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The Monster Man Approaches- An Interview with Skitzofrantic 01

The Monster Man Approaches… An Interview with Skitzofrantic 01



Crow Central- Thank You for your time today! How has 2017 been treating you? Musically, did you approach this year any differently then you did last year?


Skitzofrantic 01- No problem, no problem, it’s always good to sit and chat with you guys. 2017 has been very busy actually and been a non-stop work in progress. But, it’s been really good. I have been taking a whole new approach to the way I am researching and writing my albums. As I hear a lot of new inner voices speaking to me these days, and I have ultimately began building my legacy instead of just writing meaningless songs. I have tried to be more musically and personally professional in every aspect of my life and still be able to have a lot of fun with it and just let my vision take its place and kind of form itself instead of forcing it. I guess you could say, versus last year, I have just tried harder and pushed harder and I will continue to do so as every year passes. It has been an absolute challenge but it’s been amazing to start to see things come into view. As well this year I will be getting back on stage where I love to be and that in it self, will be a treat!


Crow Central- What kind of music do you listen to when you are working? What music gets you instantly out of a bad mood?


Skitzofrantic 01- Honestly, when I am working, I listen to a lot of rock and roll, oldies and even jazz, country, (the more up to hype stuff), and reggae. I hardly ever listen to rap music lately, as so much of it may possibly influence my music to not be genuine, or sound like someone else’s idea; I feel. Plus, rap is where I put a lot of my pain and reality, as I originally began writing as a poet, not a rapper, so I enjoy a variety of music when at work. The best for me is reggae hands down. I love to put on Bob Marley and just let everything go to his words. The rhythm and the way it has the power to just reach right in your chest and turn your soul into sunshine is just amazing! No way you can be in a bad mood to Marley, that’s why my wife and I had our first dance to This Love by Bob Marley, and so now we have that ultimate positive memory to hold onto forever. And it’s just so much love inside of it. Really amazing music.


Crow Central- Growing up, have you always wanted to be a musician? Can you recall your earliest musical memory?


Skitzofrantic 01- Actually no, I never really wanted to be a musician at all, and to be honest, I question it still sometimes. I used to always see myself as well, I guess I really don’t know the answer to that one…  I’ve lived most of my life writing poetry and putting my pain on paper, pouring my soul into the one thing I felt I could trust; my pen. There are so many hurtful tasks that come with being a musician and no matter what you do, you will leave someone, somewhere sour about you, and that bothers me a little I guess, but none the less at the end of the day, I think the message I put out, is more important than one person’s opinion of me. It wasn’t until I became homeless at 16 and 17 years old, that I really began putting my poetry into song form. I had a friend Ronnie Allen that was the only friend who really helped me out, and taught me how to play a few strings and chords on the guitar, and from there on, I really fell in love with being able to create music that could inspire. There was just something majestic in the guitar strings that began it all for me. But when I was little, the first real music related memory that I acted out on was a talent show at the local community center in Tarboro, N.C. when I was like maybe 10 I think; (laughs) oooohhhh its just funny thinking back to it, as my brother and I dressed up like MC Hammer and performed “2 Legit 2 Quit” (laughs uncontrollably).  Yeah… we had the pants and all man (laughs) what a memory, thanks for bringing that back to mind again! (Laughs loudly) I needed that!!


Crow Central- If you weren’t a musician today, what else could you see yourself doing?


Skitzofrantic 01- Honestly, if I was not a musician I would like to start my own transport service for people. Take them wherever they need to go and in a party bus type deal or something, as I like to know people get to events safely. Going to a good show is no doubt one of the greatest experiences, yet so many people are dying from drinking and driving, that I would love to provide a really affordable experience to and from the show. But I have so many personal skills, that I could not just stop there, I would have to venture further. I would love to start my own clothing line, made for all kinds of people not just one genre. But above all, I can see myself directing movies, as I have a vivid imagination, and inside my mind’s eye is a full display of visual and art filled scenes. I feel I have the vision I think to be one of the greatest movie directors there ever was, but I am just not familiar enough yet with the tech side of it, which, is the reason I am still going to college as we speak, I wish to go further into it.


Crow Central-  We always like to ask artists about where they came from and how that city or town has influenced them as an artist now. So how do you think your hometown has affected who you are as a musician and the art that you create?


Skitzofrantic 01-  I was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, but I was raised in Tarboro, North Carolina. There was a lot of hip hop culture all around me growing up, as there was plenty of diversity in North Carolina. It is not hateful in the south like people and media portray it to be. Most people will wave and say hi, spark up a convo regardless of ethnicity. Seeing all kinds of people work together influenced me to make more music that would bring us all together, versus making music that would cause us to divide ourselves. It really made me want to make music that would unite the world, and it was the reason that Michael Jackson is my all time favorite musician, because despite his personal downfalls, he himself was able to unite a world of people behind his music. I have lived in so many towns and so many cities, so I guess that they have all influenced my music equally to it’s very foundation. I have lived the life of a vagabond and a nomad so to speak, so I have had a chance to experience a lot in this country.


Crow Central-  What advice would you give to someone just getting started in the music industry? Or even to someone young who is thinking of becoming a musician one day?


Skitzofrantic 01- Ok, so…  there are many things that I would advise young people to do to be successful in the music industry! Make sure to be educated in the arts and equipment used to make a professional song. Back in my day, we started with the lowest of technology, so we had to constantly progress as new equipment came out that gave us better quality sound. Today I still battle with all the new things coming out. Find good equipment that works well for you and stick with it until you master the process, and then upgrade. Make sure that your vocals and lyrics are real, pronounced correctly, and spoken clearly so the fans can understand you when you record. Believe in yourself! This one is very important! If you do not believe in yourself, no one else will either. Be confident that what you do is making a difference somewhere, even if not where you can see. Exercise and stay healthy. Many artists struggle with this. Performing is a great part of your advertising and career, so it must be up to par. Your body is your ultimate instrument, so you must take care of it.  Make sure to team up with a producer or someone who is equally enthused in your vision. I see a ton of artists who have amazing potential, yet they waste it on beats or songs that do not fit them. So, make sure you are being yourself and doing what you love, not what someone else loves for you. Last, but not least: be prepared! I cannot emphasize this enough! There are a lot of responsibilities that come with this business. Make sure to be organized and ready for things when they happen fast and unexpectedly. But above all be professional to everyone you meet and have fun. In my opinion, if you are no longer having fun, then you shouldn’t keep doing it.


Crow Central- How do you think that you have continued to grow as an artist year after year? What has remained the same about you and your music?


Skitzofrantic 01- Well, let’s see here… I am always researching, and learning new words and knowledge of life itself. I have enrolled in college again to go back and gain even more areas of expertise. It seems that I am always trying to find new ways to reach new people, and new ways to have the crowd be able to interact with the show more instead of just watching it. So I have really been expanding my ideas to new worlds, and really study more on areas of writing, directing and making videos, as well as just general knowledge of music and instruments. I really want to create something unique and unheard of. At the same time, my music has, and always will remain, ME! I have always kept it real in my music and tried to tell the world about what I see with my eyes and feel in my heart. Some are good and some are bad, but at the end of the day, when all the dust settles, I remain at one with myself and that is what is most important to me. If I begin to change who I am, then the very foundation that I have set for myself will begin to crumble.


Crow Central-Let’s talk about your debut single, “Big Bad Monster Man”, from your upcoming release, “From the Shadows of Nahn”. What was the inspiration for this song?


Skitzofrantic 01- Ok so… for as long as I can remember, it has always seemed that I have a demon who follows me, trying to stop me from succeeding. Whispers bad thoughts into my ears, beats me with my own failures, and constantly destroys the lives of those I love. Some call me odd, but I know that he exists, and I have finally had enough, and I no longer will choose to believe that he can win. For years I let this demon tell me that I would fail, and that was ok, I could live a basic life, with basic goals. But, I always knew in my heart that God’s mission for me was much stronger than that. This song really represents me breaking down my demon and letting him know that he can and will be defeated, no matter the cost. I tried to paint a really thorough picture of the pain that he has caused me, while letting the fans know, that the demon can be stopped. With my very pen, I will erase the doubt in which the demon uses to hang over my head, and I will defeat the very essence that is him. I will never give up no matter how tough the battle, no matter the size of the foe, and I will be ready for war at all times, spiritually, mentally, and physically.


Crow Central- How do you think this track prepares listeners for the rest of your album?


Skitzofrantic 01- I think it lets the fans know in order to succeed, you must defeat your demons, and this album is exactly that for me. It is a darker album in content, as the darkness is where it all began, and I want it to show the fans my progression, and my fight from darkness back to the light. Falling back down, and getting back up again, and again. I think it prepares the listener for what is to come. It lets them know that this is a very real album for me, not just music. I think it really let’s them know that this is my life and how it affects me and how I maintain my strength to carry on all in one song. I think it opens the door perfectly to what the album is all about, and that is ultimately, my struggle, to break free from my failures.


Crow Central- Can you talk about putting together your debut new release, “From the Shadows of Nahn”?


Skitzofrantic 01- Well I don’t want to give a whole lot away at this point, but I will say that it has been very hard emotionally to write this album. I have had look back on memories of things that I try often to forget, in order to pull the truth from the soul and create songs that were unique and real. I had to do that for most of the songs on this album, and it took quite a toll on me.  This album has been in the making on and off for some 10 years now! It was just time to get it out there. It has taken a lot of soul searching to get this album done. Just writing it alone has cause me to leave music twice while the reality of certain subjects drove me close to my breaking points. It’s been very tough and I am kind of glad it’s done and in mixing and mastering stage (laughs)


Crow Central- What do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people continue to take away from your songs?


Skitzofrantic 01- I really want the people to see that nothing is impossible, that no matter what people tell you, you can do anything you can dream of. My music is really meant to share with the world my failures, my successes, my losses and my gains. I just want them to take the message from it, that these things are real at the same time, and some things in this world need to be fought for, whether it is physical or mental. Let me clarify by my terms of physical, because by physical, I mean the every day life we live and what the body goes through from work, etc. My personal physical experiences were of abdominal surgeries and a jaw infection, which killed my whole top plate of teeth, which are in the process of being replaced.  Along with the physical pains, the embarrassment of walking around with no top teeth until the gums are healed enough to have implants was and still is horrible. But, all in all, I want people to take the positive from it, that I never gave up, no matter how much I questioned myself or my faith, or what haters said or did to tear me down. Be yourself and you will be happy. I want everyone to at least walk away from my music knowing that anything is possible in this world if you just believe in it and believe in yourself! 

Skitzofrantic 01: Big Bad Monster Man (The Digital Single and Special Collector's Edition CD Single) is AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE 10-10-2017!

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