What is your name and what city do you rep?
My name is Juanye Overstreet, and I'm from Ann Arbor, Michigan.
What is unique about you and your music?
The thing that I feel differentiates my style from others is the amount of content. Yes, I do have the new-age style, but the production is always cinematic. On top of the output being cinematic, the heavy melodic tracks are also filled with bright bars and metaphors. During the second listen, I guarantee you'll catch something different.
What shaped your music?
My life has always revolved around music. My grandfather was a town-famous brass instrumentalist, my grandmother is a dance instructor, my aunt is a well-known singer in the metro area, and lastly, there's always been a radio playing!
When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?
After my first show. Feeling the adrenaline, with no anxiety. Just confidence. I knew it was my calling.
What type of music do you listen to?
My friends always talk about me when my phone plays on shuffle you'll go from The Weekend to the Based God almighty, then to R. Kelly. You never know what type of mood I'm in.
Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?
Speaker Knockerz. Before he passed away, he LITERALLY had the cheat code to take over the game. Melodies. In-house production. Great storytelling. Behind his young age, he definitely was ahead of the game.
How do you prepare for your performances?
Calming my nerves with the VICE of my choice, and staying focused on my lyrics. If you know the words and delivery, you're good to go.
What ignites your (song) writing flow?
Anything about an instrumental can influence my current flow, as well as what's in my recent playlist. I sometimes focus on the hi-hat, hopping off the beat, or, I can concentrate on the low points and 808s. Either way, my flow is influenced by my recent playlists.
What do you do when you don't make music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?
I spend time with my 2-year-old son and one-year-old daughter. They are my pride and joy. Other than family time, I love sports. Whether it's outside hooping, or in the house playing FIFA. I love the energy it gives.
Success to you is...
Continually striving for your goal through all ups and downs. If that's maintained, you'll receive nothing but success.
What do you wish you were told when you first started rapping that you think would help artists starting out?
Not to be afraid to be different. I came up biting off of sounds of my favorite artist instead of creating my own. Different sells records nowadays. Weird is good!
Any upcoming projects?
We just released my latest project VERSA and had the release/listening party at Motivation Boutique HUGE shout out to Mike! And the whole team over there for making that all possible. We had a great turn out and wonderful local support! Looking forward to future project's such as An EP With my great pal and local artist Marcel Kevon, as well as Sigidy. More visuals from Versa. More singles. I won’t stop!
Where do we find your music/music project?
Apple Music: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id/1415251758