Interview by Steven Contreras | Client Experience Rep | CREATE.Digital Music
Thank you for taking the time to sit down and talk to with me and our audience Craig. I really appreciate it. How about you tell everyone where you're from originally?
Craig: No problem, I'm from Philly, South Philadelphia, Tasker projects specifically. It’s a real rough place, pretty dangerous. I was born and raised out there till about 17 when I moved out but I still hung out there.
Did growing up in Tasker have a major influence on your music?
Craig: Yeah, Definitely. You see it more in my unreleased music but a lot of my stories are true. The subject matter that I talk on are all Glances at experiences I have literally seen or was there when it happened. It was my everyday reality. To a person who didn’t grow up in that type of environment it may seem abnormal or crazy but to someone who has been immersed in it, it’s just the norm.
How do you think growing up in that environment affected your overall life?
Craig: I’m not mad I grew up there because it helped shape me in positive ways as well. I feel like I have a good balance opposed to someone who is sheltered or their only knowledge has been sucked out from a book. As where I have a blend of street smart and actual intellectual properties that you need every day too. I feel I’m a fair medium of both.
Who would you say your biggest musical Influences are?
Craig: Number one is definitely God. G-O-D... but I really listen to everything. I can’t say one particular person influenced me most because I feel I’ve taken bits and pieces from everyone. If I had to pick one artist I would Kanye and Big Sean, mainly because people have told me that I sound like them the most. I would also throw in Part Next Door.
I want to talk about your newest single “Trampolines." What is the theme of the song?
Craig: I just wanted to have fun. A lot of my music touches on politics, social issues or something deep so I wanted to get away from that. It just kind of happened to be honest. I already had my verses written out and on my way to the studio and I was just freestyling the hook and out of nowhere “Trampoline” kept popping in my head over and over. As I was working on the hook the “Flyer than a 747, doing 120 in a 745” came in my head and then I really liked the number scheme so I continued with the “32 shots loaded in this mac11” and was like boom there’s the hook.
I am looking at your cover Art for “Trampolines” is that a giraffe? Who or what is that?
Craig: Yeah ha ha that’s my Mascot. My nickname on stage is “Mr. Superb”, I go by my government, Craig Myers, but that’s my nickname. So the giraffe is called “Little Superb” because he’s derived from me.
How did that concept come about?
Craig: The image of the mascot came from a picture of me at one of my shows from a while back. Literally I was wearing the same thing, I had on some nerdy Gucci glasses, a cardigan, a bow tie, some hi top Barkley's, skinny jeans like that’s me! Ha Ha.
Why a Giraffe though? lol
Craig: It came from from me wanting to embrace my uniqueness, individuality and just being different so I wanted to claim and own that. I can't fit in because I’m always going to stand out. Just like if you try to put a giraffe anywhere and try to hide it, it’s always gone stand out, its not going to fit in, it’s always going to stand out. In this music game you want to stand out, you don't want to blend in with everyone else.
What's the next step or project for Craig Myers?
Craig: I’m going to release another single called “Holy Matrimony” The best way to describe it is like a Trap wedding song. I’m steadily trying to put out singles though. I plan to release an additional five to seven songs before the year-ends and just carry that energy and consistency into 2018.
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