Roy Movado

 

Tell us about yourself.
Born in Poland.  Brought to the US by my parents when I was 4.  Raised in New Jersey.  Slacked in high school.  Had several short jobs including door-to-door sales, cold-calling, and various construction positions (electrics, carpentry, masonry) before I decided to put myself through college.  After working full-time and completing night classes I got myself into a business analyst position for an international premium car company.  I exercise sometimes but there’s nothing else I’d rather do after work than jump in my home studio and work on music.

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Tell us about yourself as an artist. 

The first Hip Hop I ever fell in love with was actually not American.  I was in Poland for the summer when I was like 6.  I heard a rapper named “Liroy” which at the time was one of the pioneers of Polish Hip-Hop.  He was obviously heavily influenced by artists from the U.S. which he mentioned in his music.  This got me interested in Hip-Hop back in the U.S. so when I returned I started listening to all the American artists.  Loved repeating lyrics so much that I started writing my own. I did little mini freestyle battles in high school.  Rapped during career day.  Got with a group of friends and started recording.  Since then my only passion has been to write rhymes and lay down vocals.

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Tell us about the genre of your music. 

My genre is generally Hip-Hop and more specifically Trap.  Lately I like to experiment with new sounds from all different genres including the reggaeton club scene which is how “Commando” came about.

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Tell us about the problems you are facing as a musician. 

The main issue I have is internet support.  I have a tight circle.  Maybe like 4 friends.  Two of them don’t use social media.  The people I have on Facebook are just acquaintances and people from high school which I was never close with.  They are silent observers.  They view and play my songs and videos but will never follow me or share my posts.  Most of these people are also kinda jealous and would never help me get my name out if their lives depended on it.  All I need is exposure.

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song. 

My friend Dj kosieK produced the beat.  I recorded the vocals in my home studio and mixed and mastered the song myself.  Then I recorded and edited the music video myself with the help of a couple friends.

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List the names of blogs, radio or TV stations that have supported you so far. 

I just got on SubmitHub.  I didn’t want to invest that much here yet as I wanted to see what it’s about.  I sent this to 5 blogs so far.  Broadtube is the first one that has agreed to support.

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Tell us more about your music career, experience and future goals. 

As I mentioned earlier, I always loved writing rhymes and rapping.  I did several open mic nights in NYC.  I opened a concert for a Polish rapper once in Brooklyn.  However, my vocals weren’t always on point.  When I performed on stage, I would run out of breath.  Therefore, I started exercising with an elevation mask (bane mask) which strengthens your lungs and diaphragm.  This helped a lot with my vocal delivery and many people told me that improved.  I wanted to learn how to sing as well so I took vocal lessons.  My next step is to improve my music engineering skills and perhaps take professional classes.

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Brief us what inspires you to write, compose and sing. 

When it comes to “Commando” that was inspired by more positive things like my joy of going out with my friends and meeting people.  My girlfriend likes to go commando sometimes so that’s where that came from. However, generally speaking when it comes to other songs I get inspiration from life.  Being stuck in a job that is boring.  Knowing that there is so much opportunity in this world to do grander things.  Barely having enough money to get by.  Arguments with my girlfriend.

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Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song.

Originality – Should be something never discussed in a song before.

Simplicity – Must be simple to repeat and everyone should understand it.

Relatable – People should be able to relate.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist. 

Learn how to take criticism well and use it to improve.

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Discuss at length your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

I have about 24 singles out and currently working on a mixtape.  Did several open mic nights and opened a show for a Polish rapper once.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 

I write my lyrics everywhere not just in the studio.  My lyrics are usually ready before I hit the studio because my inspiration comes everywhere like in the car, at work, or in the bathroom.
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Name the artists you are willing to collaborate with. 

I’m open to collaborate with anyone that has a cool sound and is not an asshole. 🙂
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State the links to your social networks and stores for purchase of your songs. 

 

SoundCloud

 

Instagram

 

Spotify

 

YouTube

 

Facebook

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day was when I realized I can actually sound good when singing after some practice.

My saddest was when my Grandpa died.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars. 

First thing I would do is pay off my student loans.  Then I would buy my parents a house.  Then I would invest the rest in real estate and stocks $$$.

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Tell us about your song. 

The hook is “commando”.  As in, going commando which means dressing up but without any underwear.  Many girls (and guys) go commando as it’s more comfortable.  The song is about sexy girls getting together and going out to the night club.  They are on point with everything including their clothes, their style, and their attitudes.  They don’t even wait on line and walk past security.  They party in the VIP.  They aren’t interested in any creepers in the club trying to hit on them.  They have the place on lockdown and their parties are always lit.  Then I come along with my squad.  We hit it off and party together all night.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career. 

I get like 3-4 hours of sleep per night lol.  I work.  I exercise.  I make music.  I sleep a little.

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Tell us five artists you can regard as legends. 

Biggie

2Pac

Nas

Eminem

Big L

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Tell us your future plans pertaining music. 

I will become a pro at recording and mastering.  I will invest in even more expensive equipment.  I will continue training my vocals.  And I will continue making music.

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Tell us what you think about creativity and originality in music. 

I think it’s important in making a great song.  If you don’t make something original it will not stick out in people’s memories and they will not want to hear it again.

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Tell us the major reason you are into music. 

When I make music it makes me forget about any problems that I have no control over.

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Tell us your view on old school music and new school music in terms of preference. 

I will always have respect for the old school.  However, I prefer new school because it’s more exciting and energetic.  Music constantly evolves.  Especially Hip-Hop.  You have to respect where it came from but be able to grow with it and anticipate where it’s going.

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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist. 

The first time I heard Hip-Hop when I was 6 years old.

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Tell us what you would do for the people if you found yourself in a position of power. 

I would look for ways to help people improve themselves.  I would help those in need as much as possible not only by providing for them but by helping them learn to sustain.  As the old saying goes, give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.

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