We recently got to tap in with Freestyle Rap inspired artist FaBe Luciano. Want to know more about what makes him standout as a musician ? Check him out below.
Walk us through your background- Tell us more about you and what you do
I'm originally from Puerto Rico, and lived there until I was 11 years old. We moved as a family from there straight to Boca Raton. For me, not only was learning the language a culture shock, but the people and the way of living was as well. I sheltered myself inside my headphones. My first taste of music came from hearing my pops on the guitar rocking what we call Parandas (our native equivalent to Christmas Carols) back on the island. Shortly thereafter, I was introduced to freestyle rap culture by my older brother. He would later turn into a Drum & Bass Dj and MC based out of Miami. He started me off with the roots and heart of hip hop. To this day, I still remember the first tracks I freestyled on thanks to his push. (RJD2's Smoke & Mirrors , MF Doom's Special Herbs, etc.) Freestyle Hip-Hop Culture taught my ear about metaphors and and heavy lyric centered music. I was instantly hooked at the wit some MC's dispalyed with their connections and fluctuations in their accents. Listening & Learning to one of my favorites , Slick Rick taught me about that and storytelling. As I continued to confide in the music, I found other juggernauts of poetry like Gil Scott Heron, Immortal Technique, Andre 3000 , just to name a few. My influences play a heavy role in my music today. They not only shaped my music but also built the headspace for my evolution as a person.
What inspires you?
My inspirations change constantly, especially as I grow older. I could honestly say that there was a time in my life were I was heavily inspired by the thought of "MAKING IT". I never defined what that meant to me until recently in my life. My inspirations now lye in hearing the music of my peers in the collective based out of WPB named SoulFam. I also find a lot of inspiration in samples. I'm a crate digger by natural descent of my brothers love for vinyl. I find my vibes in the old more than the new. I'm a reflection of my fathers ear in reggae and taino music, my mothers dances to The Carpenters and the psychedelic funk of the 60s, and my grandmothers cooking to salsa and trio music rhythms. Inspiration is a funny thing and it can be fleeting. I try to maintain a solid connection with what I let inspire me musically, but more importantly in life in general.
What are some of the obstacles you've faced and how has it made you better?
One of the first obstacles I faced in music, was definitely wanting to make music in English and not knowing the language. My subconscious intention then was to use the music as a Segway to fitting in with classmates, making friends, and honestly just to figure out what the hell was going on around me. I can recall a lot of fear and anxiety through my growth process as an artist as well. The fear was a derivative from figuring out myself as a person and in turn what my identity was as an artist. I know these and some other obstacles shaped me to become the musician I am today. Every obstacle has made me stronger as a listener and a person overall. Specifically learning the language through music allowed me to understand Hip-Hop/American culture differently. As I learned the language I also learned the stories different MC's/Artists were reporting on. The poetry and the love of wordplay then came to me much easier. Fear/Anxiety I still deal with, its just a better balance these days. I recognize the world we live in, and I no longer live under the delusion that my music will change it. I do however recognize its power and the effect it has on my life and the few people that listen to it. I choose to harness that fear and anxiety into the music, making the relationship I have with the listener that much closer.
What do you think makes your music different from other artist?
I think my music references differently than that of another artist, because I tell my true story. Honesty to me is key not only lyrically but instrumentally as well. It took me some time to find that balance between the music I thought people wanted to hear, and the music that was true to me. In an era where anybody can make music, it can get hard to express yourself uniquely without having a touch on what sets you apart as a person and in your energy.
It's important to give yourself credit; What do you feel is/are your biggest accomplishment(s) to date?
Couldn't agree more! Very important as an artist especially, to give yourself credit and recognize your accomplishments. If I had to single any of them out Id say: The connections/collaborations I've been able to make with other musicians, (SoulFam, Drew Dockerill, Matt Brown, PRDmusic, Jake Ryan, Aaron Holder, etc.) Also, being recognized by people I respect heavy in the industry as a true keeper of the flame of the art that is Freestyle Hip-Hop. Recognizing these, and other accomplishments have allowed me to better define what "MAKING IT" is for me.
What are some things that you still want to accomplish?
I'm currently in the works on facilitating and being part of a couple of projects under the intention of pushing the true definition of Freestyle Hip-Hop Culture. I find it grossly mis-defined by even the most seasoned artists in the industry. We need thereal back. I want my name, just like some that came before me and those that should be recognized now, to be synonymous with Freestyle. Other than that, I want to grow as a person through my music, and use it as a liaison for me to better understand myself.
What new music do you have coming up?
Im working on some new music right now with my peers mentioned above, that will be continually released through all streaming services. As a lover of the old, I also make exclusive vinyl and cassette tape releases. These, allow me to have a face to face interaction with anybody that might be digging the vibe we bring. I also front-man a newly formed band named "The Partials". We're a live freestlye jam band based out of WPB and playing venues all around South Florida. You can catch us and the entirety of SoulFam jamming out to what we love to do live or on record.
What do you want people to takeaway from your music?
The biggest takeaway I want people to have from my music is sincerity. I want them to have an essence of the feeling, that it's OK to be you. That it's OK to just exist. I don't have any agenda to fill, other than hopefully allowing the listener to escape for the 3:00 odd + minutes I may have them for.
Finally, If you had a message to give to any artist coming behind you, what would it be?
Stay True to you! Mind your influences and make sure that when you speak lyrically or instrumentally on record you have an intent. Even if that is to have fun with it and make the listener smile. All in all, don't take yourself to seriously and recognize that the music is medicine to you as an artist first. Then you can deliver doses of that same medicine to those around you.
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