The last time we had a musician feature here at FatKidOnFire it was beatmaker extraordinaire Configa back at Interview #48. We thought it was high time to get another extremely talented hip-hop artist (we’re also lining something up with an alternative/ prog rock band from Edinburgh so stay locked up for that) here on FKOF.
This next feature sees us travel to Killeen, Texas to link with a rapper who deserves more recognition than he’s currently receiving. Don’t believe us? Check him in action below.
Who is Maxx Calzz? Maxx Calzz is and up and coming hip-hop/ R&B artist who is just trying to make his way into an overcrowded industry. I am also a student, CEO, writer, producer and a certified audio engineer. In one word, Maxx Calzz is a workaholic or (simply put) a walking business.
What got you into writing rhymes? I’ve always loved music and I’ve always loved learning the words. I’d rap along to the beats wherever I went. So finally one day I realised I could probably make my own raps instead of reciting everybody else’s. Once I figured out I could then I knew this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
What does or will make your music stand out and distinguish itself from the rest of the US/ UK (if you’re looking to break in) hip-hop being dropped these days? I’m hip-hop, I’m not saying I’m the best, but I’m not the worst either. I’m going to give you something to listen to and something to jam. Lyrics plus banging beats and I’m going to keep it real. I make good music, so I just hope that’s what the people want to hear.
Who or what influences you in your work? I am influenced by everything not just one or two certain things. Influence and inspiration can come from anything you do, hear and see. From other artists, books you read, to just being outside and looking at nature. I try to draw influence from everything I do so you never duplicate someone else’s sound and never become stagnant.
What’s your take on the UK hip-hop scene at the moment; compared to the one in the US? I’m not really big on the UK hip-hop scene but I would love to be. I would love a chance to work with some of those artists so I could get over there and check out the difference in our music and theirs. It would be a great influence and even better motivation to step it up and work harder.
Where do you see you and your music being in 5 years time? In 5 years I would like to be completely independent in this music industry, as in not needing a major label for anything. Not even distribution. I would like to make my own decisions and be able to make my own choices about what I invest in, how I do my music, and the influence I have over it being distributed.
Where can people expect to catch your music? Currently for 2011 I have the “52 Weeks Of Maxx Calzz” going on where I’m dropping a song every week, those will be on most big blogs but other than that you can go to my blog, website and I always post links to my music on my Twitter and my Youtube so follow me to keep up.
Top 5 favourite brands? Currently I’m beginning to like more independent & custom brands than a lot of mainstream brands. I’m really looking for a big guy brand to endorse heavily but other than that I like:
- Apparel Reserve
- Super Fresh Clothes
- Sean John.
Shoutouts Shout out FKOF for linking up with me to do this [big love bro!]. Shoutout my team Fair Play Entertainment. I got the best team in the industry. Shout out all the people who checked this out and then check out the music, and then shout out the haters and the free promo they give when they talk about me. Peace.
It’s clear to see that the more friends we make and the further the FKOF message spreads (we’ve been visited by people in 83 countries since we started out so we’re getting there!) the m0re hidden talent we’ll find. Maxx is a prime example – we reconnected with OFF’s Chaz in Chicago and found Maxx in Texas. We reckon given enough backing and enough chances we could be hearing a lot more from this young man. Stay locked and as always you heard it here first! Find Maxx Calzz on Twitter and Facebook if you want to connect with him.
If you have any thoughts on what Maxx Calzz has had to say, or thoughts on anything else you’ve read let us know either via the comments section below or through one of the other forms of contact (email, Twitter and Facebook).