My Top 5 Interviews From 2015:
Honestly if you asked me a year ago if I would ever talk to or even interview Alyssa Reid, I probably would have said something like “No! I wish!” The universe works in mysterious ways, I try not to understand it. This year by chance I was granted the honor of interviewing Alyssa about her newest album Phoenix. It was honestly one of the best phone interviews I’ve ever done. After about 15 minutes of talking we became the best of friends!
During NXNE I saw so many artists demonstrate their skills trying to prove they are the next up. Before the festival I had been hearing Raz’s name all over the place. I knew he was an up and coming rapper who had produced for a lot of big names. He was now ready to claim the throne for himself as he was getting set to release his debut album. I was lucky enough to talk with him after his NXNE performance literally right beside the stage he just rocked. It was a short conversation but I was able to learn more about the man behind the music.
As a writer you are always on the lookout for that artist who is about to change the game. And Kweku Collins is exactly that. The artist from Chicago is a breath of fresh air to a genre that has been stale for a long time. He was honestly one of the nicest people I had ever met and I’m proud to call him a friend.
This was honestly my favourite interview I’ve ever done. And I’m not saying that because of the questions I asked. I’m saying that because of the people I was talking with. Akidnamedpollo and Sammy Citrus are honestly two of the coolest guys I’ve met. And their whole crew were hella chill. It wasn’t awkward at all, we just chilled for a few hours talking about music and eating Timbits. It’s a cool thing when someone you interviewed ends up becoming your friend.
I will probably always remember this interview because of what it meant to me. This was my first ever interview for a writing publication. Now I had done ton of interviews for radio but never one for a written article. I remember meeting the Reject Visions in a coffee shop in Toronto and their love for hip hop really blew me away. They have major talent and if they keep grinding they will make their dreams come true.