What’s up Stayce Dylan! We enjoyed your new single RSEGLD Necklace! Tell me, how did you interest in becoming a Hip Hop artist come about?
What’s cool, I’m glad you enjoyed it! When I moved to America in 1994, at the time my older cousins were listening to artists like Biggie, Wu-Tang, Dr. Dre, etc, and although I couldn’t understand the lyrics I could tell there was a special energy behind the music that other types of music weren’t necessarily giving off. It really wasn’t the summer of 97 when I saw Missy’s “Rain” video that I knew that I wanted to do what she was doing.
What are you PRO’s and CONS’s when it comes to being a hard working indie Hip Hop artist along with being a quote on quote “Female MC”.
Initially the CON’s of being an indie “Female MC” were mainly getting over that resistance people are naturally inclined to have when you’re an aspiring artist and you don’t have a major cosign, especially as a female. What started out as a CON ultimately became a PRO, when I really became interested in becoming an artist, there were very few people that were willing to help me in reference to how to write, production, branding and general music business knowledge but the PRO in that was me learning how to do these things myself, from making beats, writing, engineering, designing my website, etc, and while I’m still a work in progress, I wouldn’t trade being self-sufficient and self-taught for anything.
Feel free to break down the creative process of your latest single “RSEGLD Necklace”.
With RSEGLD Necklace, I wanted to create a song that sounded how rose gold Cuban link necklaces look, something that was subtly base heavy but with a carefree summertime undertone.
Who are you Hip Hop influences?
I would site Biggie, Kanye, Jay Z, Andre 3000, Missy, and lil Wayne as my major Hip Hop influences.
How many music videos do you have under your belt?
I’m still working on getting some videos out there, I actually shot a video for RSEGLD Necklace but I ultimately didn’t believe it conveyed the vision I had for the song.
How often do you perform live and tour?
I’ve performed a few times before but not as Stayce Dylan, I was primarily a “hype man” in those situations. Live shows and tours are something I’m definitely working on and looking forward to.
What is your opinion on collabing with other MCs, is it a good thing or bad thing for you as an indie artist?
I think collabs are great as long as they make sense. I’d probably be on the fence about doing a major collar as an indie artist if the fan base was just starting to build because I believe you always want to make sure the listener is there for you and not just your feature. It’s more of a battle between would you want to be loved for 16 bars in on a song, or the fact that you have a major feature on your song, or your vision as an artist.
Here it is! Our most popular question! What is your definition of “underground hip hop”?
I would define underground Hip Hop as Hip Hop that is fueled by an entrepreneurial spirit, in the sense of it often coming from artists that are willing to take on their careers on their own terms to deliver their message. I don’t necessarily believe that being an underground negates commercial success though.
Where can people find you on the web? Drop all the vital links.
People can find me on Twitter, IG, and most recently SnapChat @StayceDylan and on my website www.StayceDylan.com
Any shout outs?
First and foremost shout out to the good people at Underground Hip Hop for the feature, shout out to my mom for constantly being a rider for me, and my brother for always motivating me…