The New York City culture and lifestyle is alive! Payday Records signee Radamiz, out of Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, continues to make moves and push forward: in addition to his latest single “NYNYNYNY,” the talented artist stepped outside of music to be featured in a new campaign with entrepreneurial company/app Depop — all while showcasing live events all over the city. 2018 seems to be going great for the hardworking Brooklyn native, who uses his raw talent to bring people together with true-to-life stories and an authentic and believable style that listeners easily relate to. Radamiz demonstrates a strong sense of artistic integrity, followed by a strong grasp on artistic value overall –that trait alone made us open our ears and take notice to his movement. Most of all, Radamiz is a new-age artist with the understanding that it takes more than just being an talented artist to make your presence felt, and throughout the years, his music has progressed and gotten better all around.
Recently, we checked up with Radamiz to discuss his new music and how’s life treating him since signing with the legendary label Payday Records, and a list of other things. Check it out below.
RESPECT.: What’s up? How are you and how’s the day been treating you so far?
Radamiz: I’ve been good today man. Running around handling business, met with my lawyer today, just going over the hustle. Focused on how to get this “NYNYNYNY” record prepped for the video release. Now I’m just smoking some hookah before a session and finally got to do this interview. Thank you for wanting to speak bro.
2018 seems to be going well for you, as you’re gaining more and more traction alongside the rejuvenated Payday Records label. As of today, how is it for you working with a label after being indie and self-efficient for so many years?
It’s good man, I think anyone signed, indie or major will tell you there’s still so much work on your plate but it feels good to break that workload up and have a team around you working to get things moving. There are going to be bumps in the road no matter what, we just try to focus on the quality of the music and reaching the people. I’m glad we’re getting more listeners on our side, the times are aligning in our favor.
I know performances are nothing new for you and you’ve been on the same stage as hip-hop greats, but recently in Brooklyn you had a small live set at Kinfolk94 and you shot cameos for “NYNYNYNY.” How did the cameos idea come together? Can you let us know about that night?
Yeah, I’m so excited about this “NYNYNYNY” release. Got a long time friend/collaborator Thana Brick doing the whole thing. We came up with a treatment that basically highlights the anxiety New York can give you with just how packed, bustling and fast-paced it always is. The song itself is like a scream in the middle of a crowded street and I hope the video shows that beautifully too and brings the record to life.
I’m guessing we should definitely look for an album from you this year? Who are some of the producers that you’re working with or hope to work with on your debut label release?
I’m not sold on dates for the album release but as soon as it’s ready you’ll know. Got a lot of in-house producers on this: H. Illa, Dre Dollasz, Double A, Blank Noriega, RÜDE, etc. You know V’Don is on it, but I don’t want to ruin the surprises. I want to link with some classic producers like DJ Premier [and] Pete Rock but right now I need me and my circles individuality to shine through first.
In 2018 what would is the most important element in your music that you want your listeners to know each and every time your music is played?
That it’s about the human experience. As a songwriter, I focus on how to really bring those real-life emotions, situations, feelings, and environments and make sounds out of them. I look at my music in a physical way, I view it as walking art. Art means nothing without emotion though, and I hope that authenticity shines through in your headphones in a real ill way.
I saw something you said on your Twitter: “radamiz fans are not racist and that’s dope.” What influenced this statement (which is awesome by the way)?
[Laughs] Thank you. My music is just so self-uplifting and uplifting of others that I think by default if you fuck with me you have to have an open mind and heart about things. I look for ways to relate to someone’s story and not disassociate. Music is a bridge, and my shit is too bring those polarizing worlds together. All of my fans are the dopest motherfuckers alive: and these are facts.
Robbie: What else can we look forward to seeing from you in 2018?
The evolution of me. Breaking down barriers, breaking out of preconceived notions, and some beautiful art intertwining through it all. “NYNYNYNY” video is going to go viral and we’ve got some more singles to drop before it’s album time. I’m grateful for what’s in store.
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