Trixx The Man of BusinessTrixx: I'm doing great! Sittin here wit my drink in my cup, enjoying life!! lol..
Geneva: Thanks so much for agreeing to this interview today! How are you doing?
Trixx: They call me "Trixx" or "The Man Wit 2 X's" from Chesapeake, VA.. 7 cities STAND UP!!! I'm known for many things but most know me from my music and my radio show.. My life's pretty interesting, I probably should right a book on my life on the real...
Geneva: Now For those who don't know you, and need to be introduced can you introduce yoursef?
Geneva: Now I understand that you were born in Hawaii but you were raised in Virginia is that correct?
Trixx: LOL.. Hawaii o boy! My father was in the Air Force stationed in Honolulu, HI, and my parents ended up having me over there.. Don't get it twisted tho my parents are Norfolk, VA bred all day, Booker T. Washington, Youngs Park finest!! lol.. It's definitely in my blood! Moved from Hawaii when I was four and been in VA ever since!! This place has turned me out.. Literally! j/kTrixx: Yeah it caught me around the age of seven.. It was just something about beats with lyrics flowing over top of them that really intrigued me I guess.. And around this time some friends and I began trying to rhyme, plus one of my friends' cousin was a close friend of Missy Elliot so that really inspired and motivated us to do music. There were alot of other contributing factors but those were the main two..
Geneva: I understand that you caught the music bug at an early age. What was it about music that influenced you?
Trixx: *takes deep breath and chuckles* Well I really don't want to get too deep into this topic, so I'm just going to say that.. Everything changes over a time.. You just gotta make adjustments and try to make it do what it do, so to speak.. Umm.. Is that acceptable? lol
Geneva: Now Growing up in the 90's and comparing to music today what is the major differences you notice?
Trixx: Well, I became a male gigolo at the age of two... lol. Naw I'm just messin around.. My name was originally "Matrixx" but every time me and my homeboys would freestyle they would call me "Trixx", because it was shorter and easier to say.. I like how it sounded so I cut off the "M" and the "A".. 'The Man Wit 2 X's' part came from a Delta from Norfolk State University.. Shoutout to her, where ever she is! I forgot her name too.. smh.. Oops my bad. lol
Geneva: Now "Trixx" is a nickname how did that come about?
Trixx: Good question! In one song I heard Nas say, "There's nothing new under sun.. It's not what you do but how its done.." or something along those lines.. So with that being said, all I can do is be as creative as I possibly can be; by incorporating my life struggles and great literary elements into one powerful musical force of my personal expression..
Geneva: What do you bring to the music game that is different from any other artist?
Trixx: Yes, I've just discovered a new love of my life called, "RADIO"! lol. I'm an on air personality for a college radio station out here in Norfolk, VA.. HOT91.1FM WNSB (Norfolk State University) and I've been on air now for about a year and some change.. I'm also a promoter, host, video editor/director, studio engineer, and whatever you else you need me to be!
Geneva: Now your not limited on talent I understand your more then an artist, can you tell us what other areas of expertise you have?
Trixx: I'm a veteran.. I'ma kill this and I gotta give the people what they want!!
Geneva: Now when your in the studio or in the booth what goes through your mind?
Trixx: Basically, that sounds just about right. Because no matter how good your music is.. If your business, paperwork, etc.. isn't right and you aren't networking with the proper people then you are just wasting time, energy, and most of all money. I've been blessed to meet some great connects and learned a lot from some knowledgeable people I came in contact with. And now I'm finally going to put them to use!
Geneva: Many artist say that "The Business is filled with artist but it's the ones who knock down doors that get heard." Do you think that's an accurate description of the music game?
Trixx: Take it seriously.. Study your craft and always do your homework. But most of all, learn the BUSINESS as early as you can so you don't let precious years slip pass you.. Music isn't everything but it is.. Food for thought.
Geneva: What advice would you give an upcoming or young artist who wants to be in the music game?
Trixx: The business aspect side of it. Because I've heard plenty of great songs from local artists but they don't know how to get their official paperwork and documents together. Oh yea.. Stop trying to rap like Lil Wayne and sing like Drake.. Be yourself! I feel its okay to take a few things from your favorite artists but not their whole swag.. Where's the creativity and originality?
Geneva: What do you think is the biggest challenge is for artist today?
Trixx: Mass Communications is my major at NSU.. I felt mass comm would help me network with people that I need to help benefit my rap career. So I reached out to upperclassmen through Facebook to learn more about the field I was studying and what I could do with it..Soon after, I heard about job openings at the radio station so I auditioned.. It took me two or three rejections before I was finally accepted.. I'm the first ever in HOT91 history to go on from 2am-6am and I guess you can say I'm part of the reason we became a 24-hour station with personalities on at all times of the day.. My show comes on every weekend from 2am-6am, called "The Let Out".. When the club let out people hit me up and tell all about their crazy night!! And yes they do be CRAZY!!! lol. Tune in!!! [http://www.nsu.edu/wnsb or http://www.hot91online.com]
Geneva: Now your also a radio personality for HOT 91 FM, how did you get into that?
Trixx: Do your homework! Point blank period!
Geneva: When it comes to the business what is the best advice you would give to anyone?
Trixx: Underrated.. Because my whole life I've been overlooked in whatever I participated in..
Geneva: If you could describe yourself in one word what would it be and why?
Trixx: I like to go to the club and have a good time ya dig..I usually meet some new friends who throw another "X" on the end of my name! lol. Shoutout to all the lovely ladies out there! Stay sexy and keep the heels on!
Geneva: What does Trixx do to relax and calm down after a busy day or week?
Trixx: STARDOM!!! Well I hope because I've really based my life around my music and I'm prepared to take on this rough, epic journey.. I feel with all the resources I have now, I'm capable of reaching my desired destiny.
Geneva: what is the next level for you?
Trixx: Ten years from now.. I see myself with multiple platinum albums sold and possibly entering TV and Film industry. I want to expand my name and face as far as I can! And eventually, put out other talented acts signed to me..
Geneva: When it comes to the future in the business where do you see yourself in say 10 years from now?
Trixx: Plenty of great music! I have tons of songs that are waiting to be released when the time is right. Listen out for me making feature appearances on other local artists songs and me hosting a few mixtapes as well.. But right now, its all about my single, "Drink In Ya Cup" that I'm pushing. The single is already out, but the song is a feature track on my upcoming mixtape, called "The Lion's Den". I haven't released a CD in a couple years and I feel the wait is finally over.. Stay tuned!
Geneva: What upcoming projects can we expect from you?
Trixx: Wow.. That's a long list right there! lol.. I'ma try to list everyone that I've worked with that I can.. Artists: AK.J, Peat, FP, Bre-Eies, Blizz, A.Byrd, Blitz, Eardrumz, N.Kage, A.Tillz, The Letter A, Travis, and umm, many others!! Producers: Eardrumz, FP, Suwaside Ent., JB Rye, Mikhail White (OTWP), G-Mac, M.Rell, Blitz, and other hot producers that send me tracks.. Keep da heat coming!! But I would like to work with Timbaland, Swizz Beats, Pharell, Kanye West.... For real fo real, I want to work with anybody that's capable of producing great music!
Geneva: Who have you worked with so far, and inspire to work with in the future?
Trixx: Actually, this song was created as a class project for the producer, Bayce Beatz.. He called me up, told me to come to the studio on campus because he had some beats that he needed an artist to spit on. When I arrived, he told me it was a club type track then played the beat. After that it was a wrap! I didn't get to finish song at the time, so I came back to the studio about 12 o'clock later on that night and completed it.. He mixed it and mastered it and put the icing on the cake. That was early '08 too!! lol.. But hey, somethings just take a little more time before it catches fire.
Geneva: "Drink in ya Cup " how did that track come about?
Trixx: Signing your name to something you have no idea what you're signing! lol.. Get a lawyer to look over your documents!
Geneva: What do you think is the biggest mistake made by artist in the game today?
Geneva: if you could collaborate with any artist past or present who would be and why?
Geneva: Thanks again for your time, is there anything you would like to say to your fans, supporters before we go? Also don't forget to tell us where to find you!Trixx: Anybody that's willing to work with me, honestly.. But if I had to pick somebody it would be Eminem! To me, Em is the best lyricist and the hottest rapper ever.. His bars and punchlines are crazy and he also makes those songs that play with your emotions.. So, for someone to be able to do something like that they have to be extremely talented. I'm pretty sure many people would agree with me on this selection.
Geneva: What is the one thing you want to people to understand about you?
Trixx: I'm a full-time student and I'm constantly learning something new everyday! Knowledge is power.. Seek the power!
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