wanted to do during and after high school. Masai and I, actually used to cut class to record music. I did one year of university and didn’t like it so I dropped out and have been pursuing music ever since.

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

Prophet: Dropping out of the design program to get into music industry arts after already having built my portfolio. What helped me overcome it was believing in myself that I had what it took to be able to live off music. What also helped was getting moral support and advice from my mom which helped immensely.  Masai: Summoning up the courage to tell my parents that I dropped out of school to do music. My uncle Blay (god rest his soul) who helped me by telling me I need to do what I need to do and to follow my gut. It may offend my parents but it’s my decision to make in the grand scheme of things. Apollo: Like Masai said, having to tell my parents that I dropped out of university to do music. What helped was having a good support system from my siblings and friends. Also writing poetry and music really helped me figure myself out.

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

Prophet One: We inspire a lot of other artists in the scene when we perform live who also in turn inspire us. We build together as a community. I also personally respect any musician whether locally, in Canada, or worldwide who can perform their art to the best of their ability. Masai: Like I said earlier my uncle Blay really helped me become who I am today. My parents also had a huge part in the work ethic I’ve adopted; they’re both really hard workers and I’ve learned to apply myself like they do. Apollo the Child: Hip Hop inspired me to become who I am and also to have the courage to follow my dreams. People paint Hip Hop in a negative light usually. I feel like they fail to understand that much like any musical genre you’ll get your good stuff and bad. To make a blanket statement like that is just ignorant. I’m also a cool guy but I got all my cool from my older brother Livin’ Large who hosts The Home Invasion Show with us on CKCUfm.I do a lot of school workshops with high school kids in terms of poetry so I have indeed inspired someone directly.

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

Masai: One mistake I’ve made is assuming everyone you know in your social circle will believe in what you do. That is not the case, some of your friends may actually be a negative influence on your art. I’ve learned to keep my circle small, to surround myself with like-minded people like Prophet One and Apollo the Child, and staying focused. Apollo: The one mistake I’ve made is not having the courage to believe in myself sooner. If you’re not willing to invest in yourself than no one will. I’ve learned from it by taking the time to master my craft and perfecting both my art forms.

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

The Diamond Life EP dropping on May 22nd. The released party will be at the Daily Grind on the same day. Doors open at 9:30pm and it is a free event. In terms of plans and goals, we’re going to keep it moving. We’re already working on our full length group projects and some solos.

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

Perfect your craft and as Maestro said stick to your vision. There is no shame in taking time and not releasing any music to get better. Music and writing is a skill and skills need to be developed.

Say anything you want, about anything (Last words)

Masai: Sisyphus, boy. Apollo the Child: Tune in to the Home Invasion Show every Wednesday at 2am on CKCUfm. We’re audibly handsome.

 

Poetic Elements: Profile

 

Full name

Poetic Elements (Prophet One, Masai, Apollo the Child)

Age

Prophet :28, Masai:25, Apollo: 24

Place of Birth? (city, country)

Prophet: Ottawa, Canada. Masai: Montreal, Canada. Apollo: Montreal, Canada.

Where you live now? (city, country)

Poetic Elements: Ottawa, Canada

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

Prophet One: Ottawa, Canada. Masai: Ghana. Apollo:Nasiriyah, Iraq.

First Language?

Prophet: Hip Hop, Masai: Ill Shit, Apollo: Arabic

What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)

Prophet: Producer/ Audio Engineer/ Graphic Designer. Masai: Rapper/ Producer/ Radio Host/ Audio Engineer. Apollo: Rapper/ Radio Host/ Spoken Word Poet

How long have you been doing it?

Prophet: 10 years, Masai: 10 years, Apollo: 10 years

Fav Song

Too many but some of our picks include; Prophet: Wu Tang Clan: Protect Ya Neck, Masai: Big Pun: Beware, Apollo: Atmosphere: Like The Rest Of Us

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

Prophet: Ghostface Killah, Masai: (2) Nas & AZ , Apollo: (2) Elzhi & Doomtree

Fav Movie

Prophet: Clerks, Masai: Coming To America, Apollo: The Crow

Fav Actor/Actress

Prophet: Johnny Depp, Masai: Laurence Fishburn, Apollo: Bruce Lee

Fav Clothing brand

Prophet:Nike , Masai: Rocksmith, Apollo: Marvel/ DC Comics

Fav Visual artist/photographer/videographer/Dancer/choreographer

Prophet: Visual Artist; Ghost, Masai: Videographer’ Hype Williams, Apollo: Visual Artist; (2) Kalkidan Assefa & Banksy

Fav Sport to watch

Prophet: Don’t watch sports, Masai: NFL, Apollo: Hardwood Classics NBA

Fav Sport to play

Prophet: Fishing, Masai: Football, Apollo: Jogging

 

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