What first drew you into music and rap/hip-hop in particular?
I have always been the creative type. Even in my early years, I believe I was approaching life from a creative angle. In school, where other kids failed in creativity, I excelled in that area. High school is difficult for me to focus in because of lack of creativity and imagination that students like myself face. My peers always talk about hanging out on a Friday night at the football games while I just go home and work on music all night. Unfortunately, there are not of lot kids that I can relate to at my school because most students just want to play sports and not make music. I’m only 17 years old and have experienced a lifetime of events. It was only a matter of time that music and I would come in contact. What first drew me into music was the ability to have a creative and productive outlet I could use. When I say I’ve been through a lifetime of events I mean it. For instance, my life changed in a blink of an eye on one Friday night. My life changed that night because I found out that my father tragically died in a hiking accident. The news shocked me and tears fell from my body like a rainstorm that night. My life started to fall apart after that terrible event occurred. I sunk into a very deep place. A place that I had never been before. I was low. Depression hit me with all its force. I was dealing with a lot of personal issues at this time also as I was coming of age. Over time I realized though that life isn’t about the events that happen to a person. Life is about how one reacts to the events that happen to them. My mind started to change as I looked for a path of enlightenment. That path was music. I could grab all the negativity that was occurring in my life and turn that energy into positivity by creating quality, timeless music. Music allowed me to tell my story and have others hear that story. As far as rap goes, I fell in love with the fact that someone could tell people all the struggles that they faced and how they got past them. My peers in high school always used to make fun of me for doing music. All of those kids back in high school didn’t want me to succeed and would do anything to see me fail. They told me I wouldn’t make it, I wasn’t good, and lots of other terrible things were said to me. I turned all that hate into motivation. I started taking music classes in high school, started doing hours of research, and started interning at local recording studios. Over time through constant trial and error, the music started to improve. Eventually, I was able to prove wrong all of the kids who laughed at me back in high school. It’s a great feeling to keep proving all of them wrong. If there’s one quote that I can relate to, then it’s success is the sweetest revenge.
Your track “Get it” is very modern and the lyrics are amazing! How did you achieve such a great signature sound in such a short time? Also, what is your creative process like?
Thank you I really appreciate it! I always try to tell a story and put as much emotion as possible into my lyrics. The lyrics are how I am feeling at that moment in time. If I’m feeling on top of the world, then you’ll hear that in the music. On the contrary, if I’m feeling really low, then that translates through the lyrics. My signature sound has just been a work in progress throughout the past three years. Drake is my favorite artist, and I draw a lot of inspiration from him. I think that Drake is the best at conveying how emotional he’s feeling through his music. His song The Resistance is one of my favorite songs by him. He paints a vivid picture of his past, his present, and his future. I have been able to sing and rap through lots of practice, and I take some of those skills from Drake. As far as my sound goes, I am just trying to differentiate myself from other artists. A lot of music, especially Hip-Hop, sounds the same right now. So as an artist, it is crucial to find a signature sound. My creative process depends on how I am feeling. I usually start by producing a beat. I’ll write lyrics and perfect the lyrics from there. Then I proceed to record the song in my home recording studio. I will mix and master at a later date most of the time. Sometimes though I’ll start with writing or I’ll come up with an idea and create the beat around that idea. It really just depends.
All of your beats are very well produced and we can’t believe you have only started producing a few months ago! Could you tell us more about how you started?
Thanks again I love the feedback! One of the biggest events that got me interested in music was getting curved by this girl my freshman year. I had this “thing” with this girl and she totally changed up one day. She just stopped talking to me for no reason. I really liked her too. I got into my feelings, and I thought maybe I could channel my emotion into music. That summer before my sophomore year of high school I bought a 20 dollar microphone, a mic stand, and this preamplifier that didn’t even give me the required 48V of phantom power to power the microphone. I released about three or four songs on SoundCloud. At this time, I knew absolutely nothing about music and the music to be frank sucked. I ended up deleting all those old songs off the Internet. Long story short, it was a good learning process because I started taking music classes and relentlessly working on my craft. My musical knowledge followed at the beginning of my sophomore year in high school. I started by taking music theory that year. I also took chorus for that year. I started to learn things like scales, chords, and terminology. This whole year I wasn’t creating music; I was learning how one creates great music. After my father died in March of that year, I inherited his MacBook. More on this in a minute. My junior year I took AP Music Theory, chorus, and Digital Music 1. At this point, I was able to start to form basic beats and was learning how to write songs in a structured format. At the end of my sophomore year going into my junior year, I started to play around with GarageBand on the MacBook that I inherited. All of the music knowledge that I had gained I put to good use. I eventually bought Logic, FL Studio, and Pro Tools all with the money I worked for at my job. I also bought thousands of dollars worth of recording equipment for my home recording studio with all my own money. I put on my engineer hat. My curiosity grew for the frequencies on an EQ. What is a threshold or a ratio on a compressor? What is reverberation? What’s the purpose of a De-Esser? These are all questions I was asking myself at the time. Through constant research on the Internet, I learned how to properly mix and master. The summer before my senior year I produced roughly 50 beats and was writing songs left and right. So that’s basically how I started and the process it has been to get to where I am now. I now write, record, produce, mix, master, and engineer all of my own music.
You have recently released a track titled “Grind”. The track is a modern Hip-hop/Trap fusion and we wonder if you plan to release more trap sounding tracks in the future?
Yea, I plan to release more trap sounding tracks in the future. Trap is not really my style to be honest, but I like to blend elements and create something new. I’m more of a Kanye or Logic kind of rapper. I do listen to some older trap music though. Such as T.I. and Gucci Mane. My main goal is to be my own artist and create my own sound. If people say I don’t sound like any other artist, then ultimately I have succeeded.
What are your musical goals for the future?
I have a lot of musical goals for the future. I want to keep experimenting with different ways to mix so I can experience new sonic landscapes. I would like to earn enough money to create a sustainable career off music before I even turn 20. TuneCore has allowed me to make a small amount from my music already but not enough to live off of. I would hopefully also make money off of merchandise at shows and ticket sales in the future. I have some big goals for when I go off to college too. I want to get a manager and build a team of people around me to help me reach all these goals. In addition, I want to be able to tour while I’m in college too. In my twenties, I want to win a Grammy. I would also love to collaborate with artists like Drake, Kanye, and Logic when I become a big enough artist.
What are your goals for the new year, any upcoming projects we can get excited about?
I have huge goals for the new year! Right now I’m currently working with a team of people in Los Angeles to develop my artwork. I was currently doing all my artwork on my own but the artwork should start to look a lot more professional soon. I’m working on improving my brand ACP which stands for Always Chasing Perfection. I will be working with the team in Los Angeles to create a brand logo that can be identified with ACP. The team is also building me a website so I’m very excited about that. The team and I will also be working on distribution and promotion plans. My photographer and I plan to work on more photoshoots very soon. We plan to work on creating music videos in the coming months. I plan to start performing at clubs and small venues in the next few months. I’m really excited about that! Performing is something that I have always wanted to do for such a long time so it will be nice to finally be able to do that. I came up with this great idea for my photographer to record all the performances and record the whole day leading up to the performance. We could then put videos up on YouTube of me performing so fans can get a closer look into Volino as an artist. These videos would be similar to episodes that G-Eazy and Logic have put on YouTube. During my performance, I hope to sell ACP merchandise at the venues to the audience. I really want to do meet and greets after every single show too. I might release an EP in the middle of next year if I feel the time is right. For now though, I am just sticking with the song a month approach. 2019 is going to be a big year for Volino. I’m really excited to be able to accomplish all of those goals. This is only a small portion of what will happen in 2019. I’ll have to keep the rest a secret. Stay tuned!
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