Interview With Eclektik

1. Where are we talking from today?

Bridgeport, Connecticut.

2. What would you like to accomplish in 2019?

Just keep improving my songs, my mental health, my brain/mind in general, and maybe get my musical career off the ground a little.

3. What is your take on politics?

Hate politics but I am extremely progressive. Wouldn’t even call it “liberal” or “democrat” but “progressive”. Because I think the world is so messed up and needs a lot of changes. I’m a futurist most of all. Understanding the past is important too to know how we should change/adjust going forward because history often repeats itself. 

4. Where did you get your artist name from?

My favorite word in the English language possibly is eclectic.  It means like well rounded or in a lot of areas simply put which I consider myself to be. Eclektik is a misspelling of it. 

5. Growing up, how important has music been in your life? Can you recall the moment when you decided that you wanted to be a musician? Was it an easy or difficult choice to make?

Music was always in my life. I was made fun of a lot growing up for liking hip hop. Living in a mostly Caucasian suburban town most were into other genres. So I kept it secret I liked rap. Sounds silly but I was a traumatized kid. I didn’t decide to seek music until I got arrested for the third time at 20 years old for having an episode of psychosis.  I saw I wasn’t gonna make it in the “real real world” with schizoaffective and drug abuse going on any time soon. And people were encouraging me too make music so I decided to pursue it. And it’s a great way to deal with the neurosis. 

6. Was there ever a time when you thought about doing something else? If you weren’t a musician today, what could you see yourself doing?

I’ve tried many other routes because my music wasn’t showing me anything That i could say “I’m good at it”. I kept at it mostly cuz it was fun and I had mental coincidence delusions that made me think it was my “destiny”. If I could do anything else I’d be a journalist or some other kind of writer. 

7. What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career? What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all?

Just the process has been a great learning experience.  I never thought I’d see so much personal growth thanks to the creative process. My sanity mirrors my creativity. Not vice versa. 

8. What was it like putting together your EP?

I am a prolific writer so just give me a beat I’ll have a song ready within 24 hours most of the time. It was real fun but I know the next project will be so much better. Which is why I’m not worried about haters.  I improve as my health improves. And now that I got my meds straightened out, that’s pretty rapid. 

9. Who are some of your favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music? Who would you absolutely still love to work with in the future?

Tupac was always my favorite musician growing up. From 8th grade to the beginning of 11th I pretty much only listened to Tupac. I’m a fan of most hip hop artists. I definitely am not a hater in any way. Although still a fair critic. I love classic rock too Jefferson airplane, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, the doors, Fleetwood Mac my top five. As far as today goes gotta love j cole, rich the kid, 21 savage, Joyner lucas and Eminem. Oh and Kendrick Lamar. I love underground emcees like atmosphere too. 

10. What has it been like keeping up with your social media accounts and all of the different platforms? Is it hard to stay up to date on it all? What would you say is your favorite way to connect with your fans now?

Ha I am god awful at social media. I wish I didn’t have to do. I just got an instagram account out of necessity. But don’t wanna use it. 

11. If you were going to be stranded on a deserted island, what musical item would you take with you and why? 

An infinite stash of marijuana. It helps me to find the creative juices. 

12. If your music was going to be featured on any TV show that is currently on right now, which would you love it to be on? Or if you prefer, what is a movie that you love that you wish your music was featured in?

I think it’d be cool In a movie like A Clockwork Orange or Requiem for a dream. Very dark like my music. 

13. At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?

I like to make people think. Add a new perspective they might have not found on their own. I’d like to take away from stigma towards mentally ill and drug users. 

14. When you are not making music what else do you enjoy to do?

I love to hike or walk and listen to YouTube lectures of Alan Watts and Terence McKenna among others…

15.  Where you @ online?

IG @eclektik7 
SoundCloud @Eklecktik 

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